Mandarin Oriental to open three new resorts in Japan’s Setouchi area

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the development of three boutique properties in Japan, branded as Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi, located around the Seto Inland Sea.

The three resorts are set to launch between 2027 and 2030.

The three properties in Setouchi will launch between 2027 and 2030

Located between the main Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, the gateway resort is adjacent to Takamatsu station and just a 30-minute drive from Takamatsu airport, making it easily accessible.

The Setouchi region is renowned for its breath-taking landscapes, mild climate, unique cuisine, welcoming atmosphere and cultural and artistic treasures. The Seto Inland Sea, with its multitude of islands, offers a unique wealth of attractions and experiences, both on and off the water.

The 92-room Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi at Takamatsu, will open first in 2027, and will feature restaurants and bars as well as spa and wellness facilities..

Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi at Naoshima, will also open in 2027, offering 22 ryokan-style guest suites and villas set in a picturesque fishing village.

The third property, which aims to open in 2030 on a separate island, will feature 50 guestrooms with fully immersive wellness experiences.

To link the three new properties, and to add to the overall experience, Mandarin Oriental, Setouchi will curate a cruise for guests to travel between the sites on board a private yacht, immersing guests in the attractions and landscapes of each island.

Laurent Kleitman, group chief executive, shared: “Setouchi is a unique part of a special country, beloved by discerning and curious global travellers. This relatively undiscovered region of Japan will excite our fans as they explore its different and remarkable facets, particularly as each of our three resorts channels its own distinct character, environment and purposeful, carefully curated experiences.”

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