Magic of Miles

Airbnb Has Built a Hotel

Homeowners turned entrepreneurs have been renting our their spaces for tidy little profits, and hotels have advertised on Airbnb, but Airbnb has taken the next step into shaking up the hotel industry by building…a hotel.

Magic in Japan: Day in Narita

Trip Index: Introduction Getting There – JAL First Class Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Guide to Tsukiji Fish Market Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Day in Tokyo Taking the Shinkansen “Bullet” Train Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Day 1 in Kyoto Day 2 in Kyoto Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Park Hyatt […]

One Day in Osaka

Trip Index: Introduction Getting There – JAL First Class Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Guide to Tsukiji Fish Market Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo Day in Tokyo Taking the Shinkansen “Bullet” Train Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Day 1 in Kyoto Day 2 in Kyoto Room Service Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto Park Hyatt […]

The Ritz-Carlton is Bringing Two New Luxury Properties to Asia

Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are on the smaller, more intimate side with less rooms and usually in great locations. This new hotel will be no exception. With just 50 rooms, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be located at the base of Mount Niseko-Annapuri in Niseko Village, a super popular ski destination which is well-known for its dry champagne powder snow.

Magic in Japan: Day Trip to Miyajima

Traipsing down the path I came to a halt as one nimble deer followed by another leapt across my path and folded themselves up delicately to take a nap in the sunshine. I quietly snuck out my camera and was busy snapping away before I saw another deer out of the corner of my eye…and another.

Magic in Japan: Park Hyatt Tokyo Revisited

After Kyoto I couldn’t resist sneaking in a night at the famed Park Hyatt Tokyo before heading to Hiroshima. I’ve stayed there many times before as I figure many readers have, but it is a favorite of mine. The outstanding staff, suite and breakfast all blend together for a fantastic stay. To me it is one of the top aspirational chain properties in the world that is absolutely worth the stay, if even for one visit or night.

Magic in Japan: Day 2 in Kyoto

A coffee shop is not always just a coffee shop in Japan. There’s Moomin cafe, where solo diners can sip a beverage seated next to a huge life-sized stuffed animal so they don’t feel lonely (either the stuffed animal or the patron). Then there are the super popular animal cafes. You pay a small cover charge, and once inside you can pet and play with the animals to your heart’s content.

Magic in Japan: Day 1 in Kyoto

It was cool and misty, and people walked quietly through the torii, stopping to take selfies and pictures of their friends making peace symbols with their fingers. Tweet-tweet-tweet-tweet called a bird softly in the distance, and there was something calming about following the winding paths.

Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

The white-gloved driver pulled the taxi right up to the porte-cochere where three well-dressed Ritz employees were standing attentively. As soon as the vehicle stopped, two of them sprung into action and pulled the suitcases out of the trunk. The third led us along a path that meandered over the top of a shallow stream, where the cool water tumbled over smooth stones.