Zen and the Art of Golf

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

If you feel your life is lack­ing “omote­nashi” (that’s the Ja­panese wel­com­ing spirit, which blends warmth and re­spect) you might need to hit Aman Re­sorts’ new­est prop­erty: Amanemu, a hot springs re­sort just opened in the idyl­lic set­ting of Ise-Shima Na­tional Park on the shores of Ago Bay.

Based on a con­tem­po­rary in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ja­panese Minka build­ings, which in­cor­po­rate tra­di­tional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Ja­panese cedar ex­te­rior walls, Amanemu is all about the bathing. Each of the 24 suites and four twobed­room vil­las fea­ture their own on­sen, or hot springs, while its 2,000-square-me­ter spa holds a large cen­tral on­sen bath for com­mu­nal bathing. There are also two pri­vate spa pavil­ions, each with their own in­door and out­door on­sen, per­fect for eas­ing mus­cles af­ter a day of trekking the his­toric pil­grim­age routes the re­gion is renowned for.

The area’s streams and wa­ter­fall-filled moun­tains, cedar and cy­press forests and sa­cred shrines sound like a per­fect place to de­stress, and if your idea of Zen is smack­ing golf balls in­stead you can al­ways check out the nearby Nemu Golf Club.

2165 Hazako Ha­ma­jima-cho, Shima-shi, Mie, Ja­pan. 0120-951125 (Ja­pan toll free), aman.com.

Achieve zen at Amanemu

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