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On December 15, 2018, the Keio Plaza Hotel will open two additional floors to expand its “Premier Grand” facilities and add new Premier Grand guest rooms suited for luxury family accommodation. The two new floors add 56 new Premier Grand guest rooms, bringing the total number to 167. Premier Grand rooms feature Sealy brand mattresses, traditional 300 thread count bed linens, L’OCCITANE natural cosmetic and personal hygiene items and BOSE Bluetooth speakers. An exclusive concierge desk caters to the special needs of Premier Grand guests and a 535-square-metre Club Lounge provides breathtaking views of Tokyo as well as breakfast dining, tea and bar services from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. keioplaza.com
After being pummeled by Hurricane Irma in fall 2017, nearly all Florida Keys resorts are expected to be fully open by the end of 2018. Hawks Cay Resort, one of the island chain’s largest properties, offers 177 renovated rooms, two new restaurants and a new oceanfront, adults-only relaxation area. New properties slated to open soon include Bungalows Key Largo, the area’s first luxury all-inclusive adults-only resort, and Baker’s Cay Resort, the Keys’ first Curio property by Hilton. In June the chain opened the 80room, full-service Hampton Inn Marathon with a 24-hour fitness centre. In other news, all Florida Keys attractions are open, including fishing, snorkelling and diving charters. fla-keys.com
The 2019 Stratford Festival features 12 productions built around the theme of Breaking Boundaries. Shakespeare’s Othello opens the season, followed by the Bard’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, also on the Festival stage. The Front Page, one of the great 20th-century satires about the world of journalism, will also play at the Festival Theatre, adapted by playwright Michael Healey. At the Avon theatre, Donna Feore will direct and choreograph the blockbuster musical Little Shop of Horrors, a send-up of sci-fi and B movies with a love story at its core. stratfordfestival.ca
Experience the beauty and uniqueness of Akko, Israel, when you stay in one of the historic port city’s numerous boutique hotels, such as the Efendi, Akotika, Arabesque, Akkotel or Zarqa Luxury Suites. Dine overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Uri Buri, owned by celebrated chef Uri Jeremias. One of the most stunning ways to see Akko is to arrive by ferry from Haifa. The 45-minute ride offers visitors a tranquil view of the Old City’s port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. touristisrael.com
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