When Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu opens near the Hawaii Convention Center in late 2022, expect 99 luxury residences with prices estimated to start at $3.5 million. Designed by Meyer Davis, Dianna Wong and Hart Howerton—and developed by L.A.-based Salem Partners—the 37-story mixed-use project will house 125 chic and contemporary hotel guestrooms and suites on the lower floors, with a separate entrance and elevator on the 19th floor leading to 17 floors of exclusive residential units.
“The Mandarin Oriental, Honolulu will breathe new life into the heart of the Ala Moana District as the first project approved under the Ala Moana Transit-Oriented Development Plan, aimed at improving connectivity and bringing a new vibrancy to the neighborhood,” says James Ratkovich, co-managing partner of Mana’olana Partners, which is handling residential sales. The development is slated to launch sales soon, and break ground this fall.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL AND RESIDENCES, HONOLULU
1695 Kapiolani Blvd.,
Originally opened at the beginning of the Roaring Twenties—and named in honor of Helen Atwater Wrigley, wife of Philip K. Wrigley (William Wrigley Jr.’s son)—Catalina Island’s Hotel Atwater has long served as a popular getaway for Hollywood elite and other mainlanders. Now, following an extensive renovation, the seaside lodge is reborn with a contemporary aesthetic that nods to the art-deco style of its origins. “Our goal with the renovation was to update the space with modern amenities and island-style decor, while still holding on to the hotel’s roots in Catalina and Wrigley family history,” says Randall Herrel, president and CEO of Catalina Island Co.
When Hotel Atwater debuts this August, expect historic photos from the Catalina Island Co. and Catalina Island Museum archives displayed throughout; a light and airy lobby with seating areas ideal for cocktails and conversation; and guest rooms bedecked with custom furniture, upgraded finishes and larger baths. Rates start at $199 per night. –
125 Summer Ave.,
PHOTOGRAPHS: RENDERINGS COURTESY OF THE RESIDENCES AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HONOLULU (TOP) AND CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY (BOTTOM)
The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort has unveiled the Turner House, a new three-bedroom guest cottage bedecked by noted California-based interior designer Nathan Turner. Found amid the 10,000-acre luxury dude ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, the new retreat features a chic take on Alisal’s Western feel and rustic charm with vintage artwork and antiques curated by Turner, refinished furniture pieces inspired by the cottage’s California-Monterey style, and additional accents including reclaimed barn wood paneling, a fireplace with a river rock façade, Ralph Lauren fabrics and Pendleton accessories.
Guests can book the entire cottage or each of the three rooms separately for $1,000 to $1,500 per night. Each space has a subtlety different color scheme, with a common great room tying them all together. Says Turner: “I designed the Turner House so that you feel as though you’re stepping into your own ranch house, yet one with all of the wonderful benefits that make the Alisal so special.”
Seeking a vacation home in Hawaii? Why not go all out and purchase a place at a five-star resort that caters to every whim—with a cache of luxe amenities, top-notch service and authentic cuisine—and where the environs are that of a lush natural paradise situated on Maui’s western shore. The choice is now yours with a limited collection of three-bedroom residences that have recently become available at Montage Residences Kapalua Bay (montageresidenceskapaluabay.com). The 15 residences are situated in the center of the 1,650-acre community in buildings three and four, include private lanais and expansive ocean views, and range from $2.7 to $3.8 million.
“Given the scalability of an intimate residential portfolio, the dedicated staff is extremely engaged with every aspect of ownership from concierge requests to property management, allowing for a high level of personalization,” says Tina Necrason, senior vice president, residential, for Montage International. “This ensures the most enjoyable and memorable time spent at home.”
PHOTOGRAPHS: VICTORIA PEARSON (TOP) AND MONTAGE RESIDENCES KAPALUA BAY (BOTTOM)
Residences situated within the heart of the San Francisco Bay blend the topography of the island with seamless indoor and outdoor living environs.
