HOSHTINOYA Okinawa is almost an alternate universe, where it reflects the answer to the question”what if we continued to live with Gusuku walls? How would it have affected lives in Okinawa? “
Although there is no definitive meaning to”Gusuku” where there are different theories as to who and how it was used, it refers to an area that is enclosed by a stonewall. Regardless of the exact meaning, the rich culture of Okinawa was developed within the Gusuku and at HOSHINOYA Okinawa the Gusuku Stonewalls was inspired from this local architecture creating one with a height of 4.5m. Its role was to protect those within the walls back in the day but now, it will be a symbol of protection of the precious experiences at HOSHINOYA Okinawa.
Ultimate luxury can be experienced through the luxury of gazing at the ocean as you live your life in Okinawa. Guest villas and buildings, as well as public spaces, are nestled in and placed along the pristine white beach, where all 100 rooms have the ocean view.
▼充分享受美丽海景的度假酒店，resort hotel with immerse view to the sea ©Hoshino Resorts
ALand Protected by Serenity and Grace
景观设计：Studio On Site
Landscape design: Studio On Site
HOSHINOYA Okinawa occupies a narrow strip of land along the coastline. In designing the overall aesthetic of the resort, we studied the gusuku—a type of castle that once dotted the Ryukyu Islands, of which Okinawa is the biggest. The guest villas and buildings stand right by the coast, while the premises are surrounded by a tall modernist wall modeled after gusuku fortification. In choosing this design, we wanted to convey the idea that HOSHINOYA Okinawa is a self-contained space of pure relaxation where guests will find everything they need.
▼酒店外观，低矮的客房减少对自然环境的影响，external view of the hotel with low buildings, blending in with the environment ©Hoshino Resorts
Just inside the many portals that line the wall, guests will find an idyllic scene of groves, orchards, farms, and gardens—all protected from the elements by the wall. Footpaths wind through this setting, guiding guests to and from a pool and other open-air public facilities that open up to stunning ocean views. Another concept we tackled was the idea of creating a new coastline. We wanted to avoid diminishing the original scenery, so we built the guest buildings low and positioned them in a pattern winding along the coastline, allowing the structures to blend in with the environment.
▼城墙保护度假村，小径穿梭其间，the resort was enclosed by walls with footpaths winding through ©Hoshino ResortsResorts
Guest rooms built along the coast line
建筑设计：AZUMA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES
Architecture design: AZUMA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES
Of all the HOSHINOYA resorts we have worked on, none have been as close to the sea as HOSHINOYA Okinawa. Built along an extensive stretch of coastline in the village of Yomitan, the resort offers guest villas, either standalone or divided into two suites, with breathtaking views of the ocean—its rich blue hues complemented by the vibrant coral reefs that spread below its surface.
▼从酒店望向大海，view to the sea from the hotel ©Hoshino Resorts
To create a resort experience that provides freedom and flexibility in how the guest spends their time, we designed every villa and suite around an indoor patio that serves as the guest’s center of activity. Featuring a long table combined with a kitchen counter, this is the first room the guest will visit upon entering their villa or suite. It is a place for dining, enjoying drinks, chatting with friends or family, or for spending time alone on work or another solo activity.
▼酒店大堂，提供开放的休闲空间，hotel lobby providing open leisure space ©Hoshino Resorts
The public areas also feature numerous amenities designed to facilitate the guest’s stay, however they wish to spend it.
▼公共区域细节设计，details of the public area ©Hoshino Resorts
No matter where you are in your room, you will be able to feel the ocean next to you as the salty winds pass by and this is ensured by having no buildings exceeding two stories. The rooms were carefully constructed so that guests can spend time in Okinawa with supreme comfort. The entrance leads into an indoor patio designed to provide the guest with a variety of options. For example, a long table equipped with kitchen amenities allow guests to enjoy a private dinner party with meals prepared in advance by the chef in which they can finish off the cooking any time they want The main wall in the bedroom is a work of traditional Okinawan dye art, depicting Okinawa’s plants, animals, and scenes of daily life. The longer guests stay and the more they begin to accustom themselves to this relaxing Okinawan way of life, the more they might begin to see themselves in these pictures
▼从客房看向海景，view to the sea from the guest rooms ©Hoshino Resorts
Fushi 海景豪华套房 | Fushi deluxe oceanfront suite
The living room, indoor patio, and bedroom are all separate rooms in this expansive suite, which is perfect for large groups and families. Guests can gaze upon ocean views from any room and enjoy breakfast or dinner in the indoor patio with the sound of waves crashing in the background—an unforgettable experience. The living room has been designed for floor-level relaxation to encourage lounging around.
