The Sankara Hotel & Spa, Yakushima Island

A little piece of paradise

By Christopher Lawson    - 3 min read

Sixty kilometres southwest of Kyushu’s southernmost tip lies the island of Yakushima. Full of thousand-year old cedars gathered in mysterious virgin forests with a host of animals, from endangered loggerhead sea turtles to monkeys, the island is often referred to as the Galapagos of East Asia.

Yakushima’s secret heaven

A destination known more for its trekking through ancient forests that have been recognised by UNESCO sine 1993 as a Natural Site of World Heritage, Yakushima might not be the first place you would think of as a luxury destination. But the Sankara Hotel & Spa, located on the southern side of the island, is perfect paradise, and a treat after a hard day of trekking.

Lavish grounds
Lavish grounds

Guestrooms out of this world

This hotel really is the last word on elegance, luxury and style, with 29 guestrooms in 12 villas dotted throughout the tranquil wooded grounds. Each standard villa features its own distinctive bedroom, living area and multi-purpose room. The most luxurious suite is situated in the main building and has its own spa room, allowing you to relax and enjoy treatments in the comfort of your room. It also has an outdoor bath, allowing you to soak up the nature of Yakushima.

Sankara villa suite
Sankara villa suite

Allow yourself to be pampered in idyllic surroundings

Renowned for its five-star spa experience, the Sankara spa, Sana, is the perfect place to re-energise body and mind. The peaceful World Heritage surroundings, clean air and natural harmony will help you find new energy as you re-balance your holistic wellness to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Sana therapists offer exquisite massages using oils and scents that help guests achieve harmony and peace.

Sankara Sana Spa
Sankara Sana Spa

Local production, local consumption

The Sankara follows a special concept when it comes to its cuisine, "local production for local consumption." They take the local, seasonal island ingredients and create the finest dining experience. Offering both Japanese and French cuisine, Sankara’s policy of sourcing local produce from local growers and suppliers means you’ll enjoy the freshest and sometimes most unique ingredients from Yakushima. It really does create a most memorable cuisine experience.

Fine cuisine
Fine cuisine

Relax poolside

Relax in the Sankara's magnificent pool, with spectacular poolside views of the East China Sea. It's a lovely place to spend a sunny day unwinding and taking in the peace which Sankara Hotel offers.

Pool side views
Pool side views

Perfect get away

Environmentally aware too, there’s no need to feel guilty about being pampered in this haven, as your stay will contribute to the conservation of nature in Yakushima. The hotel donates to a fund a small part of each guest's fee. There's also no noise, no children allowed under the age of 13 and no hassle … just peace and tranquillity, making the Sankara Hotel and Spa the perfect get away.

Getting there

It's a 35-minute flight from Kagoshima Airport to Yakushima Airport, followed by a 40-minute drive to the hotel.

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Dermot Killoran 3 weeks ago
. . Just my kind of place! :-)
Sherilyn Siy 4 weeks ago
Tropical luxury.
Lynda Hogan 4 weeks ago
I'd love to escape to there right now. But I have four kids under thirteen (under eleven!) so I guess I am going to have to wait a decade or so!
Kim B 4 weeks ago
Okay, officially green with envy!
Sleiman Azizi 4 weeks ago
That, folks, is a view....
Bonson Lam 4 weeks ago
Mind blowing!! An undiscovered gem!