Okinawa (沖縄) is the southernmost prefecture of Japan and a group of tropical islands which are popular destinations for vacationers. With a unique culture and cuisine as well as stunning views of beaches, the sea, the sky and more, it remains a great group of islands to snorkel, hang glide, swim, and sunbathe as well as relax and escape city life.
When finding somewhere to stay, it can be difficult to know which places are best and what hotels provide luxurious experiences that you and your loved ones deserve. Relux, a luxury hotel website, has compiled a list of 30 hotels on various islands of Okinawa that guarantee a first-class stay. Here are the top 30 luxury hotels, villas, and inns in Okinawa.
Hyakunagaran (百名伽藍) is located on one of the smaller islands of Okinawa and offers a panoramic view of the ocean from their wooden terraces. Nearby, there is a cave with an old statue of Buddha, as well as the beach just a few steps from your room. Relax on the seaside terrace and soak up the calming atmosphere, take a dip in the outdoor hot spring while gazing at the mountains, or get special treatment at the beauty spa. Dinner is served at this hotel’s restaurant in the Japanese “Kaiseki (会席)” style, with local and fresh ingredients.
Sometimes referred to as the most beautiful bay in Okinawa’s main island, Nago Bay (名護湾) is visible from the Ritz-Carlton. With a pool, library, and spa, this is a fantastic place to relax and forget the troubles of your busy life. The Ritz-Carlton also has a fitness facility, an airport transfer service, and restaurants offering various kinds of cuisines.
This spacious hotel has private swimming pools, local cuisine and sake (酒) served to its guests, and a dining area floating on water! Other facilities include a gym and sauna, a spa, and a library. With a gorgeous ocean view and high-quality facilities, the Oriental Hills Okinawa (オリエンタルヒルズ沖縄) is a great choice.
The Terrace Club at Busena (ザ・テラスクラブ アット ブセナ) offers a truly luxurious stay. Its wellness program provides a balance between exercise, nutrition, and rest, aiming to provide you with beneficial health effects during your stay. Swim in heated sea water or revitalize your body in a special jet bath.
The restaurant at the Terrace Club includes fresh, local food and chefs dedicated to a balance between taste and nutrition. Discover a new level of relaxation here.
This hidden haven boasts breathtaking sunsets and surroundings of indigenous flowers. With starlit skies viewable from the terrace and an outdoor pool, this place is heavenly for couples on their honeymoon or anniversary. For the ultimate romantic relaxation, choose the Atta Terrace Club Towers (ジ・アッタテラス クラブタワーズ).
Jusandi (ユサンディ), which means “sunset” in the Okinawa language, has stunning views of the sea and its coral reefs. The bedrooms have large windows to invite in the morning sun and an outdoor pool to enjoy the weather while taking a dip. The staff will give you advice, if needed, on various Okinawa activities such as snorkeling, horse riding, caving, and day trips.
All of the suite rooms in the Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda (シギラベイサイドスイート アラマンダ) have a picture-perfect view of the sea. This larger hotel has facilities that many other hotels don’t have, such as a hot spring and private spa, an open-air bath, room service, an outdoor pool, and transportation services. Contrary to some other hotels, children and pets are welcome here.
Close to the airport is Riiga Royal Gran Okinawa (リーガロイヤルグラン沖縄). Take in the wonderful views while enjoying a delicious meal in their top floor restaurant, enjoy the artwork displayed by local Okinawa artists, and sip unique cocktails in the bar. Enjoy local Okinawa and what it has to offer at this luxurious accommodation.
This special private resort is right next to the beach on the southern part of the main island. Try yoga, aroma treatment on the beachside, trekking and kayaking tours, and cruises on the sea. Breakfast is included in the booking plan.
This hotel is not just somewhere to sleep; it’s an experience. If you’d like to experience the real nature of Okinawa, Okuma Private Beach & Resort (オクマ プライベートビーチ&リゾート) is a great choice.
