At Japanâ€™s southern extreme, Okinawa entices with 160 sun-kissed islandsâ€”yet not one international luxury hotel had put down stakes before the arrival of these 97 guest rooms on the archipelagoâ€™s main island. Those who visit the rebuilt castle of Shuri-jo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Naha City, will recognize similarities with the design at the Ritz-Carlton, starting with the hotelâ€™s gently sloping clay-tiled roofs and continuing inside to its motifs and ponds.
Zen-like guest rooms do their part, too, with calming light-wood furnishings and unobstructed views of Yanbaru Forest or the Motobu Peninsula. Meditate on these green or blue panoramas from a bathtub strategically poised alongside a generous picture window, or upgrade to a Cabana Room, which extend to an outdoor wooden deck with daybed, stone-clad Jacuzzi, and access to the seafacing swimming pool. Other attractions include a 10-room ESPA and an 18-hole golf course.
1343-1 Kise, Nago; 81-980/435-555; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from US$576.
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