Spa plan to provide rest, relaxation; treatment offers relief from hay fever; sweets celebrate matchmaking lore

Spa plan to provide rest, relaxation

The Peninsula Tokyo is offering an “Urban Retreat Plan,” which allows guests to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing time in central Tokyo. The plan includes treatment in the hotel spa, which was awarded five stars by Forbes Travel Guide. Guests can stretch at the pool while enjoying the greenery of Kokyo Gaien National Garden and Hibiya Park and relaxing in Japanese style rooms.

The plan also comes with six options for guests to choose from. One is a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, while another is a 30-minute poolside pole stretching the morning after their stay from 8:00 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. The third is a gluten-free breakfast, however, guests can also choose from other set menus. The fourth is bath salts from Brittany, France. The fifth is an optional Peninsula dinner produced by the hotel’s dietitian, while the sixth option is the use of the hotel’s fitness center and swimming pool.

The plan is available in a deluxe room from ¥93,277 for couples, and from ¥113,277 for three people (tax and service charge included). It is offered on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

The Peninsula Tokyo is connected to Hibiya Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Hibiya lines and the Toei Mita Line, and is three minutes from Tokyo Metro Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station (JR, Tokyo Metro). For more information and reservations, call 03-6270-2288, or visit tokyo.peninsula.com.

Treatment offers relief from hay fever

Through June 30, The Hyatt Regency Tokyo is offering a detox spa package for people suffering from hay fever at Joule Spa & Wellness on the 28th floor. During hay fever season, when cedar pollen causes discomfort such as itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion, the package reduces discomfort and addresses seasonal skin problems.

A 105-minute treatment includes a “Biologic Recherche” facial treatment (75 minutes) that treats skin affected by hay fever and eases swelling, as well as a 30-minute aroma back treatment using essential oils.

The course is available for ¥35,640 per person (tax included).

Another 75-minute “Deep Body Work” course includes a 60-minute massage and body stretch and a 15-minute head treatment, which stimulates lymphatic flow and refreshes around the face with peppermint oil. The course is available for ¥24,800 (tax included).

Guests receiving treatments can also use the pool and gym for free. Joule Spa & Wellness is open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. and offers a light meal after treatments.

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.

Sweets celebrate matchmaking lore

As part of its Sanin regional fair featuring food from Tottori and Shimane prefectures that runs through March 31, The Hotel Granvia Osaka is offering “matchmaking sweets” at the hotel’s restaurants and cafes.

Ange (angel) Sanin cheesecake represents Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, an area famous for matchmaking legends. The cheesecake consists of mild cream cheese mousse sandwiched by crispy crusts, filled with a tart red wine jelly. Priced at ¥500, it is available at Cafe Ripple.

Love Zenzai, a sweet adzuki-bean paste with pieces of rice cake with strawberry sauce inside and garnished with heart-shaped strawberries is another dessert embodying the Sanin region available at Cafe Ripple. The Love Zenzai is ¥900 per person and ¥1500 for a couple.

In the Lobby Lounge, a heart-shaped strawberry and cheese tart along with tea or coffee is available for ¥1,700, while a chocolate chiffon cake with strawberry sauce set (comes with tea or coffee) is available for ¥1,680 at Lounge River Head.

The Hotel Granvia Osaka is adjacent to JR Osaka Station. For more information, call 06-6344-1235, or visit www.granvia-osaka.jp.