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Kazakhstan, with its incredible and magnificent nature, is attracting ever more  tourists to its boundless open spaces and wonderful mountain slopes. And Almaty, which lies at the foot of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains, has not only become a favorite destination for fans of winter sports, but also the city that will host the 28th World Winter Universiade this year.

For over 50 years, the Universiade had been the second largest and most important  international multi-sport event on the world calendar and, from January 29 through February 8, Almaty will gather 2,000 young athletes from more than 57 countries in the world, being watched by 1 billion viewers. The choice of Almaty as the host city is not surprising, given that Kazakhstan’s “southern capital” is not only the financial, economic and cultural center of the country, but also famous for its legendary Shymbulak ski resort and the Medeo high-mountain skating rink.

To ensure the most comfortable stay for guests from different countries, the Almaty Development Center, Kazakhstan Tourism Association, Kazakhstan Association of Hotels and Restaurants and the Alliance of Restaurateurs have chosen the 205 best facilities in the hospitality industry and bestowed upon them distinctive “Recommended by Universiade 2017” signs. This includes The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, known for the quality of its service and true Kazakh welcome.

In addition to wonderful views of the beautiful Trans-Ili Alatau mountains from the windows of our rooms, the hotel delights guests with its convenient location, in close proximity to the Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex and only 20 minutes from the Shymbulak complex and Medeo high-mountain skating rink. And the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty will help Universiade guests arrange a terrific vacation and have an unforgettable time as part of this winter’s most important event.

As guests return to the hotel tired but in a great mood and with lasting impressions of the area, the comfort of their luxurious rooms awaits, along with a delicious dinner, kicked off with zhailau salad and the cool and refreshing national kumis and shubat dairy drinks, along with boursaks, shelpeks, chiboreks and samsas, bursting with heat and flavor. To get acquainted with traditional Kazakh cuisine, for the main course try kuurdak, made from lamb and potatoes, succulent manti dumplings, plov and the famous beshbarmak. For dessert, guests can treat themselves to local delicacies including zhent, irimchik, chak-chak and all sorts of cakes. Guests can also relax in the excellent Six Senses Spa, which offers more than 30 different types of Eastern wellness treatments to fully relax after an eventful day.

And for those who prefer privacy and want to gather their thoughts alone in nature, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty can provide the Sayat Shi service from SnowLab, which can guide guests through the uncharted world of various mountain peaks with their astounding remote and astonishing beauty.