Beat Blue Monday with a blue zone stay in Okinawa
With festive celebrations already a distant memory, January can seem a long month – so it’s the perfect time to escape to a more appealing location. Japan’s tropical Okinawa archipelago is one of the world’s few ‘Blue Zones’ – areas known for their long-life expectancy and healthy lifestyles – where locals live a serene life, motivated by a sense of purpose or ikigai. The collection of paradise islands offers stunning white sand beaches, secluded coves, vibrant reefs and clear waters, with incredible diving opportunities, as well as fascinating heritage, castle ruins to explore, and nutrition-rich seasonal foods.
Discover this tropical archipelago and the secrets behind the locals’ healthy lifestyles with Hoshino Resorts:
Learn about traditional martial arts and indulge in a luxurious stay at HOSHINOYA Okinawa
Located in the centre of Okinawa Island, in the coastal village of Yomitan, HOSHINOYA Okinawa is a luxurious retreat with 100 guest villas and suites designed around a central indoor patio and offering breathtaking ocean views. Take part in traditional Ryukyu karate practice (Okinawa is where the martial art originates from) in the hotel’s ‘dojo’ (studio), enjoy treatments using the power of Okinawan nature in the resort’s red-tiled spa or simply unwind in the hotel’s sea-view infinity pool, before dining on nutritious local Okinawan dishes based on ingredients foraged from the island and surrounding sea. For guests looking to further explore the characteristics of the Blue Zone and the secrets of a healthy and prosperous life based on Okinawa’s diet and customs, the hotel offers an Okinawa Blue Zone Stay experience, complete with traditional local activities and meals.
Stay overnight from 136,000 JPY per night / approx. £845 per room per night (two sharing), room only. The Okinawa Blue Zone Stay experience is available from 72,000 JPY per person. Contact HOSHINOYA Okinawa.
Experience one of Japan’s leading eco-tourism resorts with Iriomote Hotel
The secluded Iriomote Island is a subtropical paradise, surrounded by a sea of coral reefs and a jungle which covers 90% of its surface. Located in the heart of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, Hoshino Resorts Iriomote Hotel is an eco-tourism resort that encourages guests to explore the island’s extraordinary ecosystem through a variety of nature tours, programmes and activities. Discover the many endemic and endangered species – such as the Iriomote Cat – learn about the incredible biodiversity and connect with the natural environment of this World Heritage Site.
Stay overnight at Iriomote Hotel from 28,000 JPY / approx. £153 per room per night (two sharing), including breakfast. Contact Hoshino Resorts Iriomote Hotel.
Discover Okinawan city life at OMO5 Okinawa Naha A city-based hotel in the capital of the Okinawan Islands, OMO5 Okinawa Naha is the perfect location for explorers looking to discover the idyllic archipelago and experience a taste of the Blue Zone lifestyle. The hotels Go KINJO neighbourhood map and library makes planning sightseeing trips around the island and neighbouring islands a breeze, and the local OMO guides offer tours of some of the famous sightseeing spots including the lively Kokusai-dori aligned with many shops, the Makishi public market known to be the main kitchen of Okinawa, and the Shuri Castle area, home to the rich culture of the Ryukyu Dynasty.
Stay overnight from 16,000 JPY per night / approx. £115 per room per night (two sharing), room only. Contact OMO5 Okinawa Naha.
Embrace native cuisine and centuries-old traditions with HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island is a luxury resort on the Japanese island of Taketomi in the Okinawa prefecture, a tiny island comprising just three villages, known for its Ryukyu heritage and traditions which have gone unchanged for centuries. All aspects of the resort – from the interior design to the cuisine – reflect the Ryukyu culture and traditions and enable the resort to work in harmony with its distinct natural surroundings. The hotel’s restaurant incorporates many indigenous herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits grown in the kitchen garden; ingredients which have been cultivated for generations on the island and which utilize the island’s unique terroir. Many of the ingredients are credited with contributing to Okinawa’s uniquely healthy Blue Zone diet, including the Okinawan Purple Sweet Potato.
Stay overnight from 112,000 JPY per night / approx.£650 per room per night (two sharing) room only. Contact HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island.
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