Renowned as one of the most luxurious hotels on the island of Oahu (if not the world), the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is nothing short of a first-rate resort experience, offering luxe residential style accommodations, five-star amenities, world-class dining, and impeccable, Ritz-Carlton service in the most desirable neighborhood in Honolulu.
The hotel opened its first tower (Ewa Tower) in 2016, and its second, the Diamond Head Tower, in 2018. Inspired by the natural elements of Hawaii, Guerin Glass Architects designed each tower to honor its surroundings in unique and artful details. The hotel’s front exterior reflects the sky, ocean, and wind, while its rear exterior evokes the mountains and Honolulu’s urban metropolis. Meanwhile, the first three floors of the hotel evoke a three-dimensional interpretation of traditional Hawaiian bark cloth.
From the moment you arrive at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, you are given the royal treatment. As you are greeted upon your arrival (and invigorated by the rich, enveloping aroma of fresh flowers and the lush greenery that surrounds the resort), the staff promptly gets you checked in and to an express elevator guiding you directly to your floor.
The resort offers 552 rooms spread across two towers ranging from studios to palatial, four-bedroom estates. Rooms are furnished with upscale, modern island-style decor, and each offers floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean views, and (this is the big draw) full, residential-style amenities. That means useful touches like gourmet kitchenettes or full kitchens with Miele appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerators, washers and dryers, and (in the larger suites) full dining areas for up to eight guests.
These amenities make The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach an ideal choice for extended family vacations, offering the comfort and service of a five-star resort alongside the necessary comforts of a residence. Additional notable room features include oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs and dual vanities, smart TVs with multiple streaming apps, and furnished balconies to soak in the sweeping views on the horizon.
The hotel boasts two stunning infinity pools, one on each tower, that can boast of being the highest of their kind in all of Waikiki. Savor the lush treetops of Fort Derussy and the crystal blue Pacific in the distance at either the 1,600-square-foot Family Pool (Diamond Head Tower) or 1,100-square-foot Adult Pool (Ewa Tower). The former has features like a platform deck with lounge seating and a rock slide, and each offers luxury private cabanas with chaise lounges, TVs, fridges, and safes for personal belongings.
There are several unique and exceptional dining options onsite at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, including Sushi Sho from renowned chef Keiji Nakazawa, the modern French restaurant La Vie (with three- and five-course menus and a vast wine selection), and the first Dean & DeLuca in Hawaii. Meanwhile, Quiora offers inventive Italian cuisine in a relaxed, open-air environment, while the second-floor wine bar is a perfect place to grab a late-afternoon glass of vino and admire the views.
The hotel also offers a spa on the 8th floor providing a host of first-class island-inspired treatments as well as a finely-appointed fitness center. When it comes time to venture off-property, you are right in the heart of it all, as the resort is mere steps from the fine high-end shopping of Luxury Row as well as a number of pristine beaches. Further, the hotel concierge is adept at crafting itineraries to experience all the requisite nearby sights including Iolani Palace, the Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium.
With its unparalleled luxury and service, stunning views, and residential style accommodations, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach earns its reputation as the premier luxury resort in Honolulu.