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Unveiling an impressive blend of traditional charm and sophisticated elegance, The Ritz-Carlton announces the grand opening of its newest property in Fukuoka, located on the Southern Japanese island of Kyushu. As part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, this luxury establishment is set to uplift the essence of high-end hospitality within Fukuoka’s urban landscape.
Situated in Fukuoka Daimyo Garden City, the city’s tallest urban lifestyle complex, The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka graces the topmost nine floors of a 25-story glass tower. Designed by Tokyo’s renowned architectural firm Kume Sekkei, the hotel delivers an exquisite blend of modern design and beautiful panoramas. Nestled adjacent to Tenjin, the city’s vibrant hub, the hotel places its guests at the heart of a bustling metropolis teeming with cultural experiences and vivacious nightlife.
The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka exudes a sophisticated charm inspired by the traditional Hakata-ori, Fukuoka’s age-old silk and kimono weaving craft. This fusion of local artistry and contemporary luxury is embodied in each folding screen, sculpture, and woven textile adorning the hotel’s interior, crafted by the talented hands of local artisans.
Explore Fukuoka: From Shoreline Adventures to Cultural Treasures
A gateway to the rich heritage and diverse attractions of one of Japan’s most populated cities, the hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring Fukuoka. Known for its beautiful beaches, natural parks, and historic landmarks such as the 12th-century Shofukuji temple and the Fukuoka Castle ruins, the city brims with unforgettable experiences.
Fukuoka’s natural splendours do not stop at the city limits. Its shoreline provides ample opportunities for watersports, while a more leisurely pace of life can be found amidst its mountainous trails. The region’s world-class seafood and ramen are gastronomic delights not to be missed. Adding to the city’s cultural richness is the 800-year-old Hakata Gion Yamakasa summer festival, a captivating spectacle recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka: Traditional Elegance and Modern Luxury
Within The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka, each of the 167 rooms, including 20 premium suites, are designed to cater to the discerning needs of contemporary travellers. Adorned with elegant décor, these accommodations offer breathtaking views of the city, the tranquil Ohori Park, or the stunning Hakata Bay. The hotel also dedicates its topmost floor to The Ritz-Carlton Club, an exclusive lounge designed for club and suite guests, ensuring an enhanced experience of luxury and privacy.
Dining at The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka promises a culinary journey highlighting local ingredients. Viridis, one of the hotel’s four restaurants, specializes in Western cuisine, while the stylish Genjyu pays homage to Japan’s culinary traditions through its Kaiseki, sushi, and teppanyaki menus. In the Lobby Lounge & Bar and Diva, guests can partake in light meals, decadent desserts, and an afternoon tea experience celebrating Kyushu’s renowned green teas.
The hotel’s bay-facing restaurant, Bay, draws inspiration from Hakata Bay’s passing ships. It offers an eclectic mix of original cocktails paired with chargrilled dishes and tapas, all to be savoured on its scenic terrace. This fusion of innovative cuisine and stunning views results in a dining experience that transcends the ordinary.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, on the 24th floor, is the hotel’s wellness haven. Guests can immerse themselves in tranquillity in the indoor swimming pool that overlooks the bay or indulge in treatments using local ingredients and products from ESPA.
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With its combination of luxury, culturally inspired designs, and world-class service, The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka is poised to become a coveted destination for global travellers when heading to Southern Japan. Offering a rich tapestry of local heritage and modern sophistication, the hotel beckons guests to embark on a journey of cultural exploration and top-tier indulgence. ◼
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© This article was first published online in July 2023 – World Travel Magazine.