If you’re going to Okinawa then stay at a hotel with a private beach!
Attention those who are thinking of taking a trip to Okinawa in the near future! If we’re talking about Okinawa then we’re definitely thinking of playing in the ocean, right? You’re probably getting excited researching some really fantastic beaches, but getting around looks troublesome, doesn’t it? For those renting cars who dream, “I’d love to have a beer on the beach at sunset!”, well … too bad. The best option is a hotel that sits right in front of a beautiful beach! If it’s a private beach, then how could it get any better?
Here we will introduce some of the most popular hotels with private beaches on the main island of Okinawa. Choose the one that best fits your traveling style!
Private beaches that are owned by the hotels are generally open only to overnight guests free of charge. Some beaches will allow day visitors for a price, but staying at the hotel is much more comfortable.
◆Head to the beach empty handed right from your room!
By staying at the hotel you can just put on a t-shirt or one piece dress over your bathing suit and walk to the beach. This way you can leave all of your luggage in the room and head out empty handed. This is the ultimate in relaxation.
◆Order cold drinks just by giving your room number and a sign
Generally, the private beaches are for use by the hotel guests. Many of these hotels offer drinks and food just by giving your room number and sign. This way you don’t have to worry about walking around with money in your pocket. Enjoying a cold beer or cocktail at the beach … this is the moment you’ve been waiting for, isn’t it? *Some hotels require cash payments on the spot.
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If you want to do some marine activities like snorkeling, diving, or jet skiing then generally you’ll have to make reservations on your own and be prepared to meet at the site at the designated time. However, if you stay at one of these hotels with a private beach, the front counter of your accommodation will take care of everything for you.
◆Clean facilities and equipment!
Because the hotels are in charge of their private beaches, the levels of cleanliness compared to the restrooms and showers you may find at public beaches are worlds apart! Many beaches will also offer free bath towels and beach chair rentals.
Professional lifeguards are on constant watch at these private beaches. Here you can relax while these trusted professionals watch over the safety of the hotel guests.
◆Head back to your room at any time
If you’re tired from playing at the beach, you can head back to your room any time you like.
◆The most popular resort on the main island of Okinawa! JAL Private Resort Okuma
Of all the hotels with private beaches on the main island of Okinawa, JAL Private Resort Okuma is considered to be number 1. The hotel is located an hour’s drive north away from Naha Airport in the Yanbaru region which is rich with natural beauty and has a 1 km long, beautiful sandy white beach. This beach is not man-made, but has completely natural white sand. The quality of the water here receives the highest rank of class AA by the Ministry of the Environment year after year.
Due to the ocean currents, the water has two colors of deep blue and emerald green. Enjoy the ultimate feeling of watching the beautiful colors of the ocean and scenery as time passes by while sprawled out on a beach chair.
Of all the marine activities available, the most popular is the “marine walker” you can casually join with zero diving experience.
The hotel in front of the beautiful beach is not a giant single-building style, but is actually comprised of individual cottages!
There are various types of guest rooms and cottages available. Go ahead and choose the one that suits your liking and fits the number of people in your party. All of the accommodations offer a high quality natural environment in which you can truly enjoy your time and relax during your vacation.
Address: 913 Aza-Okuma, Kunigami-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡国頭村字奥間913）
Phone No.: +81-980-41-2222
◆Enjoy your own private bay! Hotel Nikko Alivila
Located in the central area of the main island of Okinawa in the Yomitan village which is well known for its world heritage site and stunning views, is the Hotel Nikko Alivila with its own beach in the rare feature of a private bay.
This beach has rare tide changes that split the day in two, allowing one to enjoy the ocean while swimming when the tide is high and looking for sea shells when it’s low. The water is also unbelievably clear revealing many interesting creatures to find at low tide!
Resort hotels can be found all over Okinawa, but this is one long-standing resort which started way back in 1994. The unwavering popularity of this resort for people of all ages is due to the light and open southern European-style atmosphere and its own private beach.
One of the other secrets of the resort’s success is that most of the guestrooms have terraces from which you can get great views of the ocean.
Address: 600 Azagima, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県中頭郡読谷村字儀間600）
Phone No: +81-98-982-9111
◆It’s practically a theme park! Renaissance Okinawa Resort
The Renaissance Okinawa Resort is one of the resorts strung along the coast located in the representative resort area of Okinawa, Onna village (Onna-son).
This is the only hotel on the main island of Okinawa where you can swim with dolphins at a private beach.
In addition to programs that allow young kids to play with dolphins in the private beach area, you can also head off-shore where you can experience free-swimming with dolphins, all making for a heaven for those who love dolphins.
There are also lots of other unique activities to join here! “Treasure Hunting” is practically a theme park attraction that is especially popular with kids where you can fight pirates that dwell around the hotel beach, use gold won in battles, and even ride on a pirate ship.
After heading out to sea, you can climb ashore Skull Island located within the hotel beach area!
All of the hotel’s guestrooms have ocean views with balconies! There is also a restaurant that sits out over the ocean, so why not give it a try?
Address: 3425-2 Yamada, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡恩納村山田3425-2）
Phone No.: +81-98-965-0707
The private Moon Beach of the long-standing resort hotel, Hotel Moon Beach is just like the name suggests, shaped like a perfect crescent moon. The hotel is built surrounding the beach so that you can get the ultimate feeling of privacy cut off from the rest of the world! There are lots of repeaters who keep coming back to this hotel for its unique environment.
Furthermore, there is a deserted island owned by the hotel that is open only to guests!
