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Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture which comprises of more than 150 islands in the East China Sea between Taiwan and Japan’s mainland. Okinawa is known for its tropical climate, broad beaches and coral reefs, as well as World War II sites. Okinawa is the fifth largest island of Japan. In this part of Japan, many resorts are present which provide the perfect beach holiday stay. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 5 star Hotels and Resorts in Okinawa, Japan.
10. Novotel Okinawa Naha
Novotel Okinawa Naha is in the city centre of Naha. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Tamaudun Mausoleum, Sonohyan Utaki Stone Gate and DFS Galleria Okinawa. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 6 kilometres from the property. The hotel features 328 guest rooms and suites featuring views of the Naha city. Toki restaurant at Novotel Okinawa Naha specialises in Japanese and Okinawan cuisine. Food Exchange Avancer is a buffet-style restaurant, while the GourmetBar offers dine-in and takeout options. At BBQ Terrace, you can enjoy grilling meats and vegetables by the infinity pool. A children’s pool and Naha’s only infinity swimming pool are present at the hotel. Other facilities include Premier Lounge, Fitness Gym, a Kids Club and Nursing Room & a Play and Relaxation Area.
Website: Novotel Okinawa Naha
9. Hilton Okinawa Sesoko Resort
Hilton Okinawa Sesoko Resort is set in Motobu, 2.2 kilometers from Kakibaru Beach. The nearest airport is Naha Airport, 54 kilometres from Hilton Okinawa Sesoko Resort. The hotel features 298 guest rooms and suites. All of the accommodations come with a ocean view, with some even featured a private terrace. Guests can savour the flavorful Okinawan, Japanese and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel’s buffet style restaurant AMAHAJI while Hanari Lobby Lounge & Bar offers ample choice of coffee, tea, alcohol, and light snacks as well as afternoon tea. Poolside BBQ is right by the pool, and few steps away from Sesoko beach. SeMare Italian Restaurant serves traditional homemade cooking, Okinawan-fused dishes, oven baked pizza, and many more tantalizing creation & Sisuco Grill Steak & Seafood offers succulent steak, seasonal seafood, and plentiful fresh local ingredients. Facilities include a indoor swimming pool, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a spa tub and a 24-hour fitness centre. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa. Services include massages.
Website: Hilton Okinawa Sesoko Resort
8. Renaissance Okinawa Resort
Renaissance Okinawa Resort is located on the beach in Onna. Maeda Cape is 2 kilometres from the hotel while Moon Beach is 2.2 kilometres away. Renaissance Resort Okinawa consists of 377 guest rooms and suites, which have sea views. Sailfish Cafe is a continental restaurant while Coral Sea View offers fresh seafood and meat to grill as well as a selection of craft beers from around the world. Loy’s Sushi Bar is a modern sushi bar serving both traditional and original sushi buffet with some champagne or wine. Four Seasons offers full-course and teppanyaki dinner featuring Okinawa’s local produce, such as fresh fish caught in local waters, aged Okinawan wagyu beef and more & Irodori offers traditional Japanese cuisine and “Ryukyu Kaiseki” of Okinawan longevity. Guests can enjoy selected ingredients cooked on a charcoal fire, together with rare labels of awamori liquor at this underwater dining bar. Finally, Anvil House is a Steak&Lobster Grill restaurant. An indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool and a children’s pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a private beach, a water park (surcharge) and a fitness centre. Tharasso Therapie has massage/treatment rooms. Services include facials, body scrubs, body treatments and manicures and pedicures.
Website: Renaissance Okinawa Resort
7. Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort
Centrally located in the heart of Chatan, just a 5-minute walk away from Mihama American Village, Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort offers 346 guest rooms and suites that open to balconies. Guest rooms feature a panoramic view of the ocean. Guests have several dining options on site, including Italian and Japanese restaurants and a bar. The hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a water slide for children and a 24-hour fitness centre. Guests can enjoy activities including diving, fishing and snorkelling at an additional cost. Sunset Beach is a 7-minute walk away, while the Mihama 7Plex movie theatre is a 6-minute walk away. Naha Airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. There are massage/treatment rooms available. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, facials and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.
