Taking you to Japan while still physically in London!
Japan has always been in my travel bucketlist but flying to the Land of the Rising Sun is still not an option for now. Japan’s borders are still closed to foreigners and visitors which is really sad. Then to my lucky surprise, I was invited to The Prince Akatoki London for a staycation. This was for a double celebration, my close friend’s birthday and for Galentine’s as well!
The Prince Akatoki London is a 5-star luxury hotel that celebrates and is inspired by the art, ritual, traditions and elegance of Japanese hospitality. It fuses the best of Japan and the western world. The name Akatoki comes from an ancient Japanese word for sunrise. It represents the feeling you get when you wake up relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for the endless possibilities of the day ahead.
The Prince Akatoki London is located at Marble Arch, just right behind Oxford Street and is very close to top London attractions.
Upon entry to the hotel, you will immediately recognize the minimal aesthetic that will make you feel calm and at ease. It made me think that yes, this is an amazing way to relax and de-stress.
One of the staff members lead us to our room for the night. The staff were very accomodating. I can already tell the amazing hospitality they’re showing.
We stayed in an Executive King Room and I was impressed. I loved the aesthetic inside the room!
The facilities were awesome. I loved the backdrop of the sunrise. They did curate amenities that promote maximum relaxation where you can continue the immersion of your wellness. You can even do yoga. It was really like a sanctuary, our own little sanctuary.
After exploring our room, it was time for our afternoon tea reservation at TOKii, their in hourse restaurant in the hotel. I was excited because it was a Japanese afternoon tea and as a lover of both Japanese food and the British afternoon teas, this was a must try!
The restaurant was very intimate with really warm and welcoming staff. We were directed to our table as we went inside the restaurant and were offered glasses of champagne. The food was amazing. They also had a good variety of teas to choose from. We spent hours chatting and eating, feeling like the place was ours, that was how relaxed we were.
After our meal, we went back to our rooms with another little surprise. Their daily relaxing tea turndown, some Peppermint tea to enjoy and the chance to wear Yukatas. We even had some sake for room service to cap off the night. As we woke up the next day, we did feel rejuvenated. You will surely wake up to a new beginning at The Prince Akatoki London!
Overall, I was more than impressed. I have been to a lot of hotels, yes, 5-star, luxury hotels but there was none as hospitable and accomodating as The Prince Akatoki. I felt the most secured and relaxed at the same time here. It felt like I was flown over to Japan, indeed. I would definitely go back here and even recommend to everyone I know. This was one whole memorable experience!
Be pretty, be happy, be you! H~