Aman Kyoto Is a Timeworn Sanctuary Within Japan’s Ancient Imperial Capital
Aman has announced the launch of Aman Kyoto, scheduled to open on November 1, 2019 in Japan’s ancient imperial capital.
Within Japan’s ancient imperial capital is a once-forgotten secret garden, a place meant for peaceful and secluded retreat, where Aman’s third resort in the East Asian country will open later this year in November.
Aman Kyoto is fated to become the kind of destination where beauty was once untold, a resort nestled at the foot of the symbolic mountain of Hidari Daimonji, which provides an authentic sanctuary surrounded by forested grounds. It’s the harmonious, quiet blend of privacy, relaxation and rejuvenation meant to evoke subtle exhilaration, the sort of place that is curiously both peaceful and otherworldly.
Situated close to the famous Kinkaku-ji Temple, or Golden Pavilion, the 80-acre Aman Kyoto site comprises 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of marvellous gardens. The secluded grounds used to be part of an artistic community, which reportedly had given rise to the revered Rinpa school of painting four centuries ago. The site’s previous owner had tended to the gardens over his many decades, and was one of Japan’s most respected collectors of obi, which is the ornamental sash used for a traditional Japanese kimono. It had been his aim to house his unique collection in a textile museum, which had originally been intended for a build within the garden. Though that particular dream did not realise itself, the site will now flaunt its unparalleled natural beauty to the world through Aman.
Aman was founded in 1988, with the vision of building intimate retreats which presents unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private home. The first Aman was established in Phuket, Thailand, and is known as Amanpuri, or place of peace. Since then, Aman has grown to 34 serene hotels and resorts in 21 destinations across the globe, including in Indonesia, the United States of America and France.
This latest location presents itself as an architectural masterpiece, realised by the talents over at Kerry Hill Architects, who previously designed the two initial Japanese locations of Aman Tokyo and Amanemu. Aman Kyoto consists of a series of standalone pavilions, each dedicated for a distinct function, and includes individual Arrival, Living, Dining and Spa Pavilions, with the additional four Guest Pavilions that will house their 24 guest rooms. Another two separate Pavilions overlook the forest canopy, and is set to house guests at a pair of two-bedroom villas enriched with luxury in its simplicity.
The pavilions are carefully placed within the garden, and offers a certain kind of tranquility while paying homage to traditional Japanese architecture. Simultaneously, they also give space for contemporary buildings to exist and breathe within the same landscape. It’s the setting for calm contemplations and thoughtful exploration, where guests are free to wander and marvel.
Each of Aman Kyoto’s 24 guest rooms and two villas pays respects to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, but also blends in contemporary delights through a minimalist approach that centres on light-filled and spacious interiors. Each space will house carefully selected artefacts, be it in the form of vases, artworks or antiques, meant to celebrate Japan’s refined aesthetic and creative values.
All of Aman Kyoto’s furniture pieces, including traditional Japanese lanterns, are custom-designed and exclusive to the resort. A neutral colour palette dominates the interiors, and complements the work of local artisans, such as handmade raku tile panels that grace the Living Pavilion, and the custom-made ceramic tiles decorating the restaurant.
At the Dining Pavilion, Aman Kyoto will debut its signature restaurant by showcasing Japanese haute cuisine through a multi-course dining experience that uses the finest, hand-picked local produce. Meanwhile, the Living Pavilion will accommodate a central fireplace and glass doors that open to zen, or ornate stone garden, offering a wealth of inspiration for guests.
There is the treat to home-cooked Kyoto obanzai-style cuisine, which will be served throughout the day, and have the option to enjoy afternoon tea or reserve bamboo picnic hampers that one can enjoy al-fresco in the garden or forest glades. The resort’s Aman Spa features traditional onsen bathing facilities that uses water from a local spring, and aims to deliver relaxation and healing in their purest forms to visitors.
Aman Kyoto’s timeworn garden spaces perfectly embody a sense of another world, allowing visitors to immerse within the beauty of hospitality and human connection that can often feel so distant in the chaos of day-to-day life. The touch of tranquility that provides unrivalled sanctuary for the visitor, Aman Kyoto is set to create an astonishing, one-of-a-kind experience for its guests. For further information, visit www.aman.com/kyoto.