Halekulani Okinawa, a new luxury resort due to open its doors on July 26, 2019, will start taking accommodation bookings on Feb 27.
Halekulani Okinawa is the second hotel to be created by the leading Hawaiian luxury hotel of the same name and its first outside Hawaii. The Okinawa hotel will also become Japan’s third member of The Leading Hotels of the World - an exclusive collection of the world’s most extraordinary luxury establishments.
Halekulani Okinawa has 360 guestrooms, including 47 suites and five villas, each spaciously extending to at least 50 m² in size and offering stunning ocean views. The hotel also showcases an expansive array of facilities, including four restaurants (cuisine themes includes innovative, steak & wine, Japanese cuisine and all-day dining) and a bar. It will also be home to prestigious high-end spa facilities, a fitness gym and five swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor.
Chef Hiroyasu Kawate (famed for his two Michelin-starred restaurant Florilège in Tokyo) will operate as Consulting Chef for the innovative restaurant SHIROUX. Among Asia’s most acclaimed chefs, he is the owner and chef at Florilège in Tokyo, whose two Michelin stars and No 3 place on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 list attract food lovers from across the globe.
Chef Kawate says: "Okinawa has always been my favorite place and I agree with one famous chef's quote that ‘delicious food is born from beautiful nature’. I believe that Halekulani Okinawa is the ideal place to make this happen. The main concept is for guests to enjoy a unique food experience using as many local ingredients as possible - and make that experience one-of-a- kind in Okinawa". F
From ingredients to tableware, Chef Kawate is keen to create an experience authentic to Okinawa. He is collaborating widely with local producers and ceramic artists alongside Hiroshi Takahashi, the hotel’s Executive Chef. Kawate adds: "Every time I visit Okinawa, I am inspired by the local produce and beautiful tableware and new ideas start to develop. I would like my guests to rediscover Okinawa through my food. Old is the new ‘new’ is the hidden concept of the restaurant.”
There are four signature restaurants as well as bars. On offer are a host of unique, highly original dishes that bring out the full flavor of ingredients from all over Japan, among them, many celebrated local Okinawan foods.
SHIROUX (French cuisine)
The name SHIROUX means “white” in Okinawan dialect – evoking images of white sandy beaches, waves and clouds. Here, the hotel will showcase the chef’s highly original French-based cuisine, designed to bring out the full flavors of mainly locally-sourced ingredients.
AOMI (Japanese cuisine)
The color blue – AO in Japanese – steal the show at AOMI, a restaurant inspired by surrounding shades of nature, from sea to skies. The restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine with a creative twist, casting a spotlight on the freshest of local Okinawan ingredients.
KINGDOM (Steak & Wine)
Both Hawaii and Okinawa share a common “kingdom” heritage – as reflected in the name of this restaurant. The regal name also reflects the dynamism of the steaks served at the tables. Center stage are seasonal ingredients and carefully-selected meats from across Japan and beyond. Enjoy delicious food alongside a wide selection of wine.
House Without a Key (All-day dining)
This is the same name as the popular all-day dining restaurant at the flagship Halekulani Hawaii. Just like the Hawaii restaurant, guests can savor pre-dinner cocktails while enjoying live entertainment in a comfortable outdoor space.
BAR SPECTRA (Bar)
SPECTRA - meaning "range of colors" - reflects the dramatic gradation of skies, from sunset to stars. Sit back and enjoy a range of original cocktails while soaking up the spectacularly colorful sunset views over the sea.
In addition to the above five outlets, there is also a barbecue area with 60 seats (open seasonally), an entertainment area with 64 seats and a pool bar area with 26 seats.
Halekulani Okinawa is picturesquely located in the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park, famed for nature-rich scenery that brings to mind something of a hidden paradise. This ties in perfectly with the concept of the hotel, as halekulani means "house befitting heaven" in Hawaiian. As the name promises, the hotel will make sure guests create special memories during their stay that will stay in their heart forever.
To make a room reservation, please call 81-98-953-8686 (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or visit www.okinawa.halekulani.com/en/© Japan Today