Coming soon: a chance to own a home in a distinct setting on a naturally formed island in the heart of San Francisco Bay, complete with panoramic views, wellness-minded amenities, and 72 acres of preserved space rife with parks, beaches, and hiking and biking trails—all just 10 minutes from downtown. When completed in 2021, Yerba Buena Island will feature 266 luxury condos, flats and townhomes (with The Agency Development Group starting sales in early 2020).
Residents of the project—developed by Wilson Meany and Stockbridge Capital Group—also will be privy to The Island Club, which includes a lounge, dining room, bar, game room, spa, sauna, massage room, fitness studio and outdoor lap pool. Says Chris Meany, Wilson Meany’s co-founder and managing partner: “We’ve enlisted a world-class team to create a place that celebrates the hallmarks of what drew people to San Francisco in the first place—a modern spirit, creative culture, laid-back atmosphere and surrounding natural beauty.”
YERBA BUENA ISLAND
Renew, Waikiki’s original boutique hotel, was reimagined in summer 2019 to offer travelers a new type of wellness experience centered around holistic Hawaiian healing.
Waikiki’s former Hotel Renew has been undergoing a multimillion-dollar redesign and rebranding led by Honolulu’s The Vanguard Theory and will debut as OLS Hotels and Resort’s new 72-room Renew retreat in July 2019, complete with a focus centered around holistic offerings. Expect the property to feature amenities and activities designed to connect guests to local wellness, fitness and beauty partners, including social and environmental experiences from bicycle tours to reviving a historic fish pond, astrology readings, beach yoga, aromatherapy crystals to enhance sleep and much more.
Also new: revamped guest rooms, corridors, lobby and lobby bar set amid an inviting yet chic mid-century minimalist meets tropical modern design boasting a palette of sandy neutrals, terra-cotta and pops of black. “Renew has been reimagined as an intimate retreat for those seeking a deeper connection to Hawai’i beyond its traditional tourist spots,” says General Manager Thomas Harris. “We look forward to providing our guests with meaningful and memorable stays.”
129 Paoakalani Ave. Honolulu, HI
PHOTOGRAPHS: HAYES DAVIDSON (TOP) AND RENEW (BOTTOM)
When ProsPac Holdings Group’s 41-story Azure Ala Moana residential tower debuts at the corner of Keeaumoku and Makaloa streets in downtown Honolulu the summer of 2021, expect 330 condos and 78 rental apartments boasting HBA-designed interiors featuring stunning ocean, mountain and city views; floor-to-ceiling windows; extra-large sliding glass lanai doors; elegant 7-foot, solid core wood entry doors; and plush, high-end carpet in living rooms and bedrooms.
Then there’s the amenities: 20,000-plus square feet of retail and dining offerings on the building’s ground- and second-level plaza, plus a resort-style pool and cabanas, fitness center, club room, puppy park, guest suites for family and friends, and more. “Azure Ala Moana embodies the heart of downtown Honolulu in both physical location and strong cultural roots,” says Rick Stack, ProsPac’s executive vice president. “The residents of our urban oasis will pioneer the rediscovery of a diverse, active, and authentic neighborhood.” Sales already have begun, with prices starting at the mid 600,000’s for a one-bedroom.
AZURE ALA MOANA
641 Keeaumoku St. Honolulu, HI
By the time the holiday season rolls around, guests seeking a grand hotel experience rife with adventure and top-notch service will find it at Mexico’s new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. Think an idyllic respite set on 1,000 acres overlooking the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains and Sea of Cortez, complete with contemporary Guerin Glass Architects-designed accommodations in the form of 141 guestrooms and 23 suites offering sea views and private terraces.
Visitors will be privy to five dining options, a spa and wellness center, the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II golf course, a private marina, and endless adventures from snorkeling to horseback riding. “We are fully prepared that this part of Cabo is about to become the worst best-kept secret in the world,” says General Manager Borja Manchado. “Once our guests get a taste of the lifestyle here, I’m quite sure they will begin planning their next visit even before the first one is over.”
FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS
PHOTOGRAPHS: AZURE ALA MOANA (TOP) AND FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS (BOTTOM)
Feast your eyes on one of the priciest properties for sale in the Caribbean at $25 million. Nestled on 132 oceanfront acres at Half Moon Bay Antigua—an ultra-luxury resort and residential development featuring 3,200 feet of white coral sand, along with access to on-site amenities including a biodynamic farm, cocktail lounge and spa—the Mellon Estate previously was owned by philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon and now is on the market for the first time in 50-plus years.
As part of the purchase price, the buyer will enjoy the opportunity to use the Dutch design firm Studio Piet Boon to create a bespoke residence on the 3-acre parcel of land. “The Mellon estate will truly be one of the greatest homes in the world, starting atop a cliff and cascading down to vast ocean views,” says Half Moon Bay Antigua CEO William Anderson. “It’s unlike anything in the Caribbean.
HALF MOON BAY ANTIGUA
Be on the lookout for the first Tiger Woods-designed golf course on Oahu’s Leeward Coast, coming soon to the 644-acre, mixed-used Mākaha Valley Resort development. One of two layouts at the property commissioned by Toronto-based golfing network Pacific Links International, Woods’ TGR Design will execute the Mākaha North Course, while Gil Hanse (creator of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Course) will craft the Mākaha South Course. Expect the North Course to include links set high atop the Pacific amid lush, rolling terrain beneath the Waianae Mountain Range, where players will encounter vast fairways dotted with bunkers.
According to a statement by Woods: “The cathedral-like setting of the property is framed with big ocean views to the west and towering mountains to the east. We are designing a golf course that will take advantage of this spectacular setting, yet still be fun and playable for golfers of all abilities.”
MAKAHA VALLEY RESORT
84-626 Makaha Valley Rd., Waianae, Oahu, HI
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF HALF MOON BAY ANTIGUA (TOP) AND PACIFIC LINKS INTERNATIONAL (BOTTOM)
Montage Laguna Beach unveiled a head-to-toe makeover in March, complete with improvements to the property’s lobby, lounge and accommodations. Expect a view of the Pacific from a framed window in the lobby, as well as new Brazilian cherry wood flooring and California-coastal furniture in the lobby and popular lobby lounge.
The 253 updated guestrooms (including suites and bungalows) now boast a muted color palette accented by vibrant pops of steel blue, violet, yellow and chartreuse, along with sustainably sourced furnishings and amenities such as candles by Laguna Candles (with a Montage-specific scent), Matouk throw blankets, and champagne buckets and dog bowls hand-sculpted by the artists of Tina Frey.
“In keeping with the comfortable and classical-chic feel, the resort has always had, we have enhanced the guest experience with refreshed common areas and modernized guestrooms,” says Montage Laguna Beach General Manager Anne-Marie Houston. “And we have raised our own bar to our ongoing commitment to sustainability throughout the resort at all levels.”
MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH
30801 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA
Waikiki’s newest luxury boutique hotel is now accepting online reservations in advance of its Oct. 25 debut. Halekulani Corp.’s Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani—situated adjacent to its sister property, Halekulani—will include 284 guestrooms and four suites with ocean views.
New York City-based interior design firm Champalimaud was tapped to design the land- and water-themed accommodations and public spaces, with local artwork from the Honolulu Museum of Art complementing the decor.
The property also will feature the casual Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant, complete with a variety of pastries, cakes and artisan breads by a baker from the renowned Imperial Hotel Tokyo. Rates range from $350 to $1,100, based on double occupancy.
