Not Your Average Cruise: This Floating Hotel is a Minimalist Design Lover’s Dream


Booking a stay at a traditional hotel is fine and dandy, unless you’re ready for accommodations that move you in a different direction – literally. Capitalizing off the architectural design theme of movement, Guntû is an upscale floating hotel that travels along the shores of Japan’s Seto inland sea.

Japanese architect Yasushi Horibe created this unique vacation-themed vessel, which seems like the easiest way to kick up your heels and get your sea legs at the same time.

Guntû emulates the cruise experience, only on a more intimate level. The floating hotel has a total of 19 two-person guest rooms, each outfitted with private terraces. The vessel also includes many of your typical cruise ship features, including a rooftop deck with outdoor lounges that allow an unobstructed glimpse of the surrounding sea and shores, a gym, a sauna, sushi and cocktail bars, and a café.

Wood paneling brings a warm, inviting vibe to common areas such as the Grand Suite, which like most of the ship’s interior, also contains furniture primarily made from wood. The Terrace Suite features a partial outdoor lounge along with a seating area and a windowed bathroom. Meanwhile, the Guntû Suite boasts a small bar and a deep tub that sits on the balcony.

Guests can either book one, two or three-night stays aboard the Guntû. The ship departs from Bella Vista in Onomichi City. While the boat doesn’t dock at each destination, guests have the option to explore coastal Japan up close by choosing from a selection of on-shore activities.

According to See Japan, rates for the Guntû start at 400,000 yen ($3,668 US) per night for two guests, and that includes all meals and on-board activities. Travelers interested in a voyage on the floating hotel can either book in person at Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel or check out the hotel’s website for more information.

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