The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

  • Tricia Welsh

Okinawa has been a favored tropical destination for generations of Japanese. With the recent opening of its first luxury-brand hotel, the 160-island chain is now primed to become popular the world over.

The former Kise Bettei, an upscale resort built on the chain’s main island in 2007, closed for eight months of renovations prior to reopening this past May as the Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa. Overlooking the Kise Country Club golf course, the 97-?room resort resembles a gusuku, or castle, with steep ramparts that descend to a surrounding moat. Main structures mimic traditional Ryukyuan architecture with kawarra-tiled roofs and locally cut coral-limestone blocks that echo the coral fences of nearby islands.

The Ritz-Carlton serves Okinawan, traditional Japanese, Italian, and Western fare in its four restaurants and three bars, and offers picnic lunches on its private beach. Views from the stand-alone, 10-room Espa facility showcase the property’s best feature: its location between the East China Sea and the biodiverse Yanbaru Forest, the latter of which was nominated this year for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, +81.980.43.5555, www.ritzcarlton.com

Read Next Article >>
Highlights included hunting for white truffles and a private Brunello Cucinelli cashmere experience…
Highlights included heli-fishing excursions and Malbec tastings…
The guided rides will take guests through some of the Dolomites’ most challenging and scenic...
Lavish beach villas take shape at three Caribbean resorts. Mayan Marvels: Set where the jungle...
Highlights include private tours of the Franck Muller and DeWitt watchmaking facilities...
 Daniel Bayer
Aspen: The Rocky Mountain ski town is garnering attention as a destination with A-list design...
These incredible winter vacation homes offer myriad luxuries and easy access to the some of the...
Migratory jet-setters have a new swanky destination in Uruguay…
Just in time for winter, Robb Report has compiled a list of the top ski resorts on the planet…
This year, don't give them a thing at all, GIVE THEM AN EXPERIENCE. Discover thousands of...