Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan 🇯🇵, Gold Collection, Tokyo's most welcoming hotel
When this hotel opened 12 years ago, the Nihonbashi district was a ghost town after office hours. But with its dozen restaurants and bars and a spa which knocked spots off all others in Tokyo, it really didn’t matter – the Mandarin Oriental was a world in itself. Even now, with Nihonbashi jumping, guests are disinclined to leave the hotel because they are made to feel so fabulous and welcome. It occupies the top eight floors of the 38-storey Mitsui Tower and even the smallest of the 179 bedrooms is vast, with glamorous touches such as the exquisite kimono-style yukata robes in mouth-watering pastel colours. But the reason everyone loves it here is down to the service: nobody has to carry a heavy parcel for long, or need wait for more than a couple of seconds for a lift, or queue at the front desk. The food, too, is exceptional. In the Michelin-starred Tapas Molecular Bar, the 14-course menu is unfurled on a tape measure and delivered with a sleight of hand no conjurer could better. There’s also classic edomae sushi in the eight-seat Sushi Sora, fancy French food at Signature, amazing Cantonese at Sense and a cheap (for Tokyo) and cheerful Pizza Bar on the 38th floor. Even the breakfast buffet impresses with a white-fleshed milk pineapple from Okinawa, creamy butter from Hokkaido prefecture, Caspian Sea yogurt laced with mango, and eggs from Yamanashi chickens fed on rice husks and hibiscus. Could things get any better? Absolutely, evidently not. #travel#instatravel#traveling#travelgram#travelling#mytravelgram#travelingram#igtravel#traveler#travelphotography#darlingescapes#love#lovetotravel#traveldiary#adventure#picoftheday#wanderlust#beautifulmatters#beautifuldestinations#vacation#openmyworld#beautifuldestinations#view#imageoftheday#y_not_travel
Almost impossible to get a decent photo of this Red-collared widowbird male in his jumping activity to attract a female. Interestingly, the red collar is for male-male competition, while female choice is based on tail length! Maasai Mara, Kenya. Nikon D850 with the new Nikon 180-400 mm DC1.4.