On the shores of Ago Bay, Amanemu’s rustic ryokan-inspired retreat is where Japan’s ancient hospitality ritual finds its contemporary expression. Mineral-rich waters from a natural hot spring enable guests to embrace the tradition of onsen bathing – while nourishment in culinary form reflects a region famed for rare delicacies. Surrounded by Unesco pilgrim trails, sacred forests and the diving culture of the pearl-rich Pacific, here, rejuvenative stays and wellness experiences are imbued with a deeper cultural sensibility.
Guided by a classical Japanese aesthetic, Amanemu’s Suites and Villas are replete with natural materials and large glass windows, with woven textile and timber sliding shutters that open to embrace the natural surroundings.
At the southern tip of Honshu’s Shima Peninsula, Ago Bay is renowned for its rugged beauty. Within a national park on its forested shores, the onsen retreat of Amanemu evokes spirit-stirring tranquility in naturally spectacular surroundings.
The Residences have been designed to immerse their inhabitants in nature. Set apart from the main area of the resort, each one is surrounded by a vast garden of its own. Contemporary in aesthetic, traditional in inspiration, the Residence’s architecture by Kerry Hill pays tribute to the minka homes of historic Japanese villages, at one with the landscape around them.
In keeping with Japan’s ancient wellness culture, the Residences are designed to take advantage of Amanemu’s mineral-rich hot springs, with each one containing private onsen baths inside and out. Built around a private onsen, the 2-bedroom Residences are designed to embrace the outdoors and make the most of natural light. Interiors are warm, soothing and understated, with understated materials such as plain woods and local stone to enhance the naturally restful atmosphere of the setting.
Beyond the waters of the Residence onsens, the main resort encompasses a network of wellness-enhancing thermal springs – the focal point of a 2,000sq m Aman Spa. Owners and guests are free to use these as they desire, as well as the 33m bay-view infinity pool, Japanese restaurant, bar and lounge.
Every Amanemu Residence has a dedicated chef and housekeeper, as well as a maintenance and security team. With the addition of all the services of the resort, including personal catering, babysitting and a concierge, owners have every need met. Residence owners enjoy privileged access to all the facilities of Amanemu, including wellbeing programmes at the Aman Spa and dining at an array of restaurants.
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