Set to open in 2024, an all-villa resort on Mikayo Island in the Okinawan archipelago will mark Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first venture in Japan. Rosewood Miyakojima will occupy a secluded peninsula on the island, which is known for its white sand beaches and clear ocean waters that are ideal for snorkelling, diving and fishing. The resort’s 55 villas will each have private pools, gardens and sea views.
Conceived by Netherlands-based Studio Piet Boon, the architecture and interiors are seamlessly designed to immerse guests in the natural surroundings and express harmony with the island through the extensive use of local materials. Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. is providing local architectural expertise and support in realizing the design vision.
With Mitsubishi Estate as their partner in the project, this property will be the perfect showcase of Rosewood’s signature “A Sense of Place concept” which would get the opportunity to flourish in a dynamic setting. Since Rosewood was founded in 1979, this concept became a part of the company’s core philosophy meaning that each property, whether it be in Beijing, Santa Fe or Virgin Gorda, is a reflection of its location’s history, culture and geography.
Approached through verdant sugar cane fields, Rosewood Miyakojima will occupy a secluded peninsula surrounded on three sides by white sand beaches, dramatic rock formations and stunning ocean vistas. Arriving visitors will feel the sand beneath their feet within a 20-minute drive from Miyako Airport and a 30-minute drive from Shimojishima Airport which receives direct flights from Hong Kong and major cities in Japan.
Miyako Island and nearby isles offer miles of soft, white sand with endless vistas of the turquoise-blue sea. Aquatic adventures range from snorkelling at Yabiji, the largest coral reef expanse in Japan, to diving through underwater caverns teeming with marine life and outstanding deep-sea fishing.
Four restaurants and bars will include relaxed beachfront concepts showcasing fresh seafood, prized island-raised beef, locally distilled spirits and craft beer. With a stunning seascape as a backdrop, the resort’s indoor and outdoor event venues will host unforgettable destination weddings and private celebrations.
On-site recreation will include a standalone Rosewood Explorer’s Club, Rosewood’s program for younger guests designed to inspire creativity and imagination, and encourage adventure, discovery and social responsibility through unique experiences attuned to the destination. Asaya, Rosewood’s pioneering integrated wellness concept, will offer treatment rooms set amid private gardens, indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy facilities and a menu of programs and services influenced by local healing traditions.
One of the most appreciative qualities that Rosewood’s hospitality boast is the brand’s sensitive and considerate approach toward the locale. Beyond the resort, guests will discover an abundance of vividly picturesque sites, from the majestic natural stone arch of nearby Sunayama beach to the perfectly poised lighthouse at Higashi-Hennazaki Cape (a nationally designated “Place of Scenic Beauty”) and the seven-kilometre stretch of Yonaha Maehama, regularly ranked as Japan’s best beach and renowned for its cinematic sunsets.