Ritz-Carlton has recently unveiled its inaugural Reserve property in China, known as Rissai Valley, a remarkable addition to the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio. Situated amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sichuan province near the majestic Qinghai-Tibet plateau, this extraordinary resort welcomed its first guests earlier this month.
Nestled within the breathtaking Jiuzhaigou National Park, also referred to as the enchanting ‘Valley of Nine Villages,’ this remarkable retreat is encompassed by an expansive tapestry of natural wonders. From majestic alpine mountains to mythical ancient forests, cascading waterfalls, and tiered lakes, Rissai Valley is immersed in an awe-inspiring environment that leaves a lasting impression.
Ensuring a seamless blend with the surroundings, each of the resort’s 87 villas at Rissai Valley provides magnificent vistas of the snowcapped mountain range, inviting guests to embrace the serene ambiance. Spearheaded by renowned U.S.-based architectural firm WATG, the design harmoniously captures the essence of the landscape, incorporating traditional building techniques and utilizing local materials with utmost care and precision.
Within its walls, the late Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim has masterfully paid homage to the mesmerizing colors that define the region, incorporating a captivating palette of lush greens and tranquil blues. Additionally, the interior showcases remarkable displays of local Tibetan craftsmanship, further celebrating the rich heritage of the area.
Tina Edmundson, the president of luxury at Marriott International, expressed great enthusiasm about the unveiling of Rissai Valley, China’s inaugural Ritz-Carlton Reserve situated in the breathtaking Jiuzhaigou region. This extraordinary destination is widely recognized for its unrivaled natural beauty and profound cultural significance.
As the sixth property to join the esteemed portfolio of exclusive estates worldwide, Rissai Valley presents a unique opportunity for guests to partake in an intimate and transformative experience. Grounded in the principles of genuine care and human connection, this extraordinary retreat invites visitors to immerse themselves in the ancient indigenous culture and traditions of Jiuzhaigou, all through the lens of the renowned Ritz-Carlton Reserve brand. The anticipation for guests to indulge in this unparalleled journey of discovery is palpable.
In a heartfelt tribute to the native communities and in a dedicated effort to showcase and preserve local heritage, Rissai Valley, a distinguished Ritz-Carlton Reserve, has thoughtfully incorporated a myriad of cultural experiences and rituals into its comprehensive offerings. As guests step foot into the resort, they are warmly embraced by a traditional Tibetan blessing ceremony, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey. To ensure an authentic and immersive experience, an esteemed team of local Tibetan culturalists, artisans, chefs, and healers has been assembled, passionately sharing their knowledge and traditions with visitors.
Throughout their stay, every guest is accompanied by a dedicated personal host, affectionately referred to as a Nieba. This attentive companion is readily available to curate every aspect of the guests’ experience, whether it be securing reservations at the array of exceptional dining options, such as the all-day dining haven Bo Ri Village, the refined local cuisine offered at Cai Lin Xuan, or the enticing al fresco barbecues hosted at La Montagne. Additionally, the personal host can arrange indulgent treatments at the renowned Rissai Spa, the resort’s signature wellness facility.
Drawing inspiration from time-honored Tibetan rituals, Rissai Spa offers an array of transformative treatments that promote relaxation and rejuvenation through ancient healing methods. Guests may find solace in therapies such as singing bowl therapy or partake in revitalizing outdoor yoga sessions. Completing the tranquil oasis, an inviting infinity pool awaits, providing a serene sanctuary with breathtaking views of the mountain village nestled below.