Hoshinoya Guguan hot springs resort by Azuma Architect opens in Taiwan

by Jane Kitchen | 22 Jul 2019

Hoshinoya Resorts has opened its seventh property, a luxury 50-room hot spring resort in Guguan, Taiwan.

The abundant natural water that rushes down the Xueshan Mountain range, at 9,800ft, and into the Dajia River is heated by the earth’s core, turning into natural hot springs.

Hoshinoya Guguan features architecture and landscapes crafted to blend with the natural surroundings. The natural spring waters of the valley flow through the property’s outdoor water garden, which has a wooded glen for meditative walks, as well as outdoor baths and a bamboo grove.

Colourful flower-lined waterways weave between the trees, from the restaurant and hot spring bath to the spa, pool, and library, so guests are embraced by the peaceful sounds of trickling water throughout the property.

Every guestroom has a hot spring floor with a private outdoor hot spring bath and guests can enjoy the views of sunsets on their own private outdoor terrace. They can also opt to receive healing treatments at the spa.

Rie Azima, president of Azuma Architect & Associates, which designed the resort, says: “In designing a hot spring resort that resonated with the Hoshinoya style, I first considered the differences between the hot spring cultures of Japan and Taiwan. For example, most Taiwanese hot spring baths are enjoyed while wearing swimwear. However, the baths here at the resort do not allow the use of swimwear, which in Japan is considered restrictive, preventing the bather from getting the most out of their experience.

“Another important element of Japanese hot spring culture is the ability to admire the surrounding scenery while enjoying the natural breeze that cools you off as you soak.

“As a result, each bath hall features an indoor and outdoor bath. The Japanese-style indoor bath is surrounded by aromatic wood and is positioned next to a picture window framing the natural beauty of Guguan. The outdoor bath is more aesthetically Taiwanese, with its avant-garde design, while still harmonising with the contours and colours of the landscape.

"One of the most appealing qualities of Taiwanese architecture is its liveliness,” says Azima, “This is at play in the guest room buildings, where the facade dips in and juts out dynamically, mimicking a cluster of buildings – a common sight in Taiwan's cities. The reception, meanwhile, resembles a contemporary art museum, with open space to transport guests into a new, different world.”

In the evening, a hot spring expert teaches guests about hot springs, showcasing stretches that can be performed while entering the water. After bathing, guests are encouraged to try a Taiwanese tea-tasting.

Guests can also enjoy hiking local nature trails, including the Xueshan Mountain range.

The hotel offers custom-tailored dining experiences featuring dishes made from local Taiwanese ingredients and Japanese cooking techniques.

Elements of Japanese tradition are incorporated in both the cooking techniques and the glassware and tableware in which the food is served.

ABOUT HOSHINOYA

The Hoshinoya brand representing Hoshino Resort’s flagship properties delivers authentic Japanese hospitality, and modern comforts throughout five resorts around the globe.

Founded in 1904 as a forestry business in Karuizawa, it opened its first hot spring resort in 1914.

It rebranded as Hoshino Resorts in 199 and has since expanded across Japan and Asia with 37 properties in and outside Japan.

Properties include Hoshinoya Karuizawa (Nagano), a mountainside resort which opened in 2005; HOSHINOYA Kyoto, which opened in 2009, offers preserved architecture and cultural heritage; Hoshinoya Taketomi Island (Okinawa) which is located in Japan’s tropical island region, and Hoshinoya Bali, an all-villa property located in Ubud Bali.

Hoshino Resorts also opened Hoshinoya Fuji (Yamanashi) as its first luxury glamping resort in 2015, and in 2016 opened Hoshinoya Tokyo in the centre of Japan’s economic hub.

Hoshino Resorts is 104-year old Japan-based international operator of ryokan (Japanese inns), luxury hotels and resorts and boutique properties. It manages four separate hospitality brands that cater to travellers, with a focus on sharing omotenashi Japanese hospitality, local culture and tradition with guests.

