Whenever we travel to Hawaii in the past, we’ve always stayed on the “other”side of the island, where the road is not crowded with tourist all over the world or surrounded by the Waikiki luxury bustle. But during our last visit, I wanted to stay near Waikiki for easy access to great restaurants and good food. At the same time, I wanted it to be away enough so that we are not in the middle of all the daily crowds. Enter The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach the beachside residence style hotel designed for those who wants the luxury, the view and world class customer service of the Ritz Carlton brand and properties, yet remote enough.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is truly a unique hotel such that it is owned by families who wants to participate in the rental program. Meaning every unit is privately owned and collectively managed by the Ritz Carlton group. It is truly amazing how each unit is well kept and maintained and you really feel the sense of ownership from each individual staff. I’ve been a long time fan of the Ritz Carlton hotel collections and the RC Residence on Waikiki really feels more like a home away from home. The kids loved staying here and their smiles truly makes my trip memorable and priceless.
From the moment you turn into the water inspired porte cochere, you are transcended into a tropical paradise by the lush landscaping of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. Valets greets you with fresh orchid leis and ice blended refreshments to ease you into your new found relaxation. I gladly gobbled up my drink and can’t wait to have another during the happy hour at the lobby adjacent BLT Market which also features farm-to-table dining all day. I also love to stop by after my dip at the pool for a bite and some extra R&R.
When we check into our two bedroom suite, we were greeted with ocean front view, modern and luxurious fixtures such as the marble countered kitchen accompanied with Nespresso coffee machines, Miele appliances and real oak cabinetry. We were also pleasantly surprised to find the personal warm welcome from the hotel staff and hand selected snacks that are nut allergy friendly for our kids. During my stay, I was able to tour all of the units from Studio to the most luxurious 3 bedroom 2 story supreme suite and every single one of them had ocean-view and furnishings fitting for all Ritz Carlton standards.
Take a look at all of their world class amenities and you will see that The Residences Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach really pays attention to the smallest details. The marble bathroom feels so airy and refreshing, there is a Toto toilet in every suite, in-suite washer and dryer for those that have extended stays and spacious terrace to relax and enjoy the ocean-view. The feeling of world class resort is really apparent and we truly feel relaxed and at home even though we are far from our residence. I guess this is why they put Residences into naming this property.
While some may be disappointed that the resort is not “beach-front”, the five minute walk to the ocean was pretty quick and easily accessible. I actually prefer spending a few morning and afternoons at the pool. The Ritz-Carlton Residences have pool side cabanas which comes with a mini fridge, a safe to put your valuables, a TV within the cabanas as well as large, comfortable day beds. They also stocked our fridge with water and juices to keep us and the kids hydrated.
I had such a wonderful time at The Residences Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach I actually thought about buying a unit in their expanding second tower. Of course, I was told that all of the units in the second tower have been sold with the exception of penthouse suites. Currently in the finishing stages of construction, the second tower will be complete by Fall 2018 where the following additional features will enhance your stay.
- 245 additional ocean view residences
- Large adults only resort pool + Kids pool
- An onsite spa with more treatment rooms
- A Movie theatre
- Gourmet market
- Two acres of lush landscaping and gardens and play area for those familiar with Ritz Kids.
- Multiple New dining options
A sincere Thank you to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach team for hosting our little family and making our stay feeling truly at home and help us create memorable #RCMemories that we will treasure for a very long time.