The Luxe List 2015

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Aman Tokyo's 34th-floor swimming pool.

The Luxe List 2015: Aman Tokyo, Japan

In a city where luxury hotels abound, the newest Aman property, set high in the Otemachi Tower not far from Tokyo Station, is hard to fault. Australian architect Kerry Hill (who also designed the Amans in Sri Lanka and Bhutan) has managed to capture a sense of place from the moment you step into Aman Tokyo’s 33rd-floor lobby. Centered on a raised rock garden and crowned by a soaring ceiling feature of backlit washi-paper designed to resemble a huge traditional lantern, the space is immediately welcoming, thanks in part to kimono-clad staff who seem to float around the room pouring tea and arranging cherry blossoms in the tradition of ikebana. Traditional materials are used throughout, from sliding shoji screens to furo soaking tubs, elegant yukata robes in the wardrobe and black cotton slippers waiting for you by the door to your lodgings. Views from the 84 rooms and suites take in the Imperial Palace gardens and Tokyo Skytree, but the best vista in the house is from the 34th-floor infinity pool. Here, the water has been set at a level to block out Tokyo’s sprawling cityscape, allowing swimmers to bliss out while gazing at Mount Fuji on the horizon.

81-3/5224-3333; Aman; doubles from US$870

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