The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach recently opened its doors to a new wave of global travelers on the island of Oahu. Located in Waikiki, the much-anticipated residential resort marked its official opening with a Hawaiian blessing and ceremony that was attended by community leaders and dignitaries.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences are the latest addition to the Waikiki skyline, featuring resort-style experiences with ocean views from every residence. Construction of the residences started in Summer 2013. Architect Guerin Glass, inspired by Hawaii's natural elements, designed the 38-story tower using a mauka (mountain) to makai (sea) vision that is seen in the resort's exterior through artful details and inspired craftsmanship.
The exterior front reflects the ocean, sky and wind and the exterior back reflects the mountains and Honolulu's urban metropolis. A three-dimensional, modern interpretation of traditional Hawaiian kapa (bark cloth) design covers the first three floors of the tower.
All residences face the ocean, providing guests with great views of the Pacific, and include kitchens with premium appliances along with in-residence washers and dryers.
Other amenities include one of the highests infinity pools in Waikiki on the eighth floor with private cabanas, and a fitness center designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. The Ritz-Carlton Spa will open in mid-September offering customized treatments that incorporate cultures and traditions from different countries around the world.