ANA InterContinental Manza Seashore Resort Evaluation

Centrally positioned on the west coast of Okinawa’s important island, the Intercontinental Manza Seashore is the best spot for exploring, or just enjoyable within the tropical environment. It’s clear to see why Okinawa is a favorite with Japanese vacation makers. A two hour hop from the mainland, and also you’re in an idyllic Pacific haven. 

Viv, considered one of The Luxurious Editor’s revered roving reporters has just lately moved from Scotland to Japan so is benefiting from exploring this thrilling and numerous island nation in East Asia. Learn on to find extra about her current keep in Okinawa.

With Japan as our new dwelling, it was time for a household vacation. We had 5 nights to fill so after some intensive Googling, it appeared Okinawa was the place to go, carefully adopted by South Korea which might be subsequent on the record. The 2 important airports on the group of 160 islands are Naha, on the most important island, and Ishigaki. Ishigaki is a quieter, much less developed island, however we have been swayed by Naha because of the flights direct from our dwelling metropolis of Kobe. Solaseed Air supplied us with a brilliant environment friendly and nice flight, just below two hours from Japan’s seventh largest metropolis. From the metropolis of high-rise buildings, industrial ports and the fast-paced metropolis residing, we had discovered our escape.

Pacific Perfection

Usually described because the Hawaii of Japan, the tropical influences are evident in all places you go. The perfect local weather for sun-seekers, the prefecture enjoys 20+ levels all yr spherical – though like most of Japan, the summer season is stiflingly scorching. The top of October was excellent with temperatures within the mid-20s and balmy evenings as well. Okinawa was occupied by the Individuals all through World Warfare II and it retains some influences from that interval, nevertheless, it’s nonetheless very a lot Japan, with the temples, tea homes, delicacies and tradition. 

Okinawans are recognized for residing lengthy, wholesome lives. They attribute this to the ‘nuchi gusui’, that means ‘meals is drugs’. Watch what you set in your physique, the way it makes you’re feeling and the way you eat. While the introduction of a extra westernised weight loss plan has put pay to their ‘blue zone’ standing, the normal delicacies stays bursting with flavoursome, wholesome delights. 


To tick off a wide range of standards together with 1. not too removed from the airport, 2. loads to entertain the children (11 and 13) and three. a particular really feel of luxurious, we went with a advice of the Intercontinental Manza Seashore. The web site mentioned the two-bedded room would sleep our brood, so we went with it… It was a little bit of a squeeze. The 2 beds positively didn’t match 4, however we received an additional mattress (at price) for the room and it was very snug. The bedrooms are ethereal, with an endearing simplicity. As a substitute of robes, we loved snuggling up collectively in our matching resort pyjamas and slippers, which added to the fuzzy feeling of an prolonged household sleepover. The balcony stole the present. Uninterrupted views to the seaside and out to the dreamy clear blue sea, created the right begin to day by day.

The Actions

Right here’s why the resort was the best keep for luxurious + leisure. For fogeys, leisure often entails your children being well-occupied. They usually have been. Considered one of Japan’s largest inflatable impediment programs kicked off our seaside enjoyable. For round £20 you possibly can get pleasure from limitless entry for the day. We had stayed in St Lucia final summer season and loved a smaller model on the Bay Gardens Resort and Spa, so knew it could be successful. The marble, a big inflatable chair, dragged and bumped alongside by a jet ski supplied a burst of adrenaline, whereas the slower tempo of the kayaks, was excellent for tropical fish recognizing within the crystal clear waters. 

The sandy seaside is a really nice five-minute stroll from the resort and in addition has a big pool set again from the shore so you possibly can simply base your self there for the day. A small on-site cafe offering road food-style sustenance. You can too go for a poolside spot on the important pool in entrance of the resort. It was quiet (we have been exterior regular Japanese college holidays) and the expansive pool allowed for limitless ball video games, while not interrupting the intense swimmers.


The multi-award-winning spa therapy menu was divine, with therapies to tick each field. Alongside the therapy rooms, we discovered the Japanese-style tub. Massively common within the nation, spas, or scorching spring onsens, are to be thought-about a key a part of a wholesome way of life. Like all onsens, there are strict guidelines, together with no clothes in any respect, and no discuss of politics! One thing that takes some getting used to in case you aren’t a pure exhibitionist. 


Travelling low season can restrict choices for eating in inns. The onsite Italian restaurant was closed, and two of the a la carte choices have been solely open for a few the nights we have been on the island, nevertheless we nonetheless ate extremely nicely. The principle resort cafe, Ocean Cafe, was our go-to for lunches. Salads, burgers, poke bowls, pasta – it had all of the favourites. I’d denote right here that particular dietary necessities are tough in Japan. It’s not a requirement to state allergens or whether or not one thing is vegan/veggie/accommodates fish and many others. I’m a veggie and consuming out has been a problem. Fortunately at this resort, whereas the veggie choices within the cafe have been restricted, they perceive the idea and are capable of adapt gadgets.

I used to be thrilled to search out that Unkai, the Japanese fine-dining expertise and the primary Aquabelle restaurant, each had vegan menus, an actual deal with. At Unkai you possibly can benefit from the conventional kaiseki fashion of cooking. Should you’re pondering of sushi, suppose once more. Kaiseki is a sort of inventive culinary expertise that balances the style, texture, and presentation, a refined native tasting menu with floral touches.

The night buffet was surprisingly good. Over and above the intensive a la carte vegan menu, the carnivores within the occasion lucked out with fantastically cooked native beef and fish, flavoursome stews and karaage (fried rooster), a staple for my children since we arrived. Together with an array of patisserie-style desserts – at all times harmful in a buffet!

We wandered off-site for one night time and stumbled upon one of many best Japanese eating places we’ve eaten at in the previous couple of months. A 12-minute stroll from the resort and we discovered the hidden gem, Toto Chanpuru. Artistic eating mixed with old school Okinawan delicacies, together with regionally caught sashimi. A classy structure, 12  ‘eating rooms’ are separated by picket blinds, or you possibly can get pleasure from sitting on the ground in the primary restaurant. Extremely pleasant and accommodating, with the freshest components, fantastically introduced, we solely want we’d discovered it sooner.   

Okinawa positively received the thumbs up. The resort was excellent for our necessities, and we will definitely be again to discover some extra of the archipelago. 

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