After their recent announcement of two luxury hotels in China, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed two new hotel agreements in Japan taking the lifestyle brand’s presence from two to four hotels in the country. The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa is set to open in April 2012, following a two-year renovation and rebranding of the Kise Bettei Hotel and Spa while the Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is expected to open doors in 2014. These two new hotels are in addition to the company’s existing hotels in Osaka and Tokyo. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa will offer 97 luxurious guest rooms with views over a golf course down to the East China Sea, the Motobu Peninsula and beyond to Ie Island. The hotel will be situated within the premises of the Kise Country Club and surrounded on three sides by its 18-hole Championship course overlooking the ocean. The Kise Country Club is bordered by undeveloped wooded land adding to the beautiful setting and location of the resort. The hotel will replace the existing Kise Bettei Hotel & SPA after an extensive renovation of more than 1 billion yen ($129,918). The new look interiors will be created by ILYA Corporation and the concept of the new hotel will be a combination of The Ritz-Carlton style with the local Okinawan culture to create a subtle yet luxurious decor. The newly hotel will feature three destination dining outlets, as well as a lounge and bar, an ESPA spa and full leisure facilities including a pool and gym.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto when open, will boast of 136 guest rooms measuring at 50 sq m, making them the largest rooms in the city. The hotel will also feature two dining options, banquet and meeting rooms, as well as a spa. The hotel will be strategically positioned as an urban resort on the Kamogawa River, Nijho Ohashi, close to Kyoto’s popular downtown areas including Gion and Kawaramachi-dori, the city’s retail and entertainment district.