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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

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Set to Debut in November

Rent Out an Entire Private Island with Kudadoo Maldives

Dreaming of renting out an entire private island for the ultimate all-inclusive holiday? Or maybe a villa resting on an exclusive slice of heaven? Kudadoo Maldives Private Island ( is set to debut in November.

“Kudadoo is the ultimate ‘heaven on earth’ for travelers seeking a luxury home away from home”

The intimate hideaway features 15 opulent one- and two-bedroom ocean residences overlooking the water paired with a resort offering fine dining, water adventures, spa treatments and even a butler to grant any desire.

“Kudadoo is the ultimate ‘heaven on earth’ for travelers seeking a luxury home away from home,” says Nina Fleischmann-Torosyan, director of business development for Hurawalhi Island Resort and Kudadoo Maldives Private Island.

Situated in Lhaviyani Atoll—40 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport—the contemporary Japanese-style destination was designed by noted architect Yuji Yamazaki and is surrounded by an aquamarine lagoon, white sandy beaches, and coral reefs.

Prices start at $3,300 per night for residences and $65,000 per night for the island.


Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay

84-Exclusive Oceanfront Residences On Maui’s Coast

Named after a demigod who pulled at the ocean floor with his magical fishing hook to create The Big Island, Maui is home to 120 miles of epic coastline. Along the West Maui coast is postcard-perfect Kapalua Bay, home to Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay—an exclusive oceanfront community of 84 luxury residences set within Kapalua Resort, and priced from $3.5 million.

An elegant oceanfront community

Limited Number of 3-4 Bedroom Residences Available

Residences are three or four bedrooms, ranging in size from approximately 2,700 to 4,055 square feet, and sold unfurnished, allowing one’s personal design ideas to spring to life. Those so inclined can tap one of Montage Residences Kapalua Bay’s design partners for interior furnishing options.

A sunny living room with abundant ocean views

An Exclusive Oceanfront in West Maui

The intimate community is a place of quiet retreat, complete with a 30,000-square-foot ocean-view spa and fitness center, Asian-influenced gourmet dining and 8,500 square feet of leisurely, lagoon-style pools. Step outside to Kapalua Resort—where Montage Residences Kapalua Bay homeowners enjoy access to a dynamic roster of recreation activities—to indulge world-class golf at two PGA- and LPGA-level courses: Plantation Course, ranked best in Hawaii for a decade by Golfweek, and Bay Course, home of over 20 pro tournaments. Non-golfers will revel in the fresh-air paradise of Kapalua Bay, from its rugged coastal trails to beachfront fun ranging from stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling to lounging along its peaceful, white-sand beaches. 


Written by Constance Dunn
Photographs: courtesy of Montage Residences at Kapalua Bay

Andaz Aerie—Unique, By Design

Commercial & residential architecture across the Hawaiian Islands offers a fresh expression of modern Pacific style

Translating the natural beauty of the landscape into a contemporary sanctuary with a daze of indulgences and modern design, the Andaz Maui evokes a warm, forward-thinking tone. For architecture to qualify as an oasis in the lushest oasis of all—the island of Maui—it must be truly spectacular, if not entirely of this Earth, such is the benchmark.

Arrival bridge at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort


That the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is precisely this is a credit to the Rockwell Group, which helmed a brilliant redesign to give the luxury hotel what it previously lacked: a clear connective quality to local culture. Gone are remnants of colonial Hawaiiana, replaced with indigenous materials, like teak and lava stone, and a relation to the exterior world: rolling waves and gentle trade winds. With free-form loungers resting on a delicately raked bed of sand underneath a mammoth skylight in the lobby, the sandpit is the centerpiece that informs the design.

‘awili spa and salon’s apothecary blending bar

The bends of a stunning wooden spiral staircase echo the curves of a Hawaiian canoe, while reflecting pools bordering the breezeway and exquisite Japanese sculpture display an Asian influence. The spa, meanwhile, is a contemporary take on ancient apothecaries, while residential-style villas tout custom furniture, local art and large windows that frame hypnotic ocean views that look close enough to touch.

This is more than a hotel; it’s Hawaii in the modern age—an environment that expresses the true and unmanufactured spirit of Aloha.

