At Kyoto’s Riverside Retreat

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WELLNESS: At Kyoto’s Riverside Retreat

Accessed only by a lazy river-boat ride past Arashiyama’s famed bamboo forests, Hoshinoya Kyoto is amongst Japan’s most luxurious retreats. Far from the bustle of central Kyoto, this serene riverside refuge invites guests to slow down and make themselves at home, in architect Rie Azuma’s contemporary take on a traditional ryokan.

Large airy rooms, modernist furniture, aromatic tatami mat flooring and softly-sliding paper screens showcase Japanese minimalism at its best. R&R is centre stage, as painstakingly helpful staff go above-and-beyond to ensure guests’ comfort, perfectly executing Japan’s famed omotenashi – the art of hospitality. Morning stretches beneath the trees, incense ceremonies and comforting hot drinks served in the lantern-filled library act as a full-body massage. Resistance is futile – a stay amidst the wood-blocked walls, under the soft glow of latticed lanterns whisks you away to another time. One where raw silk robes are mandatory, and a perfectly-prepped cocktail is never far away..

Images: Hoshino Resorts

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