Nobu opens a ryokan in California; Catch the total solar eclipe on a Caribbean cruise; An exclusive new spa in the British Virgin Islands
LEAVE IT TO NOBU TO PUT A WHOLE NEW spin on the classic American motel – by turning a 1950s-era one into a US$2,000-a-night ryokan. Nobu Ryokan Malibu sits just off the Pacific Coast Highway, a secluded oceanfront sanctuary that’s a more plush version of the traditional Japanese-style inn. Twelve suites and five bungalows vaunt Japanese soaking tubs, tatami mats and shoji screens, adding to the ethos of omotenashi (the art of Japanese hospitality). There’s no restaurant on-site, but that’s not likely to be an issue for most guests, as food is delivered directly from the neighbouring Nobu Malibu restaurant – yellowtail sashimi in bed, anyone? Given the presumed A-list guests, privacy is of utmost importance, and no tourists or curious passers-by will be allowed to enter the hotel’s grounds – it’s strictly guests-only.