Unwinding from life’s daily stresses and unplugging from the outside world is what ‘wellness’ travel is all about. Last week we took you to Thailand's Soneva Kiri, in this week’s edition of our Luxury Wellness Getaway series, we travel to Japan.
If you’d prefer not to see a waiter come hurtling towards your table and loved ones through the leafy upper echelons of the rainforest, clutching your chosen bottle of wine, then the brain-child of Japanese billionaire Soichiro Fukatake may be more your cup of herbal tea. The Benesse Art Site Naoshima is at once both a resort and an art museum, showcasing Fukatake’s huge artistic collection in among some of the most beautiful and culturally-rich settings that Japan has to offer.
A stay in Benesse House has all the hallmarks of a holiday devoted to the resort’s motto: “Wellbeing.” As well as housing a spa in which to relax and unwind, the art held within its chic interior is placed strategically so as to eschew stereotypes of glum galleries and instead invite guests to peruse at their leisure, almost subconsciously.
“It is meant to be appreciated with the entire body,” states the Benesse House website, “with long ramps, stairs, and passages to traverse, and with natural light from outside pouring in through apertures, weaving together the indoors and outdoors.”
Another focus of Fukutake’s vision involves the careful nurturing of art specific to the Seto Inland Sea region. By promoting local culture within its white walls, Benesse Art Site aims to create a sense of community among locals and visiting guests alike, carefully and curiously keeping visitors fully immersed in all this beautiful site has to offer.
Our Wellness Getaway Series continues next week, as we tour the a place like "nowhere else" in the Puglia region of Italy with Borgo Egnazia.
Article by Jake Taylor RE:LUXE