The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach in Hawaii officially debuted its resort completion with the opening of its new Diamond Head Tower. Waikiki’s newest luxury resort and Oahu’s first Ritz-Carlton Residences celebrated the debut with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and ceremony that was attended by business and community leaders and dignitaries.
“Today marks a momentous occasion for our resort as we welcome the modern global traveler to discover a new and distinctive resort experience in Waikiki,” Douglas Chang, GM of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, said in a statement. “The completion of the resort would not have been possible without our more than 200 ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach who continue to set new hospitality benchmarks in the islands and redefine luxury service standards today.”
The resort’s new 245-residence Diamond Head Tower is positioned alongside the 307-residence ‘Ewa Tower. Guerin Glass Architects, inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements, designed both 38-story towers using a mauka (mountain) to makai (sea) vision that is seen in the resort’s exterior through details and 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 each tower.
Interior design firm Jon Brent Design outfitted the resort’s common areas and 552 studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residential accommodations and penthouses in both towers. All rooms and suites face the ocean, providing guests with a view of the Pacific, and include kitchens with appliances along with in-residence washers and dryers. With a combined 246 suites in both towers, the resort offers the largest number of luxury hotel suites on the island.
New Diamond Head Tower facilities include an expanded spa with four treatments rooms and relaxation lounge, and also a 2,900-square-foot infinity pool with private cabanas equipped with smart televisions, refrigerators and day beds. The new infinity pool complements the ‘Ewa Tower infinity pool. The resort is the only hotel in Waikiki with two infinity pools, both of which are the highest in the area located on the 7th and 8th floors.
The Diamond Head Tower also introduces 10 meeting and event spaces, which include a boardroom, movie theatre, The Horizon Terrace and Lanai and the 22,000-square-foot Lau‘ula Park which can host a reception for up to 800 guests. The resort’s ground level promenade also includes two stages for community performances and nearly two acres of lush greenery and landscaping that encompass the property. In early 2019, the resort will also debut a new dining venue located at the Diamond Head Tower pool deck, along with a gourmet market located on the ground level, which will be a new Island Country Market concept.