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Friday, May 8, 2009
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Pampering at the Cerulean, wine and dine at the Mandarin, and cycle tours in Kyoto
Treat yourself at the Cerulean
The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel has put together a special package that includes treatments at its aesthetic salon and lunch at its main restaurant, Coucagno.
Treatments available at the Carju Rajah aesthetic salon include a choice of Beaute Facial (skin moisturizing treatment), China Facial (massage to relieve tension and stress in shoulders and face), Comfortable Body (conditioning body massage) or Asian Scalp Care. Each takes 50 minutes. Male guests can choose only the Beaute or China facials. In addition, a 15-minute Hand or Foot Gommage (exfoliation) will be offered free for the hotel's eighth anniversary.
After the treatment, you can lunch on some of the Michelin-starred Coucagno's Provencal cuisine while enjoying views of Tokyo from the 40th floor. The course includes an appetizer, soup, main dish, dessert and herbal tea.
The package costs ¥16,000 and is available through June 30.
The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Shibuya Station. For more information, call (03) 3476-3000.
Wine and dine at the Mandarin
The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is offering two new dinner plans with the emphasis on wine.
Adding to its popular dinner buffet (¥5,000 without drinks), Italian restaurant Ventaglio is serving a "Wine and Dine Buffet" (¥7,500), which includes all the fine wine you want. Seven red, white and sparkling wines, chosen by the hotel's chef sommelier and chef de cuisine, complement the buffet menu. The all-you-can-eat/drink buffet is limited to 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Asian-inspired K'shiki has introduced a complimentary "Wine Journey" tasting of 14 superb wines, selected by the sommelier to match the seasonal dishes. Before you order, you can explore two kinds of champagne or sparkling wine, five kinds of red wine, five kinds of white wine and two kinds of dessert wine from around the world. After the wine tasting, enjoy the magnificent night view from the 38th floor and dinner with your choice of wine (from ¥1,200 per glass). K'shiki has dinner courses starting from ¥5,900 as well as a la carte selections.
Dinner is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (last orders) at Ventaglio and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last orders) at K'shiki.
The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo is adjacent to Mitsukoshi-mae and Shin-Nihonbashi stations, and a 7-minute walk from Nihonbashi and Kanda stations. For reservations or more information, call (03) 3270-8188 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hyatt hosts Kyoto bicycle tour
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto will put on its second bicycle tour on June 13, offering an ecofriendly way to discover Japan's ancient capital.
"Touch Kyoto Green & Ride Tour 2009" will take beginners and intermediate-level cyclists on a 50-km bicycle tour to Ohara, a beautiful, natural area located in the northern part of Kyoto, with visits to Sanzenin Temple and Hosenin Temple.
Bad Boy 8 cross bikes (combining the features of a road and mountain bike) by U.S. bicycle company Canondale will be available for hire.
Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in the lobby and are expected to be back at the hotel by around 4:30 p.m. The tour package includes a shower and sauna at Riraku Spa and Fitness after the tour, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Including all the above and insurance, the tour costs ¥12,000. Lunch and temple entrance fees are not included. The route is subject to change depending on weather and traffic conditions, and the tour may be canceled if the weather is particularly bad. Prior reservations are required by May 22.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a 5-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line (2 1/2 minutes by bike) or a 15-minute walk (7 1/2 minutes by bike) from JR Kyoto Station. For more information and reservations, call (075) 541-3215 (10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Friday) or e-mail email@example.com