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Hotel of the Month
Japan’s Best 5 Star Luxury Hotels
To fully enjoy Japan’s unique blend of stunning outdoors, high culture, and rampaging modernity, you need a luxury retreat to settle into at the end of each day. Luckily, Japan is full of just such those resorts, and prides itself on helping guests to relax.
The Hoshinoya Hotel in Kyoto offers a blend of the traditional Japanese ryokan inn –style accommodation and up-to-date 21st-century architecture. Hidden among the mountain trees and only accessible by boat, it promises à la carte dining, exquisite gardens, and total tranquillity. Each room is furnished in a contemporary Japanese style, complete with attractive hand-blocked wallpaper, cedar wood, sliding glass doors and large picture windows with superb river views. The wildlife that populate the woods all around include foxes, deer and monkeys that you can see from your room. Arashiyama, where the Hoshinoya Hotel is situated, is famed for its temples and spiritual retreats, and guests can join in the morning rituals and afternoon meditation sessions.
Hotel Il Palazzo is a striking pink and copper building in the heart of the Nakasu district of Fukuoka in Kyushu, boasting luxury accommodation with ultra-modern rooms, a French-style bistro, and all the added extras you would expect from one of Japan’s trendiest hotels. Everything about the hotel oozes chic, from the sleek design that hits you as you enter to the subtly furnished lounges, and arty lighting throughout. The Il Palazzo puts its cuisine in the five star restaurant and the selection of Japanese drinks at its bar at the top of the agenda. So if you are looking for a first class stay that is both relaxing and classy, this is the choice for you.
The Hotel La Suite Kobe Harborland is worth a stay just for the stunning views out over the sea. Added in are two restaurants serving Japanese and International cuisine, and a spa designed just for women, this is the ultimate pampering break place to stay. Although there are sea views from each and every room, the hotel is also perfectly located for exploring the beautiful port city of Kobe. And after a day’s sightseeing, you can wind down at the in-house spa, Jacuzzi bath in your room, all set again the backdrop of the Rokko Mountains.
If endless views over pristine water are your taste, L’Hotel du Lac has a glorious vista across Japan’s largest lake – Lake Biwa – in Nishi-azai-cho in Nagahama. The captivating views are complimented by French and Italian cuisine, indoor and outdoor bathing pools, an outdoor swimming pool, and even on-site tennis court. The hotel is wonderfully spacious for guests, and bringing the airiness of the mountains and lakeside into each room. The breakout in Spring of the cherry blossom just add the picturesque qualities of this hotel.
However, if it is big city living you want, head straight to Tokyo and check in to the Hotel Seiyo Ginza, where you every need will literally be catered for. The staff take attention to detail extremely seriously, recording guests every desire and ensuring it is there for you every time you go back. This makes the 77-room Sieyo feel like a private members club, or even better, like being at home.