BEST of the BEST 2015: Aman Tokyo
An elevated experience from Aman resorts.
In a city where luxury knows no limits, Aman Tokyo is the newest superlative. Set high above the Japanese capital’s frenetic Nihonbashi district, the hotel is an elegant aerie that soars above the competition with its stellar service and perfectly executed fusion of tradition and modernity.
The property, which opened in December as the Singapore-based Amanresorts’ 27th hotel, occupies the top six floors of Tokyo’s glass-walled Otemachi Tower. Stepping from the elevator into the 33rd-floor lobby, guests enter what appears to be a larger-than-life shoji lantern centered on an enormous internal garden and crowned by a glowing washi-like ceiling. Though magnificent in scale, the space is an intimate haven where kimono-clad attendants serve afternoon tea, and a massive vase of cherry blossoms is arranged in the customary manner of ikebana.
Pairs of woven black slippers await guests in the 84 rooms and suites, which blend traditional elements of a ryokan, or Japanese inn, with the contemporary style of the Singapore-based architect Kerry Hill (whose projects have included Amanwella in Sri Lanka and Amansara in Cambodia). Tatami mats stretch over chestnut-wood floors, calligraphy scrolls hang on the walls, and sliding paper doors hide spacious bathrooms where granite furo present a modern take on the onsen bath. Whether soaking or sipping sake in their sunken lounge, guests can expect sky-high views through windows that frame the city and distant Mount Fuji.
Seasonal sakes and Yamazaki 25 Year Old complement equally compelling views at the Aman’s lounge and bar. Just past a lattice screen, the hotel’s restaurant combines Japanese ingredients and European techniques in such dishes as French foie gras with shiitake mushrooms and A4 Kobe beef served with local vegetables.
Tokyo’s many renowned restaurants and other attractions are never far from reach, with the Ginza District, Tokyo Station, and the Imperial Palace all within walking distance. After a day of exploring the city, guests can return to the Aman’s spa, where a glass-enclosed swimming pool hovers above the endless sea of gleaming lights. ($630–$1,680)
Aman Tokyo, amanresorts.com