New RitzCarlton Okinawa Opens In Japan

The new Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is the first luxury resort from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to open in Japan.

The 97-room hotel opens on the island of Okinawa, which claims to offer holidaymakers luxurious golf courses, and clear, emerald green water.

Herve Humler, the company president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to bring our first true luxury resort hotel to Japan to complement our city hotels in Tokyo and Osaka. We have no doubt that Okinawa has the potential to be a resort island of true international appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world, whether they are visiting the island for business or pleasure. It really is a hidden gem and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa helps to put this destination on the map for discerning luxury travellers.’

The hotel guestrooms and two suites all have balconies or terraces offering views of the East China Sea and the Kise Country Club. The Kise Country Club offers two championship golf courses, as well as a clubhouse offering a variety of cuisines. Other hotel features include a range of restaurants, a bar, and The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA.

Victor Clavell, area vice president of Asia for Ritz-Carlton, said, ‘Our first luxury resort in Japan underlines our commitment to the Japanese market. The culture of friendship or ‘keion’ on this island blends seamlessly with The Ritz-Carlton promise to offer the finest personal service and facilities in a warm yet refined ambiance. We anticipate bringing more of the island’s incredible culture to the world.’

New DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Opens in Japan

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, a brand from the US-based hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide, has opened its first branded hotel in Japan.

The new DoubleTree by Hilton Naha, in Okinawa, Japan, is the tenth Hilton Worldwide hotel in Japan. The 227-room hotel is minutes away from Naha Airport by monorail, and 500 metres from the local ferry terminal.

Rob Palleschi, the company global head, said, ‘DoubleTree by Hilton is delighted to continue the expansion of our Asia Pacific presence by introducing another rewarding hotel experience with the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha. This new addition is our first in Japan and an extraordinary milestone for our brand’s global growth. It continues our growth strategy to provide outstanding hotel offerings in gateway countries and cities around the world.’

The 12-story DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha provides a 40 square-metre conference room, a salon, a laundry, The Riverside Restaurant and Cafe, and car parking services. The hotel is offering an introductory 15 percent discount on lunch buffets at The Riverside Restaurant and Cafe from May 24 to June 30, 2012.

Martin Rinck, the company president of the Asia Pacific region for Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘We are thrilled at the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha. With close to 50 years of proud history in Japan, this latest opening is our tenth and further reinforces Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to growth in this wonderful country with our diverse and outstanding portfolio of hospitality brands that includes DoubleTree by Hilton. The DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha will contribute to making Okinawa a great place to visit for business and pleasure.’