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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.



1 Big Water Drive Crystal Bay, Nevada



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.



68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive,

Kamuela, Hawaii





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.” 


1759 Jameson Ln. Montecito, CA


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.”


71 Banyan Drive Hilo, HI




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.

130 Kai Malina Parkway Lahaina, Maui, HI

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.


“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.


-Charlie Taylor,  managing partner  of The Agency’s Park City office

1495 Red Fox Park City, UT


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.”


660 Washington Ave.

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.”

Honolulu, Hawaii

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.”

Long Island, Bahamas

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.”

Honolulu, Hawaii


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.

British West Indies

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.” -W.B

Kapaa, Hawaii

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. 

150 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815

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.” 


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



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.


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

Your Own Private Peninsula

Papagayo Aerial


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.


From Honolulu To Miami

Taking Shape

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences, Honolulu is helping shape the city skyline, complete with a 36-story tower offering 99 exclusive, luxury condos on the upper floors (starting at level 19). “Envisioned by a world-class design team, the bespoke collection of residences will afford privileged access to world-class amenities, combined with legendary hospitality steeped in the values of the Orient,” says James Ratkovich, managing director of Salem Partners, the project’s developer.

Situated at 1695 Kapiolani Blvd. in Waikiki’s Ala Moana District, the residences are set for completion in March 2021, with the hotel opening in May 2021. Living options include spacious and open floor plans accentuated by classic yet modern Dianna Wong-designed interiors, with each home featuring a lanai with views of the Pacific. Residents will also have access to a private amenity level replete with a pool, outdoor lounge space with cabanas and fire pits, a karaoke room and Dolby Theatre. “The catalytic building is a towering symbol of everything to come in the neighborhood,” says Ratkovich.

Miami Flair

One of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco properties has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. Found in the heart of Miami Beach—oceanfront at 39th Street and Collins Avenue—the newly revamped Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club now is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection. “Cadillac offers modern Miami flair with European-inspired sensibilities while maintaining its authentic and genuine personality established decades ago,” says General Manager Karan Kakar. Expect a preserved Art Deco aesthetic designed by New York-based Bill Rooney Studio, including original terrazzo flooring in the lobby, as well as 357 guest rooms (including 20 suites) boasting white stone flooring punctuated by gold and smoky blue accents.

Among the perks: a Lobby Bar and two restaurants (authentic Italian trattoria Donna Mare and coastal chic Bungalow by the Sea); beachside and pool service (think a sunscreen bar and shaved ice cart); curated air, land and sea experiences; and a fitness center. Introductory rates start from $149 to $299 for stays through Nov. 30.


BDHM Design’s “Nature Meets Neon” Look and the Revamped Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

BDHM Design’s cutting-edge “Nature Meets Neon” look showcasing bold colors and Hawaii’s tropical flora and fauna now envelopes the revamped Shoreline Hotel Waikiki

Among the highlights at Filament Hospitality’s 135-room, boutique property: a colorful signature ombré wall painted by California-based artist DJ Neff at the entrance, and a reinvented open-air lobby area featuring tropical “jungle” walls, rattan cage light fixtures housing paper sculptures of native birds and geometric-shaped furnishings. An updated rooftop pool deck boasts commissioned neon wall murals, also by Neff, while tropical wallpaper, multicolored floors and fluorescent kinetic hallways lead to redesigned rooms.

“Travelers will want to visit the new Shoreline to experience our take on a unique, vibrant and contemporary hotel in the heart of Waikiki”


Also new is live music, a shave ice cart, pau hana “relax & refresh” hour and artisan markets. “Travelers will want to visit the new Shoreline to experience our take on a unique, vibrant and contemporary hotel in the heart of Waikiki,” says General Manager Alvida Surpia-Jones, adding that the hotel’s ombré wall is particularly popular with guests, a “great spot to capture a memory.”

Photographs: Adam Macchia for Shoreline

The Mandarina Resort’s Brand New Luxury Residential Development to Debut in 2020

One&Only Mandarina Resort and Residential Development Set to Debut in 2020

About an hour north of Puerto Vallarta lies land shaped by a long-dormant volcano, creating a stunning landscape boasting cliffs, a tropical beachfront jungle, sandy beaches, natural estuary and flatlands. Taking up residence amid this natural beauty is the new One&Only Mandarina resort and residential development.

“Mandarina’s positioning along the mountainous coast of Riviera Nayarit is a location unlike any other in Mexico,” says Ricardo Santa Cruz, partner at Mandarina, which is being developed by RLH Properties.

At the center of it all is one of the world’s first collections of One&Only Private Homes—55 contemporary-designed villas offering four-, five- and eight-bedroom floor plans ranging from 7,500 square feet to 13,500 square feet, with prices from $4.65 million to $10.5 million.

Set to debut in early 2020, owners will also have exclusive access to the One&Only Mandarina Resort, which features a collection of 108 luxury suites, world-class cuisine, beach clubs, wellness, and a Polo & Equestrian Club.

Photographs: (from top) courtesy of Hayes Davidson and Mandarina

Grand Solmar Exclusive 834-Acre Master-Planned Community Rancho San Lucas

Second-home buyers are seeking out an oceanfront living and outdoor enjoyment in Los Cabos at the Solmar Group’s exclusive new 834-acre master-planned community of Rancho San Lucas (, just 30 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport.

Residences include single-family, Santa Barbara-style homes, as well as oceanfront estates and residences with interiors by Norman Design Group.

World Class Amenities

Among the amenities: Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course opening in 2019, plus a Mexican Village offering shopping, dining, and entertainment.

“The Norman Estates embrace the history of the land as a previous cattle ranch, with expansive spaces for families who love to entertain and interiors that deliver a relaxed, rustic and authentic appeal,” says Rancho San Lucas Director Greg Reisdorf.

“The Villas evoke serenity and timeless luxury and enjoy amazing views of the Pacific and desert, being set on the highest vantage point.”

Prices start at $670,000 for The Villas and $1.6 million for the Norman Estates.

Photos courtesy of:
Rancho San Lucas

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