Check In Date
Miyako-jima (Miyako Island)
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.
Japanese-Western 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.
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.
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)
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.
Breakfast and restaurant
No breakfast included nor did i visit the restaurants inside the resort
- Spacious room with kitchenette
- Sea view
- Reasonable price
- Toto tolet
- Comfortable sofa
- Good wifi
- 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
Wellness Villa BRISA