Category: Japan

Expedia Insiders' Select

Expedia Insiders’ Select

I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their  best hotels and resorts worldwide  based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world.   It’s an […]

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Richard  Whitfield is  Managing Director  of Half Moon, a beautiful resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been welcoming guests for over 50 years.   Richard joined the resort as Financial Controller back in 1976 and became Director of Operations in 1986.   Following the retirement of Heinz Simonitsch in 2002, Richard was promoted to […]

Frommer's Top Travel Destinations for 2007

Frommer’s Top Travel Destinations for 2007

The editors at Frommer’s Travel Guides and Frommers.com have come up with a list of 12 emerging destinations that they recommend we visit in 2007.   Making the shortlist of places not to be missed are: Krakow, Poland Tokyo, Japan Minneapolis, Minnesota Panama Asheville, North Carolina Ethiopia Portland, Oregon Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands Okanagan […]

Ishi No Yu, Japan

Ishi No Yu, Japan

The Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa, at the foot of Japan’s Hakone Mountains, has opened a Japanese style heated stone spa ‘Ishi No Yu’ featuring 18 warm stone beds, relaxation room and lounge. The warm stone beds penetrate deep into the muscle tissue to relieve, relax and increase circulation. It is a unique treatment for […]

Japanese Odyssey

Japanese Odyssey

Japan is without doubt one of the most fascinating countries in East Asia –  a fascinating mixture of ancient history and cutting edge modernity.   Absolute Travel  is offering a comprehensive 15 day tour of the country which takes in all of the major sights from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo to the back streets […]

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

Shangri-La International Management Ltd. are to mark their international debut with the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo. The new hotel will occupy the top 11 floors of the 37-storey Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building but will not open until March 2009 as the building is currently under construction.

A year of island hopping: June

A year of island hopping: June

This is post  six of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For June, the following are recommended: British Virgin Islands Capri: Grand Hotel Quisisana and Villa Brunella Galápagos, Ecuador Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: The Edgartown […]

Most expensive city in the world

Most expensive city in the world

The fact that Moscow has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city has got a lot of media attention recently. Mercer Human Resource Consulting‘s survey of 144 cities across six continents also showed Seoul move up in the rankings, pushing Tokyo down into third place. Many of the changes are due to exchange rate […]

Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan cruise

Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan cruise

Join Clipper Cruise Line for an extraordinary voyage to the Temples and Gardens of Ancient Japan, departing 1st June 2006 aboard their award-winning small-ship Clipper Odyssey. Experience the unmistakable beauty of Japan’s elegant gardens, ancient castles, and opulent temples and shires as you travel in the company of a distinguished group of onboard historians and […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine comes to Tokyo

Molecular cuisine combines physics, chemistry and gastronomy, and was made popular in the early 1990s by the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià. While many parts of the world are no stranger to test tubes and petri dishes, this type of cooking has  been a long time in coming to Tokyo. But the wait is finally over: […]

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]

The Tablet 10: Best of Asia

The Tablet 10: Best of Asia

Are you seeking the best that Asia has to offer? Courtesy of another ‘Tablet 10’  from  Tablet Hotels, here’s the pick of the bunch: The Peninsula – Kowloon, Hong Kong The Oriental – Bangkok, Thailand Park Hyatt Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan The Peninsula Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand Claska – Tokyo, Japan The Sukhothai Bangkok – […]

Global Express plane from ExcelAire

Global Express plane from ExcelAire

Based in Long Island, NY, ExcelAire  is about to add  a Global Express plane to its private jet fleet.   The aircraft flies from New York City to Tokyo nonstop in 14 hours. There’s nothing that remarkable about the journey time but the level of comfort is second to none. The plane represents the pinnacle […]

Luxury hotels in Tokyo

Luxury hotels in Tokyo

The “Big Three” in Tokyo (the Imperial Hotel, Hotel New Otani and Hotel Okura) are facing increasing competition. Last summer, Hilton’s Conrad Hotel brand introduce Conrad Tokyo to the newly developed Shiodome business district in Minato Ward. This was followed by Mandarin Oriental’s Tokyo hotel in Nihonbashi (in Chuo Ward).   The spring and summer […]