otemachi tower is the ultimate in skyscraper-chic. soaring upwards to almost 200 meters in the air, the newly opened structure dwarfs most other buildings in otemachi, a business area in the heart of tokyo and located a stone's throw away from the imposing grounds of the imperial palace. it's right here, on the top six floors, where amanresorts' newest retreat is to open its doors next month. a remarkable choice to say the least, as this five-star hospitality chain is arguably best known for idyllic locations in exotic rural settings or on far flung tropical islands. sure, there once was a property in delhi, and since last year a rather grand venetian palazzo ranks on its property list, but it's this venture in tokyo which breaks new grounds, providing amanresorts with its first truly urban presence.
aman tokyo, as it is called, may be nestled in the planet's largest metropolitan area, it's conceptualized as such to emanate a very similar resort-like atmosphere as its far-flung sister establishments, yet with a distinct urban edge. the hotel is designed by kerry hill architects and features 84 guestrooms and suites, all with sweeping views of the city and its landmarks. the spacious deluxe rooms have large foyers and bathrooms, and face the imperial palace gardens. the premier rooms look towards tokyo skytree, while the suites feature spacious open-plan living rooms and pantries. top of the bill are the so-called aman suites, at 157 sqm. [1,690 sq.ft.] one of the grandest pads in town. needless to say, all rooms come with the amenities and facilities modern travelers expect these days.
as with other amanresorts properties, the interior design blends in elements from local culture. classic japanese materials such as camphor wood and washi paper have been paired with contemporary design and modern technology, resulting in various fusion settings with an intriguing kind of elegance. this is most evident in the lobby, situated below a 30-metre high vault covered with screens of washi paper and resembling the interior of a japanese paper lantern. mind you, adding up to the lobby's zen-like serenity is an indoor garden replete with water feature and rock formations. the allure of aman tokyo obviously extends to its facilities, and tokyo being a renowned gourmet capital, the hotel has a few trumps up its sleeves for even the most discerning of palates.
the café by aman specialises in mediterranean-inspired fare, featuring the hotel’s own signature sake, and even offers lunch and dinner with outdoor forest view seating. on the 33rd level, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the imperial palace gardens and a distant mount fuji, the lounge by aman is situated. this is a relaxed meeting place, suitable for a drink or snack. the restaurant by aman serve fine dining with a focus on mediterranean cuisine, including an equally refined selection of japanese and asian inspired dishes. not surprisingly, aman tokyo has a wine list to match, stocking no less than 1,200 carefully selected wines in an impressive glass fronted walk-in wine cellar. and of course fans of good sake won't be disappointed.
adding up to the hotel's meticulously created sense of luxury is a beautifully designed wellness area that occupies 2,500 sqm. [26,910 sq.ft.] spread over two floors. dedicated to total relaxation and health, the area encompasses an aman spa with eight treatment rooms, a fully equipped fitness center, a yoga studio, a pilates studio, and last but not least, a 30-metre swimming pool with, once again, stunning city views. location: otemachi tower, 1-5-6 otemachi, 33rd floor [otemachi].