The Ritz-Carlton Highlands mountain resort has been unveiled in Lake Tahoe, California, USA.

The $300m development took five years to complete and is the first new-build resort development in the Lake Tahoe area.

The hotel is made up of linked pavilions, and features an octagonal lobby in the centre and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, which offers views as well as natural light. The building’s pedestrian-friendly design has been integrated with the surrounding landscape.

The Highlands is expected to seek LEED certification from the US Green Building council for incorporating sustainability concepts such as underground parking, use of recycled steel as well energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

The resort features 170 guestrooms, 23 private residences and 25 destination club residences alongside a restaurant and a 17,000ft² spa and fitness centre.