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Friday, Aug. 24, 2012

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HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Siesta at the Park Hyatt Tokyo; buy, taste wine at Okura Tokyo fair; Shangri-La wins award

Park Hyatt Tokyo siesta spa package

Sweltering temperatures nationwide can lead to heat exhaustion, so the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku has opened its spa and fitness facility Club on the Park — usually available only to members and hotel guests — to visitors as well, offering a special relaxation plan called Park Siesta.

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The plan offers a 60-minute treatment at the spa available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with a special dining menu at a restaurant in the hotel.

The treatment options are aromatherapy, massage and facials. Also, after the treatment, customers can use the spa facility on the 45th floor for one hour.

The special dining menus are a choice of breakfast at Girandole, afternoon tea at the Peak Lounge or the Five to Seven drink plan at the New York Bar.

The plan is available at ¥26,250 per person. A 90-minute spa treatment is available at ¥31,500. The prices include tax and a service charge.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo is a 12-minute walk from Shinjuku Station and an 8-minute walk from Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line. For more information and reservations, call Club on the Park at (03) 5323-3434 or visit www.tokyo.park.hyatt.com.

Buy, taste wine at Hotel Okura fair

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On Sept. 2, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold for the third time the wine fair Marche des Vins at the hotel's Ascot Hall banquet room on its second basement level.

This is one of the biggest wine fairs in Japan, with over 300 varieties selected by the hotel's sommeliers available for sale. Wines not only from France, but also from Italy, Spain, Germany, the U.S., Chile, Australia, New Zealand and Israel will be available.

Guests can select their favorite wines using the hotel's original wine chart or by consulting with sommeliers; some wines can be tasted, including some for free. The free event is open to everyone, from those new to wine on up.

At the venue, the hotel's original wine sets will be available from ¥10,000. From 1 to 4 p.m., a series of 20-minute wine seminars will be held to teach ways of selecting wines from various aspects, such as through aroma or food pairings.

The fair will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome Tokyo Metro subway stations. For more information or reservations for the wine sets, call (03) 3224-6654.

Shangri-La restaurant earns award

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The Piacere restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, has for the second consecutive year received the Best of Award of Excellence in the 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards from the magazine Wine Spectator.

The Best of Award of Excellence is the second of three award tiers that give special recognition to restaurants, and 878 restaurants throughout the world are represented in this year's list. In Japan, there are nine restaurants, including Piacere, at the level of Best of Award of Excellence, and no restaurant in Japan received the first-tier award. Piacere won the third-tier Award of Excellence in 2010.

The awards are given based on the accuracy of the wine list, how the wines are displayed, the wines' compatibility with food that is offered and the selection of rare vintage wines on offer from the world's first-class wine-producing areas.

With Italian wine at its heart, Piacere's list includes rare and vintage wines from around the world, including an array from small wineries. Standouts in the lineup of French and Italian wines — reds and whites from Tuscany and Burgundy, and rich Bordeaux reds — were valued highly for the award.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, is a 2-minute walk from the Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Station. For more information and reservations, call (03) 6739-7888 or visit www.shangri-la.jp.


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