The remotely located HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island offers world-class luxury from the privacy of a small, tropically located Japanese island. Only the fourth village on Taketomi Island, the resort keeps to local design aesthetics while merging them with modern luxuries and classic Japanese sensibilities. Gated villas are delicately designed with private gardens, serene living rooms, and oversized tubs. Meals can be enjoyed at the resort’s restaurant or in the comfort of one’s room and blend French and Okinawan cuisine elements. Relax at the on-site spa or around the open-air swimming pool, or take day excursions to the nearby beach, a surrounding island, or on a guided diving trip.
The HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island is the fourth "village" on the Taketomi, and its design elements are in keeping with the small island's traditions. Stone walls of fossilized coral — known as gukku — surrounded each pavilion, and other stone walls to ward off evil spirits are in front each pavilion. All pavilions have south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows, considered a lucky design element, and roofs are red-tiled with shisa lion figurines. These features are aesthetically pleasing, cosmically auspicious, and have proven time and again to withstand the elements. Moreover, the cottages are also fitted with such modern amenities as complimentary Wi-Fi and tea and coffee-making equipment. Meals can be enjoyed in-room atop chabudai dining tables, and large tubs are available from the comfort of one's accommodation. Bed-style futons on platforms or atop tatami mats are provided at night. There’s no television, but you really don’t need it.
This double villa can comfortably house two guests. Gajoni rooms feature a king-size bed and a living room furnished with a floor-level sofa. Off to the side is a separate room anchored by an immense bathtub, which sits in the middle. Guests can enjoy the surrounding views with their door-to-ceiling windows open or dine in their accommodation’s yard.
These pavilions for two are designed with the needs of elderly guests or those with children in mind. Near the guestroom, they are fitted with handrails and wide bathrooms.
The most traditional guest pavilion at the resort, these accommodations are fitted with tatami matting and gardens of bougainvillia, hibiscuses, and other colorful flowers. The "true Okinawan experience" decor calls to mind Okinawa's azure skies and beautiful corals.
These large triple villa pavilions can comfortably house three guests, making them perfect for families and friends. The living room features an inviting floor-level sofa, and the nestled away bathtub is immense in size. Guests are invited to open up the windows from the bathing room to enjoy the scenery of gentle clouds and the sounds of tropical birds that await them outside.
There is a luxurious spa where guests can enjoy relaxing massages and an open-air pool to lounge around. Day trips to nearby beaches and surrounding islands can be arranged, as can dive tours.
The open-air swimming pool in the middle of the resort occupies a natural depression. It is surrounded by inviting lounge chairs and is a perfect place to relax.
Five spa rooms can offer hour-long massage treatments especially conceived to help guests adjust their mind and body to the island's unique environment.
With a dining room and in-room dining option, all meals are prepared under the strict supervision of celebrated Chef Tatsuo Nakasu. Dishes combine Okinawan and French flavors while making full use of the diverse ingredients native to the tropical island.
The main dining is headed by Chef Tatsuo Nakasu, who won the 2009 Bocuse d'Or Japan gastronomic competition, and offers a menu based on a fusion of Okinawan and French cuisines. For example: umami with a chicken mousse. A wide array of local herbs and spices are used, such as rosemary and parsley. The resulting meals are rich in flavor and local ingredients. There are also some Western dishes available for breakfast.
There are a number of dishes available for guests who wish to dine from the comfort of their own home. For dinner, set meals centered around steak or seafood shabu-shabu are two of many options they can enjoy, and there is even the option to privately enjoy a Barbecue meal from their spacious, coral sand garden. Additionally, drinks and light bites can be delivered throughout the day.