by dailykongfidence

Designed to reflect the luxury, beauty, and unparalleled customer service that encompasses all of the Ritz Carlton properties, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach lives up to the iconic, luxury hotel brand while also incorporating the paradise that surrounds it. Every heartfelt smile, every detail, every amenity reminds you why you are here – to create your own Ritz Carlton memories with the local O’ahu touch.

The best thing about vacations and why we love them so much is because of the memories they create. It’s amazing to see the adventure though your childrens’ eyes and building these memories together are what makes vacations so priceless. As the vacation ends and you head back to the routine of daily life, you are reminded of your travels as stories unfold. Stories of how your youngest child swam across the entire length of the pool for the first time at the The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, or when your middle child lost her 9th tooth on vacation and the tooth fairy magically appeared surprising her with local snacks and Hawaiian souvenirs, or when you took the kids fishing for the first time and that thoughtfully prepared fishing bag from Lisa the Concierge came in handy when it started to rain. It is not only about making the memories, but where you made them as well.

From the moment you turn into the water inspired porte cochere, the welcoming aloha spirit surrounds you. The flourishing landscaping of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach serves as a backdrop to the tropical paradise, inviting you to experience the Hawaiian heritage and colorful traditions. Valets clad in aloha shirts with friendly smiles receive you with fresh orchid leis and gentle island spirit. From here your soul stirs and the magic of O’ahu and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach transcends over you.

Lush landscaping everywhere you go

Tropical gardens at the entrance of the resort
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Upon being welcomed by name (yes, this is a place where the entire staff knows your name), you are quickly whisked to hotel’s main lobby on the 8th floor, designed after the opulence and luxury reminiscent of an Hermes store. Here you first see the glimmering ocean views and natural beauty of Waikiki Beach. While you check in you are offered cool, scented towels to wipe away the challenges of travel and recharge your senses. A fresh fruit smoothie cools and relaxes your body to prepare you for a memorable Hawaiian vacation. Despite arriving hours before the local check in time, the hospitable staff was quick to accommodate us and get our room ready for an early check in.

Hermes inspired 8th floor Lobby

Adjacent BLT Market which features farm-to-table dining all day

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach features 307 residences, ALL with an ocean-view. You really can’t go wrong with any of the studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom floorplans at this Waikiki Beach resort. We stayed in the two-bedroom suite, but I had an opportunity to visit all of the residences, and trust me when I say that they are all very spacious and well appointed. Yes, even the studio is surprisingly very roomy. All accommodations are equally beautiful with modern, luxurious features such as marble kitchenettes or full kitchens, Nespresso coffee machines, oversized bathrooms with state of the art washlet toilettes, smart TVs with entertainment apps including Netflix, and sleek, upgraded decor. What separates The Residences Ritz-Carlton, Waikiki Beach from other luxury hotels is that while you experience the first class service of a five star hotel here, you also feel all the comforts of home. From the gourmet kitchen stocked upon arrival (pre-arranged with the attache), Miele appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator, in-residence washer and dryer, spacious dining spaces indoors and outdoors on the furnished terrace overlooking the ocean, you truly can experience all of the benefits of a resort while living comfortably during your vacation.

Expansive living room space with pull out sofa bed

Views of the second tower and Diamond Head

Seamless indoor and outdoor living with large, furnished balcony

Beautiful, modern furnishings

Floor to ceiling windows from the entire living area

Separate kitchen and dining room

Dining table for up to six guests (welcome snacks included)

Incredible ocean view while dining indoors

Kitchen island seating for three guests

Upgraded marble kitchen with waterfall island

Working desk and sitting area
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Diamond Head and Waikiki beach views from the balcony

Waikiki Beach and Fort Derussy views

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Morning paper delivered daily
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The luxurious Superior Grand Level two-bedroom suite features over 1,200 square-feet of living space with panoramic views overlooking Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head mountain from its floor to ceiling windows. With such vast windows, the suite is filled with natural lighting. The expansive living room includes a full sized sofa bed, chaise and work area. The spacious dining area seats up to six guests and the gourmet kitchen with waterfall marble island is the perfect gathering spot for families. If you prefer to relax or dine outdoors like we do, the large furnished lanai provides for a seamless indoor-outdoor living. The master bedroom features a King bed with hand-crafted Italian Frette linens, an elegant, white Tibetan marble bathroom with dual vanities (helpful to spread out all of your toiletries), a walk-in shower with adjacent soaking tub. The large walk-in closet and additional hanging closet houses plenty of drawer space to freely unpack for extended stays. Needless to say with three beds and three bathrooms (one in each bedroom as well as one in the living room) in this opulent two-bedroom suite, there was no shortage of space for our family of five.

