While there are plenty of hotels to choose from in Guguan, the HOSHINOYA Guguan certainly stands out among the crowd, both physically (the building towers over the other hotels from a hilltop plateau) and in terms of the level of luxury on offer.

Entrance and front desk
Artwork in the lobby

Developed by the resort company Hoshino Resorts Inc. from Japan, the HOSHINOYA Guguan is the company’s first luxury hot-spring resort hotel outside of Japan. The hotel offers 50 spacious and tastefully decorated rooms, most of which are laid out in a maisonette style.

Guestoom with mountain view
Japanese-style bed

All come with a private hot-spring bath with views over Guguan’s wooded mountain scenery.

Hot-spring bath tub
Relaxing after a hot-spring bath

The hotel’s crowning glory, however, is its water garden – a serene forest grove threaded by a babbling stream – which also contains the hotel pool and several half-hidden gazebos tucked into the pine canopy.

Water garden
Garden, pool, and hotel building

And at the far end of the pool you’ll find the indoor and outdoor hot springs, designed in a wabi-sabi style that mimics the natural textures of rock and wood, with plenty of private nooks in which self-conscious bathers (like many Japanese baths, no clothing is allowed while bathing) can enjoy some alone time.

Indoor and outdoor hot-spring bathing area
Rest area with a view
Arrow bamboo garden

HOSHINOYA Guguan (虹夕諾雅)
Add: No.16, Wenquan Ln., Sec. 1, Dongguan Rd., Heping Dist., Taichung City
Tel: (04) 2595-0008
Website: hoshinoya.com/guguan/en/
Room Rates: Rates begin at NT$ 18,000 per night.


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Owain Mckimm
Owain McKimm is a freelance writer who has been living in Taiwan since 2009 and has written about everything from Taiwanese foot massages to flower cuisine.
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