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On the Japanese island of Honshu, Amanemu is set within the Ise-Shima National Park on the Kii Peninsula. The new Aman Resort boasts spectacular views over Ago Bay and its mesmerising waters are scattered with islets and oyster rafts.
The intimate hotel is comprised of 24 Suites and four two-bedroom villas, all of which overlook either Ago Bay or the resort's picturesque gardens. The rooms are decorated using natural materials, soothing tones, and are complete with large glass windows which flood the rooms with sunlight. The woven textile and timber shutters open to reveal magnificent views of the striking surroundings. All accommodations have a private onsen, which embraces the Japanese tradition of bathing in thermal spring waters and creates a space in which visitors can unwind and refuel.
Amanemu's restaurant is based on Japanese cuisine but some dishes incorporate Western foods for a European twist. Local foods such as Nabari melons and a selection of fresh vegetables are used, ensuring that food is both delicious and authentic. Guests can try everything from the fresh catch of the day to the classic Japanese dish of Matsusaka beef. Hopeless romantics can explore the rugged coastline by boat, enjoying canapés and champagne as the sun sets behind the islets of the Shima Peninsula.
Ancient pilgrimage routes wind through the forests surrounding the resort and guests can visit some of the most sacred shrines in Japan. Adventurers will discover the holy Shinto sites of Ise Grand Shrine and Ise Jingu, connected by the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails. Alternatively, go fishing with an expert angler or enjoy the golf course, which overlooks Ago Bay. For an afternoon of relaxation, unwind in the Aman spa or head to the heated outdoor swimming pool, with views across the forested hills and the calm waters of bay.
Why we love it
For centuries, Ago Bay has been explored by the Ama Female Freedivers, who venture into the waters to collect pearls, shellfish and sea urchin.
Miranda, Original Traveller