We visited the Villa Rakuen section of Hotel New Awaji in February of this year and wow!
We weren't too sure what to expect, especially with the Kaiseki in room dining, but we were very pleasantly surprised. We had a private onsen suite on the 11th floor and it was awesome. We could sit in our private Onsen on the balcony and look out over the sea. It was amazing.
The suite was huge and beautiful and we had a choice of using western style beds or Tatami mats. For our three nights there we chose Tatami and loved it. During the day they give you Yukata robes to wear.
A quirky Japanese touch is the toilet seat cover that lifts up every time you enter the room. There is a separate shower with top shelf Japanese body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
The Kaiseki is excellent and the produce top quality. We couldn't believe the amount of food they brought for our breakfast and dinner. The presentation is five star all the way. Our butler Honika spoke good English and explained all the dishes to us.
On the ground floor of the hotel is a gift shop which stocks most things that you want such as drinks, snacks, souvenirs etc.
We had three nights here and absolutely loved every minute of it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the east coast of Awaji Island, Hotel New Awaji has the most splendid view of the Kitan Strait and Osaka Bay from all guest rooms.Our dinners feature seafood from the Awaji Island area, which since the 7th century have been presented to the Imperial Family along with fish from the Wakasa and Shima areas. We also serve Japanese cuisine loaded with abundant seasonal ingredients, allowing one to enjoy the taste of each season. ... more less
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