Wordrobe Wanderlist: Tranquil Aman Kyoto To Open This November

Set in a secret garden at the heart of a 32-hectare forest, discover Aman Kyoto, Aman’s third destination in Japan

Simplicity at its most exemplary. Opening its artisan doors this November, discover a stay at the serenity-inspired Aman Kyoto.

An architectural masterpiece brought into being by Kerry Hill Architects (the design masterminds behind both Aman Tokyo and Amanemu) the new resort offers an experience designed to rejuvenate a traveler’s every sense.

Aman Kyoto opening

True to the Aman aesthetic, which is very much inspired by Japan, Aman Kyoto’s structures have been designed with characteristic elegance.

The colour palette for interiors is neutral, complementing the work of local artisans: handmade raku tile panels grace the Living Pavilion and custom- made ceramic tiles decorate the restaurant.

TAKA-AN Restaurant, Aman Kyoto

With six Guest Pavilions housing 26 guest rooms, book a stay to enjoy a strikingly minimalist design.

Inspired by tradition, rooms feature 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 subtle focal points.

Aman Kyoto opening
Hotaru Room

The spacious and light-filled interiors are ingeniously crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation.

All furniture, including traditional Japanese lanterns, have been custom-designed and are exclusive to Aman Kyoto. Spaces also feature carefully chosen artesfacts to further compliment the space.

Hotaru Room

The resort is a secluded otherworldly retreat: moss-covered boulders glow emerald-like in the lush undergrowth, winding footpaths link tranquil forest glades, and streams provide a soothing soundtrack broken only by birdsong.

From this peaceful haven, where gardens, forest and healing waters rejuvenate body and mind, guests can explore all that Kyoto has to offer on uniquely curated, behind-the-scenes Aman Journeys.

Spa and Wellness

The Living Pavilion by Aman

The 29 hectares of permanent forest and three hectares of exquisite gardens surrounding Aman Kyoto serve as a serene setting for the Aman Spa.

Even a simple immersion – such as walking through a forest – has a powerful effect on wellbeing.

This has long been recognised by the Japanese, and Aman Kyoto embraces this wisdom with a wellness offering defined by nature in every way.

Guests can experience guided yoga and meditation, as well as Shinrin-yoku, the healing art of forest bathing or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’.

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

There’s also traditional onsen bathing facilities to dip into, 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.

Authentic Dining

Aman Kyoto opening

Of course, no visit could be complete without exceptional Japanese cuisine. Resting at the heart of the resort is the convivial Living Pavilion by Aman,  offering all-day dining both to guests of the resort and non-residents (with advance reservations).

At the helm is Executive Chef, Kentaro Torii serving home-cooked Kyoto-style cuisine, and innovative Western dishes.

The Living Pavilion Interior

With 16 years of experience in Japan and internationally, Chef Kentaro uses only local and ‘in season’ ingredients, many of which are sourced from the hotels very own garden, giving guests the experience of being at one with nature with his cuisine.

Delicious dining and nature-honed design – see you in the onsen.

Opening November 1 2019. For full details, please click here.

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