I have been dreaming of going to Okinawa for a pretty long time. So before I actually booked my air tickets to Okinawa, I have been surfing around online for things to do in Okinawa with kids so that I can convince the husband the make the trip there. And just about every search result for ‘沖縄子連れ旅行’ (Okinawa travel with kids) mentioned Renaissance Okinawa Resort. I was crazy impressed by the activities and facilities mentioned on their website, so once our flights were confirmed, I booked a room at Renaissance Okinawa Resort.
In this post, I will be sharing with you about our room and the facilities at Renaissance Okinawa Resort. And in my next post, I will share more about the activities available.
We booked the cheapest room available in the resort – The Deluxe Twin Room. The room was big for Japan’s standards, with ample space for the kids to roam around.
The room had a balcony with a stunning view!
View from the room
There were two wings in the hotel. The wing we stayed in faced the sea.
This wing faced West, so you could catch sunset from the balcony. (Which we did not, because if you refer to my itinerary, we kept driving out to watch sunsets at other areas in Okinawa. I had to make my car rental worth, you know?)
If you do not like the afternoon sun, or prefer a view of the resort, you may want to request for the East wing. The lift was in the East wing, so the view below that I took from the lift would probably be what you get from a room in that wing. And staying in the East wing means walking less to take the lift each time.
Kids-Friendly Amenities in the Room
The room was well catered for the young kids. They had a little stool for the kids to reach the sink.
Kids toothbrushes for them.
Kids’ slippers. Which were too big for my 2 and 4 year olds unfortunately.
They even had one of those kids toilet seat cover which you could put over the normal toilet bowl when the kids are using it.
To add icing on the cake, the kids even received a welcome pack!
The welcome pack was super useful. It had a colouring activity to keep the kids entertained in the room. There was a dolphin sponge for them to play with in the bath tub. And a dolphin draw-string bag which they used to bring their swimming stuff down to the pool.
Flipper’s Connecting Room
One of the highlights of this resort was their Flipper’s Connecting Room. But unfortunately my kids were too young to stay in these rooms. You can only book a flipper’s connecting room if your kids are of elementary school age. Like total bummer.
To get to the various meeting points for activities within the resort, we had to walk along the marina. Which was GORGEOUS.
There were sting rays, swimming pretty close to the edge.
If you want to get up close and personal with them, you could take the staircase down to the bottom. But let me warn you first, there were a lot of cockroach-like creepy stuff at the bottom-most stair.
You can also spot the dolphin swimming around!
And spot the sea urchins too! I think I prefer sea urchins a lot more when they are on my dinner plate, than when they are in the sea.
Running alongside the marina, there was a reef garden.
The map makes it look bigger than it really was. Lol. There was basically this pond where you could a variety of fishes and starfishes inside.
The water was pretty shallow and clear, so it was a great place for the young kids to observe the fishes. They loved this reef garden!
There were two swings in the middle of the reef garden. Super relaxing.
And then there were some tanks of fishes by the side.
If you would like to see some non-marine animals, head to the Warabi Park.
I wasn’t a big fan of the Warabi Park It was kind of small and sad with cage-up animals. So let me just spam you with some photos.
Down the slope from the Warabi Park, right outside the Dolphin House, there were some more turtles.
The kids could get REALLY close to these turtles!
Not part of Warabi Park but on the topic of non-marine animals, over at the lobby, there were some birds and parrots. Those parrots totally remind me of the ones we saw in our neighbourhood.
There were three swimming pools at Renaissance Okinawa Resort.
The outdoor pool is great for those who would like a dose of Vit-D while swimming.
There was a tiny shelter, strategically located over the small slide. So thank goodness I did not have to waddle around in the SUN while the kids went on the slide.
Totally my cup of tea, because I was having an overdose of Vit-D from this Okinawa trip, there was another pool that was totally indoors! This was also where the *slightly* bigger slides were located.
They provided free arm floats for the kids at the pools
Speaking of which, if you need pool towels, you can get them from the counter at the indoor swimming pool. Remember to bring 100yen down for the deposit.
Okay, technically I’m not sure if this is considered a pool. It is a little water play area, just for the kids to run around, with water splashing out from the cones.
It was located at the rooftop of the Diving House. And hence totally exposed to the sun and freaking hot. I preferred the indoor pool. So did the kids.
Hoho.. So comes my favourite bit… The FOOD!! There were 10 restaurants & bars at Renaissance Okinawa Resort. But we only dined at one. The buffet restaurant. Since I’m Singaporean and Singaporeans LOVE buffets.
Don’t you just LOVE the huge marine animals hanging down the ceiling?
Okay, buffet was actually not the main reason we were here all the time. The main reason was because Sailfish Cafe was ULTRA kids friendly. Firstly, they had a dedicated kids buffet line!
The 4 year old could help himself to the food. No need for us to help him!
And just beside the kid’s buffet bar was a playground!
So the kids could have a rolling good time, while the parents enjoyed the sumptuous spread.
Bibs and marine-themed children utensils were also provided.
And an ultra-comfy super soft high chair.
Other than all the above kids-friendly amenities, the other reason we kept dining here was quite simply because our breakfast and lunch here were provided. I shall spare you the torture of seeing the entire spread of food, in case you haven’t had your meal before reading this. I shall be selective.
Breakfast. MF was super amused by the Nemo and friends buns.
And juice does not get any fresher than squeezing it yourself.
Kids could make their own multi-shaped eggs at the kids corner!
And the star of the breakfast spread had to be this. Omu Rice. So perfectly smooth and rounded, it gives me OCD.
You should have watched the way the chef making the omu rice. That guy took his job very seriously. Give him a bonus.
Moving on… Lunch. Just a fraction of what I ate:
The highlight must be the dessert. Huge variety and oh-so-gooood!
Dinner was not provided with our stay. We paid for it on our first night there. Because we were too bummed to drive out to eat. Here’s the price of their dinner buffet. (The price in brackets is for weekends and public holidays.) This price excludes government tax. When we checked in, they gave us a little card that entitled kids to dine free.
Again, just a snippet of what I ate.
And more desserts.
Did you recognize the Chinbin which I blogged about last week when I reviewed Kuishin-Bo at Suntec City Singapore?? I actually forgot I ate it in Okinawa, but MF remembered. When he saw the chinbin at Kuishin-Bo, he kept saying he ate it in Okinawa. So I guess his memory was much better than mine. Lucky for the photo evidence! LOL!!
In Okinawa, there were two food that I kept seeing: Pineapple and sweet potato. I swear I ate more pineapples in those few days in Okinawa than in my entire life before that. In their buffet spread, Renaissance Okinawa Resort included a lot of pineapple / sweet potato infused cuisine.
Every morning, a market would be set up at the hotel lobby, selling local produce.
This is an extremely important pull factor for me. I travel very light and usually only pack about 3 days’ worth of clothes. Along the way, I would do laundry. So I have an inclination towards hotels or resorts with a laundry room. (Not those super expensive send for laundry kind, but self-service kind!)
Most Japan hotels have coin laundries with washer and dryer. The one here was NOT a coin laundry. It was a FREE laundry!!!
You can do laundry as much as you like during your stay! Both washer and dryer were absolutely FREE! Even detergent was provided for FREE!
Okay, sorry, that was just my Singaporean blood at work. I cannot resist raving when there are free stuff.
If you stay a minimum of 3 night (off-peak) / 4 nights (peak i.e. July / August) at Renaissance Okinawa Resort, you will automatically be enrolled in their Club Savvy program. Don’t forget to collect your Club Savvy card from the Club Savvy counter after check-in if you are eligible! (They don’t give it to you automatically during check-in.)
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND meeting the minimum nights stay for Club Savvy. I mentioned earlier that breakfast and lunch were provided at Sailfish Cafe? That was actually part of our Club Savvy privileges.
On top of that, we could access the Club Savvy Lounge.
You could pop in for drinks when you’re feeling thirsty. Though the drinks selection was nothing to rave about. No cocktails whatsoever you expect from a ‘lounge’.
There were sofas around for you to relax while enjoying the beautiful scenery outside.
Club Savvy members could also access the exclusive ONSEN in the resort. (Though I very much preferred to soak in an onsen in winter than in summer. And I still think the best onsen are in Hokkaido. During their sub-zero degree Celsius winters.)
The most important benefit of Club Savvy is the free / discounted marine activities you will be entitled to. Which I will explain in next week’s Travel Tuesday.
We had a SUPERB stay at Renaissance Okinawa Resort. I highly recommend this resort for family with children. There were so many kids-friendly facilities there:
- Welcome pack for kids
- Kids-friendly amenities in room
- Flipper’s Connecting Room
- Reef Garden
- Warabi Park
- Pools with slides & Splash Area
- Free floats at pools
- Kids Corner at Sailfish Cafe
- Kids-friendly amenities at Sailfish Cafe
- FREE laundry
If all the above are not enough to convince you that this is an excellent kids-friendly resort / hotel in Okinawa, wait till I tell you about the activities.
Information on Renaissance Okinawa Resort
Address: 3425-2, Yamada, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 904-0416, Japan
Telephone number: +81 98 965 0707 (key in 0989650707 for GPS)
Map Code (what is this?): 206 064 443
Parking: Available at resort for FREE. Drive to the hotel lobby when you arrive and pass the key to the valet.
For booking, please visit Renaissance Okinawa Resort’s official website. I highly recommend booking directly from the resort to ensure you get the Club Savvy benefits if you meet the minimum number of nights of stay.
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