Benesse House, Naoshima

​Benesse House is both a modern art museum and resort hotel on the southern coast of Naoshima Island, designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japan's best-known architects.

Benesse House is both a modern art museum and resort hotel on the southern coast of Naoshima Island, designed by Tadao Ando, one of Japan's best-known architects. It consists of four buildings - Museum, Annex, Park and Beach. Museum is ideal if you want to get close to the art – you are literally living among the artists' work. The Oval is close to the museum, with panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea, while the park offers views across the green lawns and the sparkling sea. The Beach has just eight rooms, so it's perfect for families and groups. The Beach Suites are mere steps from the water's edge.

Guestrooms feature four distinct styles and are decorated with drawings, paintings, and prints created by the artists whose works the museum collects.

You’ll find a restaurant and café, a spa and a shop onsite. Given its location, you can be certain that art provides a running theme through these locations too.

Why we like it

  • Unique minimalist property on the art island of Naoshima lets you stay as close to the artwork as possible
  • After-hours access to the museum for hotel guests
  • Four different room types and locations; the Museum, the Oval, the Park and the Beach
  • The Museum rooms are decorated with drawings, paintings and prints created by the artists who pieces are on show in the museum