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Best in Tokyo? Maybe…Aman Tokyo Spaing

There was no better spa to spend a Tokyo afternoon than Ritz Carlton Tokyo’s spa until I met Aman Tokyo again.  Sorry Ritz Carlton but I met someone new and will be leaving you…maybe, probably forever.   Miss Spaist last came to this Aman spa during their opening period in February 2014.  I remember coming away dissatisfied because of an uneven, disappointing treatment. This time was very, very different. As a spa enthusiast and lover, Aman Tokyo’s spa has EVERYTHING a lady could want – good lighting, chem-free products, spacious (claustrophobic is a word for many other Tokyo spas), Pilates (!), localized and the exotic (cosmetic acupuncture, Tibetan inspired, etc) for treatments, an amazing cityscape swimming pool and some of the top therapists in the city.   Everything I imagined, everything I was hoping for, and everything I could want in spa – city or resort.  It’s clear that the Aman powers-that-be put a lot of thought into this spa for the new wave of Aman wellness centers they would like to build. I was greeted …

Best afternoon tea set…ever – Aman Tokyo’s Lounge

Aman Tokyo’s Black fashion oriented afternoon tea is a feast for the senses.   The striking handcrafted Japanese black bamboo trays houses Tokyo’s best tea set. Starting with an amuse bouche (edamame mousse and tomato jelly), then an interesting take on the traditional sandwiches with a lemon dill egg with asparagus and charcoal bun roast beef composition, and a generous amount of pastries, including seasonal melon and pumpkin tarts and a Kyoho globe grape chou.  You can have them remove the adzuki beans from the top of the very buttery and symmetrical green tea scones.  They were gracious enough to bring me plain green tea scones on the side. The real stars of the afternoon are the high heel and handbag chocolates.  62% Brazilian cacao heel with lime and caramel filling.  The delicate and precision crafting.  Look at the ornament on the top of the shoe and the delicate shoe straps.   The handbag (with handles) is a dark chocolate masterpiece housing fresh cream with top grade fresh berries.   The chocolate hat with mint …

Ritz Carlton Tokyo spa: the best way to spend a rainy afternoon

In my opinion, there is no better place in Tokyo to indulge a rainy Fall afternoon than at the spa in The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo.  Truly an urban oasis with all kinds of baths, the requisite scenic views of Tokyo tower and opulence in every sense of the word.   Fluffiest spa towels I’ve ever had and they don’t skimp on them either in the treatment rooms. The treatment rooms are a sensory experience, with the Japanese washi paper designs throughout the room, soothing ambient music that lulls you to sleep, dim relaxing lighting that aids in said sleep, and finally a therapist so refined in the massage and facial arts that the first and last thing you see is her face when you wake up from your very expensive slumber. I was running late and didn’t have time to peruse the entire spa menu so I missed the Sodashi part.  I adore Sodashi and their chem free treatments.  The thermal mask facial is a particular favorite and I’m sad to have not seen it.  I was semi-running …

Tokyo 2015 Fall spaing Part II (better than Part 1!)

While my other half does the work thing with the 2015 Tokyo International Boring…err Motor show.  I’ll be taking this spa show on the road of some of Tokyo and Kanagawa’s best spas 🙂 1. IZUMI spa at Hyatt Regency Hakone 2. AO Spa at Andaz Tokyo 3. Ritz Carlton Tokyo spa Wanted to but won’t. they charge non-guests ¥11,000 to use the spa. Who does that? I just don’t like when hotels do that because spaists are typically of a certain income bracket and going to shell out for a day of pampering.  A surcharge penalty for not being a hotel guest is wrong. Oh, and, Ritz Carlton corporate needs to update http://www.ritzcarlton.com spa menu for Tokyo.  I read, heard, saw (here: Ritz Carlton Tokyo changes to Sodashi (Japanese) and here: Ritz Carlton Tokyo Press release! From the Lion’s mouth itself) through the luxury spa grapevine that they use Sodashi products now: Ritz Carlton Tokyo’s (old) spa menu  ===> FAIL that this is still up and nothing has been updated. (Available in Japanese though!?) 3.1 The Spa @ …

My Shangri-la story: not a happy ending with Shangri-la Tokyo

My Shangri-la Tokyo story was one of many well-done treatments, caring therapists, personal gifts of appreciation for Satomi (hands down, the best therapist, in ALL of Tokyo) and a feeling of being at home. not going to be a Happily Ever After… Long story short.  A lot has changed (for the worst) with Shangri-la Tokyo and it always comes back to money. Don’t expect sincere apologies or service recovery.  Just don’t. Maybe the corporate overlords in Hong Kong told Tokyo to turn a profit.  Maybe they just don’t care about us anymore.  Maybe Shangri-la just shouldn’t be sitting at the opulent luxury hotel table. It truly is a shame that CHI spa must suffer a Miss Spaist boycott because of the (in)actions of the Shangri-la Tokyo management team. Luckily for me, Tokyo is a city with many, many other luxury spas and hotels. Tokyo is my Spaing Oyster…