Designed by renowned architect Tadao Ando, Benesse House is a museum and hotel rolled into one, located on the diminutive, art-focused island of Naoshima. Minimalist rooms with wooden floors and matching beams are flooded with natural light, and divided between four modern concrete and glass buildings - Museum, Beach, Park and Oval. Each structure features original, contemporary and world-class works of art; murals hand-drawn straight on the wall for example; and site-specific audio pieces which can be listened to through headphones as you sit and enjoy the views of the Seto Inland Sea. At night, the museum is open for hotel guests only, when you can wander the corridors, contemplating the artworks in peace.
The spa at Benesse is small but perfectly formed, with a focus on sensory healing. The Terrace Restaurant offers exquisite French haute cuisine, and calming views of the inland sea. The Museum Restaurant specialises in Japanese cuisine, bento box lunches and kaiseki dinners. The Museum Café on the upper level offers informal lunches and a wealth of tempting sweet treats.
- Art lovers
- Those seeking to escape the crowds
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL
- Immerse yourself in art from dawn to dusk
- Enjoy coffee and cake in the sea-facing Museum Café
- Unwind with an aromatherapy body treatment in the spa
- Help yourself to a herbal tea or glass of wine in the Park Lounge, taking in the verdant surroundings
- End the day with a kaiseki dinner, or refined French and Japanese fusion cuisine
THINGS TO DO NEARBY
- Stroll along the wild, white sand beaches fringed with pine trees
- Take the shuttle bus into central Naoshima, and discover some of the island’s other galleries and art installations
- Cross the water to Teshima Island and scale Mount Danyama in search of the wind chimes in La Forêt des Murmures