PHOTOGRAPHS: MONTAGE LAGUNA BEACH (TOP) AND HALEPUNA WAIKIKI BY HALEKULANI (BOTTOM)
North Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay community is remaking its history by welcoming a Silver LEED-certified mixed-use redevelopment offering 59 residences; a 275-room, five-star hotel; wellness spa; boutique shops and galleries; and casino. Kicking off the first phase is Granite Place, consisting of 18 two- to four-bedroom condos ranging from 1,641 to 2,718 square feet and featuring spa and barbecue terraces overlooking the lake, as well as access to resort-like amenities such as 24/7 concierge services such as car detailing and pet grooming. An added bonus to purchasing a mountain retreat in the new neighborhood?
“Nevada continues to have one of the least-burdensome tax structures in the nation, offering buyers the opportunity to invest or live at Granite Place while taking advantage of Lake Tahoe’s tax-free north shore,” says the project’s developer, Heather Bacon. Sales already have begun on the condos, with prices ranging from $1.65 to $2.9 million and completion set for late spring.
1 Big Water Drive Crystal Bay, Nevada
The former Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island of Hawaii has been undergoing a $100 million-plus redesign and revitalization and will be reborn as Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection in late 2019. Expect the transformed resort to feature 32 Hart Howerton-designed oceanfront acres dotted with sacred royal fishing ponds, natural lava plains, tropical gardens and white-sand beaches, along with public areas and guest rooms done by Meyer Davis.
Among the highlights: ocean-front and ocean-view suites offering panoramic coastal views; ultra-luxe bungalows with private pools and butler service; two signature restaurants; a 5,000-square-foot fitness facility; spa; and an infinity-edge adult pool and lounge with cabanas. Adding to the lineup is Auberge’s signature adventures program, with activities including standup paddle boarding and outrigger canoeing. “Mauna Lani’s show-stopping features will evoke the senses—from the visually captivating design aesthetic to the soul-stirring experiential programming—for a thoughtfully crafted journey,” says General Manager Sanjiv Hulugalle.
MAUNA LANI, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive,
PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BOULDER BAY (TOP) AND MAUNA LANI, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION (BOTTOM)
A cherished get away once owned by a young Montecito couple has been reborn as Rosewood Miramar Beach, the only five-star hotel in California offering guestrooms perched directly over the sand. Owned and developed by Caruso, Rosewood Hotels & Resort’s first property in Southern California exudes a residential feel in keeping with its iconic ancestor.
Think relaxed coastal environs boasting 161 guestrooms paired with a modern approach to the resort experience. Among the highlights: the centerpiece Manor House with a trio of signature suites; ocean-front beach accommodations; seven restaurants and bars; a new wellness shop for Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand goop; and a 600-piece art collection showcasing original works by the likes of Norman Rockwell.
“Combining Rosewood’s signature residential style with intuitive and engaging service, the resort offers a truly unique experience that makes guests feel as if they are visiting a private home,” says Managing Director Seán Carney. “Rosewood Miramar Beach offers the perfect place for all of life’s moments.”
ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH
1759 Jameson Ln. Montecito, CA
On the heels of a $6.5 million renovation and rebranding in 2014 that included updated guest rooms and suites, the 286-room Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on the Big Island is tackling the redo of its lobby. The $1.6 million project, set to debut at the iconic ocean-front property in April, will include a new contemporary and open yet intimate space inspired by the surrounding beauty of Hawaii.
Expect organic textures, colors and materials, along with natural wood flooring and trim complemented by coral stone and warm, dark wood accents. Updated technology also is on the roster, including the addition of touch-screen directories, monitors and charging ports.
“The Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is an award-winning Hawaii icon on Hilo’s famous and historical Banyan Drive,” says Castle Resorts & Hotels President and CEO Alan Mattson. “We are proud to be highlighting the cultural and contextual charms of the property in fresh, modern and inviting manner.”
HILO HAWAIIAN HOTEL
71 Banyan Drive Hilo, HI
PHOTOGRAPHS: ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS (TOP) AND DEZIGNS INTERIOR PLANNING LLC (BOTTOM
Seeking a second home in Hawaii? Maui’s newest oceanfront development Luana Garden Villas is a collection of 72 three-bedroom residences on a 10-acre parcel within the Honua Kai Resort & Spa, along Ka’anapali Beach.
