All posts filed under: Japan

On and on it spins: breaking the wheel at Andaz Tokyo

This Game of Throne quote (with a twist) reminds me of Andaz Tokyo and its AO spa. “MO, Peninsula, Shangri-la, Ritz-Carlton, they’re all just spokes on a wheel.  This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.” THIS This is how I felt after going back to Andaz on Sunday evening.  AO’s concept is just so revolutionary for Tokyo, that, it really does break the water flowing, tranquil Thailand-esque spa wheel.

Another reason to spa at Hyatt Regency Kyoto: 50% off spaing via the luxury travel advisors Virtuoso Double dipping as a Hyatt Diamond with Virtuoso benefits has never been so sweet.   50% your Hyatt Regency Kyoto: RIRAKU spa journey from facials to body treatments to marathon sessions! If only Virtuoso could get this done at all my luxury hotels…hmmm? All Virtuoso Guests Receive: For 2015 Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full) 50% off of any treatment at our Riraku Spa throughout the stay of the guests. Complimentary pick-up service at JR Kyoto Station at platform upon ARRIVAL. (Please notify us arrival train number, car number and seat number in advance) Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability

SALTY: Korea and Japan Hyatt’s luxe bathing put to the test

Bath salts are such a gift to any hotel stay and today, Miss Spaist, has the pleasure to review some of the finest from my favorite Hyatt hotels in Korea and Japan!   ANDAZ Tokyo (Coriander and eucalyptus, Spring variety.  Seasonal blend and in all rooms) What I Liked: Balanced seasonal ingredients with unique, inspiring blends. What I’d Improve: A little more scent and bathwater presence. Conclusion: A unique bath salt that needs more ooophf. Delivers seasonal variety and organic, locally sourced Japanese quality though. Park Hyatt Busan (Yuzu citrus bath, all rooms, general hotel amenity) What I Liked: Impressive wet bathwater presence (flower pedals or herbs) and soothing Yuzu citrus scent. What I’d Improve:  Packaging fits Park Hyatt motif but feels cheap and uninspired.  Questionable composition with strong, possibly orangey artificial coloring and scents.   Conclusion: An okay choice for anyone wanting a yuzu warm bath and unconcerned with organic credentials. Hyatt Regency Kyoto (Yuzu Kousaido brand locally sourced bath salts, made in Kyoto Prefecture) What I Liked: Elegant, cute packaging and appearance. Very …

Cordial (a beverage, not relations) from Shangri-la Tokyo

Cordial and I’m not talking about relations between countries or in-laws but a new concoction from Shangri-la Tokyo’s CHI spa.  These are clusters of tiny white blossoms that appear in late spring and perfect for the spring Kisetsu ritual. Cordial have been used in drinks for centuries and ties in perfectly with the hotel’s Rhodes British food culture promotion.  A must try when in Tokyo.