We already shared where we shop & play, so now see where we relax & stay in Tokyo.
PARK HYATT SHINJUKU
This famed property sits atop the sleek Shinjuku Park Tower with expansive views across Tokyo as far afield as Mount Fuji on a clear day. There's a park across the way for outdoorsy respite from the concrete jungle if needed. It's just far enough removed from the madness of Shinjuku but close enough you can walk there. Interiors are a chic if unexpected hybrid Japanese-French Art Deco. Stone finishes in the large bathrooms feel luxurious, even more so if you opt for a soak with your Aesop amenities in the deep tub. Service is without fault and even the sit-down check-in process feels personal.
It's the perfect melding of modern meets traditional perched atop a skyscraper like many other luxury hotels in Tokyo. Service is impeccable and no detail is overlooked. Michelin-starred restaurants, unimpeded views and luxury rooms inn a comfortable mix of traditional Japanese finishes (paper, bamboo, etc.) in modern applications will leave you wanting for nothing.
ANDAZ TOKYO TORANOMON HILLS
Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows are reason enough to stay here. But if you need other reasons, there's the sublime design, large-ish rooms, luxe kumiko woodwork, shoji walls, high-end amenities (in-room Nespresso machine et al) and intimate rooftop sushi bar. Note that the lobby is above the five guest room floors.
Uka offers exquisite manicures and pedicures in gorgeously minimal, pristine salons using their custom uka nail oil and hand treatment products. They take serious care with your hands and nails and do thorough analysis before finishing with a meticulous paint or gel job of your choosing. It's *the* place to go in Tokyo for ethereal, delicate nail art that's sophisticated enough to wear to work or a formal event. Their eyelash extensions are subtle and gorgeous. Omotesando explicitly states it has English-speaking staff but we love zen comfort of the Tokyo Midtown and Marunouchi KITTE salons and the Isetan Beauty Apothecary for access to luxe cult beauty brands.
uka Marunouchi KITTE, 2-7-2 JP Tower KITTE3F, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
(+81 (0)3-3217-2011, http://www.uka.co.jp/english/salons/kitte/index.html) and uka Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-4 Galleria 2F, Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan
(+81 (0)3-5413-7236, http://www.uka.co.jp/english/salons/midtown/index.html)
AMAN TOKYO SPA
Just about everywhere you go in Tokyo, you'll experience the particular sort of hospitality that's exclusive to Japan. Omotenashi is what it's called, a sort of preemptive hospitality that anticipates a guests every need without expectation of favour or reward. You'll find that here. It's the biggest hotel spa in Tokyo offering treatments based on a mix of the Japanese Zen and Kampo traditions, including acupressure facials and shiatsu-mix massage with a focus on purification (Japanese-style bathing beforehand) and balance. Customisable seasonal experiences are on the menu too. Private membership to the Aman Tokyo Club grants you regular access to the best amenities, including the library and gives you passes to bring guests along.
Aman Tokyo Spa, The Otemachi Tower, 1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-kuj, Tokyo, 100-0004 (+81 (0)3-5224-3333, https://www.aman.com/resorts/aman-tokyo/wellness-experience)
Tokyo Eats & Drink | Perfect Weekend Away with Kenta Wanatabe of BUAISOU