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Beach Vacations In Mexico and Honolulu

Heart of Honolulu

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
800.451.0638
azurealamoana.com


East Cape Extravagance

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

800.819.5053

fourseasons.com

PHOTOGRAPHS: AZURE ALA MOANA (TOP) AND FOUR SEASONS RESORT LOS CABOS AT COSTA PALMAS (BOTTOM)

 

Choose Your Dream Getaway

Dream Vacation Home

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
268.562.9147
halfmoonbayantigua.com

 


 

A Legend’s Links

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

808.695.7111
pacificlinks.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF HALF MOON BAY ANTIGUA (TOP) AND PACIFIC LINKS INTERNATIONAL (BOTTOM)

Change of Scenery

Sea Change

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

866.271.6953
montagehotels.com

 

 


 

 

Urban Escape

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)

Frida Kahlo’s Home: Picture Of Her Life.

When the exiled Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky came to Coyoacan, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City, he did so at the invitation of artist Frida Kahlo (and the man she married twice, Mexican muralist Diego Rivera).

Trotsky and his wife were welcomed at Frida’s family home Casa Azul, the Blue House, a blue as bold as the woman who was born there, died there, and spent time recovering from a horrendous, life-threatening trolley accident that left her bed-ridden, in a body cast, and alone to explore self-portraiture.

Casa Azul is a portrait of Frida, as well. Constructed in 1904, with a colonial typology, the composition lacks a significant physical configuration (its floor plan, which placed adjoining rooms around a courtyard, was typical of the period), but its engagement with community and culture makes it a building of great consequence, greater than the sum of its parts, and sensitive to poetics.

The home’s original architect is unknown, but Frida’s mannerly father Guillermo, a photographer with an interest in architecture, likely espoused his opinions about its design. While not architecturally experimental, Casa Azul was more than comfortable, a single-story structure with four bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and servants’ quarters. Plants filled the patio.

Tall windows, French doors and elements of French decorative style on the exterior were fashionable touches. Many books and a German piano certainly helped nurture a sense of the artistic in a growing Frida.

This rich history reverberates through the halls of the current Casa Azul, a world of Frida’s creation, its vivacious palette characteristic of her work and life alike—her artistic depictions, like her dress, are vivid, expressing cultural and feminine identity and strong politics. Ornamented similarly, the house features photos of Lenin, Stalin and Mao, pre-Hispanic artifacts, mirrors and butterflies, and a show of Frida’s constrictive, spine-correcting corsets.

Modifications and expansions have been made to the house, including a wing that Diego constructed, but arguably the most of momentous transformation—its cobalt-blue painted façade—turned the building into art itself. The robust color sets off an oasis of greenery, and the red of its pre-Hispanic pyramid, which serves to integrate Mexico’s indigenous history.

The strong assertion of blue on the exterior gives way to an interior of bright-green trim and yellow accents that highlight a trove of Mexican treasures—crafts, pre-Hispanic artifacts, personal belongings and fascinating works of art by both Frida and Diego.

Rechristened the Frida Kahlo Museum in 1958, four years after her death, at which time Diego bequeathed the building to Mexico, the destination receives art and culture lovers across the world. Magically, visitors find the folkloric charm of Casa Azul in Frida and Diego’s day is much the same. One element, in particular, leaves a lasting impression: Frida’s 1954 work whose name is what Casa Azul still represents—Long Live Life. museofridakahlo.org

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA ARCHIVES. BANK OF MEXICO, FIDUCIARY IN THE DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUM TRUST

Distinct Destinations

Ritzy Renaissance

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.

 

GRANITE PLACE

1 Big Water Drive Crystal Bay, Nevada
775.413.5021
boulderbaytahoe.com

 


 

High Refashion

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,

Kamuela, Hawaii

800.367.2323
aubergeresorts.com

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY OF BOULDER BAY (TOP) AND MAUNA LANI, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION (BOTTOM)

An Ocean Apart Get Away

A True Jewel

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
805.900.8388

 


Charm Redefined

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

877.367.1912
castleresorts.com

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS (TOP) AND DEZIGNS INTERIOR PLANNING LLC (BOTTOM

Travel Options Maui & Utah

Second Act

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
808.662.2840
luanagardenvillas.com


Mountain Hideaway

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.

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“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

Sun and Sand From Hawaii To Miami

Miami Makeover

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.
Miami
866.729.8800
anglershotelmiami.com


Above & Beyond

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.”

ESPACIO 
Honolulu, Hawaii
855.945.4092
aquaaston.com

Privacy in the Bahamas & Community in Honolulu

Five-Star Living in the Bahamas

A boutique hotel and luxury residences are front and center at this new tourist development coming soon to the Bahamas.

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
800.581.1786
starresortgroup.com


Honolulu Highlight

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.”

KO‘ULA
Honolulu, Hawaii
808.369.9600
koulawardvillage.com

PHOTOGRAPHS: © STAR RESORT GROUP 2018 (TOP) AND THE HOWARD HUGHES CORP.

