The Ritz Carlton hotel chain announced the opening of its first resort hotel in Japan, The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa, bringing the group’s hotel count to 79.
The hotel will be placed on a tropical island “that has been the secret getaway for generations of Japanese visitors, but remains relatively unexplored by the international luxury traveller,” according to the company.
The hotel’s concept, “gusuku”, which translates as “castle” or “guest house”, uses contemporary architectural design, which features the Shurijo face motifs, as well as red clay roof tiles and white walls.
“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,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
The area vice president for Asia, Victor Clavell, said that the new hotel underlines the company’s commitment to the Japanese market and its appeal “to the culture of friendship or ‘keion’ on this island.”