Summer 2020

10 Retreat from Reality Sometimes, luxury means getting away from the hustle and bustle. It can mean taking a step back and spending some time getting to know yourself again. At the Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami, guests have a chance to relax to the fullest. Worthy winners, it was named Japan's Most Outstanding Hotel & Spa of the Year in 2020's Global Luxury Hotel and Spa Awards. We take a closer look at this island paradise to find out more. In the south of Japan, just north of Saga is the sanctuary of the gods. Iki Island is home to 1,000 shrines, a unique history and one exceptional hotel. Much of the island’s mystique comes from the legend it holds as an island of the gods. With the utmost in luxury in mind, were the gods to return, they would certainly be satisfied with what they found. Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami is a bastion of tranquillity in a whirlpool of hustle and bustle. Set apart from the world and its daily struggles, separate from the challenges of life, this hotel and spa is one of the most appealing locations to visit in Japan. A total contrast to Tokyo or Osaka, what this island paradise has to offer is peace of mind to the fullest. First and foremost, Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami is somewhere that encourages an approach of mindfulness. Upon arrival, visitors are shown to one of five types of guest room. Each has been carefully designed in the Japanese style with Western-style beds. After a day of exploration, seeing what Iki Island has to offer, there is little finer than being able to unwind and relax in a private hot spring bath. The hot springs are a major draw to Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami, with the potential health benefits too numerous to mention. The dining that is available for a guest’s delectation is typically Iki in approach. Marine products are used, complemented by gourmet foods such as Iki Beef. The aim is always to enhance the natural flavours of high quality food, with simple yet sumptuous meals. Each meal is made to order, based on what is most suitable for the time of year. Mar20133 Guests receive the perfect food, made from the perfect ingredients This considered attention to detail is just one reason why people continue to come to Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami. Of course, no trip to Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami would be complete without a trip to the Kairi Spa. With a private hot spring, fitness gym and various treatments to try, guests are guaranteed to end their visit to Iki Island thoroughly rejuvenated and ready for whatever life has to through. Each treatment is designed to assist people in terms of beauty, health and relaxation. Iki Island has long been popular with visitors for its numerous spiritual locations. Relatively untouched by the outside world, with the hotel designed specifically to blend into the fabric of the island, this is a place where visitors can truly feel at one with nature. Views of an unspoilt ocean and land are few and far between, and the opportunity to sit on the desk and watch a breath-taking sunset is not a chance to be missed by any. When it comes to getting away from it all, Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami has so much to offer. The island’s isolation makes it a temple of tranquillity. This is the atmosphere that the Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami team try to foster, and the success of the retreat shows how well they’ve succeeded. Company: Iki Retreat Kairi Murakami Contact: Hiroyuki Okumura Email: [email protected]