King size bed in master bedroom

Italian Frette linens and twice daily turndown service with Ritz Carlton chocolates

Spacious walk-in closet with drawer space

Master bathroom double sink vanities and amenities

Master soaking bathtub

Additional toiletries such as shaving kits and dental kits

Secondary bedroom with full bathroom

Clean, modern decor with additional Smart TV in bedroom

Guest bathroom toiletries

After devouring the welcome basket of local Hawaiian snacks filled with coconut strips, dried mango and cinnamon sugar popcorn provided by The Ritz-Carlton Residences, we were ready for the pool. The eighth-floor infinity pool is the highest in Waikiki Beach featuring two jacuzzis and private cabanas with TVs (which of course was a major highlight for my kids), as well as various pool noodles and floaties. The pool staff is extremely attentive, quick to provide you with anything you need, and even found goggles for all three of my kids to borrow! Here my youngest swam the entire length of the pool unassisted for the first time while we all cheered her on (even some of the guests joined in on the encouragement). Currently this is the only pool at the resort and getting a lounge chair can be a bit of a wait during busy season, however, the pool attendants are apologetic and try their best to quickly accommodate you as soon as a guest leaves. Construction for the second Ritz Carlton tower will be completed at the end of summer where they will feature a much larger, kid-friendly pool and the current infinity pool will become an adults only pool.

Poolside lounge area with fireplace

Highest infinity pool in Waikiki

City and Pacific ocean views and two jacuzzis

Cabana with personal mini fridge and TV
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For some extra fun in the sun, we spent a few afternoons at the beach. Despite not being a “beachfront” property, the five minute walk to the ocean was so quick and easy that even the kids did not have time to complain. While some may be disappointed that the resort is not right on the ocean, we actually preferred the more set back, tranquil setting at the hotel in comparison to the hustle and bustle of some of the other ocean front properties we have visited in the past. The Ritz-Carlton Residences also provides handy beach bags filled with towels and bottled water to take with you and even a beach umbrella upon request.

In addition to the beach bags, we were surprised beyond belief when Lisa, the Concierge, thoughtfully packed us a bag of essentials for a fishing trip we had briefly discussed with her. The curated Ritz Carlton canvas bag contained “Goldfish” crackers for the children, bread to feed the fish, five plastic raincoats in case of unforeseen weather, and bug spray for potential mosquitos. Literally everything came in handy as we took our kids on their first ever fishing trip. And as the rain came down softly during out trip, we were eternally grateful to Lisa for the raincoats she packed for us as they allowed us to stay out a bit longer and enjoy the rest of the fishing trip.

Quick walk to Waikiki Beach | Fishing trip bag filled with goodies

It’s memories like these, special touches and personalization that we will recall when we look back at our vacation to Hawaii – the friendliness of the staff, the extra turndown chocolates left for our entire family every night, the constant refill of water bottles in our fridge, and the effort to locate misplaced sunglasses by our daughter. When staying at a hotel under the Ritz Carlton brand, you have certain expectations and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach aims not only meets all of your luxurious expectations, but surpass them by tenfold.

/ Other Notable Resort Features /

  • Quiet floors and rooms (you cannot hear other guests nor any of the construction going on)
  • Breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner at BLT Market
  • Hawaii’s first Dean & DeLuca
  • Sushi Sho’s first location outside of Japan led by master chef Keiji Nakazawa
  • Luxury spa offering locally inspired treatments
  • 24-hour fitness center designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak and private yoga studio
  • Adjacent to shopping at Luxury Row (Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Gucci)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour in-room dining
  • Concierge and multilingual team
  • NO resort fee
  • NO extra person charge

Premier fitness center designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak

HOIST MotionCage for boxing, strength training and step-ups

The serene Spa which uses local traditions to heal and revitalize the body and spirit

The second tower will be complete by Fall 2018 where the following additional features will enhance your stay.

