sankara hotel & spa Yakushima
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- Parking On Site
With a stay at sankara hotel & spa Yakushima in Yakushima, you’ll be convenient to Yakushima Botanical Research Park and Toroki Falls. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Senhiro Fall and Mt. Mocchomudake.
Make yourself at home in one of the guestrooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and bicycles to rent. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
How to Get There
The island is wonderful with ancient cedar trees. Moss covered forest was beautiful and definitely worth a visit. We stayed at this resort spa which felt more like a nice Thai beach resort. Rooms were spacious and the price includes breakfast and dinner. I would highly recommend you pay a bit extra to dine at the their fine dining restaurant which was delicious and exceeded our expectations. Service was prompt and the hotel staff went out of their way to cater to our requests. You can rent a car at the hotel and drive around the island. We drove through the National Forest and was greeted with the wonderful smell of camphor wood.
We took a trip to Yakushima for a relaxing break away from the hectic environment of Tokyo. Getting there by plane proved simpler than expected, and we were met at the airport by our dedicated 'butler'. Courtesy and service were the watchword throughout our stay. The staff were never intrusive, yet they seemed to instinctively know when you needed assistance.
A useful tip is that the hotel will rent you their own car, make sure you have an International Driving Permit. The drive to the cedar forest is to be recommended; trees, deer, monkeys, all were there.
So so expensive but so so good!!! We splurged three nights in the Samudra Villa (their entry level room) for our tenth anniversary but despite spending a small fortune we had no regrets.
The superb service started months before we stepped foot on the property. The hotel emailed to ask what they could do for us. I replied that it would be an imposition, but would they mind making some advance restaurant reservations, prior to our stay, because our Fukuoka hotel there didn’t offer a concierge service? No problem, came the reply.
That’s when I knew we were off to a good start. At the airport, the lovely Mizuki-san, our butler, picked us up in a luxurious Toyota Alphard (airport transfers are complementary). She also arranged a rental car (newish hybrid) for two days charged at a reasonable ¥1,500 per hour (inclusive of fuel and insurance), and upgraded us to a better room with a sea view.
In the said room was a cute “cake” made of rolled up towels and embellished with flowers wishing us a happy anniversary. She took photos of us and made a collage as a keepsake. Free local brewed shochu and beer on the tap till 5pm at the library, and pre-dinner apertifs from 6pm. The hotel obviously aims to please. Fabulous service.
Rooms come with half board (only French cuisine served here), but you have the option of upgrading your dinner to the fine dining restaurant. We did so for the first night, and found the food spectacular. However, we also enjoyed the more casual setting of the “standard” restaurant offering on the second and third nights — and the quality of the dishes, in our opinion, was just as good. On the last night, we paid the supplements for the white asparagus, lobster and Kagoshima beef steak — all turned out excellent. The other ingredients were mostly locally sourced, like the Asahi-gani (spanner crab), Tobiuo (flying fish) and various Ponkan (citrus fruit) sauces and desserts.
Breakfast focuses on fresh pastries, with about half of the offerings being baked goods. The only proteins are eggs (style of your choice), sausages, bacon and cold cuts. If I had to nitpick, I’d suggest expanding the choices here a bit — by this point in our holiday, we had already put on the kilos from all the excellent food in Japan so, as delicious as the pastries were, we were trying to avoid loading (and failed to do so!) on the carbs!
The room was enormous, with twin beds pushed together to make an oversized King; a separate day bed; living area with couch, armchairs and coffee table; a balcony with outdoor furniture; walk-in wardrobe; and a bathroom with tub, two sinks, two showers and a bidet toilet. Top quality Thann toiletries and proper Gillette shavers.
There’s also an infinity pool, and a gym with lots of cardio equipment and a small weights area. Plus a laundry room with three combined washer/dryers, free of charge.
We actually felt sad to leave. Would give this six stars if I could.
I recently stayed at Sankara Hotel in Spa and was immediately overwhelmed by the warmth of the staff and the gorgeous pool + sea view that greets you on arrival in the lobby. Phenomenal food was served in the restaurants with such attention to detail (and amazing home-made pastries for breakfast!). The rooms are beautifully designed for full relaxation, including day beds in the suites, and from the balconies the only thing you can hear is birdsong! What a great place to unwind for a few days - and the ideal base for explore the island’s hiking, hot springs, waterfalls and glorious nature.
Attentive and helpful staff with great English skills. Excellent French restaurants using local ingredients. I had venison last night. Breakfast buffet is wonderful. The property baked breads and pastries are very, very good.
They rent cars on site which makes life very easy. Reasonable hourly rate.
Free laundry room is available for guests.
Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Second floor villas have ocean views.