Unique Places

By Lauren Varga


Hosting Hawaiian Traditions

KAP-P-057When Clifford Nae’ole was a child, he would walk down to the shore and sell coconuts to traveling sailors. Often, he’d take it upon himself to invite the sailors to his Granny’s house for lunch. No matter the number of guests, Granny would serve as a welcoming host.

Today, Nae’ole, cultural advisor at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii, is showing residents of the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay, what being a host is all about.

“Being the host, to me, is simply following the golden rule of ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’” says Nae’ole.

At the new Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, which opened its doors in May 2009, residents will welcome guests into a world of opulence, privacy and, above all, hospitality. According to General Manager Douglas Chang, the 24-acre oceanfront property blends “legendary Ritz-Carlton service with genuine Hawaiian hospitality and creates the finest luxury vacation ownership experience.”

The 84 private ownership residences are a marriage of elegant design and a lifetime of privilege. Whether opting for a three-bedroom, 3,002-square-foot floor plan or a four-bedroom, 4,271-square-foot layout, each residence will feature a large outdoor lanai and breathtaking views of the islands of Molokai and Lanai. The Residences start at $3.9 million.

KAP-P-019Deeded one-twelfth ownership interests are offered through The Ritz-Carlton Club, Kapalua Bay. Remove your shoes and enter into your Hawaiian abode where a favorite tune is bellowing from the speakers, the refrigerator has been pre-stocked with favorite foods and a family photo from your last stay is placed on the nightstand. This is just the beginning of the lifestyle you will be afforded within the 62 fully furnished residences, designed with Hawaiian artwork. A choice of two floor plans — three bedrooms with up to 2,257 square feet or two bedrooms with up to 1,912 square feet — start at $350,000 per deeded interest.

“A good host will fill any void,” says Nae’ole. The tall order comes easy when the amenities of the Ritz-Carlton and the Kapalua Resort are just beyond — or delivered to — your doorstep. As host, present homemade banana bread, made in your state-of-the-art kitchen; stroll along the beach, where waves crash against the rocks; or offer modern and ancient therapies in one of Kapalua Spa’s outdoor bungalows.

Just as the sailors who relied on Granny to fill their stomachs and souls, returned to her years later to give thanks, the guests who leave your Hawaiian home feeling fulfilled may return the same ‘mahalo’ for all your generosity.


Montego Bay, Jamaica

HOUSERobert and Mona Ott were looking for a unique and memorable way to exchange their wedding vows. With friends and family in tow, the couple traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica, to tie the knot in style at The Tryall Club.

Once the sugar cane fields of a prominent West Indies plantation, the 2,200 acres that now make up The Tryall Club offer 84 private villas, which start at $750,000 and reach $4,770,000 (furnished). Utilizing a Caribbean Colonial architectural style, each one- and two-story residence is defined by its size (up to 20,000 square feet), its views (of Montego Bay and the northern coastline), and, perhaps most importantly, its household staff that brings life to the home.

Every villa at The Tryall Club comes with a minimum of one private butler, cook, housekeeper, gardener and laundress. “The household staff really goes out of its way,” says Robert Ott. “At breakfast, they ask you what you’d like for dinner. If you want chicken, they’ll go to the market and get chicken.”

To own property at The Tryall Club, interested parties must first submit and be approved for membership by the Membership Committee and Tryall Board of Directors.

The Tryall Club has golf, water activities and fine dining — as most luxury communities do. But, the people truly add another dimension.

Robert adds that when he and his wife returned five years later, the staff remembered them and it was as if they were all family.


Members-only clubs offer privacy and exclusivity.

Rear Exterior 1With ranch lot sizes starting at 40 acres, Pine Creek Sporting Club (pictured) is a private champion clays and wing shooting club in Okeechobee, Fla. The community’s 2,424 acres are occupied by natural woodlands, quail fields, creeks, ponds, trails and only 22 private ranch sites, ranging from $800,000 to $1.2 million.

Club members will have the privilege of using Pine Creek’s Bell 407 Helicopter, a world-class sporting clay course with more than 40 throwers and a rifle and pistol range. Pine Creek Sporting Club also offers 23 custom-built, lakeside cabins that have a footprint of 1,500 to 2,100 square feet under-air.

A few states north and 4,900 feet above sea level, Mountain Air Country Club, a family owned and operated community, rests atop Slickrock Mountain in North Carolina. The 1,300-acre community surrounds Mountain Air’s Slickrock Village Green, which houses the clubhouse, the Chautauqua Activity and Fitness Center, a members’ lodge, Bell Tower Amphitheater and a pro shop.

Members may tee-off at the championship, 18-hole golf course, featuring 1,140 feet in elevation change, or explore the organic community garden and 100-acre old-growth forest preserve. Homesites can reach more than $1 million and homes and villas range from less than $1 million to more than $4 million.

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