Okinawa Resorts – Your Guide to Okinawa’s Best

Okinawa's famed weather and beaches make it a quintessential holiday destination. Come with us to discover the 17 best Okinawa resorts and all the info you need to plan your tropical getaway.

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The Okinawan islands are a wonderful holiday destination. Not just for the breathtaking views, crystal clear beaches and wonderful food, but also for the history of the region and its fascinating culture. Even if you’ve seen Japan’s four main Islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu), Okinawa promises something very different, it is a whole other world.

To make sure you don’t miss anything whilst you’re there, check out our guides to everthing Okinawa has to offer.

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Okinawa Overview 

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Okinawa was originally an autonomous island kingdom called the Ryukyu Kingdom. It was annexed in 1875 during the Meiji Period, becoming a part of the Japanese state in the process. Inhabitants of the islands still speak their own dialect, uchinaa-guchi, understood little outside of Okinawa, but Japanese is now the primary language. 

Okinawa is home to several U.S. military bases, of which Kadena Air Base and Futenma Marine Corps Base are the most prominent. This longterm U.S presence means that English is also widely understood across the islands. 

If you’re travelling to Okinawa it’s very likely Naha Airport will be your first stop. See our article on Naha Airport to make sure your holidays start without a hitch.

Naha Airport (OKA) – Gateway to Okinawa

Getting Around on Okinawa

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Okinawa doesn’t have the tight public transport network that Tokyo or other large cities in Japan boast. This means that more often than not travellers rely on rental vehicles to get around. Of course, hitchhiking or walking longer stretches is a possibility, but it may not be ideal.

Should buses and the monorail (Yui Rail) not get you where you need to go, you can rent a car online and pick it up at the airport. It is recommended to check deals online before going to the car rental offices, as this is often far cheaper.

If you’re going to be taking to the roads, make sure you’re clued up on everything you need to know before getting behind the wheel.

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Weather on Okinawa

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The island paradise in the south of Japan enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with temperatures pushing well above 30°C in summer and settling around the mid teens in the winter. 

The threat of typhoons does need to be kept in mind, however. The peak months for typhoons are August and September. You may find that these two months have the best travel deals, as many sensibly avoid the islands.

Typhoons can cause significant damage and be very dangerous, so make sure that if you visit during this time that you keep abreast of the weather forecasts and warnings. Here is a link to the official page of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Local Okinawan government’s guidelines on conduct during a typhoon

Okinawa Resorts

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Resorts on Okinawa are mostly of the high-end variety, though you do get the odd older complex off the trodden paths. Okinawan holiday resorts are hugely popular with Japanese tourists and offer all you could wish for; from spas, swimming pools and access to private beaches to events, fine dining and first-class hotel rooms decked out in style.

If you’re going to Okinawa, you definitely want to give yourself enough time to explore the islands to their fullest. Perhaps one to two weeks is recommended for this, though longer will not hurt. In terms of season, spring and autumn are by far the most temperate and thus probably the most pleasant times to visit. 

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Okinawa resorts tend to be rather pricey, especially during the high-season. To try to avoid over-priced rooms, we suggest you try to book early and keep your eyes peeled for special deals that are promoted either on airline pages, comparison sites, the official Japanese National Tourism Agency page or on the official websites of hotels and resorts themselves.

The 17 Best Okinawa Resorts

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the 17 best resorts on Okinawa to help you plan your trip. You’re sure to find one that suits you, so read on for all the details you’re going to need. 

1. InterContinental Ana Manza Beach Resort

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This resort is a great place to come with a family, as a couple or indeed alone, as it is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding area and everything it has to offer. There are several restaurants, an open-air lounge-cum-bar, a spacious pool, spa facilities and much more. The standard rooms are definitely larger than average, so you’ll have plentiful room to kick back after a day of Okinawan exploration. 

   ¥ ~25,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Aza-Seragaki 2260

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2. Renaissance Okinawa Resort

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Renaissance Okinawa is another seaside resort, complete with a private little bay for guest use. The hotel boasts a spa, fitness centre and several dining choices in and around the complex. The hotel faces the East China Sea north of Nara, making it an ideal place to enjoy marine activities including dolphin programs and diving. This resort is a great place to take the whole family.

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Yamada 3425-2

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3. Club Med Kabira Ishigaki

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Club Med, short for Club Méditerranée, is a luxury spa resort on Ishigaki Island. The Club Med Kabira resort sets up guests in quaint private bungalows with high-quality interiors and all the mod cons. The atmosphere is an adult one, making this a great place to come with friends, with a partner or alone to enjoy some peace and quiet. The food and interiors all include elements of Japan and its culture, making this a luxury resort where you’ll still get the chance to soak up some local flavour.  

   ¥ ~40,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Ishigaki, Kabira 1

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4. Rizzan Sea Park Hotel Tancha Bay

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Spacious rooms with sea views, a huge stretch of private beach and plenty of facilities and activities going on all add up to make this another top-class resort. Spa facilities, shops and restaurants are of course available on the resort grounds, but the surrounding area is also very accessible to those with wheels. A golf course and Ishikawadake Mountain are also close by. Located to the north of Naha, this resort is reachable by car in around an hour and 10 minutes.

   ¥ ~10,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Tancha 1496

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5. Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort NAHA

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The name says it all, this is an urban resort, as opposed to a seaside one. Famous for its longevity, Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort has a classy air with a hint of old-school luxury. It offers spa and fitness facilities, as well as a restaurant serving cuisine of French, Japanese, Chinese and local Okinawan inspiration. This hotel is particularly popular for its reasonable prices and central location.

