by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 19, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. and YTL Hotels have signed an agreement to develop two new hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, in Thailand, and a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko Village at the base of Mount Niseko-Annupuri, a Japanese ski resort.

The 187-room Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, will be in the Plai Laem region at the northern tip of the Thai island on the Gulf of Thailand. 

"When styling and designing a Ritz-Carlton, we are extremely conscious of the surrounding and abundant natural beauty which makes people fall in love with the destination," said Herve Humler, president and COO of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. "We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity and beauty to be found in this part of Thailand."

Dato' Mark Yeoh, executive director of YTL Hotels, said, "We have had a long-standing relationship with Marriott International since 1995. This expansion into Thailand and Japan is a continuation of our shared success over the years. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, and the Reserve in Niseko Village will elevate the stature of the two highly sought-after tourist destinations."

The ski-in, ski-out Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Niseko, which is home to the largest ski resort in Japan, will have just 50 guest rooms and is scheduled to debut in 2020. The resort will be the fifth Ritz-Carlton property in Japan, joining Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Okinawa. The hotel also will be YTL Hotels' fourth in Niseko.

"Ritz-Carlton Reserves feature signature, one-of-a-kind boutique resorts positioned in unique settings, each with a distinctive personality and sense of place reflecting its history and culture," said Humler. "A refuge from the expected, Ritz-Carlton Reserve is for travelers seeking to discover a singular location and peerless resort that will offer guests' exotic, hand-selected 'hideaway' destinations in a relaxed, casually elegant atmosphere. Niseko is a natural choice to complement our existing exclusive portfolio."