Aman has confirmed its third Japanese destination, Aman Kyoto, will open on 1 November, 2019. Set in a secret garden at the heart of a 32-hectare forest, the resort is within walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kinkaku-ji Temple and close to the centre of Kyoto.
The resort is an architectural masterpiece brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects, who designed both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu. True to the Aman aesthetic, the property’s structures – including its Aman Spa – have been designed to complement their verdant surroundings. Consisting of a series of standalone pavilions, there are six Guest Pavilions housing 26 guest rooms.
The hotel offers six room categories, including two ‘presidential suites’ located in the Washigamine and Takagamine Pavilions. All accommodation at Aman Kyoto offers leafy seclusion with garden views and supreme privacy.
All furniture, including traditional Japanese lanterns, has been custom designed and is exclusive to Aman Kyoto. Carefully chosen artefacts, whether vases, artworks or antiques, have been individually selected for each space and celebrate the refined aesthetic and creative values of Japan.
The 29 hectares of permanent forest and three hectares of exquisite gardens surrounding Aman Kyoto serve as a serene setting for the Aman Spa. The natural spring water that flows underneath Aman Kyoto is central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa. Traditional onsen bathing facilities, using the water from a local spring, deliver relaxation, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – including Kyoto green tea, Tamba kuromame (black beans), local saké, and cold-pressed tsubaki (camellia) oil. Bathing, breathing practice, Zazen meditation, consuming green tea, the physical practice of shiatsu, acupuncture and moxa are part of the Aman Kyoto experience.
Resting at the heart of the resort is the Living Pavilion by Aman, with a central fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto an ornate terrace overlooking the Kerry Hill garden. At the helm is Executive Chef, Kentaro Torii, serving Kyoto-style cuisine, and innovative Western dishes, comprised of only local and ‘in season’ ingredients, many of which are sourced from the hotels very own garden.
The property’s daily afternoon tea introduces flower-like Wagashi, traditional Japanese confections made of mochi, anko and fruits, among a variety of creations inspired by the setting of the resort. Kyoto matcha is freshly prepared and served as a finale.
Aman Kyoto is surrounded by 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. With privileged access to an abundance of temples and transformative cultural encounters, which are usually out of reach for most travellers, Aman Kyoto offers its guests an insight into the history and wonders of the city like no other.
For more details, see www.aman.com/resorts/aman-kyoto