History: Arranged like a traditional village, everything in the resort is focused on the centuries-old Japanese tradition of onsen.
Location: The hotel is set within the gorgeous surroundings of Ise-Shima National Park in Honshu.
Service: Staff members offer excellent knowledge of the local area while attending to every need of the guests.
On the island of Honshu, the Kii Peninsula in the southwest is home to Ise-Shima National Park, with its rolling hills covered in lush green forests. Amanemu perches atop a hill overlooking the crystal blue waters of Ago Bay, also known as the Bay of Pearls with its islets and diving boats. Dotted throughout the park and within easy reach of the resort are sacred sites including shrines to deities of clothing, food, shelter and the sun. A hot spring sanctuary, the healing waters upon which Amanemu is built feed the private onsens in each suite and villa. Guests can relax in their own personal sanctuary or undertake further therapies, including a traditional watsu treatment, in the wellness center. Additionally, guests’ health is further augmented with the fresh, seasonal produce, expertly prepared in the hotel restaurant.
Combining elegant contemporary design with age-old Japanese tradition, the 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas are arranged like a charming village of minka homes, each featuring a spacious outdoor deck and private onsen.
This bright two-bedroom villa covers just over 4,000 square feet and features warm earth tones, large windows and woven shutters. With garden views from the private courtyard, its own onsen, plus a kitchen and powder room, Mori Villa sleeps up to six guests, perfect for a family or group getaway.
Bedecked with Japanese timber, the decor in this suite is simple and elegant yet warm and welcoming. The combined living and sleeping space, spread over 1,000 square feet, enjoys views out to Ago bay and includes a terrace and private onsen.
With sweeping ocean views of Ago Bay, Sora Villa accommodates up to six guests, and with more than 4,000 square feet, including a large dining space and expansive deck, it’s ideal for entertaining a group or family.
Wellness is an uppermost priority at Amanemu, and there are a number of ways to achieve and maintain it. All themed around water, the spa with its onsens, the watsu pool and the gym each provide a welcome sanctuary for the body and the mind.
The state-of-the-art fitness center allow for active guests to maintain their health regimes with a rejuvenating workout, all within the beautiful and peaceful wellness center.
Continuing the theme of water, the resort’s watsu pool provides a gentle physical therapy in which guests are supported, stretched and rocked, combining elements of shiatsu and massage in the warm waters.
Sprawling more than 20,000 square feet, the mineral-rich onsen waters around which Amanemu wellness center is built provides the theme of the spa. Guests can relax and unwind on the onsen pavilions or with a reinvigorating therapy in one of the four treatment suites.
Guests will be delighted by Amanemu’s elegant restaurant: designed to continue the theme of simple elegance evidenced throughout the resort, it welcomes diners with fresh dishes and views of the forest and the ocean.
With a focus on seasonal delicacies, the menu is based on the microclimate unique to Mie Prefecture. Diners will enjoy classic Japanese cuisine with the added option of some western favorites made with renowned Matsusaka beef, fresh seafood and vegetables.