Luxury Vacations in the Caribbean & Hawaii

Caribbean Luxury

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
Anguilla,
British West Indies
877.733.3611

New beachfront suites and an enhanced pool area are part of recent updates at Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection.

 


Sublime Harmony 

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
Kapaa, Hawaii
808.822.3971

The ISO’s renovations include the lobby, guest rooms, exterior and grounds.

Perfect Getaway In Hawaii and Mexico

Crowning Touches

The Queen Kapiolani Hotel near Diamond Head has unveiled the results of its $35 million transformation. Expect an homage to Old Waikiki, complete with hallways filled with vintage and Hawaiiana prints from the Mid-century modern era; a trio of large, original art murals gracing the property’s ground level; and a second-floor gallery offering a visual journey of Hawaii through the decades via classic art, period pieces and modern installations.

Among the other updates at the 19-story getaway: 315 updated guestrooms featuring coastal color palettes, modern amenities, large new windows, vintage art murals created by local artists and individual lanais. “We are thrilled to restore the Queen Kapiolani Hotel to its former glory,” says Jeff Perkins, the hotel’s general manager, “and to share this authentic Waikiki experience with new and repeat guests.” Rates start at $126 per night. queenkapiolani.com 

QUEEN KAPIOLANI HOTEL
150 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.922.1941

A portrait of day-to-day life in Waikiki by artist Nick Kuchar; Kapiolani Park; a newly renovated guestroom.


Exclusive  Hideaway

 

When developer Antonio M. Dávila first discovered the Puerta Cortés area of Baja California Sur several years ago, he was mesmerized by its beauty, spectacular scenery and extraordinary amenities. Fast-forward to today, and the president of the Mexican-based asset-management firm Ascendancy is the new owner of the rebranded Puerta Cortés resort and residential destination (formerly the CostaBaja Resort & Spa).

 

His first order of business: a $5 million revamp, including updates to the property’s Blue Cortés Beach Club; boutique collection of hillside and oceanfront residences; and 18-hole Gary Player-designed links. Plans also call for more fine-dining restaurants. “Part of what makes Puerta Cortés so extraordinary is our authenticity and community feel,” says Dávila. “We’re perfectly positioned as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, and in addition to our beautiful residences, we offer owners an unparalleled lifestyle with direct access to a world-class marina and the only Gary Player Signature golf course in Mexico.” puertacortes.com 

PUERTA CORTÉS MAR DE CORTÉS

866.409.9940
An oceanfront communal area;
viewpoint from Puerta Cortes and the property’s Beach Club.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: (TOP) COURTESY OF QUEEN KAPIOLANI HOTEL AND PUERTA CORTÉS

Near & Far | Ritz-Carlton of Oahu and Private Costa Rica Resort

Oahu’s Jewel

The ‘Ewa Tower at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach now has a twin. Opened in mid-October, the new Diamond Tower mirrors its 38-story sister building and adds 245 more units to the resort’s 307 luxury hotel suites. Envision a Guerin Glass Architects-designed structure inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements—like facades reflecting the surrounding landscape and a modern, 3-D interpretation of a traditional Hawaiian kapa design wrapping the first three floors—plus studio and one-to-four-bedroom residences and penthouses showcasing contemporary, island-deco interiors by Jon Brent Design, complete with ocean views, kitchens, and washers and dryers. Among the new tower’s amenities and services is a spa with four treatments rooms and a relaxation lounge, plus a 2,900-square-foot infinity pool boasting private cabanas outfitted with TVs, refrigerators and day beds. Coming in early 2019: a gourmet market and pool-side dining venue. ritzcarlton.com/waikiki

THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES,

WAIKIKI BEACH
383 Kalaimoku St. Waikiki Beach, HI 96815
808.922.8111
The new Diamond Tower boasts an infinity-pool with private cabanas, and coming soon, a poolside grill.


Your Own Private Peninsula

Papagayo Aerial

PENINSULA  PAPAGAYO COSTA RICA

This lush, 1,400-acre resort and residential community in northwest Costa Rica recently unveiled more upgrades as part of its $100 million communitywide transformation.

Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo resort and residential community has unveiled the next phase of its $100 million-plus transformation. “This is an extraordinary destination where rich biodiversity and vivid landscapes meet the highest levels of geo-luxury across Latin America,” says Donald McGregor, senior vice president of development and managing director of the Latin America region for Gencom, the property’s developer. “With our new lineup of amenities and experiences, we are nurturing a strong and cohesive community across the 1,400 acres of this private peninsula.” Meyer Davis-designed enhancements at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica (complete with a new concierge lounge and re-imagined spa); a new beach club at the adjacent Andaz Costa Rica Resort; and an expanded marina village. Also now online: a bike-share program featuring 60 electric bicycles, eco-adventures (including a Cacao Volcano Expedition), as well as an updated golf clubhouse and signature restaurant. peninsulapapagayo.com

PHOTOGRAPHS: (TOP) COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON RESIDENCES, WAIKIKI BEACH

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