Tucked away in the forested haven of Takagamine, Aman Kyoto is the perfect setting for a long weekend away – particularly if you want to cherish panoramic views amidst the magnificent Hidari Daimonji mountain and a stone’s throw away from the city’s 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With Aman Tokyo and Amanemu in Ise Shima National Park, the Aman hospitality group has already created a significant imprint on the blooming Japanese hospitality sector.
The 80-acre property breathes romance and serenity thanks to its lush-green gardens sprinkled with Japanese cedar trees and yama momiji maples; perfectly designed to host private dinners, functions and weddings.
The luxury hotel is the epitome of understated luxury, boasting standalone pavilions; from arrival and living areas to dining and spa spaces. There are four guest pavilions with 24 beautifully appointed rooms, while two separate pavilions entail two 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. Each piece of furniture has been custom-designed – perfect to lounge around if you have a great book and cocktail in hand.
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.
Aman Kyoto is owned by the Chartered Group, Eyal Agmoni, the Chairman of the group, commented:
“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. I have no doubt that this resort will be met with positive global interest, and will set a new hospitality standard in Japan.”
The hotel is slated for a November 2019 opening.