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One of the best contemporary art museums in the world, Benesse House is the soul of Naoshima Island. A flourishing landscape peppered with avant-garde structures, the museum perfectly complements the coexistence of nature, art and architecture.
WHY WE LOVE IT
Where else can you stay in a world-famous museum? Among the artwork you’ll find Andy Warhol and David Hockney originals, and enjoy after-hours access to view the work in peace.
The Terrace Restaurant’s lofty high ceilings and vast windows create an airy dining experience. Sample traditional Kiseki in Benesse’s signature Japanese restaurant or try the fresh sea bass while looking out to the Seto Inland Sea.
Benesse House is in a remote and idyllic spot on the shores on Naoshima island. The blue waters and mild climate make it an attractive destination, but this isn’t its biggest draw. The hotel is itself a museum, one of the most famous contemporary art museums in the world. And while the hotel is filled with artwork from the likes of Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman, the pieces aren’t just contained inside the walls. In fact, Naoshima is a famous rural art hub and you’ll be able to spot myriad contemporary artworks scattered across the surrounding location.
As well as boasting rooms within the museum, there are several other buildings for guests including one just steps from the beach.
WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?
Benesse House offers the unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful museum. Stay in one of four buildings designed by esteemed Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, with each guest room being a minimalist masterpiece and work of art in itself. Imitate the feeling of floating in the sea in the idyllic Beach house; discover the high vantage point in the Oval rooms, decorated with artists’ drawings and murals; survey the landscape on the Park’s verandas looking out to the Shikoku Mountains and the Seto Inland Sea.
And, with the galleries only being moments from your door, you can visit after-hours to experience the best of the museum. Tired feet after a day of wandering the gallery’s halls? Book yourself in for a treatment at the spa, where the Naoshima signature treatment will exfoliate your feet and make them feel new again.
Four choices of artistic accommodation, each with a unique perspective from the balcony
Adorned with displays of innovative contemporary art in every guest room
Two restaurants specialising in authentic French and Japanese cuisine
Exclusive Park Lounge with a wide selection of books on art
Art installations positioned around the island, including by the shore and forest
Planning your experience
Contact our travel experts to book your immersive stay at Benesse House.
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