Hoshinoya  Taiwan  hot springs  onsen  
Related stories
27 Jan 2017

Hoshinoya Tokyo combines 'urban luxury' with traditional Japanese hospitality

20 Dec 2016

Hoshino stepping out of Japan and into Bali

Hoshinoya Resorts has opened its seventh property, a luxury 50-room hot spring resort in Guguan, Taiwan. The abundant natural water that rushes down the Xueshan Mountain range, at 9,800ft, and into the Dajia River is heated by the earth’s core, turning into natural hot springs. Hoshinoya Guguan features architecture and landscapes crafted to blend with the natural surroundings. The natural spring waters of the valley flow through the property’s outdoor
CLD,SAB,CAS
The natural spring waters of the valley flow through the property’s outdoor water garden / Hoshinoya
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7502     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7502     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Painting With Light
Painting with Light is a team of professional lighting and multimedia experts who design and produce visual experiences that dazzle & shine.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Francis graduated as a landscape architect in Belgium. He returned to Lebanon in 1993
"I believe gardens are where the soul rests"

With a focus on desert landscapes and collaborations with Zaha Hadid and OMA, the principal of Francis Landscapes has a deep belief in the power of nature

Profile: Daan Roosegaarde
"I want to demonstrate that creativity is our true capital as humans "

Rather than feeling fearful and helpless about the future, we must design a way out of the environmental problems we have created, argues the innovative Dutch designer, artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
CF Møller’s Storkeengen climate adaption project will see the creation of a new public nature park
"Funding woes and murky timelines are common problems. It can be easier to make a difference one small project at a time"

From parks designed to mitigate the effects of flooding to warming huts for one of the world’s coldest cities, these projects have been designed for increasingly extreme climates

features
"The technology involved in paint is extraordinary"

Used cleverly, colour has the power to influence how people use the spaces they inhabit, says the creative director of Dulux

The architecture features clean lines and a diamond shape designed to represent the Dolomite mountains
"Wellness embraces the entire holiday experience"

The design of the newly-opened Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomitti in Italy aims to celebrate and protect its spectacular surroundings

NMAAHC, Washington, US
"Most clients are very focused on how buildings are used and experienced as the primary design driver"

The MD of Schmidt Hammer Lassen and the CEO of PerkinsWill tell us why their merger will help create smarter buildings driven by human behaviour

cladkit product news
Canteen collection combines nostalgia with modern aesthetics
The Canteen collection was inspired by post-war British design techniques
Lauren Heath-Jones
Very Good & Proper (VG&P), a British furniture brand, has curated a new dining collection that combines traditional woodworking techniques ...
1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium celebrates Southampton FC's history
Rainbow Design worked closely with KSS Architects to ensure the furniture matched the design vision
Lauren Heath-Jones
KSS Architects has partnered with Rainbow Design, a London-based furniture supplier, to create the 1885 Lounge at St Mary's Stadium, ...
Naval architect launches solar-powered floating pods
The Anthénea pod is a luxury floating suite that could be used as a spa or treatment suite
Lauren Heath-Jones
Naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle has designed a solar-powered floating hotel suite aimed at offering an eco-friendly and nomadic place for ...
cladkit product news
Daniel Svahn creates furniture collection using repurposed table tops
The Goodies But Oldies collection features three pieces made from repurposed MDF table tops
Lauren Heath-Jones
Daniel Svahn, a Stockholm-based furniture designer, has created a new range of sustainable furnishings, made from recycled MDF tabletops. Svahn, ...
XTU concept imagines life in the clouds
XTU's X Cloud concept is part of the Future and the Arts: AI, Robotic, Cities, Life - How Humanity Will Live Tomorrow exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
Lauren Heath-Jones
XTU Architects, a Paris-based architecture firm, has released images and renderings of X Cloud, a new concept that showcase a ...
Tom Dixon collaborates with Prolicht to launch CODE lighting range
The product has three LED light sources: Dot, Dash and Grid
Megan Whitby
British designer, Tom Dixon, and Austrian architectural lighting specialists, Prolicht, have collaborated to unveil a new lighting range. Called CODE, ...
cladkit product news
Barr + Wray to launch space saving hammam concept
Light shines through a striking central chandelier to create a feeling of movement
Katie Barnes
Smaller footprint. Maximum theatre. Those are the two main features of a new hammam concept being developed by wet spa ...
Metalline transforms London hotel with bespoke aluminium fins
The aluminium fins will form the façade of the upcoming Minories Hotel in Aldgate, London
Lauren Heath-Jones
Metalline, an architectural metalwork specialist based in the UK, has created a range of bespoke 3D twisted metal fins for ...
BIG partners with Louis Poulsen for new lighting collection
The Keglen collection is made up of four different pendants
Lauren Heath-Jones
BIG Ideas, the technology arm of renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), has partnered with Danish lighting manufacturer Louis ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates