Abba Resorts Izu is a haven for anyone seeking to escape the stresses of modern living. Nestled in a quiet corner of the lush coastal geo-thermal countryside 2 hours south of Tokyo, visitors can look forward to the highest standards of Japanese hospitality, world-class cuisine and utmost pampering at the hands of the hotel’s staff, chefs and therapists.
Yamamomo, the French restaurant serves delectable, elegantly presented food that could hold their own as pieces of art. Classic French cooking techniques are married well with local Japanese produce to produce the finest fusion cuisine; it is clear to any diner that the Chef de Cuisine, Shinpei Yamamoto, clearly has a refined understanding of both cuisines. Combinations such as almond and tonka bean panna cotta paired with poached Japanese peach and parsley sorbet will surprise and delight any diner.
Sakura, the on-site Japanese restaurant, will exceed expectations with the deliciousness and imaginativene presentation over spectacular 12-course kaiseki meals comprising up to 18 separate dishes. The breakfasts at Sakura are no less impressive, and highly recommended, especially if guests have never experienced Japanese-style breakfasts.
One can choose between beautifully decorated traditional Japanese-style suites that immediately transport guests to a different age or private villas that are more Western in style. Come nighttime, the staff transform main area in the Japanese-style suites to a sleeping area with futons and bed linen as soft and fluffy as clouds; sleep comes quickly, aided by the calming scent of tatami. The beds in the Western style rooms are equally comfortable. Whilst most rooms have private open-air baths, there are also plentiful private bath options elsewhere in the complex including on the roof of the main complex, with an incomparable view out over the green tree canopies.
The experienced therapists at neen Spa, tailor each treatment to each individual guest – taking care to address special requests and concerns. Where possible, local, ingredients are used. The customized treatments end with the guest’s choice of home-made herbal teas that can be sipped in a tranquil room overlooking the lush green gardens and nearby ocean.
Ask the friendly staff for recommendations for daytrips. A top tip would be to explore the nearby Mount Omuro and lunch at the charming Omuro Keishokudothe situated at its base. Then explore the surrounding area, which is dotted with local pottery workshops and gorgeous galleries.