A hotel on the foot of the Oi River, Hoshinoya falls amidst the hills about 45 minutes from the heart of Kyoto. With Arashiyama as its backyard, the location boasts as being the epitome of serenity, a nature escape to get away from any big city. I think on a personal level, the concept of tranquility gave new meaning after staying a beautiful weekend at Hoshinoya Kyoto. The calming sound of slow water, the light rustling of leaves in a breeze; you find peace in almost everything you look at. Its no surprise at all that Hoshinoya Kyoto is on it's third consecutive year of being in the Conde Nast Travellers Gold List.
The resort has wooden, Japanese style cabins for solitude, allowing its guests to stay in their zen -pads for however long they wish. Each structure is lined with traditional tatami mats, minimal yet perfect interior decoration and breathtaking views of the flowing river. The cabins look almost as if they're designed to be a private tea room, which serves its purpose of bringing peace & serenity to its guests. The hotel grounds are a Japanese garden, with access to the hotel drop-off points and "the outside world" being a boat ride away. They even come and set up breakfast in your room as an entire Japanese spread, one of the most beautiful breakfasts I've seen!
With unparalleled hospitality, Hoshinoya Kyoto is somewhere I find myself wanting to go back to. I was there for a work assignment shooting in February and our entire team was treated so kindly and looked after like royalty. I'd like to especially thank Seiko, the kindest member of staff who looked after us on our visit. My only regret is not being there in time for the cherry blossoms, but I wonder if this gives me an excuse to go back on my next visit. It's one of those places you can't actually get out of your mind. Perhaps because its not just a place, its a feeling.
HOSHINOYA KYOTO, KYOTO, JAPAN
IN COLLABORATION WITH HOSHINOYA KYOTO.