Shigira Hotels the Epitome of Japan Wellness Resorts
21 August 2017
Wellness Resorts
Wellness travel is one of the fastest growing trends these days. For some, the word “wellness” evokes images of morning jogs in the surf or yoga on the beach at sunrise. For others, it means relaxing in a trance-like state as a master spa practitioner works the tightness out of tense muscles. From fitness and exercise to relaxation and rejuvenation, Shigira Resort hotels offer the perfect place to rest your mind and body as you refresh for your next adventure.


 

Shigira Resort Offers a Bounty of Health & Wellness Amenities

 

Culinary Wellness

goya champuru
Among the first questions travelers with an interest in staying at a wellness resort might ask would likely be about the food. Guests of Shigira Resort frequently report that the meals are one of the highlights of their vacations. Miyakojiima’s traditional Okinawan diet, credited with helping many local islanders live well into their 90s and beyond, is bursting with healthy offerings, including deliciously bitter greens like yomogi (considered a superfood by some experts), fresh root vegetables like beni-imo (the ever-popular purple potato), savory seaweed, and tender meats. The dishes served up by the master chefs at Shigira’s many fine eateries have their roots in this healthy local cuisine. What sort of nourishing delicacies can be ordered?

To start with, there’s goya champuru, one of the most famous dishes in Okinawan cuisine—a stir-fried mix of tofu, onion, scrambled egg, and thinly sliced pieces of dark green bitter melon, a vegetable renowned for its vitamin content and other healthy properties. Another famous dish is rafute, a thick slice of pork belly boiled to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. The very best rafute comes from premium cuts of Aguu pork, a breed unique to Okinawa and prized for its gentle texture and rich, yet mild flavor. Raised on high-quality all-natural feeds, Aguu pigs provide some of the cleanest meats available anywhere in Japan. There is also Miyakojima beef, a highly prized delicacy valued for its marbled texture and unique flavor. Miyakojima cattle are pampered throughout their lives, and the ultra-low stress environment in which they are reared leads to production of the healthiest beef on the island.

For dessert, guests of Shigira Resort’s restaurants have a variety of nourishing alternatives harvested from nature’s tropical bounty. One popular seasonal choice is the Keats mango, which, besides being one of the most sought-after fruits grown in Okinawa, is known for its many nutritional properties. A single mango contains a day’s helping of vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as beta-carotene, iron, calcium and vitamin B1. Keats mango is only one of the many local fruits available at Shigira Resort. Guests staying at the luxury villas of The Shigira can even order fresh fruit right to their rooms.


 

Beauty Wellness

Beauty Wellness
For travelers whose idea of wellness involves personal aesthetics, Shigira Resort has developed a first-rate beauty treatment featuring a rejuvenating mixture of local herbs, peaches, Okinawa limes and flower oil—all indigenous to the Okinawan archipelago—resulting in a treatment that will leave guests feeling relaxed and refreshed for the remainder of their stay. Guests at The Shigira can purchase an inclusive package that allows for one such beauty treatment per day. Treatments may be performed in-room if guests so desire.



 

Stress Wellness

Stress Wellness
One of the greatest offerings at Shigira Resort is the natural hot spring onsen located near the resort accommodations. The mineral-rich water bubbles up at a rate of more than 800 tons per day from a source deeper than 1,200 meters beneath the surface. At a natural temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), it has to be cooled before it reaches the popular Jungle Pool, which is the main attraction of the facility. Private outdoor baths can be rented for an extra fee, with ocean-view rooms available. There is a sauna as well, with a Finland-style room available for men and a choice between Mongolian rock salt and amethyst-infused rooms for women.



 

Shigira Resort Wellness Activities for Energetic Minds and Bodies

 

The Gym

The Gym
Located in the same facility as the onsen, a gym with state-of-the-art equipment is available for guests who are unable to resist the temptation of an invigorating workout during their stay. Offering a variety of running and strength training machines, the facility also boasts its own outdoor pool.



 

Yoga

Yoga
Guests looking for a good stretch can book a variety of different yoga classes offered throughout the day at the same facility. Beginning at sunrise, classes are held in an open beach house overlooking the sea and range from traditional yoga with flameless candles to “antigravity’ hammock yoga. Growing in popularity is yoga performed on paddle boards in the shallow sandy beaches of the open ocean. Paddle board classes are great for kids and adults alike. Men and women can both participate in all the yoga classes, but be sure to book early, since class sizes are limited.



 

Golf

Golf
One of the features for which Shigira Resort is known is the Shigira Bay Country Club, a world-class par 71 golf course renowned for its breathtaking ocean views. While considered a challenging course, it is also suitable for relative newcomers to the sport. Travelers whose wellness holidays wouldn’t be complete without a few rounds of golf will find the country club a most welcome diversion.



 

Other Wellness Activities

Other Wellness Activities
There are many reasons to take your next wellness vacation at Shigira Resort, but perhaps the best is its tropical location along the pristine beaches of Miyakojima, which offer active travelers all kinds of incredible opportunities. Bicycles can be rented for leisurely rides around the island, an especially perfect option for those planning to visit in fall or winter. Also, while there is snorkeling and scuba diving year round, wellness seekers should never underestimate the centering effects of a long, relaxing stroll on the glistening sand.



 

Japan Wellness Travel Made Better with Shigira Resort

Shigira resort
Shigira Resorts each offer wellness vacationers all the amenities they seek in a nature-rich setting amid the trappings of unmatched luxury. But even beyond tranquil beaches, peerless cuisine and superb accommodation, staying on Miyakojima itself grants health-conscious travelers an enticing extra bonus: The island is completely free of pollen, allowing everyone to more fully savor the fresh subtropical air even during the height of April’s allergy season. So breath in—and relax with us.





 

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