Written by Jenn Thornton
Photographs: courtesy of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort/Hyatt Corporation

Made in Mayumi

A new stay, play and work alternative debuts in Culver City

[cs_dropcap column_size=”1/1″ dropcap_style=”box” dropcap_size=”0″ dropcap_color=”#fff” dropcap_bg_color=”#d7df21″]While establishing office buildings to meet the needs of Culver City’s growing technology and media industries for the past five years, HQ Development began getting requests from its tenants and their mobile workforces for nearby flexible-living accommodations and event spaces. The idea for Mayumi was born. Fast-forward to today, and the company has transformed a dilapidated Westside motel into a new boutique property that will provide long-term visitors with a flexible, all-inclusive residential-stay alternative paired with public meeting spaces and special events, while also offering nightly lodging options.[/cs_dropcap]

“Mayumi is a Japanese word meaning: ‘Ma’ (mother); ‘Yu’ (courage, or alternatively, emerging/appearing to help others); and ‘Mi’ (beauty),” says Alexander Bird, co-founder of Mayumi and principal of HQ Development. “This fits our ethos perfectly, as we want our guests to feel at home in a beautiful space, while also providing a strong aspect of community around them that suits their needs for a positive living and work environment.”


Situated at 5630 Sawtelle Blvd. in the heart of Culver City—in a private locale easily accessible to the Silicon Beach—the contemporary-style building and stylish custom interiors were designed by L.A. architecture firm Shubin Donaldson. Expect an elevated residential concept offering 35 private rooms featuring hotel amenities (including a free, private high-speed network and weekly housekeeping services), with rates starting at $150 per day.


Among the amenities is a common courtyard with Internet, a full-service kitchen, fire pit, barbecue area, and sites to relax, work and host group dinners. Activities include yoga, and special events and discussion panels. A fleet of bicycles even is available for guests’ use.

“Mayumi will provide flexible-stay accommodations coupled with events to give both visitors and locals the chance to interact in thoughtfully designed indoor-outdoor community spaces,” says Bird. “The flexibility of easy-to-book long- and short-term stays paired with a community aspect is unlike anything Los Angeles has to offer right now.”

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of Roger Davies

5630 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
310.765.2008 |


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Coastal Infusion

Playful seaside style meets effortless elegance at the newly opened westdrift Manhattan Beach hotel in the heart of the South Bay

At the new westdrift Manhattan Beach, West Coast meets East Coast in a celebration of the South Bay beach city founded by a New Yorker from a borough of the same name. And that it is, from the hotel’s moniker, which is influenced by the westerly winds that famously swept dunes of sugary sand over the Manhattan Beach boardwalk, to the name of the signature indoor-outdoor restaurant, Jute Coastal Bar + Kitchen, that references the strong, raw fiber often used for making nautical-style ropes.

Adding flair? A sun-washed beach palette with an East Coast aesthetic, punctuated throughout with driftwood, pops of navy blue, woven chairs, string flags and water-themed artwork by Sausalito photorealist Eric Zener. A custom Argentine driftwood check-in desk framed by striking wooden columns with metal accents even calls to mind the city’s iconic pier.

Set on 26 acres—near Los Angeles International Airport, the beach and The Point, the area’s top shopping and dining destination—the Autograph Collection’s first L.A. property features 393 guest rooms (including 14 suites) priced from $259 (weekends) to $289 (weekdays) per night. Expect a mesh of playful seaside style and effortless elegance throughout the open and flowing environs crafted by San Francisco-based EDG Design and local consultant Theresa Fatino Design, including rooms featuring sea glass light fixtures and soft, neutral tones with hints of cool blue, as well as Malin + Goetz bath products.

Look for a communal-focused dining experience led by Executive Chef Octavio Sabado at Jute. Among the most popular items on the bicoastal menu is ahi tuna ceviche (with agua chile, jicama, pecans, pomegranate and plantain); salt roasted beets (with raspberry, herbed boat cheese, pistachio, arugula and meringue); grilled hanger steak (with cipollini confit, oyster mushrooms and mojo verde); and sustainable salmon (with potato confit, braised leek and ash).

Jute also will offer a wide selection of original, seasonal libations, including the Catch Me if You Can (Grand Poppy Amaro, lemon, Beluga Vodka, Bergamot and elderberry spice) and LAX to JFK (Westland American Oak whiskey, Cocchi Americano, Martini & Rossi Bitter, pineapple cordial, Miracle Mile Toasted Pecan Bitters and a dash of sea salt).

