The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is located at the foot of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains, in the heart of the city, and presents a modern interpretation of the ancient customs and traditions of the Kazakh people. This is evidenced in every detail: the wooden panels featuring national Kazakh motifs in the LT Bar and Grill restaurant with its famous chef, traditional tasting of tea with local delicacies, contemporary art paintings and sculptures, and even check-in itself, which is done in the cordial atmosphere of Kazakh hospitality. Every evening, guests of the hotel are met by girls dressed in Kazakh national costumes who treat them with the traditional sweets without which no Kazakh holidays are celebrated – dried apricots, irimshik, chak-chak and zhent – conveying the sweet taste of Central Asian culture.
The magnificent Kazakh national cuisine, known for its range of diverse tastes, deserves special attention. Start your day with a delicious and hearty breakfast in the VISTA restaurant, where guests can enjoy delicacies including kazy – sausage, seasoned with a mixture of garlic, salt and black pepper, and zhaya – smoked meat which is served both cold and hot and impresses with its spicy, tender and moist taste. The recipes of these amazing dishes were carefully preserved by Kazakh people for centuries and were passed down from one generation to another.. For lunch, the restaurant offers beshbarmak, which is traditionally served for the most welcomed and respected guests in every Kazakh family. Apart from beshbarmak, Kazakhstan and particularly the city of Almaty is famous for its apples. No wonder the southern capital was named after this fruit – “Alma” in Kazakh language means “apple” – and each Almaty resident is proud of it. A fascinating tour to the Green Bazaar with the hotel’s chefs will give guests the opportunity not only to pick the best apples in the town fresh from the market, but also learn how to cook some of the dishes available in the hotel’s restaurants.
As well as in the country’s cuisine, the nomadic life of ancient Kazakhs is also reflected in the decor of the hotel. For centuries, nomads have wandered the endless expanses of the great Kazakh steppe in search of new lands and pastures. In these wanderings, the horse was their faithful companion – a sacred animal, whose image is ever present in ancient Kazakh writings and legends. At The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty you can feel this reverent attitude reflected in the works of modern art throughout the hotel. For example, in the works of Frank Wollny, who has dedicated his paintings to images of horses during their fast races or an evening stroll, and also the works of Ante Milas, who has created a wonderful image of these beautiful animals in the warm rays of the morning sun.
Another way to become better acquainted with the life of ancient Kazakhs is the “sayat shi” service, during which a member of the hotel staff will tell the amazing story of the once nomadic people. Hotel guests can also try for themselves the feeling of being the real rider of a swift steed, or even conquer hitherto inaccessible peaks and enjoy the amazing views open to anyone who decides to uncover a new world on the vast mountain slopes. And for those who prefer a less active vacation or want to relax after a long journey, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty offers an excellent opportunity to relax in luxurious and modern equipped rooms with fantastic views of the snowy peaks of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains.
The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty combines the best of everything, starting from the traditional decorations of the ancient Kazakh state and ending with modern design rooms. With the high level of hotel service and hospitality, the hotel entices guests to stay a little longer in Almaty.