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 the ultimate in residential resort-style experiences with expansive ocean views from every residence, global culinary experiences, exceptional amenities and legendary service.
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 stunning 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.
Interior design firm, Jon Brent Design's understated elegance, contemporary island-deco and modern luxury inspiration is seen throughout the resort's common areas and 307 stylishly-appointed studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residential accommodations and penthouses. All residences face the ocean, providing guests with an unparalleled view of the Pacific, and include kitchens with premium appliances along with in-residence washers and dryers.
Guests staying at the resort can discover a vast array of distinctive experiences along with legendary
Ritz-Carlton service. Amenities include the highest infinity pool in Waikiki on the eighth floor with private cabanas, and a premier 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.
Adding to the enjoyment for guests is a fine selection of dining experiences that are both creative in taste and presentation, ensuring an adventure for the senses. BLT Market opened on June 28 offering modern, American-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Johan Svensson, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu changes daily and is influenced by the best of the season's bounty sourced from the local purveyors and Hawaii growers that supply Honolulu's freshest farmers' markets. Additionally, BLT Market oversees all food and beverage service for the resort's in-residence and poolside dining. A world-class beverage program can be found at the restaurant's bar and lounge, featuring craft beer selections, internationally-curated and bio-dynamic-focused wines, in addition to seasonally-changing specialty cocktails.
In mid-September, guests can also look forward to Dean & DeLuca, one of the world's most beloved and iconic gourmet markets with more than 25 locations around the globe, debuting its first Hawaii location at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. The acclaimed Sushi Sho is also opening its first location outside of Japan at the resort in mid-September, led by Keiji Nakazawa, Tokyo's most influential sushi chef, famed for his mastery of the techniques of the ancient Edo sushi masters.
In celebration of the resort's opening, guests can enjoy a complimentary fourth night for one-, two- and three-bedroom bookings or complimentary fifth night for studio category bookings. Reservations may be booked online at http://theresidenceswaikiki.com/ or by calling (808) 922-8222.
A two-night minimum stay is required and this residential resort does not participate in The Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards.