THE “INSIDE LINE” ON WHAT’S HOT IN HOSPITALITY
Start on top of the world, in the 118-floor Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Take any island-facing room with access to the 116th floor Club: after a few laps under the LED ceiling over the rooftop’s indoor pool, taste pre- meal Beluga at the 102nd floor Caviar House counter, and order Tosca chef Angelo Aglianó’s signature menu, to arrive, with Krug, for pre-ordered private dining. Dine looking at that world, down there.
In Japan, start at AMAN Tokyo, with a lobby like a football field-sized oriental paper balloon atop a 38-floor building. Design here is unadorned camphor wood, floors and walls relieved by giant windows looking out over Otemachi (try the 157 sq m AMAN Suite). Don’t miss swimming in the 33rd floor indoor pool and watching the sun set through the 10m-high glass end wall. The next day, perhaps, take a shinkansen and a local train to Amanemu, 15 minutes’ drive from Kashikojima Station. Here, room #10 is closest of the 99 sq m 24 semi-detached villas to The Restaurant, for delicate sea- inspired dishes. You have your own in-room onsen, but this is aqua heaven – there are communal onsens in the spa, and outside, 38° and 41° temperatures.
START AT AMAN TOKYO, WITH A LOBBY LIKE A FOOTBALL FIELD-SIZED ORIENTALPAPER BALLOON ATOP A 38-FLOOR BUILDING
In Australia, start at Park Hyatt Sydney, for the best-possible close views of the continuously fascinating water traffic (be warned, the 155-room hotel can have up to 40 Australian honeymooners overnighting on a Saturday, which just shows they know the best). All views are spectacular – #212’s is great for the Opera House, seemingly a few yards away – but, wherever, do venture out for BridgeClimb, for a honeymoon photo on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, just behind-above the hotel.
From Sydney, fly to Hobart, for Tasmania’s renowned planet-beating clean air and water, and King Island triple-cream cheeses and a Pinot Noir of the calibre of 2016 Home Hill Estate. Pick up a Par- Avion helicopter to avoid a four- hour drive – albeit scenic – to Saffire Freycinet, in Freycinet National Park. Gasp in amazement as what from above looks like a 200-metre wide stingray sculpture is this unique resort’s main building. Stay in any one of 20 futuristic steel and glass detached villas, identical but for slight size variation: look directly over Oyster Bay to the five Hazard Mountains. From the 14 complimentary activities, it’s essential to “do oysters”. Wade through waist-high shallows to Pacific Oyster incubation and dormitories. Then, just you two and your guide-photographer, stand at a high linen-clad table, in the water, and shuck and eat for seemingly ever, helped down by Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc 2016, chilled in elegant stemmed crystal.