Originally conceived as the gardens of a textile museum, the surrounds of Aman Kyoto conjure a sense of magic. The authentic yet contemporary sanctuary features 24 stunning guest rooms and two luxurious villas. That the resort beautifully combines the present-day with local history is apparent not only in its design but also its location – Aman Kyoto’s secluded grounds were home to an artistic community that gave rise to the revered Rinpa school of painting some 400 years ago.

Wellness offerings include both outdoor and indoor onsen hot-spring bathing facilities, yoga and mindfulness sessions, and a spa with an extensive treatment menu that draws on local Japanese healing practices. Once you’ve relaxed the body, indulge your senses by savouring seasonal bites at Aman Kyoto’s Living Pavilion restaurant, with a picnic in the garden or a Japanese afternoon tea.

Those looking to explore Kyoto’s rich culture and history may choose to venture out to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby or visit the bustling city itself.