The Hollywood Reporter published an island-by-island guide on some of the most luxurious experiences A-listers flock to when they visit the Hawaiian islands. From adventure experiences like zip-lining to outdoor beach activities to the most luxurious accommodations, the article is a short, succinct list of must-sees. Featured in the article is Ward Village's Waiea 36th-Floor Penthouse:
In Honolulu's Ward Village community, a new 36th-floor penthouse is on the market for $36 million and boasts more than 10,000 square feet of interiors and a private rooftop infinity pool. Owners can order room service from Nobu Honolulu on the ground floor. "A lot of my clients or their money managers are inquiring," says Burns. "The pool pours over the top of the building — going in it is nuts."
Ward Village continues to get international and national attention and press, and for good reason. With its prime location in urban Honolulu and within dynamic Ward Village, Waiea continues to be one of my favorite real estate investments in Honolulu right now.
Regarding the island of Oahu, the article adds,
Barack Obama's childhood home and the occasional residence of Brian Grazer and Dwayne Johnson — also has hosted Iger, Will Smith, Emma Stone, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. The Pacific Beach Hotel's $115 million reimagining is transforming the iconic Waikiki Beach property into Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (the presidential suite costs $979 a night) for a fall opening and will feature a pair of restaurants from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
The Ritz Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach claims the only four-bedroom suite in Waikiki (up to $12,000 a night) and the exclusive 10-seat omakase restaurant by Tokyo’s acclaimed sushi chef Keiji Nakazawa ($300/person excluding beverages). “Old Hollywood loves that Waikiki/Kahala area because you wake up and see Diamond Head as your backdrop — that postcard view in front of your windows every day,” says Burns.
The Obamas and Zuckerberg have checked out Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (room rates go up to $500), which recently opened and has "a lot of experiential takeaways," such as a music series, says Christian Schulz, co-founder of L.A. design firm Studio Collective (projects include The Bungalow Santa Monica). After the former POTUS and FLOTUS dined at its Mahina & Sun's restaurant from acclaimed chef Ed Kenney and ordered a Grey Goose martini — shaken with extra olives — the Presidential Martini ($14) was added to the menu.
The 2016 opening of Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina brought attention to the west side of the island, which marketing director Nelson Hilton says is gaining prominence in the film industry, with Marvel filming down the road at the old Naval airport Kalaeloa. The Snatched crew, including Amy Schumer, enjoyed the pool and private sections during shooting. Hilton admits that Kourtney Kardashian's spring visit challenged discretion: "It's obvious when you have bodyguards surrounding you." The reality star stayed in the 17th floor's three-bedroom penthouse suite ($18,000 a night), where, from the roof, one can watch whales jumping.
Enjoying a surge is the North Shore, a sleepy surf town known for having some of the best swells on the planet and where sports stars and tech players are buying oceanfront estates for $3 million to $15 million. “I find a lot of our friends in the entertainment industry are drawn to the North Shore," with its "horses on the side of the road, acres of lush grass, rolling hillsides and crystal clear blue water with shell-lined shores,” says Oleema Miller, creative director and co-founder of MIKOH, which Jessica Alba wears on her Hawaiian vacations. Celine, Chanel and numerous restaurants are just one hour away in Waikiki, but she’s usually on the sand at Ehukai: “The stretch of beach is incredible — houses from Ke Iki beach to Sunset Beach are all stunning.”
A popular elite venue for weddings, wellness retreats and private dinners is Sunset Ranch Hawaii, which has hosted several films, castmembers from Hawaii Five-0, Jack Johnson and most recently Hailey Baldwin. With its helipad, the 27-acre property gets guests making the hop from other islands.
Burns has rented to Bradley Cooper (Aloha); rentals now hit $10,000 a night. Grazer surfs the Banzai Pipeline, and Hawaii Five-O's Scott Caan grabs takeout with his family at Waialua Bakery or Storto's Deli for a beach day, which includes a visit to the tide pools at Shark's Cove and drinks at Haleiwa Joe's — "the jam," says Caan. He also likes Pupukea Grill for "some of the best food on the island." For cold coconuts and local treats, stop at the fruit stands at Kahuku; insiders also adore Hamachi Ponzu at Banzai Sushi and Elephant Thai, a food truck across from Shark's Cove. Payne's favorite lunch in Hawaii is the all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet at ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple near Honolulu. "It's exquisitely clean food in a tranquil spot," the director says. "A friend turned me on to it."
Read the full article on the Hollywood Reporter here.