Photography provided by Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach has established itself as Oahu’s It resort with the recent debut of its new Diamond Head Tower. The 245-unit high-rise overlooking Waikiki Beach boasts luxe rentals, resort amenities and top-notch dining. 

Diamond Head acts as the counterpart to the 307-residence Ewa Tower, which opened in 2016. Both 38-story structures embrace a makai-to-mauka (sea-to-mountain) architectural design. The outward front mirrors the ocean, sky and wind, while the exterior backside reflects the mountains and the Honolulu cityscape. 

The residences range from studios to lavish four-bedroom apartments. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows offering plentiful ocean views, they are decorated in an urban style with luxurious textiles in off-white and gray hues complemented by polished wood furnishings and white Tibetan marble. All have well-equipped kitchenettes with premium appliances as well as washers and dryers. Massive bathrooms are hidden by shutters that open onto the bedroom and terrace.

Upon arrival, visitors are whisked up to the sky lobby with its beautiful Opala granite decor that exudes an indoor-outdoor feel. One highlight is the eighth floor infinity pool with its private cabanas and views of Waikiki’s lush landscape. The spa is inspired by Hawaiian traditions, with treatments that employ hot stones from local volcanoes and leaves from the Oahu rainforest.

The food program is equally remarkable. The Market acts as the headlining eatery and provides 24-hour room service. The 10-seat Sushi Sho dishes up chef Keiji Nakazawa’s sophisticated Edomae-style fare, crafted with fish aged up to two weeks. Reservations are a must and book up weeks in advance. On the ground floor, Dean & DeLuca has opened its first Hawaiian outpost with a grocery and cafe. Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach guests can count on incredible accommodations, impeccable service and unforgettable views — all at an ideal location perfect for exploring Oahu. 

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