A retreat at HOSHINOYA Kyoto

 
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Beautiful HOSHINOYA Kyoto. It was such a lovely retreat. I felt so close to nature, surrounded by the turquoise blue Oigawa River and forest of Arashiyama.

It’s a unique one-of-a-kind experience, not to be missed, if you’re after a luxury ryokan experience in Japan. It’s by far, my favourite, as everything about HOSHINOYA Kyoto is beautifully designed.

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The rooms are very minimal, with soft coloured walls matched with tatami and dark timber flooring. Oh, and I’m in love with the state-of-the-art toilet, the lid opens up automatically when it senses me entering the toilet room. Now, that’s impressive!

We have a Hotaru double with a king size bed, lounge room (which doubles up as a dining room in the morning) and a bathroom overlooking the river. It was very peaceful in the morning, with birds tweeting. Occasionally, the operating tourist train from the opposite side will come around for a quick stop to look over the resort.

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There’s a short walk you can do around the resort. It’s very pretty at night as well. It feels like you’re in a 19th century village, as the lanterns are all lit up.

There’s a sake bar and a fine dining experience, which I truly enjoyed. My brother and I had a feast of the Autumn Degustation. It was an 8-course meal, and I can tell you that by the end of the meal, we were so full, we had to make room for dessert. The chef has prepared the dishes according to the availability of ingredients at the local market. As it’s autumn season, there’s a wide variety of mushrooms to be had (which I loved!).

I had a wonderful time staying at HOSHINOYA Kyoto. It’s not everyday I get to stay in a beautiful luxury retreat like this, and am truly grateful to have the opportunity to do so. Thank you HOSHINOYA Resorts for hosting me.

HOSHINOYA Kyoto
Japan, 〒616-0007 Kyoto Prefecture, 京都市西京区嵐山元録山町11−2
 

Minimalist Perfection at HOSHINOYA Tokyo

 
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HOSHINOYA Tokyo brings me joy. Located in the heart of Tokyo, it was a beautifully curated ryokan. Modern and sophisticated interior. Think of a minimal place to be, with ample of space and well placed and chosen furniture. I love the natural feel of it. Everything was well thought out, from the placement of the tatami mats to the hidden television (you’ll have to find out when you get here).

We had the 14th floor room, it had a onset bath and a lounge room. More space than we ever need. We checked in at night :) I’m in love with the cushions and ceramic ware! 

The next morning we were treated to a delicious Japanese breakfast (there is also a western option for those craving bacon and eggs). Beautifully presented, a flatlay perfection. There were a range of little breakkie treats to try from miso soup to sesame pudding. We were spoilt for choice!

And don’t forget to check out the onsen at the very top floor. It was a surprise and delight. The hot spring is split into two, for men and women. I thoroughly enjoyed the full view on the sky in one part of the hot spring baths.

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Have you ever tried classic Japanese and French cuisine? We were treated to a beautiful 8 course “Nippon Cuisine” at HOSHINOYA Tokyo. The dishes were designed by Chef Noriyuki Hamada.

It was a delight as each dish were almost of miniature size, full of flavour and made with beautiful ingredients. My favourite (too many to choose from) has got to be the Five Flavours of Delight and the miniature savoury cake called Apple dish.

As much as the dishes were in small portion, it was the right amount, as by the end of the 8th dish, we were very full.

Thank you again for a wonderful time.

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HOSHINOYA Tokyo
Japan, 〒100-0004 Tokyo, 千代田区大手町1丁目9−1
 

OMO5, You Cool.

 
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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is located in a cute part of town called Otsuka, or shall I say, part of Metropolitan Tokyo. Let’s get real, Tokyo is huge! The city alone has a population of 20million people, it makes Australia’s population, tiny in comparison.

I love Otsuka. There were streets filled with little Japanese restaurants and bars. It’s low key and local.

I’m loving the loft style bedroom at OMO5. Small and compact, it’s perfect for my city dream kind of dwelling. The beds appear at the top bunk, with a lounge area at the bottom. It’s a very clever and minimal design. I kept telling the staff, if I have a studio apartment, this would be the inspiration!

The guest rooms are designed in the style of traditional Japanese wooden tower called yagura. The smell of cypress wood and tatami mats, always bring me fond memories of Japan.

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OMO5 Cafe was a treat. There were ample of seating area to choose from, we picked one with the Otsuka view. You have got to try their signature morning pastry, vol-au-vents. I’ve got avocado topping for mine.

This is a cool and modern apartment style living, for those who are looking for a different hotel experience. I love OMO5, and I hope to return again.

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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka 
2 Chome-26番地1号 Kitaotsuka, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0004, Japan
 

My Stay At Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan

 
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My Pool Villa and breakfast at Crimson Resort

Our holidays in the Philippines have been loads of fun. There was so many islands to visit (over 7000 of them!) and my partner-in-crime, Leon Korobacz (aka @hungrysydneysiders) came along to experience the Philippines for the very first time. 

We landed in Mactan Airport, just 1/2 an hour drive's away from Cebu, the 2nd largest city after Manila.

Our first few nights were spent at  Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, a multi award winning resort and beach destination.

And my oh my, we had our own pool in the Crimson's one bedroom villa. It was a dream!

I'm in love with my 4-poster canopy beds. One of the staff made a cute monkey hanging off the bed post, out of two hand towels which I find very clever (which you can spot in the first image above). The open plan living area was a really chill kind of place to be. Loving the minimal aesthetic of the villa. And, hehe, I ended up having my unicorn float sitting in the lounge area. It felt like home away from home.

If you're feeling like doing completely nothing at Crimson Resort, it is really possible to do pretty much, nothing. We lounged by the pool, watched a few DVDs (just dial '0' and the staff will deliver the selected DVDs to you) and called up for room service. 

Dinner at Azure Beach Club, Crimson Resort

Dinner at Azure Beach Club, Crimson Resort

We had dinner at Azure Beach Club, which is within Crimson Resort. Our table was filled up with so much food, I felt like we were dining as a family of four! Our favourite has got to be the Seafood Platter with scallops, lobsters and prawns. Grilled to perfection and seasoned with fresh herbs. The Tandoori Chicken was also a winning dish, made in the traditional tandoor oven. The meat was succulent and the fresh naan bread that came with, just yum!

My favourite has got to be breakfast (I have got to do a flatlay, haha) and swimming in the infinity pool with my unicorn float. We spent an afternoon napping on the beach after snorkeling and free diving. Although it's close to the beach, you can still spot fish, starfish and corals. 

It's definitely one of my favourite places to be. Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, you definitely had us at hello!

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