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Unrivalled Luxury Welcomes Guests at the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

October 10, 2017 Luxury Hotels No Comments Email Email

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, was officially opened in 2014 as the city’s first truly international luxury hotel and Japan’s first urban resort. This utterly luxurious resort offers travellers unsurpassed elegance and renowned service born from the riverside location’s distinguished history.

Kyoto, capital of culture in Japan as a tourist town flourished throughout the Edo period (16031867) when the residences of aristocrats and nobles including the royal family would line the banks of the Kamogawa river where The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, stands today.

Small buildings for performances were built to host acrobats and Kabuki dancers. Later, wealthy merchants provided seats to watch and soon teahouses were opened. This was the beginning of noryodoko, or dining platforms above the river to enjoy the cool breezes, a practice that continues today in Kyoto as a summer tradition. This rich and distinguished history is honoured through the design of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, engraving a new chapter in the culture of Kyoto. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful Japanese Zen gardens designed by the famous garden designer, Mr Kanji Nomura.

Guests can enjoy viewing the gardens carefully created to offer a peaceful place of reflection for its visitors. Inside, 409 modern artworks by 80 Japanese artists are exhibited throughout the resort to help guests feel like they are staying in a ryokan. The 80 artists have been carefully selected to provide a peaceful atmosphere for guests and all reflect the theme of “The Tale of Genji”, a classic, the oldest novel in Japan written by Murasaki Shikibu.

The original artworks are spread throughout the resort and have been carefully curated to interpret the delicate, graceful sentiments of Genji’s time to the contemporary world. This artistic statement is underpinned by the hotel’s impressive design, which has been based on five keywords according to the hotel designer, Peter Remedios: festive (Utage), serenity and movement (Seido), elegance (Miyabi), splendid (Hana) and harmony (Nagomi).

These keywords have helped create a resort that is in harmony with the historical neighbourhood’s environment, while achieving a fusion of Japanese traditional and Western contemporary style. All this style, elegance and art awaits guests before they even reach one of the hotel’s 134 rooms and suites. The 55 Luxury rooms and suites offer full views of the Kamogawa river and Higashiyama Mountains.

The architects and designers have retained the character and aesthetic of a traditional Meiji house and courtyard into the architectural structure of the building. The hotel design created by Peter Remedios and Spin Studios, pay homage to the traditions of Japan, with patterned motifs created by local artisans and the incorporation of Zen rock gardens and water features, including a two-storey waterfall aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel. Suite TSUKIMI offers a moon-viewing deck in a Zen garden and floor-to-ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with enviable panoramic views of the river and mountains, forming an unrivalled sanctuary of luxury refinement and service.

When it’s time to dine, guests can enjoy the hotel’s theatre-style restaurants that have been designed by SPIN studios to play on all the senses. Guests can choose from The Lobby Lounge, perfect for elegant afternoons, or the Japanese restaurant Mizuki, where diners can enjoy the wonderful world of Japanese cuisine in four delicious genres: kaiseki, sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. There is also an Italian restaurant La Locanda with an over 100-year-old iconic Kyoto townhouse serving as a private room, plus

The Bar where guests can enjoy a wide selection of quality beverages. Whichever dining option epicureans choose, they are sure to be impressed
with the attention to detail in the styling and architectural features. You will want to take in every stroke of this brilliant master piece. For the ultimate pampering, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, also offers a spa where guests can indulge in a haven of exquisite facilities and carefully selected treatment experiences.

The décor emphasises natural textures of delicate woods and luxurious textiles to encourage an ambiance of relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa features seven treatment rooms, a dedicated relaxation room, steam room, dry sauna, fitness centre and indoor pool.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, facilities are perfectly suited to a range of uses from travellers seeking a luxurious getaway to professionals in need of conference facilities and couple looking for an elegant and unique destination weddings. Couples considering a destination wedding are sure to relish the service and style of the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The hotel takes Japan-style luxury and refinement to a new level combining it perfectly with the traditional Japanese spirit of hospitality – a celebration of the couple’s new life with genuine, heartfelt hospitality.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, welcomes all couples including the LGBTIQ community, and can offer premium, bespoke service to cater for the couple’s desires. In addition to providing a perfect wedding banquet and chapel venue within the hotel, there is also a choice of a private temple, often closed to the public, as a serene and picturesque photo shoot location for the wedding couple.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, can also serve as the ultimate honeymoon destination with luxurious guest suites, beautiful gardens and easy access to a range of tourist attractions throughout the city. Located riverside in the heart of the city known for its 17 World UNESCO sights, Zen temples, gardens, and rich culture and history, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is just a short walk from major subway lines.

Travelling to Kyoto and indulging in the famed luxury of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, is now ever easier with QANTAS announcing year-round flights between Sydney and Osaka’s Kansai Airport from 14 December 2017.

There will be three flights per week in each direction using an Airbus A330 aircraft fitted with the airline’s latest Business Suites in business class. Travellers can enjoy fully-flat beds, direct aisle access from every seat, plenty of storage room and room to work during the day. To book your luxury escape to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kyoto

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