Spa Business - Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto...
22 Aug 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
The Spa at Windsor Court to undergo major renovation
The Spa at Windsor Court to undergo major renovation   20 Aug 2019

The Spa at Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, US, is set to undergo a major renovation that will see the addition of new relaxation spaces and .... more>>
Four Seasons to open resort in Los Cabos with Oasis Spa
Four Seasons to open resort in Los Cabos with Oasis Spa   19 Aug 2019

Four Seasons will open a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico this November, featuring a 15,855sq ft Oasis Spa. Designed by Guerin Glass Architects, the .... more>>
Emma Darby named COO of Resense
Emma Darby named COO of Resense   16 Aug 2019

Leading wellness consultancy Resense has announced the promotion of Emma Darby to the position of chief operating officer (COO). Darby benefits from .... more>>
ISPA research: More men visiting spas than ever before
ISPA research: More men visiting spas than ever before   16 Aug 2019

Research by the International Spa Association (ISPA), has revealed that more men are going to spas than ever before, with stats indicating that 49 per .... more>>
Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore
Global Wellness Summit relocates from Hong Kong to Singapore   15 Aug 2019

Susie Ellis, chair of the Global Wellness Institute, has announced the 2019 Global Wellness Summit will move from Hong Kong to Singapore. Dates will .... more>>
Company profile


Eminence Organic Skin Care

Eminence has been voted “Favorite Skin Care Line” and “Favorite for Product Education” for 10 years in a row by spa professionals!

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Hand Picked Hotels launches The Hive to improve work/life balance for employees

Hand Picked Hotels launches The Hive to improve work/life balance for employees

Independent country house hotel group, Hand Picked Hotels, has partnered with Reward Gateway to launch a new bespoke interactive platform. More>>




in this issue

• Equinox's home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore
• Holmes Place founder takes over TRIB3
• Merlin Entertainments returns to growth



Spa jobs




Therapist
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: London, UK
Company: Strip Wax Bar & Boutique
Fitness and Wellbeing Manager
Salary: £36,405 + competitive benefits
Location: Thamesmead, London, UK
Company: YMCA Thames Gateway
Spa Therapist
Salary: Up to £18,305 per annum
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Company: GLL
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




03 Sep 2019

Spa Business Bootcamp Course

Laico Hotels & Resorts Regency, Nairobi, Kenya


05 Sep 2019

Spa Business Bootcamp Course

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa, Kenya



Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 2
Spa Business
2019 issue 2

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Software: Training & education
From bespoke training programmes to 24/7 support teams and company super-users, how are software suppliers helping spas get the most out of their systems? More>>
  Promotional feature: Comfort Zone
Skincare brand Comfort Zone has partnered with Wellness for Cancer to create a new programme of spa treatments for people touched by cancer. Barbara Gavazzoli tells us more More>>


Spa Business magazine 2019 issue 1

Spa Business
2019 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Everyone’s talking about: Single-use plastics
Is it time for spas to look at their use of plastic? Kath Hudson investigates More>>
  Software: Emerging trends
We explore upcoming spa tech trends 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
The Spa at Windsor Court to undergo major renovation
The Spa at Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, US, is set to undergo a major renovation that will see the addition of new relaxation spaces and treatment rooms.
Four Seasons to open resort in Los Cabos with Oasis Spa
Four Seasons will open a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico this November, featuring a 15,855sq ft Oasis Spa.
Emma Darby named COO of Resense
Leading wellness consultancy Resense has announced the promotion of Emma Darby to the position of chief operating officer (COO).
ISPA research: More men visiting spas than ever before
Research by the International Spa Association (ISPA), has revealed that more men are going to spas than ever before, with stats indicating that 49 per cent of spa customers are now men, a 20 per cent increase from the 29 per cent reported in 2005.
+ More news   
 
COMPANY PROFILE
Eminence Organic Skin Care

Eminence has been voted “Favorite Skin Care Line” and “Favorite for Product Education” for 10 year [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

05-07 Sep 2019

Annual SWAA Conference

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa, Mombasa, Kenya
09-11 Sep 2019

SpaChina Summit

The Ritz-Carlton, Xi’an, China
+ 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