Zen and the Art of Golf
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