Aman, Kyoto

​Aman Kyoto is situated in a once- forgotten secret garden that provides a secluded retreat, moments from the centre of the beguiling city.

Aman Kyoto is situated in a once- forgotten secret garden that provides a secluded retreat, moments from the centre of the beguiling city. With just 2 suites and 24 guests rooms, Aman Kyoto’s latticed pavilions are a contemporary homage to the traditional Japanese Ryokan inn, strikingly minimalist in their geometry, and each serving as a window onto their natural surroundings. The interiors are spacious and light-filled – ingeniously crafted to foster peace, relaxation and contemplation at every turn.

The intimate scale of the pavilions, each a perfect private haven, truly blending with the spectacular setting, immersing guests in a tranquil, relaxing paradise. A highlight of each room are the voluminous traditional wooden baths, perfect for a relaxing soak as you drink in the forested views.

Perfect for a rejuvenating escape, the hotel offers plethora of wellness activities with traditional male and female onsens, along with three treatment rooms where you can enjoy ayurvedic, aromatherapy and Swedish massages, as well as yoga, facials and nail treatments. Those keen to discover traditional culture will not be left wanting, with private tours of local temples and shrines by electric bike and forest meditations in a secret garden just some of the experiences on offer. Plus a raft of bespoke experiences can be arranged (among them, an invitation-only encounter with a Kyoto geisha in a traditional teahouse).

Gourmands and gourmets will both savour the gastronomic offerings here, with The Living Pavilion’s main restaurant boasting a central circular fireplace and walls of handmade raku tiles. Here, executive chef Kentaro Torii serves up a range of delicious cuisine – from traditional Kyoto home-cooking to Western dishes with playful Aman touches – all using local, seasonal cuisine. You can also experience the subtle flavours of traditional Japanese washoku cuisine in exquisite ceramics with a meal at onsite Taka-an.

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