(This is my last post for #ANAOkinawa tour. You can see all the previous posts here.)
In Taketomi island, we stayed at this amazing resort called Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima.
Upon check-in, we were welcomed with lovely tea and sweets.
As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice the pace here is a lot slower, and relaxed.
Hoshinoya is one of the 6 types of resorts Hoshino Resort, well known high end resort chain produces.
As I mentioned in the last post, there are strict rules on building anything new in Taketomi island. All 48 villas and other buildings in Hoshinoya Taketomi is built in traditional Taketomi style, with limestone fences, Hinpun, and red tiled roof. The resort blends in with the rest of the island.
Each one of us got our own villa to stay. See my excited reaction when I entered my villa.
I loved the fact that I was given an actual key, unlike a card you get at most hotels these days. The villa is equipped with a pair of flip flops, an umbrella for sudden rain showers, and a flashlight for your evening stroll. There are small towels in a basket by sliding door entrances so you can clean your feet. They even provide cute little carry bags for your keys, cell phone etc when you go for a walk. The attention to details is everywhere.
The decor of the room and entire resort is simple, yet breathtakingly beautiful. It was pretty hot and humid when we were there (27c/80F), but the way each villa is built allows plenty of breeze to come through the room.
Resort staff move gracefully and although their customer service is top notch, they never seem to be rushed. Time seems to pass slower in this village.
Streets in Taketomi islands are covered with white coral sands. This is so that it reflects moonlight in the evening, when poisonous Habu snakes come out. It makes it easy for us to spot them. I was told that most people in Taketomi go outside after late afternoon in summertime in order to avoid blazing sun.
We enjoyed wonderful local Okinawan cuisine while at Hoshinoya. Every morning they served different fresh juices. My favourite was Watermelon and Hot pepper juice.
I loved this lounge/bar/library/gift shop with the view of the pool. Here’s me having Okinawa’s own Orion beer.
You can rent a bike and explore the island, or take a short bus tour to see the sunset. Taketomi island is such a gem – as Hoshinoya brochure states, the island itself is a museum.
I saw several families at Hoshinoya. Although it is a very sophisticated resort, I like that staff were very friendly with everyone including children. I would love to go back there with my family next time. I cannot recommend Hoshinoya Taketomi highly enough. I urge you to stay there.