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Ritz-Carlton opens in Kyoto
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Sekisui House, Ltd., one of Japan's leading property developers, have officially opened The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, billing it as Japan's first urban resort.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a peaceful sanctuary. It sits on the gentle banks of the River in Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto's popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city's retail and entertainment districts.
The hotel's luxury guestrooms and suites offer full views of the Kamogawa river and the 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 interiors 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 (karesansui) and water features, including a four-storey waterfall are aesthetically positioned in the heart of the hotel.
The Kamogawa Suite and its sister suites with their moon deck gardens (tsukimidai) and floor to ceiling windows offer luxurious accommodations with panoramic views of the river and mountains.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, nestled at the foot of the waterfall, features seven treatment rooms and offers signature services inspired by the rich culture of Japan and ESPA. These include a traditional Acupressure Massage using the dry Shiatsu techniques as well as the Ryokucha Serenity Ritual based on green tea leaves, Gyokuro, dried from the Sun for 20 days in Uji, southern Kyoto and famed for their restorative properties.
The Japanese restaurant, Mizuki serves modern Japanese cuisine including a famed Kaiseki options alongside sushi, tempura and teppanyaki. The restaurant includes an outdoor terrace complete with fire pits for diners to enjoy the dynamic scenery during Sakura and autumn seasons.
La Locanda, the Italian restaurant, pays homage to the hotel site's history. Its private room, called Ebisugawatei, is a preserved historically-listed building while the restaurant also features its own walk-in charcuterie and l'affineur cheese cellar. The wine list offers 250 varieties from Super Tuscans to Italian regional classics.
Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé Paris, creator of Haute Pâtisserie, will bring his popular creations and introduce an exclusive range of signature desserts to The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. The collaboration will showcase his work throughout the property including restaurants, meetings, weddings and banquets.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto also introduces meetings, luxury weddings and special events spaces with four rooms, each named after a cherry blossom species - Takane Ballroom, Kocho, Shidare and Kanzan meeting rooms. The property will also feature a wedding showroom consulting for couples on their big day.
Peak Hotels & Resorts partners with founder Adrian Zecha to acquire Amanresorts
A private investor group led by Peak Hotels & Resorts Group Ltd. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Amanresorts from DLF Global Hospitality Ltd. Under the terms of the transaction, Aman Resorts Group Ltd., a joint venture between Peak Hotels & Resorts and Amanresorts founder Adrian Zecha, has acquired 100% of the equity of Silverlink Resorts Ltd., the owner of Amanresorts, for an enterprise value of approximately US $358 million. Zecha will continue as Chairman of Amanresorts.
In addition to the purchase price, the partners of Aman Resorts Group Ltd. have committed to a substantial capital reserve account to immediately make investments in existing and new properties.
Founded in 1988, Amanresorts operates 26 premier properties under the Aman brand in 18 countries. Each of its properties features locally-sourced materials, reflecting the resort's natural surroundings and the traditions of local cultures in Phuket, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, French Polynesia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, USA and Vietnam.
Two new luxury boutique assets to be affiliated with Marriott's Autograph Collection
Inland American Lodging Group has formed two new joint ventures for a combined investment of $68.5 million with Kessler Enterprises. The joint ventures will focus on developing two luxury boutique hotels, totaling 150 rooms, in Charleston, S.C., and Mountain Brook, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. Both hotels will be affiliated with Marriott's Autograph Collection, a collection of high quality boutique hotels known for their rich character and unique details.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook
Set to debut in early 2015 as an Autograph Collection hotel, in the city of Mountain Brook's Lane Parke Village development, the 100-room boutique hotel will boast an on-site Grand Bohemian Art Gallery, signature Poseidon Spa, interactive cooking school, wine blending experience, 12,630 square feet of meeting space and a vibrant rooftop terrace and restaurant.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston
Set to debut in early 2015 as an Autograph Collection hotel, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston will mark The Kessler Collection's first property in South Carolina. The 50-room luxury boutique hotel, located in Charleston's Historic District, will incorporate diverse offerings including an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery, more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space, wine blending and tasting room with curated wine selections, fitness center, specialty coffee shop with micro-roasted coffee, farm-to-table culinary offerings with regional ingredients, as well as a rooftop restaurant and terrace.
Under the joint venture agreements, Inland American will be the majority owner of the properties and Kessler Enterprises will develop both properties. The properties will be managed by Kessler Collection Management under a 15-year management agreement.
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