Ritz-Carlton today opens its first luxury resort
in Japan, on the tropical island of Okinawa.
Okinawa has been a
popular getaway for generations of Japanese visitors but remains
relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveler.
island features championship golf courses and is surrounded by
pristine emerald waters that are perfect for waterborne
The Okinawan concept of hospitality or “gusuku”
which translates as “castle” or “guest house” has been carefully
reflected throughout the property to give it a welcoming sense of
place. The new Ritz-Carlton resort embodies this spirit through
its landscaping and contemporary architectural design which
extensively features the Shurijo face motifs, distinctive red clay
roof tiles, white walls and holy water ponds.
are delighted to be able to bring our first true luxury resort
hotel to Japan to complement our city hotels in Tokyo and Osaka,”
said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “We have no doubt that Okinawa
has the potential to be a resort island of true international
appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world, whether they
are visiting the island for business or pleasure. It really is a
hidden gem and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa helps to
put this destination on the map for discerning luxury travellers.”
Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa enjoys sweeping panoramic views that
overlook the East China Sea and the Kise Country Club.
the spectacular scenery of ancient forests, manicured golf courses
and the sea, the luxurious resort has been designed to be in
harmony with its natural surroundings.
Restaurants at the resort include Chura-Nuhji – an Italian fine
dining restaurant which takes its name from the Okinawan word for
beautiful rainbow. The restaurant with its own outdoor terrace
overlooking the sea and the golf course will be helmed by Executive Chef Koji Hayakawa who has been at the forefront of
restaurants which have helped to popularize Italian fine dining. He previously was head chef of Ristorante La Granata Ginza and
Ristoranted La Granata, TBS.
Kise, a Teppan-yaki
restaurant will offer local seafood and renowned Okinawan, Kuroge
and Wagyu beef.
Gusuku, an all-day dining experience that serves Japanese,
Okinawan and international dishes.
Guests can also enjoy traditional
afternoon tea and a variety of finger foods in
the Lobby Lounge, in a space that will offer views of
the emerald green sea overlooking the golf course. The
Bar, will offer special cocktails, international favourites and a selection of the Okinawan spirit, Awamori.
Poolside guests can also
relax in the Library which offers a selection of
books as well as a bar and casual dining.
Located a short stroll through landscaped
gardens is The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA, in its own separate
enclave. The Spa features four treatment
rooms, four dry treatment rooms, outdoor Cabanas offering Shiatsu
or Thai massage. It also offers the Heat Experience (Steam Sauna,
Jacuzzi hot tubs, Stone Sauna with weathered coral tiles). Two
special Retreat Suites are also available (Forest Suite and Ocean
Suite) with their own private decks and stone baths. The spa
retreat also houses a Nail Studio, Relaxation Room, Indoor Pool,
and the fitness center.
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