Learn how Ritz-Carlton designers create extraordinary spaces.
“How do you design a hotel that’s unlike any other in the world?” poses Theresa Fatino, global design partner for The Ritz-Carlton. The collection of hotels and resorts around the world is synonymous with luxury, offering guests lavish accommodations, thoughtful amenities and exceptional service.
Enduring memories are not built on these elements alone, however. Each property’s considered design results in an environment that cannot be replicated anywhere else. “We believe luxury is in the details, and we love to surprise our guests with special touches that make lasting impressions,” says Fatino. The design’s impact can be experienced in properties spanning the globe, with Zen gardens in Japan, fleeting art installations in Puerto Rico, and the creation of other magical realms beyond.
QUIET CONTEMPLATION IN KYOTO
A quiet haven thoughtfully integrated into a property’s indoor or outdoor space invites guests to a restorative oasis. At The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto, for example, Zen gardens and a three-story waterfall create a peaceful welcome.
The hotel also merges traditional Japanese and modern design seamlessly and is home to a collection of art revolving around the 11th-century novel “The Tale of Genji,” with over 400 works by mostly Kyoto-based artists.
How do you design a hotel that’s unlike any other in the world?”
TROPICAL IMMERSION IN GRAND CAYMAN
Looking to nature can also serve as inspiration in immersing a traveler into a destination. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman rises from the seashore like a grand, fantastic sandcastle — and that’s by design.
Architects created an exterior of stacked towers painted the same shades as the resort’s white-sand beach. Inside, designers layered bold colors and textures that reflect the island’s geography and tropical landscape.
EAST MEETS WEST IN TIANJIN
Evoking a sense of place for The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin meant more than just surveying the Chinese city’s surroundings — it meant gracefully blending Tianjin’s East and West influences.
The hotel’s Neoclassical façade is suggestive of a prominent historical landmark from the 19th-century, when classicism and eclecticism merged, fusing European and Chinese architectural aesthetics.
An energetic color palette was specially developed for the interiors, using yellow, cobalt blue and celadon — evocative of Chinese ceramics and jade treasures — with black and white to create definition and contrast.
We believe luxury is in the details, and we love to surprise our guests with special touches that make lasting impressions.”
Traditional wall panels, Balinese art and lush tropical greenery combine to create an immersive environment at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
BALINESE BLISS AT MANDAPA
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, situated in the Ubud forest of Bali, Indonesia, draws on the area’s Hindu temples, ancient spiritual sites and verdant natural beauty to accomplish this.
Traditional Balinese décor with vivid painted wall panels and rich textiles adorns the rooms in villas that open to Balinese gardens, rice paddies and the Ayung River.
PEACE & SERENITY IN PORTUGAL
Once the home of a monastery dating back to 1355, Penha Longa Resort near Lisbon, Portugal, embodies the same serene spirit.
Part of the resort spa, the property’s Labyrinth is an authentic re-creation of France’s Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral labyrinth where guests can walk the winding, peaceful path to focus and de-stress.