I visited that hotel a couple of weeks ago because a gay tour (Japan-G tour) was held there. Access is not that easy, since it is in the southernmost tip of Kagoshima prefecture, however transportation is provided from Kagoshima Central Station. Expect lots of stops before getting there and an exhausting 2-hour long trip, so my recommendation is that you take a train from Kagoshima Chuo Station (Central) bound for Ibusuki, get off at the cute local station and then take a free shuttle bus to the hotel. Transportation time will be reduce to one hour paying the same price (970 yen, one way). It is a conspicuous fact that the hotel represents what Japan used to be during the financial boom, huge building, lots of well-kept gardens, nice and polite staff, Wi Fi available in the lobby area only but not inside the rooms. The hotel has golf courses, tennis and soccer fields, access to the beach, a huge "jungle" pool with a very beautiful scenery, lots of halls, restaurants (overpriced, but I reserved a tour package and amazing buffet dinner that included precious dishes like the famed black pork and black beef). The breakfast was a totally different story featuring mostly inedible japanese ingredients, but it was not so bad at all. Rooms are aging but still comfortable. I was offered the hot sands which are claimed to be unique to that area in the entire world, the fee was 1050 japanese yen, but did not indulge due to the stifling sultry heat of japanese summer. Sports centre is also available, 525 yen, and it was said that the french soccer team, then defending champions, headquartered in that hotel and trained at the sports centre. They have some shops and displays of jerseys, cleats and other accessories of japanese soccer stars, as a soccer fan, I really enjoyed it. I'd say it was a nice experience staying there, however the hotel is totally isolated from the civilisation and Ibusuki town, being a very bucolic area is not a great deal unless you are interested in the hot sands and their alleged medicinal properties (which I doubt). Wonderful spa, really fresh hotel with a tropical atmosphere, a very good deal if your are visiting Kagoshima City and wish to stay there for one night. The reason why the gay tour was held there was the remote location of this hotel, and notwithstanding most of the guests were conspicuously gay, staff was so kind, helpful and polite.
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