Picture perfect scenery and beautiful clear waters make Kouri Island the most idyllic of escapes
Island, in Japan’s subtropical southern prefecture of Okinawa, has welcomed the opening of two new luxury properties: Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort and LOISIR Terrace & Villas KOURI. The island, known by Okinawan’s as ‘Love Island’ thanks to its two distinctive heart-shaped rocks on Tinu Beach and a historic local legend similar to the tale of Adam and Eve, is perfect for those looking for a remote and secluded getaway. Located two hours north from Okinawa’s capital Naha, the small island is surrounded by dreamy emerald-green seas and is home to picturesque beaches, idyllic rural fields of sugarcane and sweet potato and is well known for snorkelling and swimming in the summer. Accessible via a two-kilometre bridge from neighbouring Yagaji Island, the peaceful escape can be explored on foot or by car – with a full lap of the island taking only 10 minutes to complete by road.
Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort
Enjoying a hillside location overlooking an idyllic white sand beach, luxury five-star Away Okinawa Kouri Island Resort which opened this month boasts 38 spacious boutique-style suites. Designed with the concept of encouraging visitors to truly ‘get away’ and enjoy a slower pace of life in the resort’s natural surroundings, guests can choose from three room types all equipped with kitchenettes, eco-friendly bathtubs and balconies offering stunning seafront vistas. The resort also boasts an outdoor pool, perfect to while the day away whilst taking in the beautiful postcard scenery below. Additionally, the resort’s Rest La Sacro restaurant serves delicious Italian dishes made with locally grown ingredients.
LOISIR Terrace & Villas KOURI
Another hillside property boasting stunning views of the surrounding coastline is new luxury resort LOISIR Terrace and Villas KOURI. Opened in June, the property offers 44 rooms with four different room types to choose from: the Villa Suites overlooking Kouri Beach and featuring both a private infinity pool and jacuzzi. Guests who love to relax by the pool are also in for a treat as the stylish property is home to a 142-metre long infinity pool as well as a poolside cafe. Other facilities and services available to guests include tuk-tuk transfers to Kouri Beach, ocean view dining options, a gym and a kids’ playroom, making it perfect for both a couple’s romantic getaway or a beach break with the whole family.