Ritz-Carlton Compound Coming To 520 Acres At Kauai Lagoons

It looks like Ritz-Carlton and Marriott are taking the ball and running with it... to Kauai. The recent announcement that a massive 10-year, 520-acre project called "Kauai Lagoons" will break ground shortly after the start of the New Year echoes similar efforts current taking place at Kapalua, on Maui. There, Ritz Carlton is constructing fractional ownership townhomes and residences in hopes of attracting clientele much in the vein they do at their Bachelor Gulch location in Beaver Creek, Colorado. It seems the upscale brand is getting in on the timeshare boon that has pumped money in to the pockets of low- to mid-range brands, with increasing success throughout the islands. There's no doubt that Hawaii's diverse destination offerings pair nicely with the Ritz-Carlton lifestyle experience, with it's array of golf options and plenty of space for building.

The project will front Kalapaki Beach on Kauai, adjacent to the existing Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club. The property surrounds a 38-acre lagoon, which residents and guest will be transported across in custom wooden shuttle boats and dinner and tee times. Just as in the Maui project, the company is using the term "low density" housing, which means more green between structures and a focus toward open space and landscaped grounds.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences at Kauai Lagoons will offer 14 one and two-story homes with up to four-bedroom plans, each ranging in size from 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of living space. Sales will begin in early 2007 with prices slated to open at $4.5 million.

Phase two of the Ritz-Carlton Residences will be 46 three and four-bedroom townhomes, all in the 3,000 square foot range. The last phase will consist of the construct of 72 Ritz-Carlton Club fractional ownership residences. They will be two and three-bedroom plans in the 2,000 square foot range, and will be sold in one-twelfth ownership interests.

Mixed in to the Ritz Carlton projects will be a number of Marriott efforts, including 224 vacation ownership villas under the Marriott Vacation Club brand, 252 Grand Residences by Marriot, 78 Kalanipu'u condominiums (starting at $1.7 million), and finally 50 lots designated for private home sites in the half-acre to 2-acre range.

Something that also echoes the Maui project are a proposed 82 affordable housing apartments and 31 two bedroom affordable multi-family condos that will be offered to qualified first-time home buyers at Kauai Lagoons.

Project developer Kevin Showe added that in the 520 acres will also be a new full-service spa, restaurants and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Showe also pointed out that two-thirds of the total acreage will be "open" space, void of man-made structures.

We will keep you posted of any and all developments on this huge undertaking that will surely attract much attention to the Garden Isle.

In addition to a new full service spa, restaurant and Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, Showe also pointed out that two-thirds of the total acreage will be "open" space, void of man-made structures.