Luxury At Okinawa's Busena Terrace Resort in JapanThe Busena Terrace Resort is a luxurious place to spend an anniversary or an indulgent weekend. Which is just what my husband and I did. On the clear blue waters of Busena beach, water activities, leisure, spas, and fine dining are at your fingertips. The Busena Terrace Resort will be a stay you won’t soon forget.

Over the weekend, my husband and I celebrated out fifth wedding anniversary. We were lucky that our anniversary was on a weekend this year. And a long weekend at that.

Around fall of last year we started thinking about what we wanted to do. My husband said that we should spend the night at the hotel where we got engaged eight years ago – the Busena Terrace Resort in Okinawa. It was a bit expensive, but it would be a great memory.

We arrived at Naha airport at noon on Friday and picked up our rental car.

We usually get picked up by his family, so it was weird for my husband to feel like a tourist in his own town. After the first of several Okinawa soba meals, we took the highway for the less-than-two-hour drive toward Nago city.

The Busena Terrace Resort is part of a larger hotel complex/club area, so you pass through a security gate to get into the resort. We drove to the entrance where staff greeted us and valet parked our car. My husband told the staff his name, and we waited in the beautiful lobby with large open doors that faced  Busena beach.

lobby and waiting area at the Busena Terrace ResortBusena Terrace Resort open waiting are facing the ocean

Another woman brought us a warm shikuwasa (a small green citrus fruit, not a lime) drinks while we waited. At this point, both of us were impressed with the service and the staff and the yummy drink.

A few minutes later, someone came back and asked for some receipt of our booking because they couldn’t find my husband on their list. Oh yeah! I booked it with my name, not my husband’s. I wonder if they thought we were trying to scam a room out of them. Anyway, we sorted it out, and they were wonderful the whole time.

Since arriving, we hadn’t touched our luggage.

Two staff showed us to our room. Although you shouldn’t tip in Japan, we wondered if a five-star hotel was an exception. After a bit of stressing, we didn’t tip them. Later we were reassured when we read in the information book in our room that we didn’t need to. A service charge is applied to our final bill. Phew.

The staff left, and we were left to our room. The room was spacious, clean, bright, well equipped, and had a perfect view of the beach and the ocean.

Busena Terrace Resort room with two beds

I was happy with the fridge that was so well stocked. Of course, the food and drinks were not free, but I had some things anyway. Candy. I had candy. The bathroom had a cool sliding window as well.

bathroom at Busena Terrace Resort

(I took a camera selfie in the mirror.)

mirror selfie

We unpacked a little and poked around out the room for a bit. Soon we walked down to the outdoor pool area to explore the hotel and see what a five-star resort is like. There were two outdoor pools with a waterslide, but they were closed for now and wouldn’t be open until 1 April. Pity.

But the hotel made a lovely reflection in the outdoor pool.

Busena Terrace Resort ocean viewreflection of the Busena Terrace Hotel in pool

There was also an indoor pool that was open, a gym, a spa and Japanese-style onsen, shops, and several restaurants in our building. The hotel is right on the beach, and although it was too cold to swim, there were a few ocean activities to enjoy this time of year, such as underwater observatory or glass-bottom boat at the Busena Marine Park. Busena beach is not privately owned, so non-hotel guests are free to enjoy ocean activities and restaurants.

At the Busena Terrace Resort there is a large hotel and a more private club house area and conference area. There is a tennis court, and putting range for guests to use as well. The walk between the hotel and the conference area only takes five minutes, but there is a shuttle the runs in between different points as well.

We couldn’t enter the conference area, but we walked around it. The private cottages were even more romantic-looking than the hotel, and the outsides had an Okinawa-style of building.

walkway through the Busena Terrace Club Cottages

We spent the rest of the evening checking out the different restaurants, looking at the ocean, and walking around the rest of the resort. Although we weren’t hungry because we had a late lunch, we made reservations at the Chinese restaurant. But later, we decided to cancel and get room service instead. I had taco rice and my husband had a burger and fries.

The next morning, we packed up to leave the Busena Terrace Resort.

I sadly said “goodbye” to our lovely hotel room and ocean view. We went downstairs to the breakfast buffet and filled up on yummy things at the Cafe Terrace La Tida.

Cafe Terrace La Tida

We still had a rental car until later that night, and I didn’t want to leave the hotel yet because it was too nice. So we checked  our luggage at the hotel and explored a bit more. This time we walked down to Busena beach.

Busena beach

We also walked back to the Busena Marine Park and underwater observatory.

There, you can go inside to see the fishes in the ocean.

Busena Marine Park underwater observatoryfish at Busena underwater observatory

The weather was a cloudy and windy today, so we didn’t go on the glass-bottom boat. I’ll be back to Okinawa another day though, so we’ll just do it next time. Anyway, I did one last year in a different part of the island.

For lunch, we stayed at the hotel and ate at the Okinawa restaurant, Mahae.

My husband ordered deep-fried puffer fish. We shared it, so in the case that one of us dies, we both die. Neither of us died.

view of Mahae restaurant from outside

lunch set at Mahae restaurant
not pictured: puffer fish

Finally, we went back to the lobby and said we were leaving. The staff brought our car to us with our luggage already inside. I was sad to leave because the hotel was too nice. So we decided that we should do it again in another five or ten years.

Takeaways from the Busena Terrace Resort

I must say, my husband and I, but mostly me, are cheap travellers. Even in the short time getting checked and and shown to our room, everything was amazing. We were impressed by the service, the room, the amenities, the hotel, and the view. Maybe we are easy to please. But still, it was a wonderful hotel with lovely service in a beautiful location.

It was a perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

The Busena Terrace Resort is Nago city in Okinawa, Japan. You can reach it from Naha airport in less than two hours. The restaurants, marine park, and Busena beach are open to those who are not guests from the hotel, but some restaurants have a dress code.

Front sign for Busena Terrace Resort

Have you stayed at the Busena Terrace Resort or any other wonderful hotel? Let me know your best experience in the comment section below!

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Jennifer has lived in Japan for a total of seven years. She has travelled, taught English, studied Japanese, completed a Master's Degree, and travelled some more. She currently calls Nagoya her home, where she lives with her Japanese husband.


  1. Lovely anniversary celebrations, Jen. To feel pampered thus. I am a cheap traveller too. Silver lining – happiness is within easy reach x

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