Hotels Review

Check In Date

Winter 2017

Location

Miyako-jima (Miyako Island)

Style

Resort

Check In

Hotel

Hotel

Lobby

Lobby

Great view from the lobby

Great view from the lobby

Checking in

Checking in

We were not greeted on arrival, there was only two receptionist who were extremely busy with the visitors.  The lobby was not luxurious unlike most resorts on Miyako-jima, there were only few seatings at the lobby so we stood and waited for 20 minutes until we could check in.  The lady spoke a good level of English, however lacked any emotions, she also spoke in one tone.  She was not very informative either even when I asked her about the facilities. She did not provide me any information on check out time, free shuttle bus to other resorts, restaurants in the resort, swimming pool etc.   There is an information book in the room, however it is all in Japanese and I could not understand it.  It would be very helpful to have it in English or ask them to give us some information when we are checking in.

 

Room

Japanese-Western style room

Japanese-style room

Japanese-style room

I decided to book the Japanese- Western room as on the website and on Tripadvisor shows there is a L shaped sofa and it looks more comfortable.  With the western room, there is only a simple simple sofa as the two single beds took up most of the room.  Indeed, the room looked up to expectations, it was spacious and absolutely spotless.  Once you step into the room, the separate toilet is on the left then you will walk pass the kitchenette.  After the kitchenette is the tatami area which is also the sleeping area, at last is the livingroom with the L shaped sofa and balcony.  You will need to walk into the kitchen before seeing the door for the bathroom and sink.

Kitchenette

Kitchenette

Kitchenette

Kitchenette

Kitchenette

Bowls

Bowls

Washing machine

Washing machine

Electric stove

Electric stove

Kitchen overlooking the livingroom

Kitchen overlooking the livingroom

The kitchen is fully equipped with plates, bowls, cutlery, washing liquid, electric stove, sponge and pots. The fridge and microwave was clean and I cannot fault it.  It was a shame we did not use the kitchen much, but it was great to have one for washing fruits, making tea and storing cold drinks.

Living room

Liviingroom

Livingroom

Living room

Living room

Clock

Clock

Sharp TV

Sharp TV

Safe

Safe

Information book

Information book

Information book

Information book

Information book

Information book

Information book

Information book

The magnificent view from the living room

The magnificent view from the living room

Living room

Living room

The livingroom was my favourite, it was great to come back to relax at the end of the night and even better during the rainy days.  The TV worked well despite there were only Japanese TV available, but we bought our HDMI cable along to plug into the laptop or we would have been so bored during the hours it was pouring down outside.  It’s also great just to relax and stare out of the window/balcony during the daytime, the seaview was magnificent and you could also see the Ueno German Culture Village from the balcony.

Tatami area (sleeping area)

Tatami sleeping area

Tatami sleeping area

Tatami

Tatami

Tatami

Tatami

Japanese Futons

Japanese Futons

Japanese Futons

Japanese Futons

As I chose the Japanese Western Room, instead of western beds there is a tatami area where you are asked to lay out your own Japanese futon and bed-sheets on the floor before you go to sleep.  This was actually my first time doing it myself, all the other times I have stayed at a ryokan, an assistant would come in to make my futon for me and in the morning they will also come in to put it away.  I did not out the futon away the morning after, it was folded away when I returned in the evening.  I felt very guilty for not trying to keep the tatami area clean, so for the next few days I folded it back in the shelves and made my own bed every night which was a pain in the neck.  However, I had great sleep on all three nights and woke up feeling energized.

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony

Balcony

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

Hotels's swimming pools

Hotels’s swimming pools

Bathroom

Bathroom

Bathroom

Clean towels

Clean towels

Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes

Hairdryer

Hairdryer

Sink

Sink

Towels

Towels

Bathroom

Bathroom

Breakfast and restaurant

No breakfast included nor did i visit the restaurants inside the resort

Verdict

PROS

  • Spacious room with kitchenette
  • Clean
  • Sea view
  • Reasonable price
  • Toto tolet
  • Comfortable sofa
  • Good wifi

CONS

  • Slightly outdated
  • No breakfast included
  • Bathroom and toilet separated
  • Not English friendly

Wellness Villa BRISA is part of the Shigira resort, the free shuttle also let you reach other Shigira resorts.  Despite it is under the same company, Wellness Villa BRISA is obviously more outdated and less luxurious.  Wellness Villa BRISA must once had its glorious days before Shigira resort expanded and became more luxurious.  In saying that, I enjoyed my stay at Wellness Villa BRISA, the sea view was splendid and the room was so comfortable for half the price of the Shigira resort.  It is worth every penny and made my Miyako-jima trip a memorable one. 

Would I go back again? Yes, definitely
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ 9/10

Details

Wellness Villa BRISA

746-20 Uenomiyaguni
Miyakojima-city,
Okinawa 906-0203
Japan

TEL: +81-980-76-3870