Floating hotel sets sail

A luxury floating hotel is set to open this month among the islands of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, offering 19 suites designed in striking contemporary style by noted architect Yasushi Horibe.

Called guntu, the hotel will change its location regularly, mooring between islands in the enclosed sea that separates three of Japan’s four main islands — Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.

Varying its route depending on the season, it will take passengers on one-, two- or three-night journeys to discover the area’s network of picturesque islands. Each journey will depart from Bella Vista in Onomichi City, and although the hotel will not pull into shore during its journeys, passengers will be able to join shore excursions or visit nearby attractions such as ancient temple ruins via tender boats.

Each of guntu’s suites will come with its own terrace, encouraging passengers to step outside to admire the views. On board the vessel, guests will have access to an observation deck, shop, lounge, gym, communal hot spring area, outdoor bar, tearoom, cocktail bar, sushi bar and char-grill counter. Dining options will allow guests to taste seasonal specialties sourced in the local area.

Rates start at Y400,000 (about $5,000) per night for two guests, including all meals and activities while on board.

 

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