A secluded otherworldly retreat: Aman Kyoto Opens its Doors

Set in a secret garden at the heart of a 32-hectare forest, Aman Kyoto made its hushed debut this November, a tranquil 26-room resort that’s within easy reach of the city’s 17 UNESCO heritage sites.

Kerry Hill Architects, which also oversaw Aman Tokyo and Amanemu, have created light filled interiors that pay homage to the traditional ryokan inn from the resort’s secluded location. With handmade raku tile panels and custom-made ceramic tiles, the Living Pavilion restaurant is the heart of the resort, within a central fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto an ornate terrace overlooking the Kerry Hill garden, where executive chef Kentaro Torii serves Kyoto-style cuisine.

The natural spring water that flows underneath Aman Kyoto is utilised to deliver traditional onsen bathing facilities, while treatments incorporate local ingredients, including Kyoto green tea, local saké, and cold-pressed camellia oil.

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