Aman Set to Open New Japan Resort in Kyoto

By Paul Joseph

Luxury hotel group Aman is to open its third Japanese property, tucked away in a forested haven amid the magnificent Hidari Daimonji mountain in the city of Kyoto.

A stone’s throw away from the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 80-acre resort features lush-green gardens dotted with Japanese cedar trees and yama momiji maples.

There are four guest pavilions with 24 beautifully appointed rooms, while two separate pavilions are home to a pair of two-bedroom villas.

Hotel rooms have been designed keeping in mind a traditional Japanese aesthetic. Inside, the room are tatami floor mats and ofuro bathtubs coupled with neutral colour tones and floor-to-ceiling views of the natural grounds.

Aman Kyoto’s Dining Pavilion serves a variety of delicious local delicacies, with guests having the option of a multi-course dining experience. At the all-day dining Living Pavilion, guests are treated to a home-cooked obanzai style cuisine and afternoon tea.

When it came to unwinding, the resort’s signature Aman spa is designed to offer traditional treatments. The Japanese-style wellness refuge, which boasts a traditional onsen (hot spring) bathing facilities, uses local Japanese ingredients such as saké, cold-pressed camellia oil, and green tea for treatments.

Eyal Agmoni, Chairman of the Chartered Group which owns the new resort, said: “With the utmost care, craftsmanship and dedication, this garden sanctuary has been over two decades in the making so we can open its doors as an Aman.

"I am especially grateful to the late Kerry Hill and his team who created an architectural language that not only respects traditional Japanese design, but also celebrates, protects and brings back to life the unique gardens in which Aman Kyoto is housed."

With Aman Tokyo and Amanemu in Ise Shima National Park, the Aman has already created a significant imprint on the Japanese hospitality sector.

Aman resorts International is a luxury hotel group that owns and operates over 30 properties in 20 countries across the world.

By Paul Joseph