There are lots of fun activities to join that are available only to hotel guests like a tour of the deserted island and snorkeling adventures around the island!
The Moon Beach hotel is built low so that it seamlessly blends into the beautiful natural surroundings.
Here, guests of all kinds can enjoy the vacation of their dreams at this resort with many different types of fashionable rooms from vast Japanese-Western style rooms for families to rooms with kitchens for those who want to stay for extended periods of time.
Address: 1203 Maeganeku, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字前兼久1203）
Phone No.: +81-98-965-1020
◆Built around clear waters and white sandy beaches, the Busena Terrace
This is the representative top-class resort hotel of Okinawa. Here, you can walk along the hibiscus dyed promenade from which you can look out upon the private beach, Busena Beach that is lined with charming palm trees and water so crystal clear you can see each grain of sand in this white sandy beach! This is without a doubt the ideal tropical resort.
This is the spot for those who are looking more for relaxing while looking out on the ocean and swimming rather than marine activities.
Here, you can spend a fantastic holiday, relaxing at the restaurant and bar terrace while looking out at the emerald green private beach.
Fitting the name of the resort, Busena Terrace, all of the rooms here have their own private terraces.
The rooms of the resort are built with a concept of “open-air” that allows one to look out upon the beautiful picturesque natural surroundings. The natural white and beige base of the interior is just perfect for a tropical resort, isn’t it?
Address: 1808 Kise, Nago-shi, Okinawa（沖縄県名護市喜瀬1808）
Phone No.: +81-980-51-1333
◆Hotel at Okinawa’s famous scenic Cape Manzamo! ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort
The ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort is located in the miraculous location of Cape Manzamo, one of the top tourist spots in all of Okinawa. This is a fabulous environment surrounded by the ocean on three sides.
The private Manza Beach from which you can enjoy fantastic scenic views is counted as one of only three beaches in Okinawa that was specially chosen by the national Japanese Ministry of the Environment as a top-ranked beach.
In addition to the beauty and high quality of the water, there are also many marine activities available to enjoy.
The athletic Manza Ocean Park located in the water is an especially popular attraction.
The architecture of the building which offers views of the ocean from every room is also unforgettable!
The interior of the rooms is based on the image of the blue sea and a white sandy beach. Here, you can look forward to enjoying the beautiful harmony of the ocean view that lies just outside your window.
Address: 2260 Azase Rakaki, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字瀬良垣2260）
Phone No.: +81-98-966-1211
◆Hotel refurbished with the benefits of the Sheraton group, the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort
The Okinawa Sunmarina Resort is a reasonably priced resort in the Onna village area and is a part of the top-class hotel chain, Sheraton Group. Since the hotel’s admission into the group, it has been reborn as the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort.
The hotel’s private beach, which is located in a quasi-national park on the west coast of the main island of Okinawa is in total 400 m long. The white sandy beach is overwhelmingly beautiful.
There is a wharf above the water that connects the beach to the curved breakwater from which you can watch fish while taking a leisurely stroll.
The modern interior of the hotel has an atmosphere that will ensure your relaxation. All of the guest rooms have also just been recently remodeled.
However, the building retains its original shape so that even though it’s a part of the Sheraton brand the rooms are offered for relatively reasonable prices!
Address: 66-1 Fuchaku, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字冨着66-1）
Phone No.: +81-98-965-2222
◆Okinawa’s largest resort, Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Located a mere step outside of this hotel is a sparkling white sandy beach! Of all the hotels on the beach in Okinawa, the largest is the Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay.
The private beach stretches about 800 m long.
This beautiful natural white sandy beach is also actually home to the cheapest marine amusement park in the whole country, Rizzan Adventure!
With all of the amusement park attractions in the water for the kids to enjoy, the adults can relax at ease back on the beach.
At this hotel, one can actually find accommodation for bargain prices by going for the green view rooms instead of those that lookout on the ocean! If you take advantage of all the ocean views at the beach and restaurant, then you won’t even bother about fussing over an ocean view from your room.
Moreover, there’s a giant outdoor communal bath with great views! Unfortunately, it’s not an actual natural hot spring, but you can still get the great experience of a large Japanese bath! Of course, the views are of the dazzling cobalt blue sea! For an additional price, you can also get some relaxing massages.
Address: 1496 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字谷茶1496）
Phone No.: +81-98-964-6611
◆Hotel with great services for kids and tons of marine activities! Okinawa Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel
The Okinawa Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel is located in Cape Zanpa in the Yomitan village. The private beach, Zanpa Beach is a little short at only 30 m, but the beach has a great depth, so you can relax and play at ease.
Some other private beach hotels may have the stylish atmosphere of an adult resort, but this particular hotel has a wonderful at-home feeling.
There are all kinds of relaxing services specific to Japan that will put you at ease here like a games corner you would normally only find in a large ryokan hotel from a past generation, a hands-on craft corner, and various events held throughout the year for kids. We can’t exactly call this a cool fashionable hotel with all of the families and kids, but it refrains from any unnecessary airs and offers a place you can truly let go, making it a place with lots of family repeaters.
There is also a nursery day-care, Royal Kids Garden where the kids can play to their heart’s content while the parents take a moment to relax.
There are also many rooms available to accommodate for large numbers with extra beds. Here, you’ll find no problem getting rooms to accommodate 4 to 5 people all together.
Address: 1575 Aza Uza, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa（沖縄県中頭郡読谷村字宇座1575）
Phone No.: +81-98-958-5000
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Nodoka Watanabe Senior Travel Writers
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