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Aman Tokyo, Japan
April 13, 2016
Occupying the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district lies Aman Tokyo, the brand’s sixth property to be designed by Kerry Hill architects. A somewhat dramatic departure from the company’s usual remote locations, this inner-city hotel brings Aman’s famed sense of serenity to the bustling capital to create a truly unique urban retreat.
Guests will be captivated by the dramatic lobby vista with a backdrop of impressive city views from the moment they step out of the lift on the 33rd floor. Built using classic Japanese materials such as washi paper and camphor wood, the hotel uses a mix of textures and fabrics to create the hotel’s distinctive ambiance, showcasing design features such as the 30 metre high reception centrepiece that resembles the interior of a Japanese paper lantern. Underneath proudly stands one of the most impressive floral displays you’re likely to lay eyes on surrounded by a calming water feature and, in the background, a traditionally-dressed musician beguiles guests with authentic Japanese string instruments.
This zen-like atmosphere continues throughout the hotel, spilling into the restaurant and lounges and spreading across the guestroom floors, before quite literally pooling in what is arguably the most beautiful spa in the city.
Views are breathtaking with vistas of the Tokyo skyline, Imperial Palace and Mount Fuji visible from all 86 of its larger-than-average rooms and suites. Minimalist and calming, each room features traditional soaking tubs – in keeping with the Japanese bathing ritual – as well as Shoji screens to delineate areas subtly. The décor gives subtle nods to traditional Japanese residential structures, and this is reflected throughout the accommodation.
If you can drag yourselves away from your calm haven, the gastronomic fine dining restaurant is sure to impress, blending Mediterranean cuisine with Japanese flavours for a meal you won’t forget in a hurry. Whether you opt for the butter-soft wagyu T-bone steak or the delicate sautéed golden Threadfin bream, you won’t be disappointed. The nearby Lounge offers a sizable cocktail and sake list for a post-dinner drink, and the walk-in, glass fronted wine cellar, cigar lounge with build-in humidor and resident’s library decorated with authentic Japanese artefacts are additional impressive features.
Those for whom money is no issue would be recommended to spend as much time as possible at Aman Tokyo’s most stand-out asset, the spa. Set over two floors and covering a staggering 2,500 square metres, it uses wellness traditions of Japan throughout its eight treatment rooms such as Zen philosophy, meditation and Kampo. For those with slightly more modest budgets, the state of the art Fitness Centre features not only a decent-sized swimming pool with jaw-dropping view, but a Yoga Studio, Pilates Studio, traditional Japanese baths and steam rooms.
In a Nutshell
An urban sanctuary that offers a rare and welcome pocket of calm in an otherwise high octane city, a stay at Aman Tokyo comes with a hefty price tag that does little to deter fans of the brand.
Words by Sophie Coughlan