Kerry Hill Architects designs Amanemu in Shima, Japan

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Amanemu is Aman Resorts’ second property in Japan.

Amanemu opened as Aman Resorts’ second property in Japan. The hotel is located within the Ise Shima National Park.

Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, the architecture of the resort is based on a contemporary interpretation of Japanese Minka buildings, which incorporate traditional low-slung tiled roofs and dark-stained Japanese cedar exterior walls, reflective of the nature-influenced design of ryokans, Japan’s traditional bathing retreats.

The resort’s driveway leads to the welcome pavilion, curving up a small hill lined with maple and cherry trees.

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The interior spaces were crafted in light shades of Japanese timber.

Each stand-alone suite has floor-to-ceiling windows with woven textile and timber sliding shutters, stretching from one end of the suite to the other, allowing for views of the national park surrounding the resort. Custom-made furnishings include white oak coffee tables, sofas and armchairs with neutral fabric tones.

Bathrooms follow the design of traditional Japanese baths, with charcoal-colored basalt stone tiles that draw the eye across the room to the private onsen with floor-to-ceiling windows and the vista out onto the private gardens. Again in keeping with Japanese interior design, accessories are kept to a minimum.

There are sunken terraces constructed with basalt stone, located between the restaurant and bar. Meanwhile, a 33-meter freshwater infinity pool has views over Ago Bay.

The resort has traditional Japanese art, including Kumiko artwork developed in Japan in the Asuka Era (600-700 AD). In addition, the spa and two-bedroom villas have pieces of artwork by Japanese Kimono and Obi artisan Genbei Yamaguchi.

The restaurant has vaulted and coffered ceiling, drawing on the authentic Japanese “izakaya” style.

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