Ritz-Carlton moves into Japan with Okinawa resort

Ritz-Carlton moves into Japan with Okinawa resort

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

Okinawa has been a popular getaway for generations of Japanese visitors but remains relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveller.

The island features championship golf courses and is surrounded by pristine emerald waters that are perfect for waterborne activities.

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,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

“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.

“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 enjoys 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.