Showing posts with label Luxury Indulgence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luxury Indulgence. Show all posts

Hama Steak House Wagyu Teppanyaki Review ( ステーキハウス ハマ 六本木 )

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Famous for its Japanese Teppanyaki, Hama Steak House ( ステーキハウス ハマ ) is definitely one of my favourite hunts whenever I visit Tokyo. I have been to their Ginza branch on many occasions, but this time tried the food at their Roppongi outlet instead.

Hama Steak House Roppongi is less than 10 minutes walk from the Subway Roppongi Station. The Japanese restaurant is easily spotted once you have past Tokyo Midtown ( 東京ミッドタウン ), a 5-storey retail galleria.

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On other occasions, I would usually order their Chef Course ( シェフコース ) at 19,000¥++/pax ( approx USD 170 ), but it was my birthday so we decided to go for the Elegant Course ( 優雅~エレガントコース ) at ¥ 30,000++/pax.

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If you ever visit Tokyo and looking for good Wagyu Beef, this restaurant is a must-try! Well, I won't go into details on the taste since I had previously reviewed, but they are quite consistent in their food unlike some restaurants. Let’s check out what their USD 300 course looks like!
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Luxury Haven Ranked No. 5 in Top 75 Luxury Lifestyle Blogs!

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A surprise email came on Nov 11, just a day after my birthday. A nice birthday gift indeed as Luxury Haven is now Ranked No.5 in Top 75 Luxury Lifestyle Blogs on the web, powered by Feedspot!

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Since I don’t like to participate in any Blog Awards etc, and I am rather ignorant when it comes to blog stats and SEO etc, I was naturally surprised and curious how Luxury Haven was selected. Seems that blogs were indexed using search and social metrics, and also ranked based on following criteria:
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking.
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.
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Luxury Gold, Insight Vacations 40th Anniversary Travel Deals!

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Luxury Gold is delighted to launch its brand new 2018 worldwide Luxury Escorted Journeys showcasing a unique and exclusive collection of VIP experiences as it celebrates 40 Years of Travelling in Style. Insight Vacations has just received the Best for Luxury Tours at the TripZilla Excellence Awards 2017, an award presented for the second year running.

As a global leader in premium escorted travel, Insight Vacations has been crafting magical journeys for 40 years that embody the “Art of Travelling in Style”. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcases the most outstanding destinations in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to travelling in smaller groups, savouring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences.

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Guests seeking the ultimate in indulgence and refinement will enjoy an exclusive collection of journeys that go above and beyond expectations, luxury hotels with impeccable service, and exceptional dining in exquisite style and comfort. Travellers can enjoy a diverse selection of 42 small group journeys across the globe including Europe, Britain, Africa, India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and North America.
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New Year Countdown At Singapore’s Siloso Beach Party 2017!

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Image Credit: Sentosa Development Corporation
Singapore’s only new year’s countdown on the beach - Siloso Beach Party 2017 - is set to return to Sentosa’s sandy shores on 31st December 2017 (from 6.00pm to #6.00am) for the 11th consecutive year! With tickets going on sale in November 2017, party-goers should gear up for 12 hours of non-stop music and fun with their friends, as they welcome 2018 at one of the region’s most iconic countdown parties. More electrifying details will be revealed at a later stage.

“We are excited to offer our guests endless excitement from day to night. Through a plethora of exciting after-dark activities and events, Bright Nights at Sentosa will bring the diverse array of night-time offerings in The State of Fun to life, capitalising on assets like our beaches to create unique experiences for our guests. As we continue to curate more after-dark activities, we look forward to welcoming more guests to Sentosa at night,” said Ms Lynette Ang, Chief Marketing Officer at Sentosa Development Corporation.
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Siem Reap’s Latest Boutique Hotel, Jaya House River Park

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Nestled serenely alongside the Siem Reap River in a verdant enclave is one of Siem Reap’s newest boutique hotels, the Jaya House River Park. Opened in December 2016, this petite lush haven is located about 20 minutes away from Siem Reap International Airport and a six-minute tuk tuk journey from town in the direction of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor site.

