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虹夕諾雅 谷關|綠林環抱滌暑氣 Green Forest for a Cool Summer

盛夏來臨,空氣被豔陽融化,一台台汽機車輾過熱氣蒸騰的柏油,汗涔涔的人們摩肩接踵,水泥房裡的空調吸乾水氣卻帶不走漫漫夏日的悶熱。

沿著山巒繞進台中谷關,迷失於群山綠林裡,幽深竹林低明度暖光隱隱流瀉,溪谷樓閣「虹夕諾雅 谷關」藏身秘境,徜徉於風與水之間,感受相較台北負5度的沁涼,打開五感享受一日「納涼」行程。

Summer is coming. Air is heated up by the sun. Cars and motorcycles ride on the heated asphalt road. People sweat and walk shoulder to shoulder. Air conditioning can keep you dry but cannot take away the heat in the summer. When you walk into Guguan along the mountains, you will be lost in the mountain ranges and green forest. The warm, dim light in the bamboo forest quietly shines. “HOSHINOYA Guguan”, a pavilion in the river valley, is hidden in the sacred land. You can enjoy the wind and the river and the temperature that is five degrees Celsius cooler than in Taipei. Open all your senses to enjoy a one-day “Noryo” tour.

非日常的時空

台中谷關沉穩坐落於群山七雄之間、海拔800公尺處之溪谷,大甲溪日夜沖刷山谷,孕育著長年噴湧的溫泉資源。虹夕諾雅於日本京都、富士、沖繩,乃至海外峇里島尋找各地優美絕境,如今落腳谷關絕非偶然抉擇,從飯店選址、設備安排乃至客房規劃,將日本傳統侘寂美學帶入頂級度假村,細膩引導旅人重返大自然質樸的懷抱。

經過迎賓竹林,飯店建築恍如一半開書本遺落於群山秘境裡,Studio on site 董事長長谷川浩己借景在地山水景緻打造「水之庭園」,漫步於蜿蜒綠林,每一步都是探索,靜聽引自露天溫泉浴池後方的瀑布與 SPA 區前方水源的淙淙流水聲,不同植栽、花卉散放香氣洗滌鼻尖,躺臥於Gazebo涼亭、長廊椅凳,感受時刻變換、湧動的生命力。

待一步步抖落山外塵埃,接待大廳有東環境建築研究所建築師東利惠,以簡約大器的空間規劃與設計營造開闊感,ICE都市環境照明研究所董事長武石正宣融入在地元素,結合台灣傳統染布與木工技法,以分層式照明呈現台灣工藝文化,節制的藝術擺設、低調柔和的燈光,引人穿梭至非日常的時空意境。

體驗五感納涼

四季分明的日本盛夏,高溫不亞於台灣,虹夕諾雅 谷關辦起「溪谷沁涼之夏」活動, 引進「納涼」文化更巧妙運用在地物產。大地不僅賜予谷關生生不息的溫泉,更是五葉松的故鄉,早飯後漫步水之庭園,飯店精心特製的「五葉松剉冰」恍若谷關春夏山景縮影,清冰上灑落五葉松粉末,色彩鮮明的食用花點綴其間,一口口吃下脆口剉冰再品嘗季節果物,口中盈滿清爽香氣。

正午時分坐進餐廳享用「冰磚涼麵」,飽滿而透明的冰磚取代常見容器,裊裊而升的沁涼感受不只衝擊視覺更撬開味蕾。引自日式涼麵作法,麵體淋以日式醬汁,周圍則搭配香菇、木耳等本地食材,一口口吸起包裹著麵條的沁涼感受,再搭配炸至酥脆的天婦羅,每日5份的限量享受足以讓人忘卻水泥冷氣房裡難以下嚥的熱食。

享受夏夜裡的微醺時光,和家人、另一半漫步至泳池畔,飯店以當地植物和香料為靈感發想,特製三種調酒與特製彈珠汽水。像是「五葉松莫西多」以薄荷與五葉松糖漿調配出清爽風味,另一款「刺蔥鹹狗」於杯緣沾滿刺蔥鹽,入口能感受有如檸檬香茅氣味的刺蔥與葡萄柚汁的清香,「馬告檸檬冰沙氣泡飲」融合氣泡酒和檸檬冰沙,以一日納涼行程貪享夏日沁涼情趣、解放身心靈的滯悶。 

