We always find that asking locals which hotel they consider the best in their city yields interesting results, and our Japanese friends almost without fail pick the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo as their choice in the capital. That’s no mean feat in a city packed with high-end options and prestigious brands – many Asian ones included – so we have no doubt that its Kyoto sibling will be popular with the 50 million people that visit every year, the vast majority of which is still Japanese.
The Ritz-Carlton Rabat
Outside of Japan, Ritz-Carlton has not one, not two, but three hotels on the list for Morocco. The capital Rabat will have - like Kyoto - an “urban resort” about 10 minutes outside of the city center, with 120 rooms and 15 villas. The hotel will be near the 10th tee of the main course at The Royal Golf of Dar Es Salam, an exclusive Trent Jones-designed estate with three courses set within a 440 hectare forest.
Tamuda Bay, a resort about an hour east of Tangiers, will be the first European Ritz-Carlton Reserve, with 98 rooms and 35 pool villas, and this time a golf course designed by Nicklaus. Both Rabat and Tamuda Bay should open by December next year.
The Ritz-Carlton Marrakech
A few years later, Ritz-Carlton will move into Marrakech, a town spilling over with luxury resorts to the extent that it’s questioned whether it can sustain that many high-end hotel rooms. Rather than golf, the hotel here is centered around the polo fields of Jenan Amar, and will have 60 hotel suites and 20 villas.
If all of that’s not enough, we should still see Ritz-Carlton popping up in Tianjin and Chengdu (China), Bangalore (India), Herzliya (Israel), on Aruba, and in Almaty (Kazakhstan) before this year is out. We just hope that Rancho Mirage will be added to that list soon as well.
[Renderings: Ritz-Carlton Hotels]