Setouchi Retreat AONAGI

794-1 Yanaidanimachi, Matsuyama, Japan

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19.5
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  • Public Spaces20
  • Service20
  • Overall19.5
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Hotel Description

The idea of a mountain hotel in Japan carries certain connotations, most of them justified: one pictures a quiet, spring-fed ryokan, nestled unobtrusively among the foliage, library-quiet and dignified. Even more so, we might add, in Ehime, Shikoku’s quiet northwestern prefecture — a land of precipitous heights and ragged coastline, it’s the polar opposite of Tokyo’s hyperspeed urbanity. So the architectural majesty of Setouchi Retreat AONAGI, a petite mountaintop concern with views of the Seto Inland Sea, may come as something of a surprise.

We’ve got Tadao Ando to thank for that. His masterful eye informs every inch of Setouchi — patient, quintessentially Japanese cleanliness and profoundly empty stretches of space induce a reverent consideration of the materials at hand. It’s never overbearing, but it does inspire a welcome silence; gazing at the abstract rock garden or through the massive floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll most definitely feel the frenetic activity of the mind slow to match your surroundings. In Mr. Ando’s hands, concrete becomes paradoxically weightless, and shafts of light through glass seem to acquire dignity. Take the time to drink it in.

They’re right to call it “minimal luxury,” and it extends to the hotel’s seven suites. A white-on-white palette makes concessions to a tripod lamp here, an artful piece of blonde-wood furniture there, but mostly the space itself remains serenely untouched. There are, of course, the benchmarks of contemporary tech — flatscreens, iPad controls, complimentary wi-fi — but they pale in comparison to the sea views from the terrace, some with jetted tubs. And lest you feel confined, the mystery isn’t broken in the public spaces; whether slurping udon (a Shikoku specialty) in the restaurant or skygazing on your back in the pool, you’ll retain that pristine clarity continuously. If all goes well, you’ll even take it with you when you leave.

How to get there: Setouchi Retreat AONAGI is a 40-minute drive from Matsuyama Airport and a 30-minute drive from Matsuyama Station via JR Shikoku.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 7 Rooms
  • Style: Cutting-Edge
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Please inform Setouchi Retreat Aonagi (Adult Only) in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.\nGuests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.\nGuests with tattoos may not be permitted to use the property’s public bathing areas or other facilities where the tattoos might be visible to other guests.\nIn accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.\nIn response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect at this property.\nIn accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.\nInfinity Pool is closed from Wed 23 Sept 2020 until Fri 09 Jul 2021\nShuttle service (surcharge) from/to Matsuyama Airport, JR Matsuyama Station, Dogo Onsen Train Station, Matsuyama Sightseeing Port and Matsuyama Castle is available if requested at least 3 days prior to the check-in date.\n\nPick-up/drop-off location details:\n- Matsuyama Airport: at the arrival gate in front of the stained-glass doors\n\n- JR Matsuyama Station: near the ticket wickets\n\n- Dogo Onsen Train Station: near the taxi stop\n\n- Matsuyama Sightseeing Port: In front of the police box\n\n- Matsuyama Castle: at the ropeway terminal\n\nPlease contact the property directly if you wish to use this service.\n\nGuests who want to additionally include meals to their plan must inform the property at least 3 days before the day of arrival. Vegetarian meals can be also prepared if requested at least 3 days in advance.\nWiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.\nFree private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).\nPets are not allowed.\nChildren cannot be accommodated at the hotel.\nOne child or adult is charged JPY 8800 per night in an extra bed.\nThe maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.\nThe maximum number of total guests in a room is 5.\nThere is no capacity for cots in the room.\n

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Japan Credit Bureau, China UnionPay

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (seasonal)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Spa
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Wi-fi (charges apply)

Need to Know

Please inform Setouchi Retreat Aonagi (Adult Only) in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.\nGuests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.\nGuests with tattoos may not be permitted to use the property’s public bathing areas or other facilities where the tattoos might be visible to other guests.\nIn accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist.\nIn response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect at this property.\nIn accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.\nInfinity Pool is closed from Wed 23 Sept 2020 until Fri 09 Jul 2021\nShuttle service (surcharge) from/to Matsuyama Airport, JR Matsuyama Station, Dogo Onsen Train Station, Matsuyama Sightseeing Port and Matsuyama Castle is available if requested at least 3 days prior to the check-in date.\n\nPick-up/drop-off location details:\n- Matsuyama Airport: at the arrival gate in front of the stained-glass doors\n\n- JR Matsuyama Station: near the ticket wickets\n\n- Dogo Onsen Train Station: near the taxi stop\n\n- Matsuyama Sightseeing Port: In front of the police box\n\n- Matsuyama Castle: at the ropeway terminal\n\nPlease contact the property directly if you wish to use this service.\n\nGuests who want to additionally include meals to their plan must inform the property at least 3 days before the day of arrival. Vegetarian meals can be also prepared if requested at least 3 days in advance.\nWiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.\nFree private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).\nPets are not allowed.\nChildren cannot be accommodated at the hotel.\nOne child or adult is charged JPY 8800 per night in an extra bed.\nThe maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.\nThe maximum number of total guests in a room is 5.\nThere is no capacity for cots in the room.\n

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, Japan Credit Bureau, China UnionPay

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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