Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Luxe Retreat
  • 19 May - 25 May, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

While the Mandarin Oriental offers sleek design mixed with cutting-edge technology and an astonishing level of intelligent service, it is the feeling of being in an aerial cocoon of calm that distinguishes this hotel. It occupies the top floors of the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower in Tokyo’s business and shopping district where the historical shops and craftsmen (from fans and knives to lacquerware and washi paper) are worth exploring, with astounding views from floor-to-ceiling windows in all 179 rooms and suites. In the meditative 37th-floor spa and its pool, nothing but glass comes between swimmer and the sight of snow-capped Mount Fuji bathed in the red glow of sunset – a fitting introduction to a hotel whose contemporary Japanese design was inspired by the concept of a “living tree”. Guests are spoilt for choice by a cluster of Michelin-starred restaurants; there is fine French dining with a view in Signature, exquisite fresh fish in Sushi Sora, Cantonese food in Sense and the Tapas Molecular Bar – home to a dazzling display of culinary alchemy involving around 20 bite-sized creations.