Monday, May 2, 2016

Okinawa (Japan) Accommodations for Family

Even though it only takes 2 to 3 hours to drive from the southern part to the northern part of Okinawa, to minimise the driving time, we will be staying at different parts of Okinawa during our 6D5N trip. I am going to share with you 8 accommodations in Okinawa that I had researched on.



Disclaimer:
We have not stayed in any of the accommodation mentioned in this blog post except Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tanch-Bay and Okinawa Grand Mer Resort, the findings are based on what I read from the official websites, Facebook pages, many Taiwanese and Hong Kong blogs, as well as travel books. And this is not a sponsored post!

Note:
The rate is correct as of April 2016. The range in the rate is due to the date of check-in.

1. Woodpecker Nakijin (ウッドペッカー 今帰仁)
Yes, these are caravans, but they are not for you to drive around Okinawa! It would be quite a special experience for those who haven't stayed in caravan before!

image source: Woodpecker Nakijin official website


The room is not really big, after all, it is a caravan. Facilities of the resort include a swimming pool, open bath and sauna. It is just a few minutes drive to the famous Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

image source: Woodpecker Nakijin official website


Rate per night: 6000 yen to 13500 yen per adult (high school and above), 2500 to 4500 yen per child (elementary school), free for children younger than elementary school age
Address: 681 Imadomari, Nakijin-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0428, Japan (〒905-0428 沖縄県国頭郡今帰仁村今泊681)
Telephone: 0980-56-1010


2. Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa (ホテル オリオン モトブ リゾート&スパ)
When I did my research on this hotel, I was attracted by the hot spring with sea view!

image source: Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa official website


Other than the hot spring, the hotel has spa, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. It is just a few minutes walking distance from Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

image source: Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa official website


The children would love this Ocean View Kids room! Look at the cute whale sharks on the wall!

image source: Hotel Orion Motobu Resort & Spa official website


Rate per night: more than SGD400 per room per night, depending on number of people and type of room
Address: 148-1 Bise, Motobu-chō, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0207, Japan (〒905‐0207 沖縄県国頭郡本部町備瀬148番地1)
Telephone: 0980-51-7300


3. Churaumi Village (美ら海ビレッジ)
This reminds me of my stay at a Japanese friend's house many years ago. This is simply a great way to experience the local Japanese life!

image source: Churaumi Village official website


There are living room, kitchen and toilet at level 1, and a bedroom (with 2 single beds and a few sets of futons) at level 2. Oh, and there is a bench outside the house! It is just a few minutes drive to Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.

Rate per night: 4000 yen to 11800 yen per adult (high school and above), 1000 yen per child (elementary school and younger)
Address: 253-7 Toyohara, Motobu-chō, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0204, Japan (〒905-0204 沖縄県国頭郡本部町字豊原253-7)
Telephone: 098-48-3999


4. ANA Intercontinental Manza Beach Resort
Don't you think that this resort looks impressive?

image source: ANA Interconteinental Manza Beach Resort


In addition to the common marine activities (e.g. sea walk, diving, snorkeling) that many seaside resorts offer, this hotel has a submarine! You can view the beautiful underwater world in the submarine! How cool is that!

image source: ANA Interconteinental Manza Beach Resort


I think my children would go crazy to see this water playground! I may have gone crazy first...

image source: ANA Interconteinental Manza Beach Resort


All rooms are facing the sea, but the rooms located at the lower floor would have part of the sea view blocked by trees. If my wallet permits, I really would love to stay here...

image source: ANA Interconteinental Manza Beach Resort


Rate per night: more than SGD500 per room per night, depending on number of people and type of room
Address: 2260 Serakaki, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0404, Japan(〒904-0493沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字瀬良垣2260番地)
Telephone: 098-966-2212


5. Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay (リザンシーパークホテル谷茶ベイ)
You may have noticed that those seaside resorts that I shared above cost quite a lot. Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay is one of the most affordable seaside resorts that I can find!

