Miyakojima: Beaches, Diving, Marine Sports

Miyakojima is the largest island of the Miyako Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. From a business perspective, it is known for its production of brown sugar made from sugarcane grown there, but the island is also a hot tourist destination. Just under an hour away from the main island of Okinawa and boasting beautiful white beaches, coral reefs and extremely clear water, Miyako is a diver’s paradise, offering a variety of other marine sports across the island.

The Shigira Resort, located on the southern shores of Miyakojima, offers four hotels, including a condo hotel for extended stays, a golf course, natural hot springs, dazzling beaches and a wide selection of fabulous restaurants. Taking full advantage of its natural lush surroundings, the Shigira resort is truly a luxury destination.

With a variety of restaurants within the properties and six standalone restaurants operated on the resort grounds, there is no shortage of great drinks and delicious food available to guests.

The Shigira

The Shigira is the premium property of the resort, with 10 villa suites situated right along the beach offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the very best in quality and amenities. Complete with butlers to cater to guests’ every need and all-inclusive packages, including those with golf, dinners, in-room beauty treatments or breakfasts, a stay at The Shigira is an unforgettable experience of luxury at its finest.

All rooms at The Shigira are beautiful private villas equipped with heated pools, a hot tub, sauna and day beds. Different villas can accommodate from two to five people, with the Shigira Suite — a 6,700 square-meter, two-story villa capable of lodging eight people — offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation.

The Allamanda

The Allamanda resort hotel is one of the largest of its kind in Japan, exclusively offering deluxe suite rooms, each with their own private pools. Bordered by beautiful azure waters and some of the most amazing coral reefs in the world, this hotel is a fantastic place to experience the allure of Miyakojima. With 86 spacious suites to choose from, guests will find themselves happily lost in the comfort and relaxing atmosphere. From napping on the day bed to enjoying a dip in the private pool, guests will find the hotel to be welcoming and the staff offering the ultimate in hospitality.

There is no shortage of culinary pleasures at the Allamanda, with offerings ranging from Japanese-Okinawan fusion cuisine, made with the finest ingredients, to Teppanyaki, where the chefs take center stage and prepare delicious grilled meats, seafood and vegetables right in front of guests. At RISTORANTE Grande Mare, diners can enjoy the finest in Italian cuisine, prepared with the best and freshest ingredients.

Hotel Breeze Bay Marina

The Hotel Breeze Bay Marina, nestled on the shore of the beautiful sapphire-blue Pacific, is the perfect place to accommodate a wide variety of guests, including families, groups, couples and students looking for affordable, but high-quality, lodging. The 11-story Tower Building boasts views of the ocean from all rooms, while the Main Building even offers rooms that will allow guests to stay with their beloved pet dog. Boasting excellent restaurants, shops, banquet facilities, a pool and beautiful tropical flowers in the inner garden, the excitement never ends at the Hotel Breeze Bay Marina.

There are several restaurants and lounges in the hotel, including the Porto Fino restaurant that specializes in local cuisine and offers both lunch and dinner buffets. An extensive menu features Okinawan specialties and Japanese offerings as well as Western selections, all made using the finest ingredients, including many sourced directly from Miyakojima.

Shiosai offers Japanese dishes with a perfect balance of the freshest seafood and vegetables, providing diners a feast for the eyes and the palate.

Nan Nan Sei is a great place for families or couples to enjoy the teppanyaki experience with a variety of courses built around delicious Miyako beef.

The Bierfaβ Steakhouse & Grill offers diners traditional steak and other western selections from the grill, perfectly complemented by one of Okinawa’s local beers.

Rounding out the dining options at the hotel is the Robertson Lounge, a ship-themed bar serving tropical cocktails and other drinks, as well as afternoon dessert selections during teatime.

The hotel also has a beauty spa where guests can pamper themselves with high-quality treatments, foot massages and other relaxing services, as well as karaoke and other amenities.

Resort Villa Brisa

Resort Villa Brisa, which overlooks the beautiful coral reef, is the perfect home away from home. With kitchens and plenty of storage in every room, guests can enjoy picking up their own ingredients from the local supermarket to create their own meals, or take advantage of the services of the professionals at any one of the restaurants in the resort.

With tableware and many other daily necessities at your fingertips, the Resort Villa Brisa is the perfect and affordable way to enjoy an extended stay and still enjoy all of the amenities the fabulous Shigira Resort has to offer at your leisure.

With a variety of accommodation and dining options, golf, diving and beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, the Shigira Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the paradise that is Miaykojima.

Access

You don’t have to go far to find yourself in another world – magical Miyakojima is only a 3-hour flight from Tokyo and a 50-minute flight from the main island of Okinawa.

Getting to the resort from Miyako Airport

THE SHIGIRA
15 minutes by car
Airport meet-and-greet service provided by your own butler (advance reservations required)

Shigira Bayside Suite Allamanda
15 minutes by car
Private coach services available (advance reservations required)

Hotel Breeze Bay Marina
Approximately 10 minutes by car; free shuttle bus available

Resort Villa Brisa
Approximately 10 minutes by car; free shuttle bus available

Shigira Bay Country Club
Approximately 10 minutes by car

Information

THE SHIGIRA
1405-3 Uenoshinzato, Miyakojima-city, Okinawa 906-0202
TEL: 0980-74-7240

Shigira Bayside Suite
ALLAMANDA
926-25 Uenoshinzato, Miyakojima-city, Okinawa 906-0202
TEL: 0980-74-7100
FAX: 0980-74-7102

Hotel Breeze Bay Marina
784-1 Uenomiyaguni, Miyakojima-city, Okinawa 906-0203
TEL: 0980-76-3000
FAX: 0980-76-3458

Resort Villa Brisa
746-20 Uenomiyaguni, Miyakojima-city, Okinawa 906-0203
TEL: 0980-76-3870
http://www.nanseirakuen.com/en/

Story by: Kirsten M. Snipp
From WINING & DINING in TOKYO #47

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