A new joint venture among funds managed by the real estate group of Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES), SMW Hospitality LLC (a joint venture between affiliates of Square Mile Capital Management LLC and Wafra Investment Advisory Group) and Trinity Investments, LLC today announced the acquisition of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii. The resort was acquired from a partnership between Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC and Colony Capital Inc. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a AAA Five Diamond, oceanfront property located on 49 acres of Maui's lush northwest shore. The hotel is part of the 23,000-acre master planned Kapalua resort on Maui, home to the celebrated Kapalua Wine and Food Festival and the PGA Tour's Tournament of Champions event. The resort is renowned for its world-class golf courses, an award-winning tennis facility, golden sand beaches and a myriad of restaurants and shops. "This acquisition of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua represents a significant opportunity to invest in one of Hawaii's most highly-acclaimed resorts, and it fits squarely in our opportunistic strategy that focuses on development and redevelopment, with planned upgrades to further improve the guest experience for both leisure and group customers," said Andrew Holm, Managing Director in the Ares Real Estate Group. "This project continues our long history of partnering with Trinity, which Ares has worked with in Hawaiian hospitality over 20 years on more than $1.2 billion in real estate investments, as well as our longstanding relationship with The Ritz Carlton's parent company, Marriott." "The Ritz-Carlton is one of Maui's iconic properties and it's a welcome addition to our hotel investment portfolio," said Managing Director Nolan Hecht of Square Mile Capital Management, LLC, on behalf of SMW Hospitality. "It also represents our entry into Hawaii in spectacular fashion, alongside two great partners in Ares Management and Trinity Investments." "We are excited to partner with Ares and SMW Hospitality to acquire one of Hawaii's iconic luxury hotels," said Sean Hehir, President and CEO of Trinity Investments. "Having invested in hotel properties across Hawaii since our inception, we are intimately familiar with the market's nuances and demand drivers. This transaction represents a unique opportunity to own a marquee hotel that will benefit greatly from our ownership experience and proven operating platform."