To see a white sand beach, view the Kerama Islands (慶良間諸島), and a premium lounge to relax in morning and night, stay at the Southern Beach Hotel & Resort Okinawa (サザンビーチホテル＆リゾート沖縄 プレミアムクラブ)! With everything you’d expect from a luxury beach resort, the hotel offers an indoor and outdoor pool, a massage service, and a free kids’ space with toys and even a babysitting service!
Each room at Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotel (カフー リゾート フチャク コンド・ホテル) has a bedroom, living room, bathroom, and dressing room to really make you feel at home as you gaze upon the ocean view. Relax in the Green Spa to rejuvenate and get rid of your stress, and sample the Spanish, Italian or Okinawan food at the restaurant. For a spacious, relaxing and memorable holiday, try this hotel in the southern island of Okinawa.
Located on a remote Okinawan island that the locals call an Island of the Gods is the Hotel Hamahigashima Resort (ホテル浜比嘉島リゾート). Far from any cities, it offers some breathtaking views of the sky both day and night. The restaurant offers local ingredients and nutritious meals in their restaurant by the sea with glass doors for an open atmosphere.
Take a dip in the pool or the sea at the beach just three minutes from the hotel, and enjoy all the Island of the Gods has to offer.
Senaga Island’s Ryukyu Onsen Senagajima Hotel is located on a peninsula surrounded by ocean. The hotel bath at this hotel, which draws water from the hot spring 1000 meters below ground, is the only bath in Okinawa that has a view of the sun setting over the ocean, a truly breathtaking spectacle.
With a beautiful infinity pool and a local chef creating dishes from seasonal ingredients, Senagajima Hotel hopes to offer you a memorable and very special experience.
Villa Karimata (ヴィラカリマタ) aims to provide a “deep sense of peace and relaxation” on Miyako Island (宮古島). Not only is this hotel located right next to the sandy which beach, but it is also surrounded by greenery. Although this brand new hotel is modern from the outside, the inside is homely as well as classy.
A dinner service is provided at Villa Karimata for an extra charge, and cars are available to use for a day if you’d like to explore the island on wheels.
With an ocean view and spacious rooms, the Okinawa Marriot Resort and Spa (オキナワ マリオット リゾート ＆ スパ) is another great choice for those who wish to stay in luxury accommodation. The Marriot’s buffet breakfast made it to the top 20 in TripAdvisor’s breakfast ranking and is definitely worth a try. The hotel also boasts the largest garden pool in Okinawa and a children’s pool nearby where kids can play safely.
A jet bath, aroma bath, and sauna also accompany the facilities at the Marriot. Families are welcome.
If you’d like your own special villa with a private pool and gazebo, consider staying at Konpeki the Villa All Suite (紺碧ザ・ヴィラオールスイート)! You can enjoy your meals while taking in the ocean view and villas. This place is perfect if you’d like your own private getaway, dip in the pool alone or with your group, and experience ultimate relaxation on one of the most beautiful islands in Okinawa.
The Shigira (ザ シギラ) is located in the southern part of Miyako Island and offers ten private villas in their spacious area. A butler will assist you with whatever you need, and all the villas have private heated pools and jacuzzis all year round for your enjoyment. To experience true luxury, try the Shigira.
This totally private resort-like residence can only be booked by one group per day, offering ultimate privacy. Soak in the jacuzzi with a view of the ocean and listen to the sounds of the sea while enjoying a fresh meal prepared with local ingredients. Experience Kouri Island in your own modern and charming accommodation.
One Suite Hotel & Resort Kouri Island (ワンスイートホテル＆リゾート古宇利島) has stunning views of the natural scenery, including a star-filled sky at night unspoiled by light pollution. Sample delicious food in this private accommodation and appreciate the beauty that Okinawa has to offer.
Livemax Amms Canna Resort Villa (リブマックス アムス・カンナリゾートヴィラ) is on the west coast of Okinawa’s main island and consists of private cottages. Gaze at the coral reefs and ocean from the seaside pool, and even reserve time for a barbecue at the poolside. Rise with the sun with the villa’s large windows, and enjoy aromatherapy and other treatments if you choose.
