Hoshino Resorts to open its first luxury hot spring sanctuary in Taiwan
On June 30, 2019, Hoshino Resorts will open the group’s first HOSHINOYA luxury resort in Guguan, a region rich in natural hot springs, located near Taichung, Taiwan. Travelers will not only be able to escape to their own private sanctuary within the grounds of this sprawling, 50-room resort but they will also have access to the area’s sought-after hot springs to relax and rejuvenate, and explore a vast array of nature trails including the majestic Xueshan Mountain range (Snow Mountain) and lush forested areas.
“We are delighted to open our first HOSHINOYA resort in Taiwan amidst a serene setting,” said Yoshiharu Hoshino, CEO, Hoshino Resorts. “This is the ideal location for us to introduce Hoshino Resorts’ award-winning hospitality and intimate, elegant ryokan-style accommodations, complemented by an exceptional onsen experience, against the backdrop of vibrant nature and wildlife.
HOSHINOYA Guguan will feature architecture and landscapes crafted to blend-in seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The natural spring waters of the valley will flow through the property’s outdoor Water Garden, which will encompass a wooded glen ideal for meditative and contemplative walks, serene outdoor baths area and an alluring bamboo grove. HOSHINOYA Guguan’s colorful flower-lined waterways travel like sparkling threads between the trees, throughout the property, from the restaurant and hot spring bath to the spa, pool, and library, with guests being embraced by the peaceful sounds of trickling water throughout the property. Every guestroom will feature a hot spring floor with a private outdoor hot spring bath and guests will be able to enjoy the views of breathtaking sunsets on their own private outdoor terrace. Guests can also opt to receive healing treatments at the spa located by the picturesque Water Garden, among other signature experiences available at the property.
The abundant natural water that rushes down the Snow Mountain range into the Dajia River is heated by the earth’s core, turning into natural hot springs. HOSHINOYA’s guests will not only be able to enjoy the recuperative hot spring waters in their own room but also in a separate public bath area on a ridge, offering stunning views of the undulating valley and the vast mountain range.
The following are signature features for HOSHINOYA Guguan:
- Guest Rooms – From the privacy and comfort of your guest room’s bedrooms, living rooms and even from the semi-open-air baths, guests will be able to admire the breathtaking Guguan surroundings.
- Room Categories – Overview of room inventory:
- Sen (Capacity: 7 people / over 2,300 sq ft): Signature room offering 3 bedrooms and a terrace. Only one Sen room is available in the hotel inventory
- Shan (Capacity: 4 people / over 1,200 sq ft): Spacious room category ideal for older guests and children.
- Yue (Capacity: 2 people / over 1,130 sq ft): Features an extra-large private hot spring bath area. Recommended for guests who want to center their stay around hot spring activities
- Feng (Capacity: 3 people / over 930 sq ft): Equipped with a hori-gotatsu sunken hearth, this room is perfect for families or groups.
- Shui (Capacity: 2 people / over 800 sq ft): Standard entry room that is still generous in terms of space and captivating views of the lush surroundings
- Public Spaces – The abundant natural spring water of the Taiwan Central Mountain Range is circulated throughout all guest room baths and in the public onsen areas. The Guguan Hot Spring’s water is low in alkaline, carbonated, and gentle to the skin, which is why it is also called “water for beautiful skin.” The resort’s oversized public bath area is modeled after a traditional Japanese onsen, with touches of contemporary design and a nod to the greenery of the region. After bathing in the hot spring, guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the property’s water garden and spend time in the stunning Gazebo.
- Food tailored to your stay – The hotel offers custom-tailored dining experiences featuring dishes crafted from local Taiwanese ingredients and Japanese cooking techniques. Elements of Japanese tradition are incorporated not only in the cooking techniques but in the glassware and tableware in which the food is served.
- Vibrant natural setting – Guguan is located at the foot of the Taiwan Central Mountain Range, which consists of mountains at a height of approximately 9,800 feet. The hot spring originates from the Dajia River, which runs through the central part of Taiwan. Besides the area’s vast array of hiking trails there is a 4,200-foot-long promenade and observation deck located just behind HOSHINOYA Guguan, where guests can enjoy sweeping views of the valley and depending on the season catch a glimpse of cherry blossoms in the spring, and crimson foliage in the autumn months.
HOSHINOYA Guguan at a glance
- Location: No.16, Wenquan Ln., Sec. 1, Dongguan Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City 424, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
- Transportation: To get to HOSHINOYA Guguan, take the Taiwan High Speed Rail from Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station, then take the shuttle bus to the resort. The journey will take approximately 1 ½ hours. Guests can also travel from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport directly to the property via taxi which will cost approximately USD$150, each way.
- Number of rooms: 50 (all rooms have semi-open-air bath areas)
- Hotel amenities: Large public bath, pool, spa, dining lounge, gazebo, library lounge, etc.
- Check-in: 3:00pm; Check-out: 12:00pm
- Rates: From NT$ 18,000 (USD$ 573) per room, per night
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The HOSHINOYA brand, representing Hoshino Resort’s flagship properties delivers one-of-a-kind resort experiences, authentic Japanese hospitality, and modern comforts throughout five award-winning resorts around the globe. Properties include HOSHINOYA Karuizawa (Nagano), a mountainside resort which opened in 2005; HOSHINOYA Kyoto, which opened in 2009, offers perfectly preserved architecture and cultural heritage; HOSHINOYA Taketomi Island (Okinawa) which is idyllically located in Japan’s tropical island region, and HOSHINOYA Bali, an all-villa property located amidst the lush green hills and mountains of Ubud.
Hoshino Resorts also opened HOSHINOYA Fuji (Yamanashi) as the first luxury glamping resort in 2015, and in 2016 opened HOSHINOYA Tokyo in the center of Japan’s economic hub. Whether the setting is mountain, river or sea, HOSHINOYA flagship resorts delivers the very best of Japanese hospitality. Pristine natural settings and vibrant local traditions are enhanced by world-class contemporary luxury in design, world-class cuisine and Hoshino Resort’s renowned hospitality.
About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts is 104-year old Japan-based international operator of ryokan (Japanese inns), luxury hotels and resorts and boutique properties with its head office in Karuizawa, Nagano. Hoshino Resorts manages four separate hospitality brands that cater to discerning travelers all with a focus on sharing a high level of omotenashi Japanese hospitality, local culture and tradition with guests.
Founded in 1904 as a forestry business in Karuizawa, it opened its first hot spring resort in 1914. Rebranded by Yoshiharu Hoshino in 1995 as Hoshino Resorts, it has since expanded across Japan and Asia with 37 properties in and outside Japan.