   ¥ ~10,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Naha, Maejima, Tomari Port 3-24-1

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6. Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotel

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Back to the seaside with Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo Hotel, a mega-complex which provides guests with individual condos, all overlooking the beach, pool and gardens. The infinity pool, set a bit higher and looking out over the sea, is a particularly popular feature. A spa, outdoor whirlpool, chapel, gym and restaurants complete the complex. You could never leave and still be happy, but with a number of restaurants, bars and shops to explore within walking distance, perhaps that’d be a shame. 

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Naha, Maejima, Tomari Port 3-24-1

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7. Haimurubushi

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Located on the tip of Kohama Island, this fantastic nature resort promises rest and relaxation no end. It has classy, nature-themed facilities with all the luxury you could ever need and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and the ocean. Haimurubushi is a very Okinawan resort, with plenty of elements that reflect local culture. The buildings, for example, are distinctly Japanese low-rise structures. To get the Kohama Island you can fly to Ishigaki Island from either Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto or from Okinawa’s main airport in Naha. You will then need to take a short ferry ride to Kohama.

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ 907-1221 Okinawa, Taketomi, Kohama 2930

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8. Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort

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Renovated in 2016, this fantastic Sheraton Resort on Okinawa’s main island promises to quickly work its way up in the Okinawa resort rankings. Beautiful design meets state-of-the-art facilities and a great seaside location. It features spa facilities, marine activities, a children’s playroom, a private beach area and first class restaurants and bars. The standard rooms aren’t huge, but definitely liveable and very tastefully decorated. 

   ¥ ~15,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Fuchaku 66-1

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9. Spa Resort Exes

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Another fabulous resort with an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, very classy rooms, spa, gym, restaurants and a bar. You won’t be missing home cooking here as the food is top quality and the service superb. It’s located close to a golf park, a small seaside village, the beach and plenty of nature as you head inland, and though a fair distance from Naha, the seclusion and calm make the extra effort well worth it.  

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ 904-0401 Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Nakama 2592-4

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10. Okinawa Zanpa Royal Hotel

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Zanpa Royal Hotel is another hotel that has been around for a while and aged rather well. Not too far from Naha by car, this hotel is located right beside the sea and – as many of the above – offers a number of marine activities alongside its hotel facilities. Rooms are classy and available in either Japanese or Western style. Several restaurants, a bar and a tea lounge are complemented by spa facilities, a pool and much more. Right beside the hotel there is a golf club and a lighthouse out on the tip of the island.

   ¥ ~15,000 yen

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­ 904-0328 Okinawa, Nakagami, Yomitan, Uza 1575

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11. Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa

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Spacious luxury rooms with gorgeous views, balconies and great bathing facilities make this a top choice. Although not right beside the sea it’s happily within walking distance. The restaurants, bar and spa facilities are of course all there, as are the outdoor pool, the indoor pool and the gym. There is a golf course nearby, lots of space to go for a stroll and a beach area with plenty of activities going on.

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Nago, Kise 1490-1

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12. Terrace Garden Mihama Resort

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This classy little hotel is located right beside Naha’s famous American Village and best of all, the popular Sunset Beach. The numerous shops, restaurants, bars, activities and lively feel of the area make this a great place to spend your vacation on Okinawa. Guest rooms are modern, airy and bright and overlook the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area with the sea as the backdrop.

   ¥ ~20,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Nakagami, Chatan, Mihama 2-5-18

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13. YYY Club Ie Resort

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This wonderful little resort is located right off the coast of mainland Okinawa on Iejima Island, making it only accessible via ferry. Together, the resort’s surrounding countryside, the many activities (including marine activities) on offer, the nearby sightseeing spots and the gorgeous white-sand beach make it another great option. The resorts relative isolation make it a great place to find some peace and quiet. 

   ¥ ~15,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Ie, Higashiiemae 1965

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14. Grand Mer Resort

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Though set slightly inland, this one still manages to overlook the all-important sea. With spacious rooms in Japanese and Western styles both, several dining facilities with a view, a spa, massage parlour and much more, guests are certainly looked after here. The surrounding area is perfect for exploring, plus there are also an array of excursions that can be organised on your behalf by the hotel. Set within the local community, this resort will also give you a good introdiction to local Okinawan life. 

   ¥ ~15,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Yogi 2-8-1

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15. Cypress Resort Kumejima

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Cypress Resort on Kumejima Island is a supremely popular holiday destination, offering classic luxury in extremely stylish surrounds. The elegant rooms include a full range of contemporary amenities, plus the resort itself can boast shops, a cafe and a restaurant, all there for exclusive use by the guests. To reach Kumejima, you can choose between a short flight (30mins) or a ferry ride over (3h 30mins) from Naha.

   ¥ ~10,000 – 20,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Shimajiri, Kumajima, Ohara 803-1

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16. Hotel Monterey Spa & Resort

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Monterey Spa & Resort is a recently opened luxury hotel overlooking the popular Tiger Beach. Designed in a European colonial style and offering fantastic dining, pool, beach and spa facilities, you won’t be left wanting. Extras like a craft shop, snorkelling, motorboat rides, karaoke room rental, kids facilities and more are also on offer to guests. 

   ¥ ~30,000 – 40,000 yen

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­ Okinawa, Kunigami, Onna, Fuchaku 1550-1

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17. Busena Terrace Beach Resort

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Luxury rooms with breathtaking views of nature await visitors to Busena Terrace Beach Resort. Decked out in a simple but elegant fashion to reflect a classic beach-side cabin, they are a delight to retire to each evening. Outside the rooms, the resort offers a number of spa facilities, marine sports, high-end restaurants and shops to keep you busy.  

   ¥ ~30,000 – 40,000 yen

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­ kinawa, Nago, Kise 1808

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