Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Japanese real-estate developer Mitsubishi Estate to manage Rosewood Miyakojima, the brand’s first property in Japan.

Located on Mikayo Island in the Okinawan archipelago, the 55-villa ultra-luxury resort featuring private pools, landscaped gardens and unobstructed sea views, is slated to open in 2024.

“We are tremendously excited that our first presence in Japan will be in this exquisite location, where Rosewood’s signature A Sense of Place concept will be expressed amidst such a spectacular setting and rich culture,” says Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.  “We are honoured to have Mitsubishi Estate as our partner and very grateful for the trust they have placed in us to offer this exceptional experience.”

Conceived by Netherlands-based Studio Piet Boon, the architecture and interiors will be designed to immerse guests in the natural surroundings and express harmony with the island through the extensive use of local materials. Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc. is providing local architectural expertise and support in realising the design vision.

Upon completion, Rosewood Miyakojima will offer four restaurants and bars including relaxed beachfront concepts showcasing fresh seafood, prized island-raised beef, locally distilled spirits and craft beer. With the surrounding seascape as a backdrop, the resort’s indoor and outdoor event venues will host both destination weddings and private celebrations.

On-site recreation will include Asaya, Rosewood’s pioneering integrated wellness concept, which will offer treatment rooms set amid private gardens, indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy facilities and a menu of programs and services influenced by local healing traditions.

Beyond the resort, guests will discover an abundance of picturesque sites, from the natural stone arch of nearby Sunayama beach to the lighthouse at Higashi-Hennazaki Cape (a nationally designated “Place of Scenic Beauty”) and the seven-kilometre stretch of Yonaha Maehama, regularly ranked as Japan’s best beach and renowned for its cinematic sunsets. Even a brief sojourn will reveal distinctive customs, culture, dialects, cuisine and crafts as well as the beguiling ways of the Okinawan uchinanchu (“sea people”) who inhabit the island.

“Rosewood’s sensitivity to its locales and its dedication to the highest levels of hospitality excellence, which are perfectly in line with our philosophy of urban developments, inspired us to appoint them to manage this very special resort,” explains Atsushi Nakajima, Senior Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. “We are fully confident that Rosewood Miyakojima will become one of the world’s most coveted vacation destinations when it opens its doors.”