Ritz-Carlton Makes Okinawan Debut, Reopens In Montreal

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has boosted its global presence with the commencement of operations for 2 luxury properties. The hospitality chain has opened the 97-room Ritz-Carlton Okinawa on the southern Japanese island, while celebrating the reopening of the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Montreal after a 4-year renovation.

 

Ritz-Carlton Okinawa

Affectionately known as “Gusuku” in the local dialect, the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa’s landscape and architecture embodies the genuine peaceful and caring spirit of the Okinawan people. Situated within the premises of the Kise Country Club, the hotel is surrounded on 3 sides by a 18-hole championship golf course overlooking the ocean and features Shurijo face motifs, red-clay roof tiles, white walls and serene water ponds.

 

The guestrooms and suites are decorated in quintessential Japanese style with the use of woods and neutral colours, whilst retaining a level of luxury the brand is renowned for. Each accommodation is furnished with King-sized or twin beds, marble bathroom with separate bathtub and rainforest shower, 32-inch LCD television, Geneva Sound System with preloaded iPod, high-speed internet access, electric kettle, fully-stocked refreshment bar and Nespresso coffee machine.

 

An array of restaurants and lounges offer modern and refined settings. At Gusuku, the menu features Okinawan, Japanese and Western favorites, while teppanyaki restaurant Kise uses only top-quality local Kuroge wagyu beef and market-fresh seafood. Chura-Nuhji, meaning beautiful rainbow in the Okinawan language, serves classic Italian dishes complemented by a selection of cocktails and Awamori at The Bar. Alternatively, the Lobby Lounge and The Library offer elegant surrounds to relax or catch up with friends.

 

Operated in partnership with ESPA, the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa’s spa is set in its own building bordered by the Yanbaru forest. The facility is designed to be at harmony with its surroundings, where guests can indulge in signature treatments and organic dining at the Spa Cafe.

 

Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Dubbed the Grand Dame of Sherbrooke Street, the iconic Ritz-Carlton Montreal in the heart of the city’s downtown and financial district has reopened following an extensive restoration. Under the direction of Quebec architectural firm Provencher Roy + Associes, the building’s facade and key public spaces from 1912 were preserved while the interior has been redesigned to combine modern conveniences with the splendour of the past.

 

The hotel’s 98 guestrooms and 31 suites are furnished with luxury bedding, spacious marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. These include thermostats that intuitively remember guests’ temperature preferences upon check-in, while motion sensors activate lights to illuminate darkened spaces.

 

Gourmet dining comes in the form of Maison Boulud, the local outpost of celebrity chef Daniel Boulud. During the summer, guests can also dine in the unique surrounds of Le Jardin du Ritz, where the beautifully-manicured garden enhanced by a water fountain and duck pond complements signature creations from the culinary team.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s array of dignified event spaces continue to charm and awe guests. 2 regal ballrooms and 10 function rooms accommodate groups of 10 to 600 guests, complemented by the impeccable service and stately atmosphere. Recreational facilities include a new indoor saltwater swimming pool and fully-equipped gymnasium catering to guests who enjoy a workout during their travels.

 

With over a century of history, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company today operates 77 hotels in 25 countries. The company is currently developing new properties around the world, with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal and the Ritz-Carlton Okinawa soon to be joined by sister hotels and resorts in Abu Dhabi, Puerto Rico, Tianjin and Vienna later this year.

 

For more information, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

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