Time to Relax: Welcome to Okinawa, where the time goes a little slower and people are rarely in a rush. Take time to enjoy your surroundings before you start your day. Enjoy breakfast in bed, take a yoga class, go for a swim or just sleep in. And if you’re staying in one of the cabana rooms, definitely take a soak in your private outdoor whirlpool.
Tee it Up: Head out early to squeeze in a quick round of golf on the Kanehide Kise Country Club course, which is adjacent to the hotel. Surrounded by lush forest and ocean views, it’s a true gem of a course.
A Natural Beauty: Head to northern Yambaru to see Okinawa’s most beautiful waterfall, Hiji. Walk on the well-marked trail through a natural forest, keeping an eye out to spot some of the turtles and birds that inhabit the area. You’ll cross a narrow suspension bridge that offers a beautiful view of the valley below and, before long, you’ll reach Hiji Waterfall. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of running water and relax before heading back.
Go for a Swim: Drive south along the west coast and cross the bridge to Sesoko Island. The main beach, Sesoko Beach, has excellent snorkeling and swimming conditions. Alternatively, find a slice of shade under a cliff and relax for a while as you try to spot Ie Island in the distance.
Afternoon Tea: Stop back at The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa for afternoon tea in The Lobby Lounge, where you can choose from a traditional tea set or an Okinawan-inspired one. For a little indulgence, order the Signature Ritz-Carlton Cake — a delicious balance of rich chocolate and citrus zest.
Garden of Delights: Take a scenic stroll through the Southeast Botanical Garden. Admire exotic flora such as dragon blood trees and lotus flowers, relax in the gazebos surrounding the lake and feed the colorful koi fish, symbols of good fortune and longevity in Japanese culture.
Downtime: Book the private Forest Suite at The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA for the ultimate experience for two. On your own private terrace among the surrounding treetops, you’ll enjoy a relaxing soaking bath and the treatment of your choice. A variety of massages, rituals, facials, detoxes, and scrubs is available.
Dinner for Two: Fresh from the spa, head to Gusuku at The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa for dinner. Here, you can try some authentic regional dishes, like goya champuru (a bitter melon stir-fry) and rafute (stewed pork spare ribs). To add to the local flavor, you can enjoy the sound of a Sanshin, a traditional Okinawan stringed instrument, while you dine.