Located on the southern coast of Naoshima Island - a fishing island increasingly renowned for its innovative art projects, Benesse House is both a museum and a hotel, incorporating guest rooms and space for display of contemporary art. Designed by prolific Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the hotel successfully marries art, architecture and nature in a stunning environment.
At Benesse House, you have a choice of 65 style guestrooms across four separate hotel areas in which to stay: Oval, Museum, Beach and Park. Each room is an artwork in itself, farther up the hill and accessed by walkways or a monorail. Those buildings are surrounded the museum, each with its individual style and distinctive suites. The rooms are generally light and modern (expect lots of white, light woods, clean-lines and neutral tones), at times bringing to mind a minimal Muji store. Each room is equipped with on-trend low key furniture, and features its own original artwork by a well-respected artist.
Benesse House offers a wide range of activities, aiming to make a positive contribution to the local communities. It is committed to foster a relationship of mutual growth between art and the region. The leisurely passage of time, conversations with people you meet, beautiful scenery, silence at night... all of these make up the fabric of day-to-day life on these islands in the Seto Inland Sea. After a day of exploring the island, or the surrounding islands for that matter, you can relax in the spa and wine and dine in one of two excellent on-site restaurants, which served delicious Japanese and French cuisine. There’s also a cafe serving light snacks, bakes, coffee and tea.
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