Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts has opened a new luxury spa and resort in Southwestern Japan, part of the group's robust expansion of luxury properties worldwide.

The ANA Intercontinental Beppu Resort and Spa is the result of a partnership between IHG and All Nippon Airways, Japan's largest airline. Hans Heijligers, head of Japan, IHG, and IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, said, "On behalf of IHG and IHG/ANA Japan, we are extremely proud to open the first international luxury hot spring resort and spa in Beppu.”

Hans Heijligers

Located in the Oita Prefecture in Southwestern Japan, the resort is the region's first international luxury resort. Featuring 89 rooms including ten suites, the resort has five food and beverage offerings inspired by five Japanese elements - earth, water, fire, wind, and void.

Atelier offers French and international cuisine; Elements showcases Japanese and western food; The Bar serves a selection of whiskey and shochu; Aqua is the resort's poolside bar; and The Lounge offers a luxury afternoon tea experience.

To celebrate the opening, ANA InterContinental Resort & Spa has curated a luxury package designed to offer guests immersion into ancient Japanese art and craftsmanship. The Insider Experiences include a demonstration and masterclass from local Shuji Calligraphy Masters, a lesson in the art of bamboo weaving, and an elevated dining experience at Atelier restaurant with a private sommelier. A private English picnic lunch and a sunset dinner on=board the resort's private yacht is also included in the package, which starts from US$13,800 per person.

"InterContinental has been pioneers in luxury travel for over 70 years, delivering the allure of the InterContinental Life in all corners of the world," said Heijligers. "We are delighted to continue bringing the brand’s iconic hospitality, combining international know-how and local wisdom to new destinations as IHG continues to grow its luxury presence across the globe and in Japan.”