With the Ecole Francasi Extreme Orient, the Enkosa Pagoda and the Angkor Conservation Authority in the neighbourhood, Jaya House River Park is shrouded in a definitive sense of heritage and culture. ‘Jaya’ is a shortened version of Jayavarman, the 9th century king who unified the Khmer states into one empire. Designed by V-Design Asia based in Siem Reap, the Jaya House River Park is a modern, luxurious resort integrating Khmer culture and Western design. Its slightly off the beaten track location ensures a tranquil retreat away from the bustling town yet still readily accessible with the complimentary use of the hotel’s fleet of tuk tuks or two-wheeled carriages pulled by a motorbike from 4.30 am to 10 pm.
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The Top 5 Golf Courses in Portugal

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Portugal is home to the world’s best golf courses and the top destination for recreational and professional golfers. It's sunny, warm region of Algarve alone, for example, is home to more than 40 golf courses, with most having championship layouts and are known all over the golfing world. Learn about golf holidays in Algarve and why they are anticipated by many, here are more information. There are also known golf courses in the Lisbon coast and even in the majestic Madeira Island located in the Atlantic Ocean. Basically, there is a golf course for anybody in Portugal, along with seeing amazing sights and sounds.

Here are the top golf courses found in Portugal:

1. San Lorenzo Golf Course
Located in the exclusive Quinta de Lago estate in Algarve, San Lorenzo is hailed as one of the most renowned golf course in Portugal and one of the finest in Europe. It is an 18-hole par 72 course was made by American golf architect Joseph Lee. It has a designed similar to a figure of 8 and laid out with beautiful Bermuda grass. Playing in San Lorenzo can be smooth, but it also has some very challenging holes that test strength and accuracy.

2. Penha Longa Atlantico
World- famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed Penha Longa Atlantico, which is located within the upmarket Penha Longa resort near Sintra. This 18-hole par 72 course lies overlooking the expansive Atlantic Ocean and situated within a protected natural reserve. Playing in Penha Longa Atlantic requires bold and strategic plays due to the courses varying elevation. It is also ranked as one of the finest golf courses in Europe.

3. Vale do Lobo Royal
Known for its scenic setup that made one of the most photographed holes, the 16th hole of Vale do Lobo’s Royal Golf Course is famous in the European Golf scene. Its famous cliff- top carry over is considered one of the trickiest shots in Portugal and hailed as Algarve’s symbol of golf. Vale do Lobo Royal is an 18- hole par- 72 course designed by Sir Henry Colton in the 1960s.

4. Oceanico Victoria
Designed by Almond Palmer, Oceanico Victoria is the venue for the prestigious Portugal Masters and the PGA World Cup on many occasions. This exquisitely designed course is one of the many layouts in Vilamoura Resort in the Algarve coast. Natural water hazards, this 18- hole par -72 course, presents a series of challenging shots that even professionals took some second- guessing on strategy. Apart from these, the overall terrains put up a really big challenge for accuracy and strength.

5. Monte Rei Golf Club
Located in Tavira in the Eastern hinterland of Algarve, and one of the many courses in the area of studded cork oak and olive trees, the Monte Rei is an 18- hole par- 72 layout designed by American golf legend Jack Nicklaus is only a few distance from the coast and have an easy access to convenient resort facilities. The golf club itself has fabulous on-site villas complete with excellent five- star club amenities. Several water hazards, bunkers, and some thrilling deep make this golf course a perfect place to practice your play.

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British Airways Announces Partnership with The White Company

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British Airways announced its plans to give customers a great night’s sleep in the sky through a partnership with the luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company. The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s £400m (S$ 716m) customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all.

Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and New York JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a fantastic lumbar support when working or relaxing on board.

