Mandarin Oriental to add three boutique properties in Japan

MO Setouchi at Takamatsu and Naoshima, and another, will open by 2030

Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will lend its name to the development of three boutique properties in Westeren Japan, branded as Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi, located around Seto Inland Sea. Set to launch between 2027 and 2030, the three resorts are set to represent a new benchmark in luxury hospitality while honouring the region’s traditions and history.

Setouchi is recognised for its sublime landscapes and seascapes, fascinating history with age-old traditions, a profound connection with art, crafts, culture and elegant cuisine.

Laurent Kleitman, Group Chief Executive said Setouchi is a part of Japan beloved by discerning and curious global travellers.

Naruto, Tokushima, Japan - Seto Inland Sea | Credit: Terumi Tokino/Pixabay

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“This relatively undiscovered region of Japan will excite our fans as they explore its different and remarkable facets, particularly as each of our three resorts channels its own distinct character, environment and purposeful, carefully curated experiences.”

“Our elevated properties are set to add to the region’s luxury landscape and offer an unparalleled, sustainability-focused opportunity for guests – especially for lovers of art and nature – to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of this captivating part of Japan. This announcement also underlines that the Group remains focused on growing its portfolio across the country with truly unique, high-end experience-driven hospitality,” added Kleitman.

Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi at Takamatsu is slated to open in 2027. This 92-room urban resort is situated on the harbourfront of Takamatsu, the capital city of Kagawa prefecture known as the gateway to Setouchi and the perfect place for guests to embark on their journey of discovery.

With panoramic water views, the resort will be placed for exploring the Seto Inland Sea and wider region by boat, while distinctive restaurants and bars, as well as spa and wellness facilities.

Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi at Naoshima has a proposed opening date of 2027. The 22-room contemporary Japanese ryokan is set in a picturesque fishing village. Ryokan-style guest suites and villas will be located in a new main building and also in three village houses, while private terraces and gardens.

Naoshima is one of Setouchi’s best-known islands, thanks to its artistic treasures curated since the late 1980s by Benesse Holdings, Inc. and the Fukutake Foundation. Highlights include Monet’s “Water Lilies” series at Chichu Art Museum, a masterpiece designed by the legendary architect Tadao Ando, or Yayoi Kusama’s iconic “Pumpkin” sculptures. The island is scattered with Ando’s acclaimed works, including ANDO MUSEUM, while every three years the internationally acclaimed contemporary art festival, The Setouchi Triennale, seamlessly integrates art installations, exhibitions, and performances.

The third property, which aims to open in 2030 on a separate island, will feature 50 guest rooms with fully immersive wellness experiences. Further details to come.

Private yacht tour

To link the three new properties, Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi will curate a cruise for guests to travel between the sites on board a private yacht. This distinctive concept, the first of its kind for Mandarin Oriental, will immerse guests in the diverse attractions and beautiful landscapes of each island, offering a truly unforgettable journey.

The new properties in Western Japan will complement Mandarin Oriental’s presence in the capital, Tokyo.

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