For those who chose to see their travels as a way to live out their most indulgent fantasies, there’s nothing more resplendent and elegant than living the live of an emperor. But since we can’t move into Japan’s Imperial Palace, we’ll stay next door at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. The 290-room property sits across the moat on the waters near the Imperial Palace gardens, offering lush balcony views of the park in the center of Tokyo’s vibrant and bustling metropolis.
Walking back into the spa, you’ll immediately feel pampered, lost in a world of lush navy blue carpets, dreamy sheer curtains and sparkling, silver hardware everywhere. The low-lighting and dark ambiance makes it feel like walking through a dream, and in the few steps from the entrance to your room, you’ll already feel relaxed and soothed. Each room is outfitted with a single chair that reclines into a sinfully comfortable bed. During the service, my face was delicately washed, exfoliated, masked and moisturized several times over—there were so many layers of serum, I lost count. And though somewhere in the two-and-a-half-hour service I may have dozed off, the time whisked by. By the time I was finished my skin looked, and felt, so wonderfully radiant and moisturized, I was sure I had never seen it look that dewy.
For women that don’t feel complete without a least a brush of mascara or a touch of lipstick, after a spa service, stop in the vanity room, where they offer the complete set of Clé de Peau Beauté cosmetics in every color, shade, product and tool that you could possibly need. My skin looked amazing, but with so much makeup to play with it was hard to say no. I tried a few shades, sampled some new products, and was able to play up my lush, glowing skin with a bright eye shadow and a touch of lipgloss. While Clé de Peau Beauté is available stateside, stroll across the street after your service to Isetan’s main store where you’ll find the rest of Shiseido’s cosmetics and almost every other luxury beauty brand under one roof. It’s one of the most popular places in Japan to buy beauty items.