  • 245 additional ocean view residences
  • Larger resort pool (3x larger than current infinity pool)
  • Extended spa treatment rooms
  • Movie theatre
  • Gourmet market
  • Two acres of lush landscaping and gardens including stages for community performances and events
  • New dining options by BLT Grill

With gorgeous beaches, tropical landscape, and warm sun serving as The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach’s stunning backdrop, the welcoming environment of the resort beckons you to experience its intriguing heritage, immerse yourself in its local traditions, and meet its genuinely joyful people.

Thank you to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach for being our home away from home and helping us create magical memories with our family.

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Courtney Hardy April 16, 2018 - 3:40 am

It looks so nice there. I love the view from the windows.

Simone April 16, 2018 - 4:11 am

This hotel looks dreamy and fabulous Christine! The view is stunning too, especially from the infinity pool. I’ve never been to Hawaii so I better hurry up.

xx Simone
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dailykongfidence April 16, 2018 - 10:39 am

Hawaii is the best Simone! I love it because the food is amazing, the people are so chill and warm, and the properties like The Ritz Carlton Residences are so accommodating and luxurious while still feeling comfortable and at home. Definitely look into booking a trip out there soon!

Codrut Turcanu April 17, 2018 - 1:10 am

hey, what Hawaii food do you recommend? 🙂


Heidi April 16, 2018 - 9:36 am

Wow, this hotel is amazing. It seems very luxurious by Hawaii standards and certainly my style. I love, love, love the video you made. It feels like I was there with you. I had no idea there was a Ritz Carlton in Oahu . We usually stay at the Halekulaki but looking to change things up. Our family is definitely staying at the Ritz next time we visit Honolulu.

dailykongfidence April 16, 2018 - 10:37 am

Hi Heidi, We actually stayed here for the first time as well and we go to Oahu every single year. We were looking to change things up as well and we were glad we did. The Halekulani is amazing and so beautiful too but the Ritz Carlton Residences is definitely more modern, new, and sleek. If you are going at the end of summer or later this year, the second tower will be completed and you will experience the new, larger pool and movie theatre, and extended spa! It will be a memorable vacation indeed.

Helen April 16, 2018 - 10:03 am

Absolutely divine! Breathtaking in every sense of the word. We’ve frequently stayed at Ritz Carlton properties in the Middle East and Europe but oddly only once in the US. As it turns out, we’re planning a summer trip to Hawaii and this hotel now tops our list of places to stay. One question, how was the customer service and staff? I’ve found my US experience to not be as good as Europe and other parts of the world. By the way, beautiful photos and video.

dailykongfidence April 16, 2018 - 10:27 am

Hi Helen. Hawaii is an amazing place to visit and the Ritz-Carlton Residences is truly a wonderful option if you are familiar with the Ritz Carlton brand of hotels. They have elite customer service and the staff is so friendly and helpful. They really cater to your every need and make sure that your stay is exceptional. I don’t think you would have any complaints at all about this hotel nor the service.

Ting April 16, 2018 - 10:06 am

What a dreamy vocation resident! Never go wrong with Ritz Carlton Residences. The 1200 SF two bed room suit sounds like a heaven for family with kids. I love the connivence that you could be able to prepare simple breakfast for the kids at the kitchen. It definitely feels home away from home. The gorgeous view and the balcony is just another plus feature for this suit. Love the amazing video and I bet you that you guys had a blast. Thank you for sharing and I will definitely check out Ritz Carlton Residences next time I am in Waikiki.

Camille April 16, 2018 - 1:47 pm

This resort looks absolutely amazing – I want to fly there right now! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

Camille xo


Darya April 16, 2018 - 5:00 pm

This resort looks like a happy place to be.
I really want to go there and enjoy all things you mentioned above.
As a big fan of luxurious hotels, I absolutely love reading your posts!


Elizabeth T. April 16, 2018 - 6:11 pm

Wow this hotel looks amazing! <3 🙂 Really want to go to Hawaii too!

XO, Elizabeth

Leah April 16, 2018 - 7:41 pm

I enjoy your hotel summaries. It was largely because of you that I stayed at The Rosewood London. I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved that place. Thank you!! And now this stunning hotel. We go to Hawaii every other year and next time we’ll be staying at the Ritz Carton Waikiki. Hope to see more of your hotel stays and travel adventures.

dailykongfidence April 16, 2018 - 9:34 pm

Hi Leah! That means THE WORLD to me that you stayed at the Rosewood because of my review! Hawaii is a favorite of ours as well and we go every year. This was our first time at the Ritz Carlton and we really enjoyed our time. The service is impeccable and once that second tower is completed (in a few months), it will be even better than it already is now. I can’t wait to see what you think when you stay so please keep me posted! Xoxo!