Rounding out the property’s offerings is plenty of special amenities and services. Think a CrossFit-type fitness center, outdoor pool flanked by cabanas, beach cruisers from Venice Beach-based Solé Bicycles, a Boards & Brews package including a morning group surf lesson followed by a local brewery tour and tasting, and a 9-hole, par-3 golf course. Not to mention 35,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space, including 18 meeting rooms, a traditional ballroom and three industrial-chic venues.

“With the opening of westdrift, Manhattan Beach finally earns a new hotel worthy of its sophisticated surroundings,” says the property’s general manager, Stephanie Bauer. “The spirit of the Autograph Collection brand reflects a true sense of place, and the mashup of Manhattan Beach between business and beach proves an exciting, enviable muse. Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel that allure.”

Written by Wendy Bowman  |  Photography Courtesy of westdrift Manhattan Beach



1400 Parkview Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310.546.7511  |

A New Classic

The spirit of an East Coast flagship is reborn in a West Coast hotel at the heart of the cultural renaissance in Downtown Los Angeles

Rare in this city is the anticipated opening that does not come out of Hollywood. Nevertheless, the new NoMad Los Angeles hotel, which bowed last month on corner of 7th and Olive Street in Downtown, has a Hollywood story to tell. The hotel takes over the Giannini Building, which was originally built in the 1920s and the one-time headquarters of the Bank of Italy, which helped bankroll Walt Disney’s badly over budget Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Like that film, this one has all the makings of a classic: a building with much of its neoclassical character, veteran leadership at every level, the essence of its celebrated predecessor NoMad New York, and a sensitivity to the cultural, social and physical fabric of its local environ. How could it not be a hit?

[cs_dropcap column_size=”1/1″ dropcap_style=”box” dropcap_size=”0″ dropcap_color=”#fff” dropcap_bg_color=”#d7df21″] It is ironic that a hotel whose name means wanderer may have difficulty getting travelers to leave, especially if already acquainted with the NoMad brand. Refined though refreshingly free of vanity, the hotel takes a laissez-faire approach to luxury, where, rather than assault one with ostentation, it nurtures a casual elegance, an atmosphere for socializing, where one can enjoy a cocktail or have a conversation in a series convivial public spaces. The hotel’s two-story lobby, in particular, was made for mingling, with a library, coffee bar, and more.[/cs_dropcap]

French interior designer Jacques Garcia was careful to preserve and reference the building’s Italian heritage while gracing interior spaces with the ease of the California coast. All 241 of the hotel’s rooms and suites are smartly dressed and feature a color palette that echoes the hotel’s spectacularly restored Italianate ceiling in the lobby—lush blue with gold accents complementing custom furnishings, Bellino linens, art curated by Paris design studio be-poles, and freestanding pedestal bathtubs.

It’s all so sumptuous, but streamlined to suit the feel of unfussy Southern California. The highpoint of all lodging is the Nomad Suite. Perched on the 12th floor, the 1,200-square-foot suite is larger than the average apartment. With more than enough space to receive—and impress—a sizable entourage, the suite soaks in a grand skyline view while embracing a living room, dining room and bedroom.

Dining at NoMad Los Angeles gets a major leg up from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. The duo behind the culinary program at NoMad New York as well as the Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park, NoMad Los Angeles marks the team’s first foray outside Manhattan—and what an auspicious start.

Turning to local ingredients and the vibrancy of Downtown to create the hotel’s radiant dining and drinking environment, the menu is a reflection of diverse local tastes; cuisine is, like the vibe throughout, sophisticated yet simultaneously approachable. The second-floor Mezzanine is the culmination of the culinary program, with formal dining, a first-class wine selection and inventive cocktails. 

Crowning the NoMad Los Angeles is its fabulous rooftop. With the Los Angeles skyline dramatically on show, the alfresco space is theater in its own right, with a café, chic cocktail bar and lavish pool, all designed by Jacques Garcia. Combined, these spaces further the hotel’s rich communal culture, with flexibility a primary attraction. Whether hosting a seated dinner or a swanky cocktail reception, the 5,178-square-foot rooftop has no ceiling when it comes to possible setups.

True to its roots as a building that once housed a bank, the NoMad Los Angeles has brought a bit more social currency—and a whole lot of uptown touch—to Downtown.

Written by Jenn Thornton  |  Photography Courtesy of Benoit Linero


The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles

649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
213.358.0000  |


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