The fully furnished, 2,000-plus-square-foot homes are situated in multiple two-story buildings found in three separate garden-inspired enclaves, with each boasting a pool, hot tub, fire pit and lava rock waterfall.
Also featured are gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops and high-end appliances; dual master suites; a spacious great room that opens via retractable glass walls to a lanai sporting a full open-air kitchen; a single-car garage; and secure owner storage.
An added bonus? Convenient access to the wide range of resort amenities, including an Aquatic Playground with waterslides, waterfalls, caves and a sandy beach pool, as well as Dukes Beach House Restaurant and Whalers General Store. Prices start at around $2 million, with the property currently about 80 percent sold.
LUANA GARDEN VILLAS
130 Kai Malina Parkway Lahaina, Maui, HI
If the beach is not exactly your thing, no worries. Utah’s Park City is a hot destination for Angelenos seeking second homes on the slopes. “Park City offers world-class resort amenities, yet has a small-town feel where you can shift it down a few gears and relax,” says Charlie Taylor, managing partner of The Agency’s Park City office.
“The quality of life is what has brought many people who start off as vacationers from various parts of the country and make Park City their primary or second-home community.” Among the current offerings: a contemporary residence resting on a south-facing hillside facing a stunning mountain and valley view listed for $6.195 million.
Situated at 1495 Red Fox, in the Ranches at the Preserve community, the four-bedroom home offers more than 8,000 square feet of living space with all of the bells and whistles—including a full audio-visual system with a 4K theater projector and 168-bottle wine cellar—while the 15-acre grounds sport patios with fire pits, an outdoor kitchen and in-ground spa.
“PARK CITY OFFERS WORLD-CLASS RESORT AMENITIES, YET HAS A SMALL-TOWN FEEL WHERE YOU CAN SHIFT-IT DOWN A FEW GEARS AND RELAX.”
-Charlie Taylor, managing partner of The Agency’s Park City office
RANCHES AT THE PRESERVE
1495 Red Fox Park City, UT
PHOTOGRAPHS: LUANA GARDEN VILLAS (TOP) AND THE AGENCY (BOTTOM
After finishing the first phase of a renovation/redesign by San Francisco-based interior designer Nicole Hollis in 2018—complete with a stylish new wing sporting 85 guest rooms (for a total of 132), as well as a rooftop pool and sundeck, and bar/lounge—Kimpton Angler’s Hotel South Beach is preparing to debut its second and final phase later this spring.
Expect a clean and contemporary re-do of its original accommodations (some dating back to the 1930s) and a new Seawell Fish n’ Oyster restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Julian Garriga for this destination hotel located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and Art Deco District.
“Since completing our 85-room addition last year, the positive praise from our guests has been overwhelming,” says GM Jacqueline Lejart. “These same sensibilities will carry over to our original lofts, villas and bungalows. Together, they will deliver an exceptional experience and an uncommon mix of accommodations unlike any other in South Beach.” –
KIMPTON ANGLER’S HOTEL SOUTH BEACH
660 Washington Ave.
Beginning this summer, guests seeking an ultra-exclusive hotel experience with personalized service and privacy will find it at Waikiki’s new ESPACIO. Think nine floors, with each showcasing a three-bedroom suite offering a butler, Italian marble baths, a dry sauna, Jacuzzi on a beachfront lanai, full kitchen, and iPads to control lighting and temperature. Guests also will be privy to an on-site restaurant, and a rooftop infinity pool and spa.
“We’ve learned discerning guests value privacy and high-end design, while also desiring the comforts of home,” says Lesli Reynolds, Aqua-Aston’s senior vice president of operations. “Each guestroom takes up an entire floor and has been outfitted with elegant finishes.
