Last month Matt was lucky enough to get Christmas week off work, unfortunately we weren’t able to organize any off-island travels but we did manage to head away for a fun family night in a yurt at Beach Rock Village.
I have known about Beach Rock Village for a while now and we actually tried to head there for lunch a month or so earlier with some people I met through Instagram!
Funny story actually…I had been following Travelling Anyway on Instagram (@travellinganyway) for a while now; if you haven’t heard about them they are a family of 4 from Australia with kids aged 8 & 4 who spent 9 months last year traveling around Asia…ah-mazing, right?!
Anyway, Rach and I had sent a few private messages on Instagram as they were planning to visit Okinawa and she had a few questions and what not.
Fast forward a few months and I was at a little beach in Yomitan that I had never been to before with a friend, and we get chatting to this family, after a few minutes I start to wonder if this IS the family behind Travelling Anyway…lo and behold it was!
They were only going to be here a few days before continuing on their epic journey around Asia so I asked if they wanted to hang out in the weekend when Matt wasn’t working. I had the great idea of going to Beach Rock Village with tree houses, hammocks and a swing from a tree I thought it sounded pretty awesome.
Come the weekend and we set out for Motobu to find Beach Rock Village we drive for AGES because naturally Matt & I got lost and then when we finally found it, it was closed, WHAT! We felt TERRIBLE!
All was forgiven when we found another place to eat lunch and then headed over to friends for an evening of amazing food, inspiring chat and of course fantastic company. Although we still felt/feel bad!
Of course this only made me more determined to visit Beach Rock Village!
So when Matt found out he was having this week off work I made contact immediately to see if they had any availability and they did. I booked it and we went not really knowing what to expect.
We arrived after lunch and immediately “checked in” to our yurt, everyone thought it was amazing! In fact we had to bribe the girls with a juice just to get them to go outside!
With juice on the mind we headed to the “bar yurt” which I sadly didn’t take any photos of but it was pretty awesome, we placed our order and headed outside to enjoy the scenery & drinks.
Eden was itching to go up to the tree terrace where you can actually sit and eat your lunch! Of course with the lack of railings we quickly headed back down and spent a lot of time enjoying the slide; it went a lot faster than you expected!
Dinner that evening was being prepared and served in the “Nature Cottage” (a shared cottage which you can also rent and I think it sleeps 8 total) I have no clue what any of the dishes were but they were amazing. I believe the vegetables were all grown on the property and other than one dish which contained tuna everything was vegetarian.
By now it was dark so we headed back to our yurt, we had planned on waiting until the kids had gone to bed before heading to the “bar” but in the end we all crashed out.
We headed back to the Nature Cottage for breakfast; delicious miso soup, scrambled eggs and a couple of other dishes (noodles & a vege dish) again we all thoroughly enjoyed it!
Our plan was to stay and eat lunch here because the menu looked great but unfortunately the Cafe wasn’t going to open that day so we decided to just hang in the yurt for a bit before leisurely packing up and making tracks.
A few people have asked me if I would recommend Beach Rock Village honestly I think it really comes down to what you are wanting, we loved getting away from it and how relaxing it was being in the Okinawa Mountain range, as Matt calls it! However if you go expecting activities an entertainment then this probably isn’t the place for you!
Also its worth mentioning that the swing, as of Dec 2015, was broken…hopefully it gets replaced!