Hoshinoya Okinawa to Open on Taketomi Island in Japan
Hoshino Resorts announced the opening of the Hoshinoya Okinawa Resort on Taketomi Island in the southernmost part of Japan on June 1, 2012.
The new resort features 48 villas built to match the style of nearby homes in the village, with a red tile roof and a statue of a legendary creature that protects the house in the manner of a Swedish tomte. Each villa has its own yard and a coral rock wall for privacy. The resort’s goal is to allow the guest to live life the way a typical villager would.
There are three categories of villas, Zuki, Gajoni, and Kyangi. Zuki villas can accommodate three guests and this is the largest villa category. Gajoni villas can accommodate two to three guests, and Kyangi villas are designed for two guests. All have separate living rooms and bedrooms, a bathtub and shower, and a daybed.
Activities include swimming (the pool, shaped in the form of a well from the village, is open 24 hours a day), biking, visits to the beach, jewelry making with local artists, scuba diving, snorkeling, or star-gazing from a boat in the ocean.
Amenities include a restaurant, a gift shop, and a spa that offers treatments with tropical herbs, sea mud, and seaweed.
Taketomi Island, which has a semi-tropical climate, is at part of the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago and is isolated from other parts of Japan. The island is part of a national park and there is a legal mandate to preserve the area’s culture, way of life, as well as the environment.