Embracing local customs, Aman opens a hot spring resort in Japan
March 2, 2016: Hotel chain, Aman, expands its presence in Japan with Amanemu, a hot spring resort in the bucolic Ise Shima National Park on the shores of Ago Bay.
Espousing the island country’s aesthetics and customs, each of the hotel’s 24 suites and four two-bedroom villas flaunt their own onsen, or private hot spring pools. Building on Aman’s ethos of heeding the heritage of the locations it operates in, Amanemu adopts the time-honored ryokan hospitality by having an “okami,” or a female manager.
Designed by the same team behind Aman Tokyo, Amanemu bows to Japan’s traditional bathing retreats with its low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained cedar exteriors, contrasted with elegant interiors of Japanese light timber. Custom-made furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as intricate Kumiko artworks contribute to the harmony and serenity of the resort.
The jewel of it all, however, is the 2,000sq meter spa that features a central onsen, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a glass-walled yoga studio. Aiming to boost its guests’ wellbeing, Amanemu also offers trekking routes through the stunning Kumano Kodo area, access to the nearby 18-hole Nemu Golf Club as well as private tours of Japan’s most sacred Shinto Shrine – Ise Grand Shrine.