Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, A Hong Kong based luxury hotel owner and operator, is returning to Hawaii. Construction is moving ahead for the brand new project and will break ground this fall. Mandarin Oriental operates 31 hotels and eight residences in 21 different countries and are widely considered one of the best luxury hotel brands in the world.This will be the first Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hawaii since 2006, which used to occupy the Kahala Hotel & Resort property.
The tower will be the first of the newly adopted Ala Moana Transit Oriented Development Plan which will be the newest development zone within urban Honolulu. Though not the first hotel in Ala Moana (Ala Moana Hotel), this will be the first luxury resort brand to cross over from Waikiki, so this will be an important test for the area as several other Hotel projects are in planning such as Hawaii Ocean Plaza and 1500 Kapiolani.
The project is being developed by Salem Partners, an LA based financial services firm, and will be designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd. and [au]workshop architects. The project will be 418 feet in height and offer 125 hotel guest-rooms and suites plus 99 luxury condominium residences. The site is located directly across from the convention center and in very close proximity to Waikiki which will help to satisfy a current shortage of hotel rooms in Oahu.
The interiors are being designed by world renowned designer Dianna Wong and recent renderings show an open-concept living area with floor-to-ceiling glass walls to offer breathtaking panoramic views of Diamond Head, Ala Moana Beach and expansive ocean views. Mandarin Oriental will be built on a 5 star level and looks to compete with brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and Trump Hotel, also 5-star Hotel-Condominiums.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will offer owners exclusive and immediate access to unrivaled services and facilities together with world class management and attention.