Completely surrounded by nature, you can escape the hustle and bustle of city and work life by staying at this private resort, Mukaka Villa Kourijima (MUKAKA VILLA 古宇利島) on Kouri Island. The kitchen is equipped with a rice cooker, refrigerator, microwave, cutlery, and coffee set, and the resort has WiFi. Enjoy Kouri Island in your own private accommodation and live like a local during your stay!
This hotel opened in 2015 and has views of the sky, the sea, and the mountains. Breakfast is prepared with Okinawan ingredients and bath-type jacuzzis are available in each of the guest rooms. Various sightseeing spots are within reach of Hotel Hoshi no Terasu mo Tobu Yamazato (星のテラスもとぶ山里), including the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館) and Nakijin Castle (今帰仁城) World Heritage Site.
Iriomote Island, where you’ll find Hotel Nirakanai Iriomotejima (ホテル ニラカナイ西表島), is often referred to as “the last paradise”. Exclusive to this hotel is a very special cruise through the forest with the chance of spotting local wild cats. A buffet, teppanyaki (鉄板焼き)-style dining and barbecues are available at this accommodation, including nutritious Okinawan dishes prepared with local ingredients.
This hotel faces the sea where you can relax in the pool after a long day of sightseeing and see the ocean. Feel calm and at peace at Hotel Nirakanai on Iriomote Island.
The “ultimate height of hospitality” is provided here at the Seven Stars Resort Ishigaki (セブンスターズリゾート石垣). This private, two-storey villa has a Jacuzzi and a private pool for you to enjoy at your leisure, and chefs provide Ishigaki Island’s local cuisines before you head to the private bar for a drink.
With the luxuries of a hotel but the privacy of a villa, the Seven Stars Resort on Ishigaki Island is worth checking out for those who are looking for a vacation with something extra special.
Villabu was the first villa-resort hotel in Okinawa and is located on Irabu Island (伊良部島). The terrace has a gazebo and private pool, and at the restaurant, they have fresh seafood, Japanese cuisines and even French dishes on the chef’s recommended menu. Near the hotel, you can experience Okinawa activities like snorkeling.
Stay at the Okinawa EXES on Ishigaki Island for an ocean view room, fresh ingredients such as Japanese black beef, seafood, and vegetables, and relax in the pool while taking in the calm scenery. Visit the esthetic salon to rejuvenate your body and mind. Okinawa EXES is a perfect getaway from the stress of everyday life.
Cypress Resort on Kumejima Island offers a great view of Shinrihama (シンリ浜) beach, and experiencing the sunset there is a view you won’t easily forget. Kumejima has natural parks and Okinawa activities, making it a great choice for visitors to the islands. Relax on a sunbed by the pool or try the resort’s French dining. You can book your room with or without meals for flexibility over your schedule.
For an undisturbed vacation for adults, try Windy Earth: Silent Club on Ishigaki Island. Swim in the outdoor pool while taking in the surrounding beauty, or relax in the Jacuzzi after a day of local sightseeing. The luscious sound of lapping waves and the feeling of the pleasant sea breeze will make your stress melt away on this paradise island.
A great hotel for families with children and even dogs, Ishigaki Resort Hotel (石垣リゾートホテル) has a fitness facility, spa, outdoor pool to enjoy the summer weather, and a tennis court. Sunset BBQ provides you with a fresh and delicious evening meal with views of the sunset. The concept of this resort is the slow passage of island time and encourages you to be carried away from busy daily routines and relax with the flow.
This hotel offers something a little different; located in a small village with pottery and glass workshops, Condominium T-Room has four private spaces for guests where they can admire the ocean view and appreciate local culture. If you’d like the chance to mix with locals and explore some local shops, the T-Room may be for you.
With these 30 resorts, villas, and hotels to choose from on various islands, there is no shortage of places to stay! There is a vast number of fun things to do on this group of small Japanese islands, so no doubt you’ll be busy during your trip. Hopefully, with the right hotel, your vacation will be made a little extra special.