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starry-eyed bliss in EXOTIC SURROUNDINGS asia south pacific Luxury pool villa at Karma Jimbaran in Bali. J sergio ortiz Romance in Asia and the South Pacific flares amid great properties in equally great destinations. japan The marvelous land where ancient traditions harmonize in wedded bliss with the modern age has all the essential ingredients for memorable honeymoons. After all, Japan has long personified romance. Beyond Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and other equally classic love stories, mystique and romance are within easy reach in every prefecture—from icy Hokkaido in the north to the sun-splashed southern islands of Okinawa’s Ryukyu archipelago. Couples interested in a heavy dose of Japanese culture can opt for one of the more than the 55,000 ryokan dotted throughout the country. These Japanese inns range from humble to exceedingly luxurious. Gora Kadan, once a hideaway for Japanese royalty and the modernday preferred getaway of native-born celebrities like chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is a plush retreat considered one of the country’s premier honeymoon destinations. A mountain getaway in the Kanto Plain between Tokyo and Mount Fuji, it personifies the gentle touches of Japanese culture with frail rice paper walls and the faint scent of novel flowers permeating the property. Newlyweds will enthrall at the one-on-one service from a staff trained in ceremonial procedures like flower arranging and tea ceremonies. The onzen (bath) is a glorious, stone-lined retreat of man-made waterfalls emptying into thermal pools that soothe mind and body. This Relais & Chateaux property is located near Shuzenji, a spa town with arched bridges as red as the soles on Christian Louboutin pumps, gentle streams and graceful temples lining narrow streets. Depending on the season and amenities chosen, prices range from approximately $900 to about $1,800 per night. Contact: (800) 735-2478; gorakadan.com Near Kyoto, Japan’s most culturally rich and beautiful city, Hoshinoya Kyoto in Arashiyama is a beautiful ryokan that stands out as a magnificent property where newlyweds are treated like royalty while experiencing ancient cultural traditions mingled with modern amenities. The property was developed with the concept of accenting the values of Japan and the harmony of nature and culture along with all the trimmings of modern sensibilities. The former residence of a wealthy local merchant, Hoshinoya became a hostelry more than a century ago. All rooms are furnished in modern Japanese style, but reflect those of a 17th century teahouse and each room offers dramatic views of the Oigawa River. Rates run from approximately $750 dbl to $1,000. Contact: hoshinoyakyoto.jp continued on page 24 recommend.com 22 june 2012 http://www.gorakadan.com http://www.hoshinoyakyoto.jp http://www.recommend.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend June 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure
Romance on Land & Sea
Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats
Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings
Enchanting Nuptials American-Style
Honeymoons that Stir the Soul
Latin American Gems Play to the Heart
Brazil Travel Planner
Fairy Tale Honeymoons in Europe
Island Weddings Pump Up the Volume
Once-in-a-Lifetime Honeymoons
Destination Wedding Powerhouses
Fancy-Filled Mexican Weddings
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