Marriott has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Japan with the opening of the 58-room Iraph Sui, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Miyako, Okinawa.
The hotel, the third Luxury Collection property in Japan, is owned by Mori Trust Co Ltd.
Iraph Sui is nestled in natural greenery and lushly landscaped gardens on Irabu Island, part of the Miyako Islands, a group of islands in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture known for their beautiful white-sand beaches, clear warm water, and remarkable diving experiences.
The Miyako Islands boast several UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions, as well as spectacular natural offerings including unique underwater volcanic rock formations shaped over millions of years, majestic Ryukyu limestone arches, vivid coral reefs and colorful marine life.
The name of the hotel “Iraph” is believed to be the ancient name for Irabu, meaning “beautifully-colored”.
Guest rooms range in size from 495 square feet to 1,290 square feet and feature private balconies with views of the white sandy beach and azure ocean. Several suites also feature their own private swimming pools.
The hotel also features a restaurant, an infinity-edge pool, and a spa offering a diverse range of treatments that incorporate natural Okinawan products, such as a local salt blended for body scrubs and “Kucha,” a mineral-rich deep sea mud.
“With an established presence in the bustling, modern capital of Tokyo as well as the majestic, cultural city of Kyoto, The Luxury Collection is thrilled to debut our third hotel in Japan with our partner Mori Trust,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Irabu in Okinawa is a vividly beautiful island brimming with distinct and unique cultural experiences, and Iraph Sui will allow our global explorers to see this captivating country through a new lens.”
Iraph Sui will offer immersive experiences and opportunities to discover the rich traditional culture of Miyako. Guests can enjoy nearby excursions including visiting the beaches that the destination has to offer – from Toguchinohama Beach, known for its flour-like sand, to Sawada Beach, famed for its unique landscape with large boulders resulting from a tsunami in 1771 – in addition to the iconic Irabu Bridge, celebrated as the longest free bridge in Japan.
Visitors can also explore the island with a local storyteller or discover the unique underwater scenery of the Okinawan Ocean through fully catered dive trips.
Located on the southern part of Irabu Island, the hotel is 20 minutes by car from Miyako Airport. The new Shimojishima Airport, which will also cater to private jets, is expected to open this year, making the destination even easier to access.© Asia Travel Tips