Hoshinoya Guguan, Taiwan opens June 30

Hoshinoya Guguan, Taiwan is situated within sight of the Xueshan Mountain range and surrounded by forest. Photo credit: Hoshino Resorts

Hoshino Resorts on June 30 is opening the group’s first Hoshinoya luxury resort near Taichung, Taiwan.

Located in Guguan, a region known for its natural hot springs, the 50-room resort is within sight of the Xueshan Mountain range and surrounded by forest.

Yoshiharu Hoshino, CEO/Hoshino Resorts, said,  “This is the ideal location for us to introduce Hoshino Resorts’ award-winning hospitality and intimate, elegant ryokan-style accommodations, complemented by an exceptional onsen (hot springs) experience, against the backdrop of vibrant nature and wildlife.”

The property’s architecture and landscapes are crafted to blend with the surroundings, going so far as to have the valley’s natural spring waters flow through the property’s outdoor water garden.

The property includes a  restaurant and hot springs bath, spa, pool, gazebo and library. Each guestroom has a hot springs floor with a private outdoor hot springs bath and terrace.

The hotel offers custom-tailored dining experiences featuring dishes crafted from local Taiwanese ingredients and Japanese cooking techniques.

In addition to an array of hiking trails, there is a 4,200-foot-long promenade and observation deck located behind the hotel.

Guguan is located at the foot of the Taiwan Central Mountain Range, which consists of mountains at a height of approximately 9,800 feet. The hot springs originate from the Dajia River, which runs through the central part of Taiwan.

The Hoshinoya brand represents Hoshino Resort’s flagship properties, which include Hoshinoya Karuizawa (Nagano), Hoshinoya Kyoto, Hoshinoya Taketomi Island (Okinawa) and Hoshinoya Bali.

Hoshino Resorts also opened Hoshinoya  Fuji  (Yamanashi) as its  first  luxury glamping  resort  in  2015,  and in 2016 opened the urban Hoshinoya Tokyo.

Founded in 1904 as a forestry business in Karuizawa, the company opened its first hot springs resort in 1914. Rebranded by Yoshiharu Hoshino in 1995 as Hoshino Resorts, it has since expanded across Asia with 37 properties in and outside Japan.