ABBA Resorts Izu
Nature, in all its unspoilt beauty, sets the harmonious scene for Japan’s first ABBA resort. From its humble beginnings half a century ago, when it was a small traditional ryokan, Izu has evolved into a spacious yet intimate retreat. With world-class restaurants and even opportunities to experience Japanese cultural activities, this boutique hotel is perfect for rest and play.
The ancient meaning of the resort’s name translates as ‘sit back and enjoy’. It’s easy to understand why as you slip off your shoes in the tranquil, fragrant atmosphere of your guest room or villa. Designed with pared-back elegance, floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto your own garden paradise. Sink into warm, open-air baths, circled by old bayberry trees, delicate iris flowers and Japanese spurge. You’ll soon drift away into a state of Zen-like bliss in the mineral water bubbling up from the Ukiyama Hot Springs.
Culture is on your doorstep too with the Swords Art Gallery. Its display of rare, precious antique swords offer an exclusive glimpse into Japan’s history. If you fancy getting out and about, explore the local neighbourhood by bike. Or hike across the volcanic landscapes of the Jogasaki Coast and Mount Omuro. Here in winter and spring, the Izu Highlands and Cherry Blossom Izu Festival is an unmissable, picture perfect event.