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The seventh HOSHINOYA resort has opened in Guguan, Taiwan,
on a plateau resting inside a valley surrounded by majestic mountains.
It is Hoshino Resort’s first luxury hot spring resort outside of Japan, fed by Guguan's plentiful hot springs.
Taichung is located at a geographical and cultural convergence, linking the north and south of Taiwan as well as traditional and contemporary sensibilities. Traveling inland takes you to a mountainous region that contradicts the island's tropical image. This is where you will find Guguan, a valley carved out by the Dajia River, which flows from the 3,800-meter-high peak of Xueshan. Hot springs dapple the landscape, heated by the great thermal energy beneath the ground. This is the beating heart of Taiwan.
Located on a plateau, HOSHINOYA Guguan offers a panoramic view of the Guguan townscape and the surrounding Central Range. When you first arrive, you are led through a bamboo forest and into a futuristic reception area that gives you the sensation of having stumbled into another world. But once you walk out onto the premises, you will discover a nature-rich environment congruent with the magnificent scenery while, like the reception area, feeling otherworldly. The sound of water is ever-present, as if one with the breeze; so are the copious hot spring waters that flow through the premises. Enveloping, relaxing, and harmonious, the waters will relieve you of fatigue.
The baths at HOSHINOYA Guguan inspire an appreciation for nature. While the soft low-alkaline, naturally carbonated waters restore your skin's vitality, your mind relaxes, soothed by the scent of cypress that permeates the bath halls. The outdoor baths weave across the premises as though they are natural formations, graced by seasonal colors of cherry blossoms in the spring and golden leaves in the fall. As you take in the scenery, a low roar emanates from nearby; this sound will lead you to a beautiful waterfall. Immersed in this environment, you can feel truly at one with nature.
The water here produces an array of sounds that weave a musical tapestry, the melody transforming with the wind. You take a walk after lunch, letting this music guide your way. It will lead you to one of the many gazebos that adorn the premises, where you might contemplate reading a book or taking a nap. You may snack on loquats you brought from the lounge, their sweet taste a perfect compliment to the harmony of the water.
The guest room baths are constantly replenished with water drawn from the area's hot springs. The maisonette-style rooms provide a dedicated level for hot spring soaking, furnished with a bench where you can cool off afterwards. There are also a set of louvers that can be opened to allow in the breeze. A large picture window frames a stunning landscape straight out of a Chinese ink painting. As the colors change with the setting sun, the air becomes pleasantly cool.
You wake up refreshed, having spent a relaxing evening enjoying your room bath while gazing at clear, star-filled skies outside your window. You head to the outdoor baths for a morning soak and marvel at the verdant beauty of the scenery. Once warmed up, you walk over to the pool for a cool-down. After a leisurely lunch, the weather becomes cloudy and you decide to read a book by the poolside. Later, you stroll through a bamboo forest where you can hear the chirping of birds as distant mountains hover into view. There is so much to do here, all of which is designed to ensure your relaxation.