A new splash of sophistication and style to Honolulu

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, adds a much-needed new splash of sophistication and style to Honolulu. By Natasha Dragun.

The thing about Waikiki Beach is that it can become rather hectic. There are Oahu’s booze-fuelled day clubs, parties on the sand, and celebrity chef restaurants – you rightfully come here to have fun. But if you can, step back into an oasis of quiet and calm. And there is no better place than The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, a slick union of residential studios and suites, some with up to four bedrooms, and all featuring balconies and stunning ocean views.

Design that embraces Hawaii’s natural bounty

New York City-based Guerin Glass Architects is behind the design, which embraces Hawaii’s natural bounty. Think of a fresh, serene aesthetic of understated elegance in seafoam greens and sandy hues, oak hardwood floors, and grounding palettes of earth, sky, and ocean tones. Bathrooms have cool marble walls, countertops, and lacquered sycamore millwork; kitchens are fitted with the latest appliances; and a washer and dryer – perfect for those travelling for extended periods. The greatest draw is the outlook: breathtaking views from Diamond Head to sunsets behind the Waianae mountains.

There are many street-level culinary options

But there are just as many reasons to linger in the hotel. NYC’s famed Dean & Deluca made its Hawaiian debut at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, bringing with it an artisan loft-style café/wine bar plus a gourmet produce store, where you can pick up fresh bread and decadent desserts – don’t miss the Kalua pork polenta eggs Benedict with avocado and mole dip at the weekend brunch. Then things get intimate at 16-seat omakase restaurant Sushi Sho, where chef Keiji Nakazawa crafts seasonal menus that are almost too pretty to eat. There’s also formal French dining at Le Vie and Italian at Quiora.

The spa also uses local ingredients

Like volcanic lava stones, rainforest leaves, and lehua blossoms. And when you step out, you can make the most of the highest infinity pools in Waikiki, replete with private cabanas – a fundamental part of beach life in Hawaii. 

But for me, the highlight is the discreet service

When you drive into the porte cochere, the staff knows who you are, having check-in sorted before you reach reception. And breakfast and bubbles are delivered to your room without a whisper. It’s just one of the many reasons a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, is a must.

Rates start from $940 per night.

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