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The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

Opening Feb. 7

The swank Ritz-Carlton chain is readying to unveil its latest opulent outpost in Kyoto, Japan, next month. Set on the Kamogawa River, the design scheme will pull from the historic region's rich cultural heritage with artwork by local Japanese artists and the incorporation of the site's original Meiji-era house and courtyard. The 134 spacious guestrooms (the biggest units in the city, in fact) tout views over the river and Higashiyama Mountains. Expect rich culinary offerings (including collaboration with renowned pâtissier Pierre Hermé Paris) and a Zen-inspiring ESPA spa, sauna, and fitness center.

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The most over-the-top hotel openings in 2014

January 24, 2014

2014 is gearing up to unveil some of the world's hottest hotel openings, from secluded countryside mansions to hip urban retreats to exclusive beachfront resorts. Here, we've rounded up 10 hotel headliners that are sure to have trailblazing and trendsetting travelers abuzz. / By Elissa Richard for Yahoo Travel