Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho: A Luxury Hotel In The Sky

Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is the capital city’s first luxury hotel. This hotel was created to give locals and visitors a haven inside the crazy city, a place to unwind and relax in luxury.

The Prince Gallery Tokyo has 250 guestrooms, including 11 premier suites, two bars, two restaurants, and a beautiful skyline spa with a swimming pool. The hotel takes up seven floors of a tower, the Tokyo Garden Terrace located in Chiyoda municipality. The tower houses restaurants, stores, residences, and offices. On the top of the hotel, guests are offered panoramic views of the surrounding gardens and parks, Mount Fuji, Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku city, and the Imperial Palace.

Guests staying at the hotel are greeted with a spectacular view of the Levita lounge, located on the 36th floor. They are greeted with rolling waves of blue light that create an illusion of waterfalls falling from ceiling to the floor. The nearby reception area is clean, light, and modern with gas-burning fireplace and a sculptural seating.

Rockwell Groups is the company behind the lofty design of the Prince Gallery Kioicho hotel, which is a blending of Western and Japanese influences. The hotel is one of the properties owned and operated by Prince Hotels, a hotel and leisure development company with dozens of properties in Japan and abroad that accommodate a more traditional Japanese audience.

The hotel was built to provide an oasis, a residential place with natural themes. So, from contemporary art to the color palettes, there is a calming tone everywhere. Additionally, natural materials including stone and wood and fabrics, such as chenille, velvet, and leather were used to create a natural ambiance. A setting that makes visitors feels that they are still home, yet basking in luxury. And since levitation is another theme of the hotel, each room has a day bed by the window, so you can feel that you are relaxing in the sky.

They even install mirrors at the base of some furnishings to emphasize the notion. What’s more! The bathroom has white marble baths with walls of windows so you can bathe with the views of Tokyo in front of you. As for the temperature, lighting, and window shades, you can control the system using the bedside tablet.

The hotel fine dining venue welcomes guests with a custom chandelier that looks like huge blocks of ice. The restaurant also has a teppanyaki area, sake bar, and a sushi counter that is perfect for a less formal dining experience. Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho is a great place to return to after a day of shopping or whatever for the sanctuary in the sky offer luxury that is not found elsewhere in the city.

Via Forbes

Inside Sweden’s Luxurious 365 Day Icehotel

Sweden’s Icehotel is the coolest to hit the frosty wonderland. The amazing hotel is open 365 days for everyone to experience the magic of staying in a hotel made of ice and snow, but still operational even on warmer weather condition.

The world’s first 365 days ice hotel is located in Jukkasjarvi, Swedish Lapland, about 200 km north of the Artic Circle. The 2,000 square meter hotel have an ice bar and ice gallery created out of ice and snow by chosen artists from around the world, as well as, luxury suites. The beautifully designed hotel is created out of 30,000 liters of water from Torne River that were transformed into snow and ice.

The 20 luxury deluxe suites were used to be just decorated with frosty decors, but now there are solar panels added to harvest energy during the summer season. The harvested energy was used to help cool the inside of the hotel throughout the warmer months. By the way, one of the luxury deluxe suites is a Victorian Apartment. There is also an Art suite with an ice sculpture of a deer and another suite that is so beautifully decorated that you will feel that you are in a Disney movie. These are just some of the rooms that you can book in the ice hotel that opens all year round. Guests arriving at the hotel are welcomed by a striking chandelier in the main hall. The chandelier further makes the hall even more glamorous and luxurious.

In the summer, there are plenty of water and greenery views but in the winter, the hotel is covered with a blanket of snow. The pristine whiteness of the snow all over the hotel is simply fantastic. Plus! Even though the deluxe suites have a cave-like-ice-style room, you will be surprised to learn that it is so warm. But of course, if you want to experience a winter wonderland experience, you got to try the room completely made of ice.

Whatever rooms you book, staying in the ice hotel is an awesome experience. This hotel offers magic throughout the year that both adult and kids would love to experience.


Four Seasons First Luxury Mountain Destination in Europe

Four Seasons fans who love hitting the slopes will soon have a place to lay their head on when the brand opens two luxury hotels in one of the mountains of Europe. Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts has recently announced plans for its first mountain destination, which is scheduled to open in late 2017.

Located in Megeve, France, Four Seasons Hotel and Chalet du Mont d’Arbois will be set in the middle of the snow-capped peaks of the Haute-Savoie Alpine range. The Four Seasons, Megeve will have 55 guests’ rooms in the base of the French Alps Mont d’Arbois, as well as a collection of renovated traditional chalets in the heart of the village, close to the main gondola.

The soon to open Four Seasons Hotel Megeve is 44 miles from the Geneva International Airport. It is going to be the first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes. Skiers looking for direct ski in and out will now have a place to unwind in luxury, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Megeve and Chalet du Mont d’Arbois.

