'Park Siesta' a good occasion to visit Park Hyatt Tokyo
If you’ve always wanted to but haven’t made it over to check out the Park Hyatt Tokyo, forever encapsulated in our minds as the beautiful, peculiarly Japanese skyscraper hotel in the movie “Lost in Translation,” there’s now a promotional package that provides a good way to do so without booking a room for the night.
With the new “Park Siesta” offer, the hotel is opening up its Club On The Park to day spa visitors for the very first time. The club, located on the 45th floor, is usually limited to hotel guests and private members, but this package gives non-guests access to their spa facilities, a 60-minute spa treatment, and choice of a set menu at one of the restaurants: breakfast at the all-day dining Girandole, afternoon tea at The Peak Lounge, or a drinks and snacks at the New York Bar. The price is 26,250 yen for the package that includes a 60-minute spa treatment, and 31,500 yen for a 90-minute treatment.
The spa at the Club on the Park is well known for its sophisticated and plush interior, following from the rest of the hotel. The changing room is spacious and airy with big windows offering open views of the city sprawl down below. The relaxation lounge in the back is like a well-appointed living room, with oversized seating, lots of magazines (foreign ones too), art books, and a refreshment bar with drinks, dried fruits and nuts. Everything is generously spaced, and the pale green walls, fittings of green and black marble, and thick carpeting for silent treading makes for an elegant and dignified ambience.
The wet area of the spa is an opulent space with extravagant use of marble, and has a certain gravity of style that is hard to come by these days (with newer hotels going for more modern and sleek looks). Dramatic lighting enhances the mood. The centerpiece of the wet area is the square whirlpool bath, which feels like bathing in a fountain, and is quite engaging. There are three saunas in the corners of the room surrounding the bath, set at different temperatures and humidity, as well as a cold plunge pool. All of the amenities are by Aesop, the renowned Melbourne-based brand of beauty products, known for its effectiveness and unique botanical aromas.
The Swedish massage, which was my choice of treatment, uses long, deep strokes, recommended for relieving muscle tension. For relaxation, go for the aromatherapy. The customized facial is programmed according to the condition of your skin, to moisturize, rebalance and reinvigorate. After the massage, the therapist will escort you from the treatment room back to the lounge and prepare a pot of tea of your choice, perfect accompaniment for more lounging with the magazines.
For the restaurant part of the package, I had the afternoon tea at The Peak Lounge, a sunlit atrium with high ceilings with vertigo-inducing views (there is also seating away from the windows). The afternoon tea set comes on a proper three-tiered stand, and waitresses come by with additional finger foods, so you can take as much as you like. You are allowed to order as much as you want from the full drink menu (with the exception of some selections). Hot teas are served in a small pot with fresh loose-leaf tea every time. Perhaps with this all-you-can-eat-and-drink style offering, the teatime appeared very popular, and was packed with groups (mostly all-female) on the Sunday afternoon of my visit.
As for the other restaurant choices for the “Park Siesta” package, there is the “Healthy Living” breakfast at Girandole, available from 7 to 11 a.m. The spa is open from 9 a.m., so you can have a treatment first thing in the morning, then head to breakfast, or vice versa. The New York Bar option is for weekdays only, and the offer is for the “Five to Seven” set, which as its name suggests, is available from 5 to 7 p.m., and includes two drinks from a selected menu of sparkling wine, white or red wine, or beer, and some bar snacks. Being one of the best bars in Tokyo for spectacular views and nightly jazz performances, it is a scene worth checking out. If you have a free weekday evening, or an early day at the office, the combination of spa then drinks at The New York Bar would be an indulgent way to unwind on your own or with a friend, or a great weekday date-course.
If you’re a visitor to Tokyo (and not staying at the Park Hyatt), the “Park Siesta” package might be a good way to spend half a day or so, pampering and relaxing and experiencing this famous hotel.
Time: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.(reservation for treatments)
Choose one 60-minute spa treatment from the selection below:
- Swedish massage
- Customised facial
Use of Club On The Park spa area (45F) one hour prior to and following the spa treatment
Choose one of the dining options below:
- Girandole “Healthy Living” breakfast: 7 a.m.–11 a.m.
- The Peak Lounge Afternoon Tea: 2 p.m.–5 p.m. (from 12 noon on Saturdays, Sunday and holidays)
- New York Bar “Five To Seven”: 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Weekdays only.
Price: 26,250 yen
* The above offer is available including a 90-minute spa treatment for 31,500 yen.
* Use of the 47F fitness floor is not included in the offer.
For reservations, please contact Club On The Park.
Tel: +81 3 5323 3434
Hours of operation: 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 163-1055
Tel: +81 3 5322 1234