Late last year 2013, UNESCO recognized the social practices associated with Japanese cuisine (washoku) as worthy of inclusion on its list of the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.’ After French and Mexican cuisine, washoku is the only other of the culinary arts so honored by UNESCO. In Tokyo, one of the city’s newest and most able celebrants of washoku is Wadakura at the Palace Hotel Tokyo.
Today, hotels across Asia are investing big money in art collections; they’re dispatching guests into the environs with knowing guides of the local art scene; and they’re setting up easels for fledgling artists to ply their craft worlds away from what’s familiar.
A gourmet meal laid out in the mouth of a rocky grotto in Halong Bay, a table for two set smack in the middle of Ubud's fertile rice paddies, a dinner reservation in the crumbling ruins of an old French villa on a secluded Phu Yen beach -- these are some of Asia's most atmospheric dining options.
How much value does a few square metres of outdoor space add to a room? A lot, if the space in question is one of these breath-taking platforms. Each of these bewitching balconies, from a 20-square metre terrace overlooking Bali’s Seminyak Beach, to a lofty perch...
How much does it cost to build a hotel? A lot, especially if you're in Japan, where the Palace Hotel Tokyo is on the verge of a debut this May after a $1.2 billion investment.