Website: Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort
6. Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort
Located in Onna, Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort is in a national park and on a private white sand beach. The property offers 246 guest rooms and suites that open to balconies and are individually furnished. All rooms are decorated in lively colours and modern wood furnishings. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in February 2016. Modern Japanese/Okinawa dishes can be enjoyed at Dining Room Senses, which has an open kitchen where chefs prepare omelettes, grilled fish and sushi. Barbecue meals and sunset views can be enjoyed at The Grill. An indoor swimming pool, a children’s swimming pool and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool are on site. Windsurfing, canoeing, snorkelling and other water activities are available by the beach. The hotel has a fitness centre, tennis courts and a golf course is just 1 kilometre away. Billiards and table tennis facilities are also available. Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site Churaku spa. There are 3 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include facials and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.
Website: Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort
5. IRAPH SUI, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Miyako Okinawa
Located in Miyakojima, Iraph Sui, a Luxury Collection Hotel is 500 metres from Toguchinohama Beach. The property has 58 guest rooms and suites that open to balconies and are equipped with a seating area. Tin’in, an outdoor terrace eatery offers uniquely prepared French fare. The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool, a shared garden and lounge and a fitness centre. Irabu Bridge is 6 kilometres from the accommodation, while Toriike Pond is 7 kilometres away. Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include facials and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.
4. Doubletree by Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort
Situated in Chatan, 1.3 kilometres from Araha Beach, DoubleTree by Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort offers 160 rooms and suites. 43 West Rooftop Bar serves everything from snacks to sharing platters made from fresh local produce. With zen-like ambience, MaTiira offers buffet or a-la carte options. Poolside Pavilion offers delicious poolside snacks and drinks. An indoor swimming pool, a children’s swimming pool and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide and a 24-hour fitness centre. AMMAMI SPA has 5 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, facials and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.
3. Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa
Set in Onna, 1.1 kilometres from Manza Beach, Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa is located in a regional park and on the beach. All of the sophisticated 343 guest rooms and suites face the ocean, consist of natural colors and stylish interiors, and feature an open-air balcony for guests to enjoy a variety of sea views. “The Island” of 320 rooms including all suites are housed in a seven-storey main wing on Seragaki Island. The remaining 23 rooms occupy a three-storey “The Beach House” on the Okinawa Main Island side. Guests can enjoy Okinawa cuisine at the resort’s signature “Shirakachi” Robata-style open kitchen dining, contemporary Japanese cuisine Teppanyaki and Sushi. The open kitchen and terrace seats at Serale are the perfect venue for food lovers to enjoy dining all day. Additionally, guests have excellent choices of beverages at the resort’s bars with various settings, from the bar counter, lobby lounge, to the poolside and firepit terrace. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool as well a fitness centre. Spa Hanari has 6 treatment rooms. Services include facials and body treatments.
2. Halekulani, Okinawa
Situated in Onna, Halekulani Okinawa is situated at a distance of 45 kilometres from Naha Airport. The hotel is located right on the beach. The hotel features 360 guest rooms and suites which provide picturesque views of the shining emerald sea and white sand beach within the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park.The stunning 47 suites and five villas each come equipped with their own private pool and natural hot spring. At innovative SHIROUX, two Michelin star chef, Hirayasu Kawate presents new frontiers in gourmet cuisine. AOMI is a Japanese restaurant where the and varied menu includes kaiseki cuisine, shabu-shabu hot pot and sushi. Steak & Wine KINGDOM, with its chic, elegant interiors, is a kingdom of delicious food, where guests can indulge in the rich umami of steak and wine while House Without a Key is an all-day dining restaurant with a variety of enjoyable food and drinks. Sunset Bar SPECTRA, located in the lobby of the Sunset Wing, is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious wine, beer or cocktail. A children’s pool and a seasonal outdoor pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include an outdoor tennis court and a fitness centre. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa, Spa Halekulani. Services include facials and body treatments.
Website: Halekulani, Okinawa
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa is located right in front of Kise Country Club. The property is a 5-minute drive from Kise Beach and a 50-minute drive from Churaumi Aquarium. The Airport Liner shuttle bus is available from Naha Airport, which is a 1-hour drive away. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa features 97 guest rooms and suites that have picturesque views of the surrounding forests and nearby beaches. Chura Nuhji serves Italian dishes featuring local ingredients, while grilled Teppanyaki meals are offered at Kise restaurant. Light meals and refreshments are served at the poolside Library and the hotel’s bar. Local artworks and potteries can be purchased at the boutique and the fitness centre is open 24/7. Guests can enjoy soothing facial treatments and massages at the Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA or relax by the indoor/outdoor swimming pools.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
Featured image by The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa
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