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    ROKU KYOTO exterior
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    LXR Hotels makes its debuts in Asia Pacific

    Designed to reflect the traditions and tranquillity of Kyoto in Japan, ROKU KYOTO has opened. The hotel joins Hilton’s collection of independent, luxury hotels and marks LXR Hotels’ arrival in Asia Pacific…

    ROKU KYOTO exterior

    Following the brand’s arrival in the Seychelles earlier last month, LXR Hotels & Resorts, one of Hilton’s three distinctive luxury brands, has opened its debut property in Asia Pacific.

    Situated beneath the breathtaking panorama of the majestic Takagamine mountains in northern Kyoto, ROKU KYOTO is nestled within the 28.6-acre Shozan Resort Kyoto, a luxury enclave home to some of Kyoto’s most notable and idyllic Japanese gardens, historic architecture and authentic tea houses. The hotel is also located within walking distance from the famed Kinkaku-ji “Golden Pavilion” and other historic temples, such as the Koetsuji Temple and the Genkoan Temple. 

    Image caption: The guestrooms and suites Infuse both traditional Kyoto design and modern Japanese aesthetic in calming earthy tones. | Image credit: LXR Hotels

    Image caption: The guestrooms and suites Infuse both traditional Kyoto design and modern Japanese aesthetic in calming earthy tones. | Image credit: LXR Hotels

    Paying homage to the Takagamine area’s rich history, which was also the source of water for washi papermaking, the hotel has been designed by the international design firm, BLINK Design Group, to reflect an artist’s residence. Guests can discover the multi-faceted expressions of traditional Japanese art as they explore the hotel, from exquisite lacquerware at the entrance, bamboo art pieces in the restaurant, ceramics artefacts in the spa, to karakami decorative paper in the guestrooms. 

    “The 114 thoughtfully designed guestrooms offer a peaceful sanctuary that depicts the beauty and simplicity of Japanese materials and craftsmanship.”

    Infusing both traditional Kyoto design and modern Japanese aesthetic in calming earthy tones, the 114 thoughtfully designed guestrooms offer a peaceful sanctuary that depicts the beauty and simplicity of Japanese materials and craftsmanship. Overlooking rich natural landscapes, guests can feel connected to the wonders of Kyoto’s storied culture and resplendent nature that evolves with the seasons.

    “Welcoming LXR Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific marks a key milestone in our expanding luxury footprint in the region, complementing the award-winning Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands to offer the full spectrum of luxury experiences here,” said Alan Watts, President, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We are thrilled to partner with Tokyu Land Corporation and Tokyu Resorts & Stays Co., Ltd. to bring the LXR brand to Kyoto, one of the world’s most alluring destinations. I am confident that ROKU KYOTO will deliver a bespoke experience of Kyoto and fully immerse travellers in the unique charms of the city, attracting both domestic and international travellers once it is safe to travel again.” 

    Named after the Tenjin River, the restaurant TENJIN shelters French-style dishes made from the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. At the Chef’s Table within the restaurant, guests can witness first-hand the art of cooking by the masterful chefs as they present an exclusive seasonal course menu served with a special technique, inspired by the history and culture of the Rinpa school.

    Image caption: The restaurant, where Japanese design meets French cuisine. | Image credit: LXR Hotels

    Image caption: The restaurant, where Japanese design meets French cuisine. | Image credit: LXR Hotels

    The grounds on which the hotel was built was historically a renowned artisan colony where the classical Rinpa school of Japanese painting was founded around 400 years ago by Hon’ami Koetsu, a Japanese artist, poet, calligrapher, tea master, and landscape designer, considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 17th century. Rinpa played a significant role in nurturing important artists and craftsmen over the years and had a strong influence on the development of traditional Japanese art and culture. 

    “ROKU KYOTO is a true representation of the LXR brand, and showcases a unique travel experience native to Kyoto, its location, history and tradition. – Tatsuaki Takana, Managing Director and Head of Wellness promotion unit, Tokyu Land Corporation. 

    “We’re extremely pleased about the opening of ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts, and are excited to partner with Hilton again following the successful launch of KYUKARUIZAWA KIKYO, Curio Collection by Hilton in 2018,” added Tatsuaki Takana, Managing Director and Head of Wellness promotion unit, Tokyu Land Corporation. “ROKU KYOTO is a true representation of the LXR brand, and showcases a unique travel experience native to Kyoto, its location, history and tradition. Tokyu Land Corporation’s mission remains unchanged through the pandemic, to work with the right partners to offer the highest standard of personalised service to our guests, while delivering comfort and safety to ensure their satisfaction and loyalty.” 

    “LXR Hotels & Resorts feature a network of distinctive, best-in-class luxury hotels that thrive independently yet are unified by their unrivalled commitment to personalised service with each property providing a truly local and captivating experience,” said Feisal Jaffer, Global Head, LXR Hotels & Resorts. “The highly-anticipated opening of ROKU KYOTO is the perfect addition to our expanding portfolio and an important brand milestone as the inaugural LXR property in the region. The hotel provides guests with authentic and meaningful experiences of the local area. These experiences are visible through the cultural threads that are woven through every part of the hotel— from the architecture and design to culinary experiences and experiential immersions that remain true to the destination’s history and heritage.” 

    Image credit: LXR Hotels

    Image credit: LXR Hotels

    Meanwhile, the spa offers a selection of spa therapies and treatments that celebrate Japan’s healing traditions, offering an oasis of tranquillity and calm. Guests may also enjoy an original blend of aromatherapy oils infused with the essence of ‘Kitayama sugi’, a Japanese cedar tree native to the northern Kyoto area. 

    Hamish Kilburn / 22.09.2021

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