Spa Business - Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto...
17 Jul 2019 Spa Business: uniting the world of wellness
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

07 Feb 2019

Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto
BY Jane Kitchen

The resort will be brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects, who designed both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu

The resort will be brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects, who designed both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu

Luxury hotel operator Aman will open its third resort in Japan this November with the launch of Aman Kyoto, which will include a spa concept themed around the property’s natural spring water.

Situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the resort, with 24 bedrooms and two two-bedroom villas, draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet contemporary Kyoto sanctuary surrounded by nature.

Aman Kyoto will be situated in a once-forgotten secret garden that provides a secluded retreat but is just moments from the centre of Kyoto and hidden at the foot of the symbolic Mountain of Hidari Daimonji in Kyoto’s north.

The natural spring water that flows near Aman Kyoto will be central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa, and is something of great rarity in the region.

Traditional onsen bathing facilities, using the water from a local spring, will deliver relaxation and healing, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – including Kyoto green tea, Tanba kuromame (black beans), local saké, and coldpressed tsubaki (camellia) oil.

The 80-acre Aman Kyoto site comprises 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of gardens lovingly tended over many decades by the previous owner of the site.

The garden is formed as a series of manicured platforms, impeccably kept through the years, within a hidden valley, enclosed on one side by a small stream, and on another by a wooded hill. An ethereal landscape of mature trees, which change colour through the year, transports the garden from one season to another.

Moss-covered stone pathways laid down by the creator of the garden, some edged in massive cut-stone borders, traverse the site. Graceful garden stairways and pathways lead guests to the upper platforms, and are bordered with colourful yama momiji maples and kitayama-sugi (Japanese cedar) planted in avenues.

The garden is cleverly designed to self-irrigate through the collection of rainwater via the site’s numerous hidden caves and water tunnels. Within the formal lawn in the peaceful centre of the site, large granite boulders, originally selected as sculptures by the former owner, define and hold court over the space.

The tranquillity and drama of this setting, magnified by the breeze in the trees, has inspired the architectural design of Aman Kyoto. The resort will be brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects, who designed both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu.

Consisting of a series of standalone pavilions, each with a distinct function, Aman Kyoto includes separate Arrival, Living, Dining and Spa Pavilions, four Guest Pavilions housing 24 guest rooms offering leafy seclusion with garden-or-stream views, and two separate Pavilions overlooking the forest canopy housing a pair of two-bedroom villas.

Each of Aman Kyoto’s 24 guest rooms and two villas is a contemporary reimagining of the traditional ryokan. Strikingly minimalist in their design, the rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular natural surroundings, tatami mats covering the floors, and tokonoma (alcoves where items for artistic appreciation are presented) providing a subtle focal point.

The interiors will be spacious and light-filled – crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation.

The ofuro bathtubs in each guest room are made of hinoki cypress wood, native to central Japan. All furniture pieces, including traditional Japanese lanterns, have been custom-designed and are exclusive to Aman Kyoto. Carefully selected artefacts, whether vases, artworks or antiques, have been individually selected for each space, celebrating the refined aesthetic and creative values of Japan.

“Following on from the success of Aman Tokyo and Amanemu, Aman Kyoto will add another distinctive facet to our continued journey – and commitment - to Japan,” said Vladislav Doronin, chair and CEO of Aman. “Aman Kyoto will embody the true spirit of Aman, blending our profound respect for nature with adherence to simple, yet striking, principles of aesthetics and structure, masterfully brought to life by the late Kerry Hill and his team. We look forward to unveiling the many dimensions of Kyoto through the eyes of Aman and sharing the secrets of our enchanting garden.’

Part of its Japanese portfolio, Aman Kyoto is owned by the Chartered Group, which has been the driving force behind this project.

Eyal Agmoni, chair of the Chartered Group, said: “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 Chartered Group will also introduce Residences at Aman Kyoto in 2020.

Aman also operates Aman Tokyo, a sleek sanctuary at the top of the Otemachi Tower, and Amanemu, a calm and serene hot-spring resort on Ise Shima’s Bay of Pearls.



