Urban Luxury In the Tropics at Ritz-Carlton Waikiki

If you’re looking for a property in Oahu that combines the best of urban luxury living with ⁠all the amenities of a great luxury resort, you have to check out The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. In this blog post I’ll cover the location, the accommodations, the pools, and the dining. Many thanks to Ritz-Carlton Waikiki for hosting us!

The Location

Ritz-Carlton Waikiki is located in Waikiki Beach, but it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the beach itself. It’s situated right by Honolulu’s Luxury Row, which is a retail strip with lots of high-end stores like Dior, Gucci, Prada and more. It’s basically Honolulu’s version of Rodeo Drive, so if you’re a shopper, you’ll love this location. The property is not beachfront, but the beach is only about 5 blocks away, so it’s very walkable.

Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

The Accommodations

We stayed in a Grand Ocean View 3-Bedroom Suite with absolutely stunning views.

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Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
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Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

The Pools

There are two pool areas at The Ritz-Carlton Waikiki, both on the 8th floor. There’s an adult pool area that includes two hot tubs, and there’s the family pool area, where we spent most of our time. These twin infinity pools have amazing views, and they’re actually the highest pools in all of Waikiki Beach!⁠⁠ We really enjoyed our time in these beautiful wooden cabanas. There’s a small water slide that’s sized perfectly for toddlers and pre-schoolers, but as you can see, they’re absolutely tween-approved too.

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Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

The Dining

Quiora

Quiora is a beautiful outdoor restaurant with great views of the pool and Waikiki Beach.
This is where we had breakfast everyday, though you should know that they’re open for dinner as well. They serve classic breakfast dishes, like omelettes and avocado toast.
But they also have some more off-the-beaten path breakfast options, like braised short rib and egg, croque madame and the classic Hawaiian dish loco moco. We enjoyed pretty much everything on the menu here, but one dish you can’t miss is the lemon buttermilk pancakes. They’re fluffy and delicious, served with maple syrup, berry puree and a creamy coconut sauce. It’s really decadent, so find someone to share them with you!

Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

Poolside Dining

If you’re staying at Ritz-Carlton Waikiki, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time at the pool. Luckily, you’ve got some great dining options poolside. Sean and Ella’s favorite were the wings. Sticky and sweet with a bit of a kick, the girls went in on these. Serge enjoyed the cheeseburger, and my favorite was the poke bowl, which was simple but tasted great.

Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

Dean & Deluca

There’s a Dean & Deluca on the ground floor that has coffee, pastries, and various gourmet foods. The original New York location actually closed down awhile ago, so I was excited to get my fix in Hawaii! But it’s only open from 7 am to 3 pm and unfortunately we kept getting there too late in the day so we weren’t able to try it out.

La Vie

La Vie is the French restaurant, located on the 8th floor directly across from the lobby.
Like Quiora, it’s also an open-air restaurant with beautiful views of Waikiki Beach.
They also have nightly live piano entertainment.

Sushi Sho

Sushi Sho, by renowned sushi chef Keiji Nakazawa, is actually one of the most exclusive restaurants in Oahu. There are only 10 seats and two nightly omakase seatings. So if you want to nab a reservation, you need to book well in advance. They only take reservations over the phone from 2 to 4 p.m. daily, so good luck!

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About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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