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Exclusively for British Airways, The White Company have also designed a bespoke, luxuriously soft large pillow and pillowcase. To enhance customers’ comfort, the double-sided pillow, which has been expertly designed for day and night use, features cosy grey fabric on one side and crisp white cotton on the reverse. Customers will also be given a super-soft woven blanket with satin trim and a specially developed luxury duvet to improve their quality of sleep, as well as a padded mattress cover giving an extra layer of comfort. The new bedding from The White Company will then be gradually rolled out across British Airways’ other long-haul routes.
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Mosche Grand Hyatt Hair Colouring with Okara Scalp Ampoule

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Does your hair stylist add on a Scalp Protection Treatment before colouring your hair? Generally, a scalp protector such as ampoule is formulated to protect your hair and scalp during colour treatment, highlighting and bleaching, while enhancing the radiance and intensity of the colour.

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During my recent visit to Mosche Grand Hyatt to colour my hair, the Rene Furterer Okara Color-Binding Oil was applied on my scalp and hair. Rich in amino acids, the Anatide complex shields hair to prevent damage and protects against dehydration.

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This time, I decided to have tri-colour but without bleaching as it can be very damaging to the hair. I wanted something mild but with visible contrast. I asked my stylist Daniel if that is achievable, and he said it is possible but of course results would not be as prominent as bleaching. I decided to go ahead and give it a try.
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Best Affordable Luxury: Golden Nest Bird’s Nest Soup (燕窩湯)

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When it comes to the best luxuries, it only makes sense to buy from the world's best brands. The edible bird’s nest is one of the world’s greatest luxuries, and Golden Nest is probably one of the best places to buy from due to its reputable standing.

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Enjoyed for generations by the world’s elite, the edible bird’s nest has been known for its amazing taste and premier health benefits. Consumed by beauty gurus and those desiring to benefit from its unparalleled nutrition, it provides a wealth of essential proteins, amino acids, and minerals that help promote healthy pregnancies, amazingly smooth and supple skin, provides energy, helps with various ailments, and promotes overall health.

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The bird’s nest makes perfect desserts for any occasion or celebration. Traditionally enjoyed by being cooked in its raw form and enhanced with ingredients like cane sugar and super fruits like goji berries, the possibilities of enjoying bird’s nest are endless.

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Luxury Porsche, Lamborghini Seats For Sports Car Enthusiasts

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CD Sport Design is proud to unveil for the first time its luxury furniture brand, created for the sport car enthusiast. Now you can enjoy the feel of racing when sitting at home in this comfortable, individually customized design, inspired by the flair, feel and quality of luxury sport car brands.

Manufactured from Soft Nappa leather with a range of 30 colors to choose from, with other surfaces using the highest quality lacquer paints that offer a massive choice of 34 colors to create truly individual designs, the customization on offer is endless to give you the one of a kind luxury chair. In addition to the colour of the leather and paint, you even can personalize details and features like stitches, add a LED reading lamp, chargers, Bluetooth, cup and document holders and much more. With so many options, you can create something unique to you. Because each chair is created to your exact specification, CD Sports Design allow you to own the own sofa or armchair of your dreams. Each one stays faithful to the cool, modern design you love, inspired by the interiors of luxury sports cars such as Porsche or Lamborghini, these are truly exceptional creations from the coolest new brand around, CD Sports Design.
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Ah Yat Abalone with Fauchon Foie Gras Platter ( 阿一鲜鲍鹅肝拼盘 )

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Looking for some last minute CNY recipes? Not a good cook, but want to impress your family and guests on this festive occasion? Fret not, cause here is one hell of a simple starter that anyone can fix!

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I love to stock up gourmet canned food like Foie Gras Goose Liver and Abalones in my kitchen so that I can whip up simple dishes like these if I am short of time.

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I am using Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Biscuits for my Fauchon Goose Liver, and Iceberg Lettuce for the Ah Yat Fresh Abalone. Trust me, you can churn out this Heavenly Twin Chilled Abalone with Foie Gras Pate ( 双天至尊冷鮑鹅肝 ) in just 30 minutes!
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Pumpkin Rice with Foie Gras in Golden Ingots ( 珠光寳氣鵝肝金瓜飯 )

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Even if you are not a fan of pumpkins, you will learn to appreciate this healthy and delicious Pumpkin Rice filled with tasty ingredients. Previously featured in LiveWell Magazine, and online sites such as OpenRice and OMY-食天堂Eat, this dish is a family favourite as well as topping my guests’ list.

