A secret getaway for generations of Japanese visitors, but relatively unexplored by the international traveller, Okinawa is now home to what is billed as the ultimate luxury destination.
The resort’s 97 modern guestrooms and two suites all boast balconies or terraces offering sweeping panoramic views that overlook the East China Sea and the Kise Country Club.
The Okinawan concept of hospitality or "gusuku," which translates as "castle" or "guest house," has been carefully reflected throughout the resort to give it a welcoming sense of place. Its landscaping and contemporary architectural design features the Shurijo face motifs, distinctive red clay roof tiles, white walls and holy water ponds.
Meanwhile the island of Okinawan itself is rich in championship golf courses and is surrounded by pristine emerald waters, making it ideal for both land-based and aquatic sports.
Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said: "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.
“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.”
He added: “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."
Other amenities at the Ritz-Carlton resort include several gourmet restaurants, a bar and a fully-equipped ESPA Spa.