奢侈的靜謐時光

隨著夜幕拉起,從戶外景觀、公共空間行至客房,點點暖光溫柔撐起夜色,回到起居室,幾乎採樓中樓設計,兩側窗戶涼風徐徐通過,享受在半露天的浴場裡、看蒸騰白煙作畫大地,大面積的落地窗以幽深山景或水景為天然屏風,夜晚靜臥於床上彷彿躺進無邊的星斗宇宙裡,即使盛夏也能體驗溫泉帶來的功效及奢侈的靜謐時光。

In Another Universe

Guguan is located in a trench inside the Seven Heroes of Guguan at 800 meters. Dajia River erodes the valley all the time and forms a hot spring for years. Japanese hospitality group Hoshino Resorts searches for beautiful views in Kyoto, Mt. Fuji, Okinawa and even Bali. It did not choose Guguan by accident. From its location, amenities to rooms, Hoshino Resorts introduced the traditional Japanese Wabi-Sabi into a supreme resort and delicately guided travelers to return to the plain nature.

After passing through a bamboo forest, you will see the hotel as a half-open book lost in a hidden realm in the mountains. President of studio on site Hiroki Hasegawa

built a water garden with the technique of borrowed scenery by using the local mountain and river. While taking a stroll in the winding forest, you can explore this place and listen to the waterfall flowing from the far end of the outdoor baths, as well as a pond near the spa building. Also, you will smell the great aroma of various plants and flowers. When you lie in Gazebo and on the bench in the corridor, you can sense the ever-changing, surging vitality.

After shaking off the bustling outside the mountains, you will enter the reception building designed by the President of Azuma Architect & Associates Rie Azuma. The simple, grand space and design created a broad vision. President of Illumination of City Environment Masanobu Takeishi created a layered lighting design reflecting the craft culture of Taiwan as represented by the island’s cloth dyeing and woodwork traditions. The adequate art display and floor- and ground-level lighting enable visitors to truly relax.

One-Day Noryo Tour

In Japan, it is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. The summer heat in Japan is just as high as in Taiwan. HOSHINOYA Guguan introduced the Japanese “Noryo” culture and uses local specialties cleverly. The land gives Guguan a long-lasting hot spring and a home for the Taiwan pine. Rambling in the water garden after breakfast, you can enjoy the “Taiwan pine shaved ice” delicately prepared by Hoshinoya. This dessert is an epitome of the mountain view of Guguan in the spring and summer. Powders of Taiwan pine sprayed on pure ice and bright edible flowers are decorated on the ice. While eating the crunchy ice and the seasonal fruit, your mouth is filled with a fresh aroma.

At noon, you can enjoy the “ice brick cold noodle” in the restaurant. The typical container is replaced with a plump, clear ice brick. The coolness of the ice brick is shocking and delicious. This meal is made based on the recipe of Japanese cold noodles and is poured with Japanese sauce. Local food ingredients such as mushroom and agaric are used. You can suck on the refreshing coolness wrapped around noodles and eat the crispy tempura at the same time. Only five sets are available per day. Guests can definitely enjoy and forget about the torture of eating hot food in an air-conditioned room in the summer.

You can booze yourself in the summer night and walk with your family and your loved one to the poolside. Hoshinoya provides three cocktails and a special Ramune inspired by local plants and spices. “Taiwan Pine Mojito” is made by mixing mint and Taiwan pine syrup and has a refreshing taste. Alianthus Prickly Ash Salty Dog” is made by spreading alianthus prickly ash salt around the edge of the glass and it has the taste of the alianthus prickly ash, similar to lemongrass and the fragrance of grapefruit juice. “Maqaw Lemon Sorbet with Sparkling Wine” is mixed with sparkling wine and a lemon sorbet. You can enjoy a cool summer and relieve dullness in mind in a one-day Noryo tour.

Luxurious Quiet Time

When the night falls, the warm light shines the night from the outdoor landscape, public space to the guest rooms. Most rooms are laid out in a maisonette style. The cool breeze slowly blows into the windows on both sides. When you enjoy the semi-outdoor bathing pool, you can watch the steam forming a picture cloaking the land. The large French window uses the deep, serene mountain or water view as a natural screen. At night, you can quietly lie in bed like lying on the infinite universe. Even in a hot summer, you can still experience the great healing experience of hot spring and the luxurious serene time.

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