Amanemu

Location: Kyoto, Southern Honshu & Kyushu | Japan

Price guide: £££££ More than £500 per person per night

Drawing influences from traditional minka country homes but exuding Aman’s signature sleek style, Amanemu is a minimalist and modern retreat set amidst tranquil, forested hills. The resort is graced with Japanese flourishes, such as sliding screens, low-hanging tiled roofs and tempting onsen baths, enhanced by luxe amenities that are designed to pamper and spoil.   
Perfect forBucolic escapes in Japan, out of sight from the usual tourists.
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  • A serene haven in traditional Japanese style, the suites and villas come with their own onsens, using nutirent-rich waters from nearby hot springs
  • Exquisite cuisine inspired by local fresh seafood and regional produce
  • A stunning setting overlooking Ago Bay - walk ancient pilgrimage trails, visit holy shrines and enjoy scenic sunset cruises

Recommended for...

  • Chic Design
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Seriously special

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Amanemu is poised on a hilltop overlooking the tranquil waters of Ago Bay in Ise-Shima National Park, near the holy Ise Grand Shrine.

Rooms at Amanemu

The suites and villas are spacious and polished, with expansive walls of glass and wooden sliding screens that conceal televisions and bamboo lanterns. Doors open onto generous terraces with large daybeds, where you can relax and enjoy the expansive views over the gardens and the bay. The bathrooms encase deep soaking basalt bathtubs, and you can enjoy the serenity of your own private onsen, which draws water from nearby nutrient-rich hot springs.

Food & Drink

At the simply-named Restaurant, expect a rotating seasonal menu, ranging from sashimi and tempura to melt-in-the-mouth wagyu beef. In addition to an abundance of fresh seafood, local produce include delicious fruit such as Nabari melons and a wide variety of vegetables. The elegant dining room, which is modelled on traditional Japanese dining houses, looks out over Ago Bay. 

The Bar and Lounge is the ideal spot for lingering over a pot of tea or a few cocktails – try the Mebuki, an enticing concoction of vodka, green tea, champagne and lime.

Facilities

Inspired by Japan's centuries-old onsen tradition, the indulgent spa sprawls over 22,000sq ft and embraces the theme of water, with a communal onsen at its core, and an additional two private onsen pavilions, fed by salt-infused spring water. After a Japanese treatment, such as the wasabi and crushed pearl foot scrub; luxuriate in the infinity pool as you admire views across the hills, the forests and the bay; or make use of the yoga studio and watsu water therapy pool.

Activities at Amanemu

Hop on one of the hotel bikes and head out to explore this verdant region, including the holy Shinto Ise Grand Shrine, which dates back to the 3rd century and is one of Japan’s most sacred sites. Visit with an expert guide and witness a prayer session and dancing. 

You should also explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails, mountainous and coastal paths that have been trodden for more than a millennium and connect sacred sites across the region - and the changing seasons bring new and spectacular landscapes.

As well as dipping a toe into the region’s past, you can go for a round of golf at the 18-hole Nemu course, or fish with an expert angler and have the Amanemu chefs take care of your catch. Ago Bay has been home to Ama female freedivers for centuries, who collect pearls, shellfish, seaweed and sea urchins, and you can also dine on a special Amanemu menu with an ama in her hut (an amagoya). 

In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise around the bay, accompanied by champagne and canapés.

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Hotel location

Amanemu can be reached on Japan's excellent rail network. From Tokyo, you can take a bullet train to Nagoya, and then a regional train to Kashikojima, from where you will be picked up by hotel staff in a luxury vehicle for the 15-minute drive to the hotel. The total journey time from Tokyo is approximately 5 hours.

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