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The previous version you have seen in my old post was a darker one as I had added dark soy sauce and the ingredients are slightly different. For this Chinese New Year dish, I had also added Chinese Sausage and topped with the luxurious Goose Liver. Serving my Pumpkin Rice with Foie Gras in Golden Ingots ( 珠光寳氣鵝肝金瓜飯 ), don’t you think this simple dish is fit for the Emperior?
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CNY Prosperity Fatt Choy with Baby Abalones Recipe ( 发财金鮑仔 )

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Fatt Choy ( 发菜 ) aka Black Moss is a very popular ingredient during the Chinese New Year period due to its homonym sounding like Fa Cai ( 发财 ), meaning Prosperity.

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The black moss becomes soft when immersed in liquid, absorbing the accompanied sauces, turning into a flavourful vegetable dish.

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Paired with Baby Abalones ( 鲍鱼 ) on with a bed of Baby Bok Choy ( 小白菜 ) and Goji Berries ( 枸杞 ), the colourful contrast from the different ingredients is astounding, and the dish is mouth-watering. Hope you will have fun cooking this CNY Prosperity Fatt Choy with Baby Abalones ( 发财金鮑仔 )!
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Hock Hua Tiger King Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone Salad

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Happy New Year, and hope you had a great festive celebration! I would like to take this opportunity thank you guys for being so awesome and supportive all these years. 2016 was another great year for Luxury Haven except that we were hit by Google Penguin, and it took us months to finally get it resolved. Phew!

The setback, our Alexa Ranking went from 150K to the current 370K, which means our ranking dropped by more than half! I do hope that 2017 will be a better year for all of us, and we are definitely looking forward to climbing back to our Alexa Ranking of 150K again, so keep your love and sharing going cause we definitely can’t do it without your help. Of course, we will also work hard to bring you more tasty recipes and great product reviews in 2017. So do subscribe to our free newsletter via email if you haven’t, to receive our latest contents in your mailbox.

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I am starting the first recipe of the year with this Delicious Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone Salad with Caviar! Using the Tiger King Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone from HockHua Tonic ( 福華補品 澳洲野生黑边鲍鱼 ), the Black Lip Abalone is the most popular abalone species in Australia, with the main harvesting area in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.

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It was one of those Christmas deliveries that I had made for a group of special people. For the egglicious salad, I had experimented with Edamame, a popular side dish commonly found in Japanese Izakaya restaurants. The result is a refreshing tasty treat with crunchy bites. Put them into muffin cups, they make great party food!
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Hilton Tokyo Bay Livista: Grand Phyto Nature Spa Review

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Incorporated by Claire Relaxation and Therapy, Grand Phyto Nature ( グラン フィト ナチュール ) at Hilton Tokyo Bay ( ヒルトン東京ベイ ) brings you phytotherapy, a science-based medical practice based on the study of medicinal plants to heal and restore balance.

Indulge in a synergistic approach to health-care by highly-trained therapists, using special-blend oil to stimulate and strengthen our body system.

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I enjoy having body massages during my vacations too as they encourage better circulation as well as to help relax my mind and body. Thanks to Hilton Tokyo Bay, a spa session was arranged for me and my family at their Grand Phyto Nature Spa to ease away any muscle tension and stiffness from our body.
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Goose Liver Foie Gras Recipes Round-Up For Christmas!

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Foie gras is regarded as a luxury gourmet dish made of duck or goose liver. As Christmas is approaching, Luxury Haven has lined up a list of Foie Gras Recipes for home cooks to dress up their festive table. Do you know that the French delicacy is so famous that it is even protected as an object of national culture in France?

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Well, below is a round-up of Foie Gras recipes mainly using Golden Goose Liver from Hungary, Fauchon and Rougie from France. Be sure you share and save these mouth-watering recipes for your festive feasting!

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Imagine all the goose liver tucked inside your juicy chicken breast and drenched in a mushroom red wine reduction accompanied by healthy grilled pumpkins.
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Keio Plaza Hotel Soujuan Kaiseki Cuisine Review ( 懐石 蒼樹庵 )

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Be welcomed by a distinctive Japanese garden setting as attentive Japanese servers clad in beautiful traditional kimono await you at Soujuan ( Kaiseki Cuisine ) 懐石 < 蒼樹庵 >, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo.

