Amanemu

Amanresorts’ second hotel in Japan is a hot-spring sanctuary located on Ago Bay on the Shima Peninsula on the island of Honshu. There are 24 suites and two villas, each with its own private onsen and a terrace with views of the bay.

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Amanresorts’ second hotel in Japan is a hot-spring sanctuary located on Ago Bay on the Shima Peninsula on the island of Honshu. There are 24 suites and two villas, each with its own private onsen and a terrace with views of the bay. The resort interiors are typically Aman – clean lines, East-meets-West styling and natural materials in abundance. Focusing on locally sourced produce, the restaurant impresses with fresh seafood dishes such as spiny lobster and abalone, as well as the renowned Matsusaka wagyu beef; a close rival to the popular Kobe.

A unique restorative retreat, the holistic Aman Spa includes an outdoor thermal spring and two onsen bathing pavilions, a watsu pool, four treatment suites and a fitness centre.

The area surrounding the resort is famous for ancient (and revered) woodlands, hot springs and shrines, such as Ise-Jingu, and a number of pilgrimage trails referred to as the Kumano Kodo. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these trails have been used for over 1000 years to connect the sacred areas of the Kii Peninsula. At just an hour off the bullet train, you can also factor in a journey on the Shinkansen, coupling techy Tokyo with the bucolic surroundings of the southern Ise prefecture.

Why we like it

  • Located on a spectacular stretch of coastline scattered with numerous islands and inlets
  • Overlooks the dazzling blue waters of Ago Bay, or Bay of Pearls, famous for pearl cultivation
  • Private onsens for all suites and villas
  • Nearby forests shelter ancient pilgrimage routes and sacred Shinto shrines

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