Hoshinoya Taketomi is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Beach Hotels.
Hoshinoya, a luxury hotel group with a distinctive approach of modernising traditional properties in a Japanese way have excelled themselves with their new serene resort on the tiny jewel of Taketomi island. Located in tropical Okinawa, Taketomi is a tiny hidden slice of paradise with azure skies and water, home to colourful coral reefs and sea life.
Secluded and luxurious private villas with gardens have been built in keeping with the stone walls and red tile roofs of the houses in the local village. Choose between Zuki (Triple Villa, ideal for families), Gajoni (Double Villa, suited to couples) and Kyangi (Twin Villa with Japanese Room, perfect for those wanting a more traditional Okinawan experience). All are beautifully designed with authentic and elegant interiors, complete with tatami mat floors, paper sliding doors, and vast floor to ceiling windows. Not only does natural light flood through these, but they also frame views of the villas’ private verandas outside with their tropical plants.
The elliptical-shaped swimming pool and restaurant area both lie at the centre of the resort, making Hoshinoya Taketomi a very convenient spot in which to relax and refuel. If one is in need of deeper relaxation, massage treatments are available at the hotel’s tranquil and luxurious spa. In terms of dining, the cuisine created and served here is of fine quality – especially as most of it is unique to Okinawa. Fresh seafood and exotic vegetables are the main delicacies that you may be tempted by here, as well as the French-inspired food by chef Tatsuo Nakasu. Or, for private dining, you may book a barbecue experience and be served in your very own villa’s garden.
The unspoiled island is so small that the white sand beaches with gin clear waters are only a stroll away. Or, take the authentic ox-drawn carts that provide the only local transport on the island to speed up this short journey. Hoshinoya Taketomi is a brilliant choice for families as it provides provides cultural experiences and activities - ranging from snorkelling, diving, canyoning and weaving workshops – plus, the larger island of Ishigaki with its busier beaches and water sports is a short ferry ride away.
All in all, Hoshinoya Taketomi is a perfect place to stay for those that value a complete getaway in a tropical paradise, that comes with a slow pace of life and romantic seclusion.
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