The Four Seasons Hotel and Chalet Megeve is the brand’s first mountain destination in Europe. It is a joint project between Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, a well-known lifestyle company owned by Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild. The de Rothschild family long history in Megeve and Four Seasons renowned service will certainly benefit the next generation of luxury travelers.

Megeve is known for its cultural and gastronomy heritage, thanks to the multiple Michelin-star restaurants in the Mont d’Arbois village. It is also famous for its striking natural landscape, winding cobblestone streets, historic architecture and endless Alpine adventures like dog sledding and heli-skiing. Megeve is truly a vacation destination not just for skiers but everyone who enjoys life. Travelers can experience everything Megeve has to offer since it also transformed in the warmer months. Its mountainside meadows flourish with colorful flowers, attracting visitors from across the globe. So, a Four Seasons Hotel in Megeve is just perfect to welcome visitors all year round.

Four Seasons Hotel and Chalet du Mont d’Arbois Megeve will be the brand’s third destination in France. The hotel and chalet Megeve will be joining the legendary Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, in the French Riviera and Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. In the company’s portfolio, the Hotel Megeve will be the fifth ski destination, joining Four Seasons Resorts and Residences Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe and Four Seasons Resorts and Residences Whistler.

Via Pursuitist / TravelWeek / Elitechoice

Modern Perfumes with a Bottle Inspired by Constantin Brancusi

As a perfume enthusiast, I love when as much thought is put into the design of the bottle as the alchemy of the perfume itself. After all, perfumes are meant to be displayed and seen, especially so that you don’t forget to use them like I do. I don’t think that would be a problem with Xinú, a bespoke perfumery line from Mexico whose bottle design was a collaboration between Esrawe Studio, Cadena & Asociados, and Nouvel Studio.

An elegant and minimalist object on any vanity, the bottle for the line was inspired by sculptures of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși, geometry in nature, and is formed with two domes placed on top of each other. The top lid is handcrafted with certified woods, a reflection of the essence of the perfume line, which is based on the aromatic and botanical scents of the Americas.

The blown glass container was developed in collaboration with Nouvel Studio and doubles as an incense holder or vase when the bottle eventually empties. Using two bottles, the design can also be used as a decorative object when mixed and stacked.

What it is real is not the external form, but the essence of things.
– Constantin Brâncuși


Fitbit acquires the Vector smartwatch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up

Well this is a relatively fast exit. In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different. Combining the incredible engineering talent in Central Europe’s Romania with the business smarts of London and former executives from Citizen watches, the Vector startup carved out a very credible slot in the “affordable luxury” smartwatch sector.

Only a year later, Vector has been acquired for an undisclosed price by global wearable giant Fitbit. Founder and CTO Andrei Pitis confirmed to TechCrunch that the company was acquired for its software platform and design team. This does not, however, signal a move into the luxury smartwatch sector by Fitbit.

What is does confirm is that Fitbit is continuing its roll-up of talent associated with watches, wearables and fitness devices. In November, Fitbit acquired a pioneer in the smartwatch space, Pebble, with all its engineering talent being sucked into Fitbit. The same fate now awaits Vector, which raised only a small amount of cash, but turned heads with its clever hardware and software integration and design smarts.

In a statement online the company says “we will start building other new and amazing products, features and experiences, incorporating our unique technology and knowhow with Fitbit’s experience and global community.”

Vector — a smartwatch with an e-ink LCD screen — broke the mold with a 30-day battery life and a smartphone control app that worked across iOS, Android and Windows phones. It also created its own smartwatch operating system, and released an API to developers, allowing them to create their own apps and faces for the watch. The watches themselves looked fantastic and the LCD screen even mimicked a real watch screen from a short distance. With a fully stainless steel case, hardened mineral glass and 50m water resistance, this was a very nice piece of kit. It also came in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Stainless Steel and Black Plated, with leather, stainless steel or sport straps.

Launched by Pitis, and based out of Romania, Vector was in stealth for two years prior to launch last year, powered by only a $2 million seed round from the Gecad fund. Pitis was formerly an angel investor in Clevertaxi and I-Rewind, and co-founder with Bogdan Iordache of Tech Angels and Innovation Labs in Bucharest.

Pitis had assembled a crack team from the watch world, which included Joe Santana (the former CEO of iconic watch brand Timex) and Steve Jarvis as design director, the former creative lead on projects with Timex and the Nike FuelBand. COO Ron Spencer was the former COO of Bulova, Fossil.

Vector has said there will be no new products bearing the Vector name, but that existing products will continue to work, as will the associated software, although it will no longer be developed. It’s released an extensive FAQ about what will happen next for customers.

Their customer support team will continue to respond to customers via a Help Page and and warranties will be honored.
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