Forget homemade brunches marked by lukewarm coffee and failed attempts at poached eggs. Start making weekends special again at the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo, where fine dining chefs at Italian restaurant Piacere present a sumptuous, creative summer brunch menu served from noon to 2:30 p.m. on weekends and public holidays until Aug. 30.

A welcome drink of Champagne, a cocktail or spritzer is included in the promotion (¥8,500), but if celebrating a special occasion, diners can opt for a two-hour, free flow plan of Champagne Ruinart (¥18,000 extra).

The menu revolves around an assortment of appetizers and mix-and-match mains. Perfect for the indecisive, appetizers can be reordered upon request.

Traditional breakfast fare mains see luxurious touches being applied — witness a truffle omelet and eggs Benedict served with marinated lobster and caviar — while others veer toward the lunch category. This includes a grilled, spicy lamb chop accompanied by summer vegetables, or pan-fried sea bass with herbes de Provence, highlighting seasonal produce.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is one minute from Tokyo Station, Nihonbashi Exit. For more information about this promotion or to make a reservation, email piacere.slty@shangri-la.com or call 03-6739-7898 (Piacere). Taxes and surcharges not included in listed prices.

Check in to luxury on the shore of Tokyo Bay

Newly opened hotel Mesm Tokyo is no slouch when it comes to prime real estate — the property’s front yard is the magnificent foreshore of Tokyo Bay. Part of the Waters Takeshiba complex, the hotel allows guests to enjoy all the comforts and convenience of hotel living while remaining connected to the metropolis.

And what better way to arrive in Tokyo than via sea? Worth noting is a service allowing guests to arrive at Mesm Tokyo by boat. Guests are driven from Haneda Airport to Tenkubashi Pier before embarking on a 40-minute boat journey to Takeshiba Pier and the hotel. Priced from ¥50,000 one-way, the service runs daily except the second Wednesday of each month.

Opening accommodation specials include The Private plan (from ¥84,755 for two people per night) available until Dec. 15, where in-room-dining and free valet and car parking services all form part of the deal. A “workation” plan is also on offer until Sept. 30, with half- and full-day options available.

Aside from the boat route, Mesm Tokyo can be reached in under 10 minutes from Hamamatsucho, Takeshiba and Daimon stations. For more information about the hotel and these offers, visit https://www.mesm.jp/en/ or call 03-5777-1111. Taxes and surcharges are included in listed prices. Visit https://clean.marriott.com/ for details on the hotel’s coronavirus measures.

Soak in seaside views with outdoor dining

A jewel in Kobe’s waterfront-dining culture is Santa Monica’s Wind at the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel. Overlooking the water, the restaurant’s popular outdoor terrace has been transformed into Kobe Seaside Beer Terrace, a casual yet elegant beer garden eatery, open nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. until Sept. 30. The venue’s two-hour buffet plan is priced at ¥4,900 for weekdays and ¥5,900 for weekends and public holidays, with taxes and surcharges included.

With a selection of around 30 free-flowing beverages available, patrons are certain to find the perfect accompaniment to the Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine on offer. The barbecue plan is an optional extra (starting from ¥3,000) and includes pork spareribs and vegetables ready to grill.

Diners are also invited to imbibe and take in dynamic views of the surrounding bay at a dedicated sofa area (table charge ¥500 per person, complimentary drink included).

For safety measures, diners must wear a mask upon entering the restaurant and getting food; gloves and sanitizer will be available.

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel is eight minutes from Minato Motomachi Station. For details and reservations visit https://www.kobe-orientalhotel.co.jp/beerterrace/ (Japanese only) or call 078-325-8110. Visit https://www.kobe-orientalhotel.co.jp/others/8453/(Japanese only) for details concerning the hotel’s hygiene measures in the wake of coronavirus.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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