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When we looked at the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa last October, we mentioned that a fourth Japanese property was in the works in Kyoto, the country’s former imperial capital and home to no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Now, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is confirmed as opening on February 7, 2014, alongside a host of other new hotels being announced. We’ll give you a breakdown of what’s happening below.
Billed as an urban resort, the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto will have 136 rooms on the banks of the Kamogawa River, with views of the Higashiyama Mountains. Traditional Meiji house and courtyard architecture is incorporated into the building’s structure, and the hotel will have four dining options, as well as meeting facilities and a spa.
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No? Well, that's because you've never spent a night at Ritz-Carlton's
over the top opulent Reserve Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand. Comprised of 54 villas set along the Andaman Sea, every inch of the resort is pure luxury—from the feng shui-inspired welcome pavilion to the cathedral-like bathrooms.
The above shot shows a bathroom entrance in one of the Ocean Pavilion villas (these bad boys go for around $550/night during the summer season). The painted double doors alone are pretty impressive, and peeking inside, we love how the scalloped porcelain sinks are set in the middle of the room like a shrine. But the fancy faucets are only the beginning of what Phulay Bay's bathrooms have to offer...
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On the coast of Krabi in Thailand sits Ritz-Carlton's prize jewel, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve at Phulay Bay. While a lot of meticulous planning went into the property's design, it seems there was one element of Phulay Bay that needed some adjusting after the initial opening.
Specifically, the welcome pavilion, where, upon arriving, guests must ceremoniously walk around the edges of a pond by following a path of stones (above). Fair enough. Except the path splits in two, so guests have to choose whether they want to enter from the left or right. Fair enough.
Then, the hotel found out that walking counter-clockwise is considered bad feng shui. Meaning half the guests, before they'd even checked into their picture-perfect villas, were already doomed. What to do?