Personal butler service ensures that anything guests need to feel more comfortable will be provided in a timely manner, and the spa and restaurant are poised to become sought-after destinations, with concepts and offerings not available elsewhere in Waikiki.”
Plans are now under way for Star Resort Group’s Port St. George Resort, an 882-acre mixed-use tourist development on Bahama’s Long Island that encompasses a boutique hotel and spa; 500 ocean-view condos and townhouses, as well as 15 luxury villas; modern amenities (think an 18-hole golf course, six tennis courts, a yacht club and an organic hydroponics farm); a protected 100-acre harbor with a 640-berth marina (the largest in The Bahamas); and a landmark lighthouse housing a bar and café.
“This one-of-a-kind location will provide owners and guests a unique connection to the beauty and tranquility of nature, along with comforts offered by elegant residences that include the services and amenities of a fine hotel resort,” says Star Resort Group partner Chris Cannon. “The protected harbor, along with the 4,200 feet of shoreline embraced by the turquoise waters of the area, are two of the most alluring features that come to mind.”
PORT ST. GEORGE RESORT
Long Island, Bahamas
The Howard Hughes Corp.’s sixth mixed-use high-rise community in its Ward Village master-planned development in Honolulu is now open for residential sales. Named Kō’ula, and situated adjacent to the newly opened Victoria Ward Park, the 41-story tower by Studio Gang features approximately 570 Yabu Pushelberg-designed studios and one- to three-bedroom units, ranging from 300 to 1,500 square feet.
Prices start in the mid-$500,00s for the homes, which are showcased by floor-to-ceiling windows and private lanai terraces, as well as access to amenities including a lap pool, spa, fitness center, dog park, and more. “The tower is uniquely situated along Victoria Ward Park, rare open greenscape steps to the ocean and Oahu’s historic Kewalo Harbor,” says Bonnie Wedemeyer, senior vice president, The Howard Hughes Corp. “Residents will experience over 1 acre of luxury resort-style amenities coupled with all the benefits and conveniences of living in a privately curated master-planned community.”
PHOTOGRAPHS: © STAR RESORT GROUP 2018 (TOP) AND THE HOWARD HUGHES CORP.
A beloved destination through the years, Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection now offers even more reasons to visit. The beachside hideaway overlooking Meads Bay and Turtle Cove in Anguilla reopens in mid-December following a refresh and updates a year in the making. “We have poured our heart and soul into restoring the resort guests have come to know and love, while adding new amenities that elevate and complement this special corner of paradise,” says John Volponi, general manager and regional vice president, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Expect 11 new beachfront suites and four garden suites, along with a completely new Auberge Spa and gathering spaces. Among the highlights is a newly expanded pool deck that now extends toward the cliff’s edge to create a scenic overlook, and a new two-bedroom beachfront villa boasting Caribbean-inspired décor and a private plunge pool. Also coming: two new standout dining concepts—Bar Soleil and Café Celeste. malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com
MALLIOUHANA AUBERGES RESORT COLLECTION
British West Indies
New beachfront suites and an enhanced pool area are part of recent updates at Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Haven’t visited Castle Resorts & Hotels’ hip new boutique hotel on Kauai’s famed Royal Coconut Coast? Here’s what you’ve been missing at the Kauai property called The ISO (short for Island, Sky, Ocean): a recent $5 million renovation of the former Mokihana Resort that includes the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds. Expect 79 ocean-front rooms revamped with rustic-chic island decor (along with logoed canteen coffee mugs, refillable water bottles and yoga mats), as well as a new poolside fire-pit seating area and a terrace for the Bull Shed steakhouse.
Guests can also look forward to perks like yoga on the oceanfront lawn, complimentary Continental breakfast, and bikes to explore the area and 4-mile coastal trail. “The ISO offers everyone a place to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul,” says General Manager Ala Perreira. “It allows you to fall in love with taking care of yourself, reminding you to breathe, slow down and enjoy the little things.” theiso.com -W.B
The ISO’s renovations include the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds.