The new Six Senses Kyoto pays tribute to this city’s Golden Age

Marking the luxury lifestyle brand’s entry into Japan, the end-of-April-opened Six Senses Kyoto is an exciting addition to Six Senses’ expanding urban collection.

Through its modern biophilic design, the hotel pays tribute to the Heian period, when this city was the country’s capital, considered the ‘golden age’ of art and culture.

Inspired design

Six Senses Kyoto is now open among the shrines and palaces of Japan’s ancient former capital. In line with the Six Senses philosophy, this exciting new property combines sustainability and wellness with a reflection of the surroundings.

The hotel’s interiors provide a modern reinterpretation of the city’s rich heritage, with elements of traditional arts brought into each area. Highlights of these inspired interiors include a folding screen with 504 hand-crafted Rakuyaki tiles in the lobby. Natural materials feature throughout and guests can connect with nature in the hotel’s inner Japanese gardens.

Sustainability is a core value here, with eco-centric design, environmentally minded operations and local contributions, as well as the option for guests to join sustainability tours. Guests can take part in workshops at the Earth Lab and create natural body products at the Alchemy Bar.

Gastronomy and wellness

Altogether, the hotel has 81 guest rooms and suites, including specialty suites such as the 238-sq-m, three-bedroom Penthouse Suite. Guests can maximise their relaxation through the hotel’s personalised sleep consultation.

Kyoto’s Zen philosophy provides the inspiration for the spa at Six Senses Kyoto, which combines traditional healing techniques with modern science. The city’s only dedicated pool for Watsu aquatic bodywork and a Biohack Recovery Lounge are among the highlights of this spa also offering integrated wellness programmes.

Ancient Japan’s 24 seasons then guide the property’s culinary concept. The all-day dining restaurant Sekki focuses on hyper seasonality, using local and sustainable ingredients, while the adjacent Café Sekki offers craft teas and pastries using only natural ingredients. The speakeasy cocktail bar, Nine Tails offers non-alcoholic, as well as spirited, creations made from artisanal ingredients.