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Benesse House

Naoshima

This hotel is utterly extraordinary in every way. Designed by the renowned, self-taught architect, Tadao Ando, this gallery-that-is-also-a-hotel has become world famous and graced the glossy pages of many stylish publications. Although now almost 30 years old, it continues to evolve as time passes, keeping a strong contemporary feel. 

The property and island are peppered with mesmerising artworks, some of which are actually the buildings themselves. The whole island is a living art project, with Benesse House as the hub. For those inspired by architecture and art, it’s an absolute must.

Location

On a small island in the Setouchi Inland Sea between Honshu and Shikoku, reached via ferry from Uno Port, Okayama, this peaceful location host its iconic art project thanks to its ability to foster contemplation.

A little more detail

  • Uniquely immersive experience

  • Art museum & sculpture installations

  • European & Japanese cuisine

  • Spa treatments

From a client…

An extraordinary blend of creativity, peace and luxury.

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Bedroom with terrace at Benesse House
Bedroom with terrace at Benesse House
Suite at Benesse House
Suite at Benesse House
Sea view from Benesse House
Sea view from Benesse House
Restaurant at Benesse House
Restaurant at Benesse House
Suite with sea view at Benesse House
Suite with sea view at Benesse House
Spa treatment room at Benesse House
Spa treatment room at Benesse House

Why we love it

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Always rewarding

Over the years we have arranged stays at Benesse House for an eclectic range of clients, all of whom have loved it. That is to say every single one of them. Selective Asia’s Nick and Sarah stayed recently and highly recommend it. You don’t have to be an art buff to get the most out of a stay here - it’s a real one off.

Water feature at Benesse House

Trail of discovery

Alongside the Benesse Art Museum, across the island there are a host of intriguing art sites to explore, from Monet to outdoor installations and a giant polka dot pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama. A great way to get around the artwork is by bicycle.

Outdoor art installations at Benesse House

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