Ritz-Carlton has signed an agreement for two new resorts in Asia Pacific, including an ultra-luxury Reserve property.
The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui, located on the northern tip of the island, will mark the company’s second property in Thailand, while the Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be set at the base of Mount Annupuri, in the Niseko ski resort area of Hokkaido. Both resorts are being developed by YTL Hotels.
A new-build resort, Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui will feature approximately 187 rooms and pool villas in a beachfront setting, along with a collection of dining, wellness and recreational facilities.
“When styling and designing a Ritz-Carlton, we are extremely conscious of the surrounding and abundant natural beauty which makes people fall in love with the destination,” said Herve Humler, Ritz-Carlton’s president & chief operating officer. “We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity and beauty to be found in this part of Thailand.”
With only 50 guest rooms, the ski-in and ski-out Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko is scheduled for completion in 2020.
“Ritz-Carlton Reserves [are] one-of-a-kind boutique resorts positioned in unique settings, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place reflecting its history and culture,” explained Humler. “Niseko is a natural choice to complement our existing exclusive portfolio.”
Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels, commented; “We have had a long-standing relationship with Marriott International since 1995. This expansion into Thailand and Japan is a continuation of our shared success over the years. The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui and the Reserve in Niseko Village will elevate the stature of the two highly sought-after tourist destinations.”
The Ritz-Carlton Koh Samui will become the brand’s second Thai resort following Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, while the Niseko property will join Ritz-Carlton’s existing collection of four Japanese hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa.