Here’s the latest on the newest and hottest resorts and residential community openings.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Photograph courtesy of the The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Situated on 30 acres, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas will reopen in December 2019 following a $100 million enhancement. The property’s refreshed look includes a pristine white palette with splashes of color and a lush tropical landscape. The resort’s 180 guestrooms and suites have been entirely reimagined with bright and airy designs that amplify the island’s natural beauty. All rooms purposefully face the bay, offering guests expansive ocean views. Other property highlights include a remodeled infinity pool and a new Sicilian restaurant.

The Diamond Head Club

Photo courtesy of The Diamond Head Club

Irongate, the Los Angeles-based developer of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, recently announced the debut of  The Diamond Head Club. Located at the top of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, the club offers 84 ownership options for a fraction of the cost of whole ownership. Located on floors 37 to 39 of the Diamond Head Tower, the private residence club will have six penthouse residences comprised of 2,100 to 4,100 square feet of indoor living space plus private rooftop cabanas that open onto 5,400-square-foot lanais.

Brando Residences

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The Brando, a luxury resort located on French Polynesia’s private island of Tetiaroa, recently announced the debut of its Brando Residences. Guests of Brando Residences enjoy full access to all resort activities and amenities, including multiple restaurants, water sports, a luxurious Polynesian spa, lagoon-view bar, beach bar, fitness center, organic garden, library, pearl shop, boutique, and the resort’s Ecostation. Dedicated staff, including chefs and butlers, are available upon request. All-inclusive rates for the Brando Residences start at $16,817 per night for up to six guests.


Photo courtesy of the Espacio

Honolulu’s newest ultra-luxury hotel opened in September 2019 following a $50 million investment. The nine-suite boutique hotel boasts 2,250-square-foot accommodations beginning at $5,000 per night. Each three-bedroom, three-bathroom suite is individually appointed with globally sourced works of art and dining room tables crafted from whole slabs of imported Italian marble. Their ocean-view balconies with Jacuzzis, spa-like bathrooms with dry saunas, and private elevator entries await.