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Experience luxury spa treatment; good news for chocoholics; enjoying sweet valentine dreams

Experience luxury spa treatment

The Hotel New Otani is offering women the chance to pamper themselves with its Valentine’s Day spa overnight getaway featuring an ultra-sweet chocolate and honey treatment that will soothe and satisfy both body and soul.

The package starts with an hour of honey-infused or chocolate-infused full-body treatment at the Fortuna spa. Guests can have their body treated with the rich solution while enjoying the aroma and its moisturizing and vitalizing effects (Those who want to try both can extend the treatment to 90 minutes). A healthy and beneficial concoction of chocolate, honey and coconut oil that both aids digestion and boosts metabolism, will be served at the end.

After a soothing spa experience, guests can slip into “me-time” in one of four guestrooms: a sedate and peaceful standard room in The Main or Garden Tower, a spacious, resort-themed deluxe room in the Garden Tower, or a stylish and comfortable room in The Main. A breakfast or lunch catered to one’s room or served at an in-house restaurant the following morning will complete the experience.

The plan is available through March 15 from ¥26,000 per person (tax and service charge included). Reservations must be made one day prior to arrival.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is three minutes from Nagatacho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For more details or reservations, call 03-3234-5678, or visit www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/.

Good news for chocoholics

Chocolate lovers can’t afford to miss the Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s stunning Valentine’s Day collection on sale at the Gargantua delicatessen, featuring its masterwork Bonbon Chocolat series — a box of dainty, artisan chocolates (each treat is handcrafted) created by the hotel’s master chocolatier Yukio Ichikawa — that come in a variety of options.

Cake enthusiasts are sure to love the Bonbon Chocolat Gateau (¥2,592), a six-piece box of shiny, silky droplet-shaped chocolates that taste like mini cakes, including Fraise, which is a version of the hotel’s signature shortcake made from vanilla ganache, marzipan infused with maraschino cherry liquor and strawberry confiture wrapped in white chocolate, and Marron, a milk chocolate shell containing brandy-infused marzipan, vanilla ganache and marrons glace, designed to taste like Mont Blanc (chestnut cream cake).

Another standout is the Bonbon Chocolat Mignon (¥2,916) — a package of nine beautifully presented chocolates of exquisite and creative flavors, including matcha (green tea) ganache and kinako (toasted soybean flour) marzipan coated in white chocolate, sweet corn ganache and salty cereal encased in white chocolate that looks and tastes like popcorn, and white chocolate containing layers of ginger-spiced Japanese sake ganache and strawberry confiture with a hint of yuzu citrus.

All prices include tax. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a three minutes from Hibiya and Uchisaiwaicho stations, or five minutes from Ginza and Yurakucho stations. For more information, call 03-3504-1111, or visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp/j/tokyo/index.html.


Enjoying sweet Valentine dreams

Those looking to end their Valentine’s Day date on a sweet note with a perfect chocolate gift to take home for their loved ones, should check out the Hyatt Regency Tokyo’s chic and sleek pastry shop creations.

This year’s offerings by acclaimed pastry chef Hirokazu Sato, available through Feb. 14, are made from a variety of chocolates and fillings, including caramel, ganache, hazelnut pralines, truffles, premium liquor and many more.

The Coccinelle (¥2,376), or ladybug in French, is an assortment of five visually dazzling, colorful chocolates, each filled with a distinct flavor — passion fruit and ginger, orange and bergamot, strawberry and rose, lime and coconut and salted caramel and tonka bean.

The Bonbon Chocolat (¥1,944) contains four morsels, each with a premium whisky (Scotch, Irish, American and Japanese) filling the rich chocolate shell, while Sato’s signature macarons — ¥1,512 for five — are a work of art, each made with different chocolates from Italian maker Domori. The goods are available at the shop (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or online (goo.gl/Huq6NK) All prices include tax.

The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is one minute from Tochomae Station (Oedo Line), four minutes from Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) and nine minutes from Shinjuku Station. For more information, call 03-3348-1234.