Connect with
Spa Business
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date   16 Jul 2019

This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with more than 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across .... more>>
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats   15 Jul 2019

Italy’s Borgo Egnazia has become the first hospitality partner to offer Blue Zones Retreats certified by the Blue Zones Institute. Founded by Dan .... more>>
Fivelements Habitat opens in Hong Kong
Fivelements Habitat opens in Hong Kong   15 Jul 2019

Integrated wellness lifestyle company Fivelements has officially launched its new urban wellness concept, Fivelements Habitat, with the opening of the .... more>>
Pure Massage launches training courses for trainers
Pure Massage launches training courses for trainers   12 Jul 2019

Pure Massage, a spa training method founded by Beata Aleksandrowicz, has launched a series of targeted education courses, devised specifically for .... more>>
London's COMO Metropolitan launches residences
London's COMO Metropolitan launches residences   11 Jul 2019

COMO Metropolitan London has opened ten luxury residences, offering private apartment-style accommodation adjacent to the hotel and opposite Hyde .... more>>
Company profile


Book4Time Inc.

Our commitment to innovation and client satisfaction has been a key driver in our success as the platform of choice for top spa brands around the world.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Moving with ease and style

Moving with ease and style

Beauty therapists getting dressed for work in the morning need a quick, hassle-free comfortable uniform solution. More>>




in this issue

• Merlin sold in US$7.49bn mega deal
• Rathbone Boxing Club opens in London
• Serpentine Pavilion opens to thje public



Spa jobs




Club and Communities Coordinator
Salary: £30,596 inc. London weighting
Location: Stratford, London, UK
Company: MIND
Senior Sales Assistant
Salary: Competitive + Benefits
Location: Central London, London, UK
Company: Strip Wax Bar & Boutique
Laser / Aesthetics & Waxing Therapists
Salary: Competitive + Commission
Location: Central London, London, UK
Company: Strip Wax Bar & Boutique
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




15-17 Jul 2019

IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers

tbc, Manila, Philippines


18-20 Jul 2019

Indonesia International Amusement & Leisure Expo (IIALE 2019)

Jakarta International Expo , Jakarta, Indonesia



Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 2
Spa Business
2019 issue 2

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Promotional feature: Book4time
As Book4Time celebrates its 15th anniversary, we talk to founder and CEO Roger Sholanki about his passion for the spa and wellness industry More>>
  Promotional feature: SpaSoft
SpaSoft supplies solutions for a stress-free spa and elevates the guest experience More>>


Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 1

Spa Business
2019 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Focus on: Equine therapy
What is equine therapy and how can spas tap into horsepower? Kathleen Whyman finds out More>>
  Event report: Technology in Wellness
Glion Institute focuses on the impact of technology on spa and wellness More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd
Jobs . News . Products . Magazine
NEWS
Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto
POSTED 07 Feb 2019 . BY Jane Kitchen
Luxury hotel operator Aman will open its third resort in Japan this November with the launch of Aman Kyoto, which will include a spa concept themed around the property’s natural spring water.

Situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the resort, with 24 bedrooms and two two-bedroom villas, draws on the country’s ryokan (traditional inn) and onsen (hot spring) concepts to provide an authentic yet contemporary Kyoto sanctuary surrounded by nature.

Aman Kyoto will be situated in a once-forgotten secret garden that provides a secluded retreat but is just moments from the centre of Kyoto and hidden at the foot of the symbolic Mountain of Hidari Daimonji in Kyoto’s north.

The natural spring water that flows near Aman Kyoto will be central to the philosophy at the resort’s Aman Spa, and is something of great rarity in the region.

Traditional onsen bathing facilities, using the water from a local spring, will deliver relaxation and healing, while a range of treatments tap into Japan’s plentiful natural apothecary – including Kyoto green tea, Tanba kuromame (black beans), local saké, and coldpressed tsubaki (camellia) oil.

The 80-acre Aman Kyoto site comprises 72 acres of permanent forest and eight acres of gardens lovingly tended over many decades by the previous owner of the site.

The garden is formed as a series of manicured platforms, impeccably kept through the years, within a hidden valley, enclosed on one side by a small stream, and on another by a wooded hill. An ethereal landscape of mature trees, which change colour through the year, transports the garden from one season to another.

Moss-covered stone pathways laid down by the creator of the garden, some edged in massive cut-stone borders, traverse the site. Graceful garden stairways and pathways lead guests to the upper platforms, and are bordered with colourful yama momiji maples and kitayama-sugi (Japanese cedar) planted in avenues.

The garden is cleverly designed to self-irrigate through the collection of rainwater via the site’s numerous hidden caves and water tunnels. Within the formal lawn in the peaceful centre of the site, large granite boulders, originally selected as sculptures by the former owner, define and hold court over the space.

The tranquillity and drama of this setting, magnified by the breeze in the trees, has inspired the architectural design of Aman Kyoto. The resort will be brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects, who designed both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu.

