Exhilarating and exciting is the best way to describe Amanemu, the Ise Shima addition to the swish Aman family. An ultra stylish, modern, dream-like riff on traditional ryokan style, paying heavy homage to all that is aesthetically beautiful in Japan. The most service-led property group in the world’s most meticulous destination. A heady mix.
The suites are little islands of seclusion, each featuring a private onsen and floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the gardens or the bay. The minimalist style gives a sense of calm, which is further enhanced by the homely touch of fresh fruit and flowers. In the exquisite restaurant, the food is detailed, delicious and well presented. The menu focuses on locally-sourced ingredients, including the mouth-watering Matsusaka wagyu beef and, being so near the water, plenty of seafood too, including the famed Ise lobster.
Set in the forested hills of Ise Shima National Park, overlooking the islands of Ago Bay. This is also the home of the holiest Shinto shrine in Japan, and is easily accessible from both the Kansai region and Nagoya.
Onsen, but with swimwear
Spacious detached rooms
The combination of traditional Japanese therapies with contemporary style and comfort made for a soothing stay.
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The two onsen pools - one very warm, and the other hot - are one of the main features of the property and an absolute delight. For the self-conscious, they offer the opportunity to enjoy Japanese bathing culture in swimwear, which is not usually allowed.
No visit to Ise is complete without a trip to the shrine, Ise Jingu. Definitely not just another holy site, this the king of Shinto Shrines. A powerful, stunningly beautiful, mysterious place that blends satisfyingly with the epic surrounding forest. The Imperial family makes a yearly pilgrimage here.
There are a number of free hiking trails in the area that go deep into the forest and surrounding mountains. Spend an unforgettable day with the Ama freedivers (women follow the traditional practice of diving for pearls without breathing equipment) including a barbecue of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat, while gaining insight into their fascinating diving livelihoods.
As is the case with all Aman properties around the world, there is a strict adherence to sustainability and benefiting the local population. Aman properties in Japan follow the same code.
Wander along the ancient trails of Kumano Kodo and its spiritual shrines, enjoying the peaceful, and enchanting surroundings as well as taking in the hospitality of local families along the way.