Serious Luxury at the Suiran
Japan just got a whole lot more luxurious, with the opening of the Suiran. The Suiran is the first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan, of the iconic and world-class Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The new hotel is owned by Mori Trust, an elite Japanese real estate development company.
As with all Luxury Collection hotels, the Suiran will offer the always standard Luxury Collection Concierge service, among other high-class amenities, and guests will have the option of experiencing the wonders of the indigenous area. Senior Vice President of Operations and Global Initiatives for the Asia Pacific region of Starwood, Lothar Pehl, had this to say,
“We are thrilled to unveil Suiran, Kyoto – a portal to the city’s rich cultural heritage and exquisite natural setting. The Luxury Collection’s unique brand proposition combined with renowned Japanese hospitality makes Suiran perfectly poised to strengthen Starwood’s luxury portfolio in Japan.”
Suiran, located in western Kyoto, is majestically placed in the Arashiyama district. It boasts breathtaking views of the Arashiyama hills, while placed near the tranquil riverside. The Suiran also rests on a National Historic sight. Guests of the Suiran will have the chance to visit the famous Bamboo Grove, or walk among the remnants of the Tenryuji Temple. In the 1960s, the Japanese government used to entertain honorable guests with traditional ryokan. Suiran is near a World Heritage site that was once the home a well-known ryokan, “Rantei”. Meredith Dichter, Global Brand Director for The Luxury Collection, had a few words to say about the debut of Suiran,
“Kyoto, a city shaped by rich traditions, coveted treasures and storied history, is the perfect destination to debut the brand to our most discerning global guests.”
The Suiran houses 39 suites, lavishly decked in luxury. The rooms, stylized in traditional ryokan fashion, range from 500 to 1,000 square feet. The cultural flairs are noted in each room, which feature traditional motifs as well in the beautiful hues that mirror the seasonal changes. The inner luxury and beauty of the Suiran is incomparable, however, to the natural beauty of the surrounding vistas.
The luxury doesn’t stop at the rooms. For total relaxation and rejuvenation, guests are encouraged to visit one of the two luxurious, private treatment rooms. Each has a sleek, Japanese open-air bath for guests opting out of in-room treatment. At the Suiran, everything is of the Japanese style, including the spa therapies offered. The many treatments offered are traditional, including a full body massage with tea seed oil, SEIRAN, green tea scrub, or a facial treatment featuring jade stones and a collagen mask.
Dining at the Suiran is unparalleled. The campus includes two original structures that have gone through extensive renovation. The “Enemi-kaki” (1899) and the “Hasshoken” (1910) now house the hotel restaurant, Kyo Surian, and the café Saryo Hassui respectively. Kyo is a fresh mix of traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Fresh ingredients and locally inspired recipes make for delicious and unique delicacies. The moon-shaped windows, thatched roof, and pillars create an authentic and astounding atmosphere. Guests choosing the Saryo Hassui will be treated to exquisite meals, all featuring the native and celebrated green tea.
Those who wish to visit Kyoto in luxury should only stay at the Suiran. The Luxury Collection hotel offers the finest amenities with the most authentic experience. Starwood Hotels & Resorts have certainly added another wonder to their portfolio. For more on the debut of the Suiran, read the article from 4 Hoteliers. To book a trip head over to the Suiran website. You should also visit the Starwood webpage for all the locations of their five-star accommodations. Have you ever stayed at a Starwood hotel or resort? Would you want to visit Kyoto? Have you ever been there? Share you thoughts in the comments section down below! Remember to rate, share, and subscribe to keep yourself in the luxury loop!
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