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Grandvrio Resort

Grandvrio Resort, Okinawa Islands

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With rooms overlooking the ocean, indoor and outdoor pools and a range of dining options, Grandvrio Resort is a great choice for those travelling to Ishigaki Island. The resort is comprised of two closely-linked accommodations – Villa Garden and Grandvrio Garden – located a few minutes’ walk from each other. Families are well catered for in twin rooms and rooms with lofts. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you step inside the lobby and gaze towards the open, turquoise water and Taketomi Island beyond. Relax at the resort’s palm-fringed beach or hire a car and explore beautiful stretches of sand that lie beyond the resort’s gates.

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Grandvrio Resort
  • rooms

    Villa Garden has a village-like feel, with rooms fanning out from the pool. Options range from garden view twin rooms to cottages that sleep up to three people and deluxe rooms overlooking the sea and accommodating a family of four in one large room. The best choice for families, however, is at Grandvrio Garden. Twin, double and family rooms are spread over two wings, and look out over the sea or the pretty gardens. Family rooms with lofts sleep up to five people on two floors, with children sleeping upstairs on two futons (access is via a steep ladder, so not for small children).

  • facilities & activities

    You’ll find most of the facilities you’d expect from a resort, with the majority of them located at the family-friendly Grandvrio Garden accommodation. Guests can use the facilities at either location, and it’s only a five-minute walk between the two (with transfers available upon request).

    Swim in the heart-shaped outdoor pool, which overlooks Taketomi Island, or the 25m-wide indoor pool, which is a good option in bad weather and is open until evening. Sip sake while star-gazing on the rooftop terrace (open all day) or soak up some Ryukyu culture by watching a live performance from local artists, held every evening.

    Staff are on hand at the desk to help you arrange everything from car hire to booking an additional activity, such as snorkelling tours or banana boat rides. The resort also has two small shops, a karaoke room, internet area and coin laundry facilities. It’s a good idea to hire a car for exploring further afield.

  • dining

    Villa Garden and Grandvrio Garden both have restaurants, though there is more choice at Grandvrio Garden. Here, you’ll find a smart yet relaxed restaurant serving the area’s speciality, ishigaki beef, which is served on hot iron plates sizzling in front of your eyes. A second restaurant, La Mer has a lovely terrace and serves buffet breakfast, with both Japanese and Western styles available. For light snacks, head to Deigo bar. Or try Funakura, an Izakaya-style restaurant where you can sample “awamori”, a traditional alcoholic drink. The restaurant at Villa Garden is mainly buffet style, with a great choice of fresh, local dishes and chefs cooking at live food corners.

  • family

    Grandvrio Resort welcomes families. If you’re travelling with teens, make the most of the family loft rooms, or book a standard room with an extra bed or cot for younger children. The pool is open for children, and teens and older children will love the thrill of tubing and banana boat rides.

  • location

    Grandvrio Resort is set on its own stretch of sand on Ishigaki, though you’ll want to hire a car to explore the island’s other beautiful beaches nearby. There is free parking at the resort, as well as a free shuttle bus that goes between New Ishigaki Airport and the resort, which takes around 40 minutes.

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