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Subtropical Okinawa Welcomes New Hotels

Okinawa

Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has welcomed the opening of four new hotels with a premium villa resort on Irabu, a well-located beachfront property on Senaga, a coastal escape on Ishigaki and a secluded luxury resort on Miyako.

The new accommodation options provide even more choice for travellers visiting the subtropical region, which is just three hours by air from Tokyo and boasts a year-round warm climate comparable to Hawaii, Miami and Cancun. Home to 160 islands abundant with lush green forests and more than 1,000 kilometres of stunning coastline leading to coral-rich waters, Okinawa is a popular destination for sun-seekers and its unique Ryukyu heritage provides an abundance of fascinating culture and history.

The Senagajima Storyline – Tokyu Hotels

Opened in April 2024, The Senagajima Storyline hotel from Tokyu Hotels is located on Senaga Island, close to the prefectural capital Naha, and boasts 101 guest rooms including 9 suites. The property’s amenities include a rooftop infinity pool, an outdoor spa and an exclusive lounge – the Sky Room – which provides a selection of self-service drinks to enjoy whilst taking in panoramic views of the ocean below. Room rates start from 19,860 JPY (approximately £99 GPB) per person per night. For more information, visit: www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com 

AYANNA Miyako – Auberge Resorts

Opened in April 2024, AYANNA Miyako from Star Resort Co., Ltd. offers 7 premium villas situated on the idyllic Irabu Island, each with spectacular ocean views and a private heated pool. The resort’s restaurant offers an innovative and creative menu created with traditional Okinawan ingredients, and indulgent floating breakfasts served on a large platter in the guest’s pool are available. Okinawa’s agricultural by-products and locally sourced materials were utilised in the build of the environmentally friendly property, including a first in Japan of sugarcane waste being used for concrete and wall plaster. Room rates start from 50,000 JPY (approximately £250 GPB) per person per night. For more information, visit: https://ayanna-miyako.com/

Vivoviva

Opened in March 2024, Vivoviva offers 98 suites on the popular tourist island of Ishigaki and overlooks neighbouring Taketomi Island. Each suite includes a fully equipped kitchen and ocean views, with some boasting private pools. Other facilities include a garden pool and bar serving a variety of tropical drinks, an indulgent spa for wellness treatments, a fitness gym and a restaurant specialising in exquisite grilled dishes and Okinawan cuisine. Room rates start from 16,500 JPY (approximately £84 GPB) per person per night with breakfast based on double occupancy. For more information, visit: https://vivoviva-ishigaki.com/

Arcadia Resort Miyakojima

Opened in 2023, luxurious Arcadia Resort Miyakojima offers 14 suites set on the tranquil and secluded coastline of Irabu Island, each with stunning ocean views, a private pool, a living room and an outdoor jacuzzi. Complimentary car rental is available for all guests to allow easy access around the island and the resort’s restaurant serves a menu of teppanyaki and Italian cuisine using seasonal ingredients sourced from Okinawa. Room rates start from 86,680 JPY (approximately £433 GPB) per room night. For more information, visit: https://miyako.arc-resort.jp/?locale=en

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