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May 23, 2017




Disclaimer: I instantly joined the #AmanJunkie club after my celestial (yes, beyond celestial, even) stay here in the relatively new Aman Tokyo. Anyone who has ever been to an Aman premise would know what I am talking about. This hotel is the first of its kinds within the iconic chain of Aman Resorts, mainly because it is the first to be situated in a city, and right smack in the very beating heart of Tokyo too, at that. Look out of the window and you see the Imperial Palace Gardens and the Mount Fuji in the horizon.





A Japanese lady played a traditional instrument by the marble staircase, while the tall ceilings, high-reaching windows and beautiful interior brought about a sense of zen immediately. I remember coming from a long journey, and I was beyond relieved when I got to the lobby, which is by the way, situated high up the building, an increasingly common design amongst new hotels these days.



Now, down to brass tacks… THE ROOM

Aside from the fact that it is the first Aman Resort located in a city, the rooms here are also fully equipped with a television (yes, when you enter a typical Aman Resort, the key takeaway is to have total equanimity, which translates into no social media, no electronic devices, no television, nada). The most impressive bit was definitely when I was shown how the television could be stored away in the sleek wooden cabinet electronically - watch the video for a truly immersive tour around the room - it was truly a sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life.


By the way, have I mentioned how tranquil the corridors were? The carpeted floor gave nothing away. I really felt like I was walking on clouds. The wooden and washi paper combination, and the little details, such as a message left on the bed, and a fragrant packet, truly made me want to stay inside this cocoon forever.




Of course, Aman’s toiletries are something to rave about. Pure and scented with essences that are blended to bring on full relaxation, they all came in actual sizes (none of those travel mini nonsense) and were ripe for the picking - it was replenished generously, no matter how many times I stored them away! (Yes, guilty as charged). The bathroom was really wonderful, with a shower and a traditional Furo bathtub.




 Aman Tokyo, Japan, 〒100-0004 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Otemachi, 1 Chome−5−5 6 大手町タワ

The Otemachi Tower,1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004




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