Open Kloset April 17, 2018 - 6:24 am

Hey Sweetie,
How are you?
I had a chance to stay in 3 Ritz Already and 100% agree with you.
They have a Really nice and Unique System and Love how they Treat people:)
This Ritz is definitely on my list, Loved the Photos and ohhh that Bathtub Photo:)
Beautiful capture:)
Amazing Review Darling:)
Wish you Happy Week
Love, Kisses Karina

Erica Luczakowsky April 17, 2018 - 4:58 pm

Is it weird that I would GLADLY live in that hotel suite?! The hotel, island, and your outfit look like absolute dreams!

So glad you had a great time!


sandy April 17, 2018 - 5:01 pm

Wow this hotel is stunning! I would love to stay here (or any Ritz-Carlton for that matter). I love any and everything marble so that marble kitchen is so beautiful. The ocean views are spectacular to say the least. Thank you for sharing your experience with me by bringing me to the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki with you through your amazing photography!

Jessie April 18, 2018 - 8:36 am

Wow Such a luxury hotel! I love the Ritz Hotel chain. They disappoint me! The Ritz at Waikiki looks so relaxing! Lucky you, having such an amazing family getaway trip! I can’t wait for my next beach getaway trip.

xx, Jessie

Jacqueline April 18, 2018 - 3:29 pm

That walk in closet and cabana are everything I need! The Ritz does it again! Seriously looks like an amazing stay. I love that you guys get to spend some quality time together and make new memories. Loving the decor and that ocean view while dining

Aurela lacaj April 18, 2018 - 4:54 pm

I loved your video, you get a better sense of the hotel. I felt like I was there when I watched the video. I have never been to Hawaii and it has been definitely on my list for so long. Ritz hotel sounds amazing, from the elite customer service to the luxurious rooms. It’s really breathtaking! I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful vacation with your family, your kids are really adorable. Sometimes you really need to get away and enjoy time with your family and is much better when you stay in hotels like this. I love that pool and that bed looks so damn comfy! Now I need to book myself a Hawaiin trip 🙂
Love all your looks, beautiful mama!

Aurela x

Vanessa April 18, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Hey love,
How are you? I am so jealous! I can’t even begin to tell you how breathtaking these images are. This hotel looks wonderful, the Decour is sophisticated yet really cozy. This looks like the kind of place I’d want to stay out for a vacation. The pool looks amazing also. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing!

Candace April 18, 2018 - 8:41 pm

First of all, there’s nothing like staying at a Ritz and also nothing like having a room with an ocean view, no matter which room you’re in. I have never been to Waikiki, but I sure know now where I will be staying when I do go. Even better that you can enjoy a meal or snack from the comfort of indoors if it’s too hot to go outdoors! That infinity pool is also to die for. What an incredible view!


Eva April 19, 2018 - 2:06 am

Awesome post and experience. I’m so glad to see the details in your video. Very cool video and well assembled. The Ritz Hotel is something super extra the services., the room, the absolutely stunning view. I’m glad you spend a great family time .
Congrats for everything kisses from Italy.

Jessica April 19, 2018 - 7:29 am

Now this is what a paradise looks like! You have such a beautiful hotel dear, the space is amazing, and awesome view of the beach. I could stay there for a month or so. ha!

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Alessa April 19, 2018 - 9:03 pm

Awesome quality on the photos and the video I really enjoy it!

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Jessi Malay April 20, 2018 - 12:10 pm

omg looks so beautiful!! Glad you enjoyed babe!

XO, Jessi

Eena April 20, 2018 - 12:14 pm

Holy crap! This hotel is absolutely amazing – I’m in love with how your room looks!! And their infinity pool is something else. I’m glad you enjoyed your vacations! Vacations are truly something special and one of the best ways to unwind and enjoy life.

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Ankita Bardhan April 20, 2018 - 2:25 pm

Ritz Carlton has one of the most iconic hotel property! It’s just surreal! Looks so cozy, luxurious and magnificent!
Wishing you an amazing weekend!
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