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With an emphasis from fresh seasonal ingredients to tableware, the appreciation of the dining ware is part of the entire kaiseki experience, somewhat similar to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

What Is Kaiseki?
Kaiseki is a type of art form that balances the seasonal sense, combination of “ fruit of mountain and sea ”, colours of food, three-dimensional effect, harmony with serving wares and timing to serve hot dishes, which renders the hospitable mind of Japanese.

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During my recent stay at Keio Plaza Hotel, a birthday dinner presenting their Kaiseki Hisago Course ( お祝い懐石 ひさご ) at ¥16,000/pax was arranged for me and my family. * Approx: USD 140/pax. Check out the exquisite dishes prepared in our Celebration Menu:
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Dynasty Restaurant Review, Hilton Tokyo Bay’s Shanghai Specialty

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Speaking of Shanghainese cuisine, the distinctive hotel nestled on the shores of Tokyo Bay offers diners a fine dining experience at their Dynasty Restaurant ( 王朝レストラン ), a modern and sophisticated Chinese restaurant located in the basement of Hilton Tokyo Bay.

Your gastronomic delights begin right from the restaurant’s entrance with grandiose marble flooring and well-manicured bonsai plant welcoming you.

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With the dining room richly decked out in teak wood complete with oriental elements amid shades of red and black seatings, the restaurant exudes a cozy atmosphere with special charm.

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If you are the indecisive sort, Dynasty’s set menus that come with a selection of ineffaceable seasonal classics thoughtfully prepared by their chef would be just perfect. We were at the right place at the right time, where Hairy Crabs were in season during our stay at Hilton Tokyo Bay. So we opted for their Creative Chinese Course, reasonably priced at ¥8,500 per person. * Approx USD 75/pax.
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Keio Plaza ( 京王プラザホテル ), Tokyo’s First Skyscraper Hotel!

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What would you say to staying in a 45-year-old grand dame situated right in the heart of Tokyo city? Well, together with my family, I had the pleasure of spending couple of nights in Tokyo’s first skyscraper hotel serving the global community since June 5, 1971 – the Keio Plaza Hotel ( 京王プラザホテル )!

Consisting of 2 towers, Keio Plaza Hotel offers both leisure and business travellers a choice of 1,437 rooms, boasting 16 restaurants and 9 bars, 38 banquet rooms and 3 wedding chapels, an outdoor sky pool, fitness room, and even a clinic, all under one roof!

Just like a grandeur standing tall, the 47-floor hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Tokyo’s most accessible transport hub, the Shinjuku Bus Station and Shinjuku Train Station. Flamboyant chandeliers adorned with dazzling Christmas tree illuminated with hues of blue greeted us at the hotel’s main lobby upon our arrival; it was certainly a welcoming sight! Isn’t it such an eye-candy?

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Keio Plaza Hotel Stay in 2016: Plaza Deluxe Room
This would be my second time staying at Keio Plaza Hotel, a 5-star hotel in Japan’s bustling capital. My first was a very different experience, one that's totally out of this world. So I am really pleased to be back again, trying their new Plaza Deluxe Room which was renovated just last spring.
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Coral Expeditions’ Flag Ship Multi-Million-Dollar Facelift!

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Coral Expeditions’ flagship Coral Discoverer has just completed a refurbishment ahead of its inaugural South East Asia expeditions, commencing 25 November 2016.

The ship, which has concluded its dry dock in Singapore, has received a multi-million-dollar facelift, incorporating the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, the first on any Coral Expeditions vessel. The remaining 30 staterooms have received full upgrades to bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork. The intimate expedition character of the ship that guests have come to love, has been maintained.

Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager said, "Our inaugural Asia season is the perfect opportunity to welcome guests to a new chapter for our company. The Coral Discoverer was built to very high standards in Australia and this refit has ensured she remains the most comfortable small expedition ship afloat today."
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