Consisting of a series of standalone pavilions, each with a distinct function, Aman Kyoto includes separate Arrival, Living, Dining and Spa Pavilions, four Guest Pavilions housing 24 guest rooms offering leafy seclusion with garden-or-stream views, and two separate Pavilions overlooking the forest canopy housing a pair of two-bedroom villas.

Each of Aman Kyoto’s 24 guest rooms and two villas is a contemporary reimagining of the traditional ryokan. Strikingly minimalist in their design, the rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular natural surroundings, tatami mats covering the floors, and tokonoma (alcoves where items for artistic appreciation are presented) providing a subtle focal point.

The interiors will be spacious and light-filled – crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation.

The ofuro bathtubs in each guest room are made of hinoki cypress wood, native to central Japan. All furniture pieces, including traditional Japanese lanterns, have been custom-designed and are exclusive to Aman Kyoto. Carefully selected artefacts, whether vases, artworks or antiques, have been individually selected for each space, celebrating the refined aesthetic and creative values of Japan.

“Following on from the success of Aman Tokyo and Amanemu, Aman Kyoto will add another distinctive facet to our continued journey – and commitment - to Japan,” said Vladislav Doronin, chair and CEO of Aman. “Aman Kyoto will embody the true spirit of Aman, blending our profound respect for nature with adherence to simple, yet striking, principles of aesthetics and structure, masterfully brought to life by the late Kerry Hill and his team. We look forward to unveiling the many dimensions of Kyoto through the eyes of Aman and sharing the secrets of our enchanting garden.’

Part of its Japanese portfolio, Aman Kyoto is owned by the Chartered Group, which has been the driving force behind this project.

Eyal Agmoni, chair of the Chartered Group, said: “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 Chartered Group will also introduce Residences at Aman Kyoto in 2020.

Aman also operates Aman Tokyo, a sleek sanctuary at the top of the Otemachi Tower, and Amanemu, a calm and serene hot-spring resort on Ise Shima’s Bay of Pearls.
Moss-covered stone pathways laid down by the creator of the garden, some edged in massive cut-stone borders, traverse the site
Strikingly minimalist in their design, the rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows framing the spectacular natural surroundings and tatami mats covering the floors
Each of Aman Kyoto’s 24 guest rooms and two villas is a contemporary reimagining of the traditional ryokan
RELATED STORIES
‘Nourishing cloud’: Aman relocates 10,000 trees and a historic village for its latest resort


Luxury hotel operator Aman is set to open its fourth location in China on Monday (8 January) – the culmination of an ambitious 15-year conservation initiative which saw the relocation of an entire forest and the reconstruction of a historic village.
Aman New York to feature dramatic three-storey spa


Aman has unveiled details of its New York property, set to open in 2020 in the heart of Manhattan. Aman New York will be housed in the 1921 Crown Building on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street overlooking Central Park, and will include a three-storey, 2,000sq m (21,528sq ft) Aman Spa.
Aman to launch ski spa in French Alps


Global luxury hotel operator Aman has added a new two-storey, 767sq m (8,256sq ft) spa at Aman Le Mélézin in Courchevel, France, which is due to open in December for the Alpine skiing season.
FEATURE: Spa people: Nichola Roche


Nichola Roche, group director of spa, Aman
MORE NEWS
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date
This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across 100 countries.
Borgo Egnazia partners with Blue Zones for retreats
Italy’s Borgo Egnazia has become the first hospitality partner to offer Blue Zones Retreats certified by the Blue Zones Institute.
Fivelements Habitat opens in Hong Kong
Integrated wellness lifestyle company Fivelements has officially launched its new urban wellness concept, Fivelements Habitat, with the opening of the first outpost in Hong Kong on 12 July.
Pure Massage launches training courses for trainers
Pure Massage, a spa training method founded by Beata Aleksandrowicz, has launched a series of targeted education courses, devised specifically for massage trainers, that will enable them to deliver optimal massage training experiences every time.
London's COMO Metropolitan launches residences
COMO Metropolitan London has opened ten luxury residences, offering private apartment- style accommodation adjacent to the hotel and opposite Hyde Park.
Six Senses to open in France’s Loire Valley in 2022
Six Senses has announced plans for a resort in the “Garden of France”, 90 minutes south of Paris in the Loire Valley.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILE
Book4Time Inc.

Our commitment to innovation and client satisfaction has been a key driver in our success as the p [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

A truly holistic approach to wellness and beauty
Frella, established in 2014 has been an industry changer with its authentic concepts of bringing holistic wellness into the modern wellness market. [more...]
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 
+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

28-30 Jul 2019

Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, United States
05-07 Sep 2019

Annual SWAA Conference

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa, Kenya
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2019

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS