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AFAR Explorer′s Wishlist
Ban Chan Neu, Chom Phet Street, Luang Prabang, Laos
Last sunset of 2010 as seen from the Santi Resort and Spa in Luang Prabang, Laos. The sunsets in this town are spectacular--worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage designation in and of themselves!
Jl. Mekarsari - Baturiti Bedugul, Luwus, Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82163, Indonesia
The Bali Pulinah is a "Spice and Coffee Farm", where you walk between, touch, feel, smell and taste exotic plants, learn of the secret behind the Kopi Luwak and Civet cats while learning about coffee and chocolate processing. This farm is 5...
Morocco has so many destinations for anyone's to-do list that there may not be enough time to cover them all. But if you've already decided to spend some time on the Atlantic coast visiting Essaouira or Agadir, consider traveling further south to...
The small town of Chefchaouene, in northern Morocco, is usually overlooked by travelers clamoring to Fes, Rabat, and Marrakesh. Good; that means you'll have the place to yourself. Go in the spring or summer when the weather is mild, and there will...
Like a scene out of an Indiana Jones Movie. A bit daunting at first but with a good guide, you will feel like a real adventurer. Between Jemaa el Fna and Ben Youssef Mosque is a huge maze of shops selling everything from top of the range local...
Japan, 〒100-0004 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Ōtemachi, 1 Chome−5−６ 大手町タワー
The first true city property for the minimalist luxury hotel brand, this 84-room hotel occupies the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, in the Otemachi financial district. The design uses traditional Japanese materials like camphor wood, washi...
1 Chome-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0001, Japan
The progressive, multiuse business and lifestyle building Toranomon Hills is the setting for this one-year-old property with no front desk, no bell desk, and no concierge. Designed following a collaboration between New York’s Tony Chi and ...
Japan, 〒107-0052 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 1 Chome−12, 港区赤坂１丁目１２−３３
In the ARK Hills development at the intersection of the Akasaka, Roppongi, and Kasumigaseki districts (hence the name ARK), this 37-story tower offers fine views of the city and Mount Fuji. Interiors meld clean, simple design with touches of glam,...
Japan, 〒150-8512 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Sakuragaokachō, 26, 渋谷区桜丘町２６−１
This property in Shibuya City, the Silicon Valley of Tokyo, opened in 2001 in the area’s tallest skyscraper. Interiors mix Western and Japanese aesthetics. Simple, unfussy guest rooms are located on floors 19 through 37 of the 184-meter,...
1 Chome-3-18 Chūōchō, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 152-0001, Japan
Following a renovation of an old local hotel, Claska opened in 2003 as the first design-style property in Tokyo. Masterminded by architect Tei Shuwa, who also designs furniture and home appliances, the Claska was renovated in 2008 and promises...
1 Chome-9-１ Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-7337, Japan
Climbing above Shiodome Station and connected to Shimbashi Station, the Conrad reflects contemporary Japanese design. Traditional symbols and motifs like the gate and Japanese brush painting feature throughout the property. Each high-ceilinged...
2 Chome-10 Sekiguchi, Bunkyō, Tokyo 112-0014, Japan
The flagship property of Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko, this 23-year-old hotel was run for two decades by Four Seasons before returning to its owner’s management in 2013. It sits in the garden of Chinzanso (meaning “villa...
Japan, 〒100-6277 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−11, 千代田区丸の内１丁目１１−１ パシフィックセンチュリープレイス
Guests arriving by train can expect a memorable welcome: staff of this hotel located right by Tokyo Station, the terminal for Shinkansen, Narita Express, and all major Bullet trains, will meet visitors on their arrival platform and escort them to...
Japan, 〒111-0034 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Kaminarimon, 2 Chome−16−11
Opened by a Japanese real-estate developer in August 2012, Gate Hotel is located in the district of Asakusa, a few steps from the historic Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) of Sensoji temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. Asakusa has developed as...
Japan, 〒100-8558 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Uchisaiwaichō, １丁目1−1
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Imperial Hotel. It first opened in 1890 as an unofficial state guesthouse, the country’s first fully western-style property built for the aristocracy to welcome the increasing number of foreign...
Japan, 〒103-8328 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi, 2 Chome−1, 2-1-1
Filling the top nine floors of the Cesar Pelli–designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, the Mandarin Oriental explores the themes of woods and water. It’s designed as a large, living tree, with the entrance at the bottom of the tower...
1-1-1, １丁目-１ 丸の内 千代田区 東京都 100-0005, Japan
Opened in May 2012, and the anchor of a $1.2 billion mixed-use development, the 23-story Palace Hotel was built from the ground up, and it succeeds Hotel Teito and the Palace Hotel that occupied the same site from 1947 and 1961, respectively....
Japan, 〒105-7227 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Higashishinbashi, 1 Chome−7−７−１ 汐留メディアタワー フロント25F
This hotel in the Shiodome area opened in 2003 under the concept of ART—atrium, restaurant, travel. It occupies 10 floors of the sleek, triangular Shiodome Media Tower, and pays homage to local traditions of nature with a 10-floor glass...
3-7-1-2, ３丁目-７ 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Immortalized on celluloid in the film Lost in Translation, the modernist property spreads across the upper floors of the three connecting granite, steel, and glass columns of Shinjuku Park Tower. The 770-foot building rises in a succession of...
Japan, 〒107-6245 JP-13Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7, Tokyo Midtown 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
This 248-room hotel in one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers—Roppongi’s glass-sheeted Tokyo Midtown—opened its doors in 2007. The property starts on the 45th floor and espouses classic European interiors. Four colorful...
Japan, 〒100-8283 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−8, 丸の内1-8-3 丸の内トラストタワー本館
Japan, 〒100-0006 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Yūrakuchō, １丁目8−1
Unlike most luxury hotels in Tokyo built inside mixed-use towers, the Peninsula is freestanding. In fact, it was the only stand-alone high-end hotel to be built in Tokyo for a decade, opening in 2007. The 24-story hotel is situated in the...
Japan, 〒100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9, 千代田区丸の内１丁目９−１
Here’s a property with a fascinating history. A year after Tokyo Station opened in 1914, this European-style hotel with 58 rooms and banquet facilities welcomed its first guest. The destruction of the station roof by bombing during World War...