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Ritz-Carlton opens first luxury resort in Japan

Now open: The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first luxury resort in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa.

Following the opening, The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is set to pioneer luxury hospitality on an island that has been the secret getaway for generations of Japanese visitors but remains relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveller.

“We 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 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s President and Chief Operations Officer, Herve Humler.

“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.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is an ultimate luxury destination for visitors to an island that is rich in championship golf courses and surrounded by pristine emerald waters that are perfect for waterborne activities. It also heralds the return of exquisite fine dining to the heart of the island.

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.

“Our first luxury resort in Japan underlines our commitment to the Japanese market,” said The Ritz-Carlton’s Area Vice President for Asia, Victor Clavell. “The culture of friendship or ‘keion’ on this island blends seamlessly with The Ritz-Carlton promise to offer the finest personal service and facilities in a warm yet refined ambiance.

“We anticipate bringing more of the island’s incredible culture to the world.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa features sweeping panoramic views that overlook the East China Sea and the Kise Country Club. Inspired by 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.

This new hotel presents a host of exquisite sophisticated restaurants and a bar. Set in a modern and refined environment, the three restaurants will feature creative and sensational dining options.

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