From the Residential Appeal to the Panoramic Views, Here’s Why The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is One of the Most Exclusive Hotels in Oahu
Steps away from the lavish shops of Luxury Row? Check. Panoramic ocean views as far as the eye can see? Check. High-end dining, a rejuvenating spa and spacious suites designed to the nines? Triple check!
Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway for two or a family-friendly vacay in the heart of Waikiki, this high-end resort pulls out all the stops to make sure that you feel right at home.
Located right next to the world-famous Luxury Row, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach sits in one of the most popular areas of the island. Travelers and guests are given premium access to shopping at the best name-brand designer stores like Gucci, Dior, Chanel and more. If you prefer beaching over shopping, you’re also in luck. The sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Waikiki are a mere 10-minute walk away from the property. Simply stroll through the large park that sits right in front of the hotel until you hit the sand, and be sure to say hello to a few of the local roosters along the way.
Spacious Suites With Ocean Views
What The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach lacks in direct beach access is made up for with epic views. The ocean-view suites have everything from full kitchens to massive balconies, allowing you to enjoy an ocean breeze in privacy without having to even leave your room. The suites are clean and modern, featuring gray and white furniture and accents throughout the living room and bedroom. The style is sleek, polished and somewhat minimalistic rather than tropical and colorful like many Hawaiian hotels. Be sure to utilize the plush robes and slippers after taking a hot bath in the huge soaking tub.
A Visit to the Spa
Upon walking into the hotel spa, guests are taken down a flight of stairs to a secluded and dimly lit oasis. Though there are several treatments to choose from, the Endless Escape balances both the body and the mind with local Hawaiian botanicals and an organic CBD oil massage. This 105-minute treatment also includes a variety of hot stone placements that will have you melting into the table. Definitely hit the posh relaxation lounge before or after your treatment for some tropical tea, dried fruits and other healthy treats.
In addition to being home to one of the only remaining Dean and Deluca storefronts, the hotel also boasts three upscale restaurants. La Vie serves coursed French fare paired with live piano music, while Quiora offers a modern take on Italian food with pool and Pacific Ocean views that are unmatched. However, Sushi Sho, the famous 16-seat omakase restaurant, is perhaps the most coveted reservation in all of Hawaii. It typically books out at least six months in advance, but thankfully, the hotel offers a “Sushi Sho Sunset Beach Experience” that allows guests to get a taste of Chef Keiji Nakazawa’s masterful bento boxes. There’s nothing like enjoying some of the freshest tuna, uni and mackerel with your toes in the sand and a Hawaiian Sun guava juice in hand.
Connection to Culture
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach maintains a strong connection to the rich and resilient Hawaiian culture. The Art of Poke is an immersive (and delicious) demonstration led by Executive Chef Eric Oto, where guests are given a true taste of the history surrounding Hawaii’s most iconic dish. The resort also has a partnership with the Genki Ala Wai Project, which is a seven-year initiative meant to restore the iconic Waikīkī’s Ala Wai Canal. Guests are able to chip in and make some microorganism-rich Genki Balls, which are thrown into the canal in order to clear the sludge with the goal of the canal being swimmable in the near future.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
383 Kalaimoku St
Waikiki Beach, HI 96815
Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.