It has a private beach that stretches 800 metres. The inflated floats on the beach and at the seaside would definitely be appealing to my children!

image source: Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay official website


There are outdoor and indoor pools. The indoor pool is child-friendly, there is a slide!

image source: Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay official website

image source: Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay official website


There is also a spa facing the sea!

image source: Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay official website


After reading many reviews by Taiwanese bloggers, the room is a bit old, but is still clean and comfortable to stay. The seaview rooms are more expensive than garden view (or rather, carpark view).

image source: Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay official website


I notice that booking this hotel from its official website (in Japanese) is cheaper than other English hotel booking websites, and there are many accommodation plans varying in the usage of facilities (e.g. spa) and number of meals. Check out their discount rate for booking 77 days in advance!

[Update: Read our review on Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay]

Rate per night: more than SGD200 per room per night, depending on number of people and type of room. Check out their discount rate for booking 77 days in advance!
Address: 1496, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0496, Japan (〒904-0496 沖縄県国頭郡恩納村字谷茶1496)
Telephone: 098-964-6611


6. Coral Garden 7 Pools
I saw this from a Taiwanese variety show, and fell in love with the great view from the apartment!

image source: Coral Garden 7 Pools official website


Imagine yourself relaxing in the bath tub and enjoying this view!

image source: Coral Garden 7 Pools official website


There are 4 levels in each apartment - car park at level 1, living room and kitchen at level 2, bathroom and resting corner at level 3, and bedroom (2 single beds and 1 sofa bed) at level 4.

image source: Coral Garden 7 Pools official website


There is a common indoor swimming pool at the basement!

image source: Coral Garden 7 Pools official website


The only issues I have with this accommodation are the design of the level 3 - there is a "hole" below the table, babies and toddlers may crawl underneath the table and fall down to level 2. The staircase looks quite steep. So you have to be very careful if you are staying with young children.

Rate per night: 18500 yen to 24500 yen per apartment (maximum 3 adults), the 4th adult needs to pay extra 2500 yen
Address: 789 Nagahama, Yomitan, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture 904-0324 (〒904-0324沖縄県読谷村長浜718-3)
Telephone: 098-985-7565


7. The Beach Tower Okinawa (ザ・ビーチタワー沖縄)
This hotel is very thoughtful for families with younger children. Each child would receive a welcome gift set which includes a few pieces of diapers and baby food!

image source: Booking.com


Located on Sunset Beach (famous for err... sunset!) and near American Village (famous for shopping), the location is very convenient! The visitors can also use the hot spring (Terme Chula-U) next to the hotel.

If I have a chance to stay here, I would like to book the Japanese-western room because of the tatami floor! 

image source: Booking.com


Rate per night: more than SGD300 per room per night, depending on number of people and type of room
Address: 8-6 Mihama, Chatan-chō, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0115, Japan (沖縄県中頭郡北谷町字美浜8-6)
Telephone: 098-921-7711


8. Okinawa Grand Mer Resort (オキナワ グランメールリゾート)
Since we are visiting Japan, I am determined to find an accommodation with traditional Japanese room - having tatami floor and we sleep in futons! However, many such rooms are rather expensive. Finally I found Okinawa Grand Mer Resort, which costs about SGD200 per night, including breakfast for 4 of us! It is located near a super big shopping mall Aeon Rycom, as well as Awase Fish Market where you can enjoy the taste of freshly caught seafood!

image source: Jalan.net

image source: Jalan.net


Rate per night: about SGD200 per room per night for Japanese-style room or superior room (for 2 adults and 2 children)
Address: Japan, 〒904-2174 Okinawa-ken, Okinawa-shi, Yogi (〒904-2174 沖縄県沖縄市与儀2丁目8番1号)
Telephone: 098-931-1500

Conclusion
After planning the itinerary, we decide where to stay based on the location, and whether our wallet can afford! We have made our booking for two of these accommodations - Okinawa Grand Mer Resort and Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha Bay.


Our Okinawa Travelogue


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