TRAVEL & LEISURE At The Penin­sula Tokyo, rar­efied liv­ing comes easy with the lux­ury of space in the heart of the city.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Travel & Leisure - By TERRY LIM

The Penin­sula Tokyo cel­e­brated its first decade just last year. The ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion at the tri­an­gu­lated cen­tre of Tokyo Sta­tion, Im­pe­rial Palace and Ginza en­ables you to take a leisurely five-minute stroll to ei­ther of the three.

As you re­turn from your day out in one of the most eclec­tic cities in the world, you pass the ho­tel’s cus­tomised fleet of lux­ury au­to­mo­biles in­clud­ing a 1934 Rolls-royce Phan­tom II (one of just four in the world), ex­tended wheel­base Phantoms and a Tesla Model S fin­ished in The Penin­sula’s sig­na­ture Brew­ster green.

That fa­mil­ial feel­ing of The Penin­sula’s lobby en­velopes you the mo­ment you walk in, to­gether with an au­ral am­bi­ence pro­vided by a three-piece clas­si­cal en­sem­ble. The ser­e­nade may also take the form of the tra­di­tional Ja­panese shakuhachi flute mu­sic, which you can en­joy as you nurse the ho­tel’s trib­ute cock­tail to Humphrey Bog­art, a Tokyo Joe, which blends Bom­bay Sap­phire, umeshu, Dram­buie and cran­berry juice.

In­side the ho­tel’s 314 gue­strooms and suites, a wealth of ameni­ties and tech­nol­ogy

are em­bed­ded, cour­tesy of The Penin­sula’s ded­i­cated re­search and de­vel­op­ment ef­forts. Walk-in clos­ets, full-sized bath­rooms and gen­er­ously sized spa­ces en­sure that guests could spend weeks here with a free­dom of space and com­fort.

With an un­der­stand­ing that the gue­stroom is a tem­po­rary workspace as well as a home away from home, the ho­tel has en­abled fa­cil­i­ties such as In­ter­net ra­dio with over 3,000 sta­tions, nail dry­ers and an out­door tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity level dis­play at the desk (mak­ing it eas­ier to dress for the out­doors). Bath­rooms in­cor­po­rate three light­ing moods, such as a spa but­ton that dims the bath­room lights, plays sooth­ing mu­sic and sets up a pri­vacy com­mand for the phone and door­bell.

The ho­tel’s famed spa is a per­fect study of Ja­panese in­te­rior de­sign with Yukio Hashimoto’s in­dul­gent use of gold and cho­co­late, beige mar­ble and dark woods. Aji-ishi gran­ite from the Ka­gawa pre­fec­ture and washi pa­per jux­ta­pose the hard and soft, a har­mony which helps tran­si­tion you into deep re­lax­ation, aided by the prac­tised hands of Espa-trained ther­a­pists. Its sig­na­ture Kei­hatsu En­light­en­ment Mas­sage (¥39,500, RM1,430 for one hour and 50 min­utes) draws from a 3,000-year- old East Asian tra­di­tion which pro­motes the healthy flow of qi through deep knead­ing, rolling and stretch­ing move­ments. Just a floor down, the nearly 929sqm fit­ness cen­tre in­cludes an in­door heated swim­ming and vi­tal­ity pool with bal­cony views of the nearby Im­pe­rial Palace Gar­dens and Hibiya Park.

In one of the great­est culi­nary cap­i­tals of the world, a quar­tet of din­ing op­tions at the ho­tel means you’re never too far from a good meal. Peter, on the 24th floor, does prime-cut meats and seafood with 180- de­gree views, and a bar equipped with all man­ner of li­ba­tions and cigars.

The Can­tonese- styled Hei Fung Ter­race of­fers din­ner in a

Bath­rooms in­cor­po­rate three light­ing moods.

Suzhou gar­den theme, while Ky­oto Tsu­ruya is the sis­ter out­let to the fa­mous Ky­oto kaiseki restau­rant.

The Lobby and its sig­na­ture af­ter­noon tea is a peren­nial hit with lo­cals and tourists alike, thanks to the in­ven­tive chef de cui­sine Jun Ishii who en­hances the ex­pe­ri­ence with culi­nary flour­ishes such as pan-seared red snap­per with or­ganic brown rice and a Kobe beef steak sand­wich on crusty baguette, chimichurri and truf­fle fries.

In Oc­to­ber last year, a gala event in hon­our of the ho­tel’s 10th an­niver­sary show­cased chefs from all 10 Penin­sula Ho­tels des­ti­na­tions, each of whom cre­ated gourmet dishes in­spired by their lo­ca­tion of ori­gin.

The an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded The Penin­sula Tokyo Rally Nip­pon 2017 – a four- day drive by 160 driv­ers in 80 iconic au­to­mo­biles from Ky­oto to Tokyo with vis­its to UNESCO World Her­itage Sites, un­der­scor­ing the ho­tel chain’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with clas­sic cars.

These events, and the con­tin­u­ing ethos of The Penin­sula, was most suc­cinctly en­cap­su­lated by the ho­tel’s gen­eral man­ager Sonja Vo­dusek who said: “We are with you, al­ways – now and in the years to come. Cre­at­ing ever­last­ing mem­o­ries and guests for life – gen­er­a­tion by gen­er­a­tion.” tokyo.penin­ ≠

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