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Okinawa’s resorts offer luxury, fun and reasonable prices

Date Posted: 2001-08-16

Okinawa is the home of several world-class resorts that are second to none anywhere in the world. And what’s best, all of them offer their facilities open to local residents. In other words, you don’t have to stay in the hotel in order to be able to try parasailing or take part in a dinner cruise. Of course, there’s a fee involved, but most of the hotels offer special deals that put the fun at the resort well within reach for most people.

As an example, we discovered a new resort where one can stay overnight, gorge on an all-you-can-eat dinner and drink all the wine you want to flush it down, and finish the stay next morning with a healthy breakfast, all for less than ¥10,000. Plus they throw in a few tickets to try some marine sport or play a couple of rounds tennis. Or you can visit Nikko Alivila, sit at the poolside on a silky night, watch fireworks and listen to a live band. And you buy a couple of beers. All that sets you back about ¥1,000 or about the same you would spend at any pub downtown. Only the surroundings are more than a notch above. You can’t beat that.

Although the resorts are just now at the peak of the season, the deals are still available, in most cases through the end of August or mid September. In this and next week’s issue we’ll cover some of the best-known resorts in Okinawa. Visit to these places will add another unique experience to those who have already ventured to other tour attractions. Granted, everything in these resorts is man-made and modern. But a human body also needs pampering every now and then, and for that Okinawa’s resorts are just the right place.

Laguna Garden Hotel
4-1-1 Mashiki, Ginowan City
Tel: 098-897-2121
Fax: 098-897-9829
Web: www.laguna.co.jp/lgh
Facilities: Indoor pool, Okinawaís largest outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, 4 restaurants, largest banquet room on Okinawa.
Located in Ginowan City, it`s just a stone's throw from Camps Foster and Futenma. All of their spacious rooms have a balcony and almost all have an Ocean view. Membership of the Laguna Club costs ¥10,000 a year, yet, in addition, members receive free tickets and lodging vouchers worth in excess of ¥20,000!

From Naha Airport, take Hwy. 58 north towards Nago. Continue for about 30 minutes. When you see Jimmyís Bakery on the right, turn left at the signal and follow the road to the bottom. The hotel will be on the right, next to the Okinawa Convention Center.

Hotel Nikko Alivila
600 Gima, Yomitan Village
Tel: 098-982-9111
Fax: 098-958-6620
Web: www.alivila.co.jp
Facilities: Pool, bar, karaoke, live entertainment.
The opulent atmosphere of Alivila draws you in as soon as you set foot in this Spanish villa-style paradise. Come enjoy a breathtaking view of the East China Sea.

From Naha Airport, take Hwy. 58 north towards Nago. Keep left through Kadena Circle. Go about 2 km and turn left at Iramina intersection onto Rt. 6. Go straight about 2.5 km. When the road splits, veer left through the light. You’ll see a turquoise sign in kanji. Follow the signs and curve to the right. Alivila will be visible on your far left.

Zanpa Misaki Royal Hotel
1575 Aza-Uza, Yomitan Village
Tel: 098-958-3838
Fax: 098-958-3970
Facilities: Jet skis, catamaran, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, open-air rock bath with sauna and massage room.
Zanpa Misaki Royal Hotel offers an ocean view from each side of the hotel. With its convenient location close to the beach, the hotel offers a variety of water related activities.
From Naha Airport, take Highway 58 north through Kadena Circle. At Iramina Intersection, turn left and go about 4 km passing Torii Station. When the road forks, follow it to the left. Take a left before TAX and Alivila signs. Go through the flashing yellow light. At the stop sign, turn left and you'll see the hotel on the right.

ANA Manza Beach Hotel
2260 Seragaki, Onna Village
Tel: 098-966-1211
Fax: 098-982-3006
Email: master@anamanza.co.jp
Facilities: Spa, live entertainment, many outdoor activities.
Manza's unique atrium is designed to bring natural light into the hotel, giving it a natural vibrancy complimenting its ocean-side location. This hotel is well known for hosting the annual billfish tournament, and lounge areas and restaurants overlook the pool and sea.

From Naha Airport, take Hwy. 58 north towards Nago and drive for about 1 hour. Continue up the coast about 21 km past the village of Onna. You’ll see the hotel just past Hot Spar on your left.

Royal Garden Resort Okinawa
1468 Yamashiro Ishikawa-city Tel;098-964-6111 Fax:098-964-6123
web: renaissancehotels.co.jp/okinawa/
Facilitries: Golf Club,restaurant & bar, sauna, tennis court , outdoor pool. The Royal Garden Resort is located next to the Royal Country Club golf courses and as such, most of the guests visit the hotel to play a couple of rounds.
From Naha Airport, take Hwy. 58 north towards Nago. After you pass the Ramada Renaissance Resort turn left to Oyadomari. At the first traffic light turn right towards Ishikawa, and almost immediately again right under Highway 58. After four kilometers there is a sign on the right pointing to Okinawa Royal Country Club and the Royal Garden Resort Okinawa.

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