24 Jun 2016 in In immersion
Discover an incredibly serene, comfortable, and traditional Japanese hotel that offers breath-taking ocean views and a perfect vantage point to watch the summertime fireworks shows.
Just a fifteen-minute boat ride from the Ishigaki ferry terminal will carry you to Taketomi Island. The hotel’s shuttle will greet you from the moment you step off the ship. The main road quickly gives way to a narrow, mysterious path that may disorient you, but be patient. Your destination will soon become clear…
After a few hundred metres, the shuttle takes a right turn onto the path leading to HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island. At first you will not see much more than two rooftops covered in thick red tile. After checking in at the hotel lobby, you will follow your guide to your villa, surrounded by your very own paradise on earth, a place where time stands still.
You will first be impressed by the tranquillity and authenticity of this village of 48 villas that are built just like the typical houses on the island, conferring HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island its charm. Taketomi Island in Okinawa Prefecture is an unspoilt place, preserved by building no new homes in the past fifty years. Only existing houses remain and are preserved in the local tradition: built of wood with large bay windows and the thick red roof tiles that are so characteristic of the island.
While the villas are identical, you will have a choice between two styles of interior design. The first is traditional, in the style of ryokans, with their tatami-covered floors and futon beds, whereas the second is more Western with a shower, bathtub, modern beds, and tatamis only in the bedrooms. Regardless of your choice, each villa is decorated with the sophistication and clean lines characteristic of Japanese style, with dark wood furniture and couches inviting you to total relaxation.
Wander the small winding alleys of this charming village, breathe in the pure air and absorb its unique atmosphere. Take a look around, lift your eyes and you will meet Shisa. This ubiquitous figure will catch your eye immediately. The miniature lion’s menacing demeanour is not intended to scare you, but to protect you by warding off evil spirits.
The viewing point on the heights of the Resort is the perfect place for summer traditional fireworks contemplation. You will be surrounded by the village on one side and the ocean on the other. You can swim laps or splash around with your children in the huge swimming pool that is almost as large as an Olympic pool, or simply lie down and relax in one of its shallow ends as the water caresses your skin. You will also appreciate the privacy afforded by the pretty blooming bushes surrounding the pool.
You can relax in the lounge next to the swimming pool, which offers hot drinks, refreshments and all kinds of snacks around the clock. This living space also offers a variety of workshops and entertainment. The Resort takes pride in supporting local craftsmanship.
Guests can try their hand at artisanal crafts such as wickerwork, or enjoy a daily music and song show during which a local musician will introduce you to the traditional instrument from Okinawa, the sanshin, which resembles a 3-string banjo.
HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island offers a wide variety of activities to make your stay a rich and fulfilling one. At the end of the day, you can watch the sunset on the eastern coast of the island, which magically transforms the beach into an otherworldly landscape. Afterwards, savour your dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
The chef, Tatsuo Nakasu is prodigious, creating dishes à la française from local products. His bamboo shoots dish with abalones and garlic butter is an homage to Burgundy cuisine. Each of his dishes, from appetizers to dessert artfully combines finesse and balance. Complete your meal with one of the wines on the menu. The kind attentions of the service staff will make your stay an exceptional experience.