▼Fushi海景套房室内，interior of Fushi deluxe oceanfront suite ©Hoshino Resorts
Haru 海景露台套房 | Haru oceanfront balcony suite
With its wide ocean-facing balcony, this suite allows guests to feel as if they are on the beach without leaving the comfort of their suite. Guests can sink into the large sofa on the balcony and watch the changing colors and undulations of the sea. The spacious bedroom features a comfortable sofa that is perfect for naps. The patio offers a view of the year-round verdant foliage and colorful indigenous fruit through its sliding glass doors and windows. In the bedroom, the guest is greeted by the work of traditional Okinawan dye artisans adorning the main wall. Each piece colorfully depicts Okinawan life amid the island’s diverse landscape.
▼Haru套房室内，墙面采用冲绳传统印染图案，interior of Haru oceanfront balcony suite, wall decorated with traditional Okinawa patterns ©Hoshino Resorts
Tin 海景标准套房 | Tin oceanfront standard suite
This suite features an indoor patio adjoined to a bedroom and balcony. Although compact, it is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate up to two guests—even if they spend all day inside. Ocean views can be enjoyed from any part of the suite—there is nothing quite like waking up to sunlight glittering on the Okinawan seas.
▼Tin海景套房室内，interior of Tin oceanfront standard suite ©Hoshino Resorts
Banta Cafe, a break from everyday life
At this cozy ocean cafe, you can spend some time gazing out at the picturesque view in an extraordinary space surrounded by seaside rocks. Try out the gelato and shaved ice made from ingredients native to Okinawa or other light meals, such as hot dogs. Everything on the menu is also available for take-out.
▼Banta Cafe鸟瞰，aerial view of Banta Cafe ©Hoshino Resorts
Olu Grill, hooked to the sizzling of grills
Situated next to the BANTA CAFE OLU Grill offers authentic grilled dishes, which you can enjoy as you gaze out into the horizon. Have a thick, juicy hamburger for lunch, and grilled steak or seafood for dinner. Rich with the aroma of the firewood. Kids menu and a variety of desserts are available, making this a great place for family or group outings.
▼餐厅室内，interior of the restaurant ©Hoshino Resorts
▼丰富的冲绳美食，rich cuisine in Okinawa ©Hoshino Resorts
Activity Studio: open the mind and the heart under the clear sky
The Activity Studio is a flat building with the characteristic of red brick roofs and a Japanese style porch. This is a place where guests can gather and use it as a place on different occasions; whether that is to enjoy a conversation or stretch out the body. There are different activities to be hosted at this facility. As you open the windows, a field stretches out and beyond it lies the sea. Feel the winds of Okinawa as you feel liberated from the city.
▼道场外观，external view of the Activity Studio ©Hoshino Resorts
▼道场室内，采用传统的木制结构，interior of the Activity Studio with traditional wooden structure ©Hoshino Resorts
Pool, over to the horizon
Enjoy the different seasons of Okinawa by having a soak in the pool, where the temperature of the water will be controlled A 10cm deep pool has a seats inside the water, welcoming guests for a casual pool-side nap or read. There is also an infinity pool that projects out over the cliff and towards the ocean. Where both the ocean and the sky becomes one. This is one of the best places in the resort to watch the sunset
▼泳池与海洋合而为一，提供开放的景观，the ocean and the sky become one in the pool area providing an open view ©Hoshino Resorts
▼夕阳下的泳池，pool in the dusk ©Hoshino Resorts
Lighting that enhances the natural environment
灯光设计：Illumination of City Environment
Lighting: Illumination of City Environment
HOSHINOYA resorts are designed for long stays. This is why we designed lighting that guests will find increasingly relaxing the longer they remain at HOSHINOYA Okinawa. The resort is located in Yomitan, a village where the scenery is colored by dramatic natural lighting throughout the day, especially at sunset. In designing the resort’s lighting, we strove to complement this natural lighting as much as possible.
▼酒店夜景，尽量保留自然光线，night view of the hotel complementing the natural lighting as much as possible ©Hoshino Resorts
For example, at sundown, the guest villas and suites fill with a soft light, faint enough to allow guests to appreciate the warm reds streaking across the sea from the sun, as well as the violet of the oncoming dusk. At night, the trees and gardens are illuminated entirely by moonlight, while footpaths are gently lit by lamp posts featuring perforated shades with designs based on traditional Okinawan weave motifs. Additionally, very little light is directed upwards so guests may fully appreciate the star-filled night sky.
▼客房照明柔和昏暗，guest room filled with soft light ©Hoshino Resorts
Although Okinawa is often associated with openness and bright natural light, there are sacred rocky alcoves in Okinawa known as utaki that are minimally lit by natural light sneaking in through gaps in rocks. These inspired the design for the villa and suite floor lanterns, which feature shades partially covered with decorative cloth so that only thin strips of light are allowed to illuminate the room. They create an atmosphere that is both unique and distinctively Okinawan.
▼落地灯营造独特灵位的冲绳风情，floor lamps creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere of Okinawa ©Hoshino Resorts
建筑设计：AZUMA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES
景观设计：Studio On Site
灯光设计：Illumination of City Environment