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Savoy, Oh Boy

Photography Courtesy of the Savoy


Image – Courtesy of the Savoy

One of London’s most famous hotels is reopening after a three-year overhaul. In business since 1889, the Savoy was ready for a face-lift. The architects paid careful attention to detail in restoring the Edwardian/ Art Deco look of the place—going so far as to replicate the original showerheads. The remodeled hotel, run by Fairmont, will also have a glass-domed winter garden in which guests can enjoy a spot of tea. www.fairmont.com

A MAN OF LETTERS

Hotshot designer Didier Benderli has applied a literary touch to the Pavillon des Lettres, a boutique hotel opening this month in Paris. Each of the 26 rooms is styled after a different letter of the alphabet and an author whose name starts with that letter, so if you get H, think Victor Hugo. Lest you imagine the hotel is stuck in the past, every room is also furnished with an iPad (in case you finish your book). www.pavillon-de-la-reine.com

SPECIAL TROPICS

With a Robert Trent Jones–designed golf course, a sweeping lagoon-style pool and activities ranging from sushi making and tango classes to laser skeet shooting and catamaran sailing, Costa Rica’s eco-friendly Paradisus Playa Conchal resort makes it almost too easy being green. www.paradisus-playa-conchal.com

MEMORIAL DAYS

History buffs will get their day in the sun—and sand and surf—this fall, when the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers the “WWII Pearl Harbor & USS Missouri 65th Anniversary” package. Starting September 2 (the 65th anniversary of the peace treaty signing on the Missouri), the package includes tours of the Arizona, the Missouri and other World War II sites. www.marriottwaikiki.com

QUOTH THE RAVEN

This is the best time of year for golfing in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies, and Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club, an hour west of Denver, is the best course up in them thar hills. Winding through towering pines, lakes splashing with trout and willowy aspen, this par-72 beauty plays hard, but the biggest challenge is trying to putt with all those distracting mountain views. www.ravenatthreepeaks.com

IN TREATMENT

Spa treatments should be soothing; the last thing you want to worry about is the painful cost. Enter SpaFinder. com. The website’s 50/50 promotion offers treatments as well as yoga and Pilates classes for either 50 percent off or $50 at destination spas across the U.S. All you have to do is show up and relax. www.spafinder.com

TRUE SOUTH

Warning: This book may cause wanderlust. In celebration of Mexico’s bicentennial, powerHouse Books is releasing Revealing Mexico, a collection of pictures and interviews by photographer John Mack and writer Susanne Steines that paints a vibrant picture of the nation’s history and traditions. www.powerhousebooks.com

DRESSED TO THRILL

Don’t fret about what to wear to Fashion’s Night Out. The whole point of the Vogue-sponsored event is to pick up something new. From September 7 to 16, cities around the world will host events that bring together models, designers, celebrities, fashion editors and clotheshorses of every stripe. Stores will stay open late to host performances and, of course, shoppers. www.fashionsnightout.com

CALENDAR SEPTEMBER

8-12 NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA

An infamous bank robber pays his debt to society at Defeat of Jesse James Days, with a robbery reenactment and other activities benefiting local nonprofits. www.djjd.org

22-25 CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS

The Pygmalion Music Festival is known for its intimate venues, so you can get up close and personal with bands such as Built to Spill and Caribou. www.pygmalionmusicfestival.com

22-25 BUENOS AIRES

Argentine wines are gaining traction among oenophiles. Stay ahead of the curve at Vinos y Bodegas Wine Exhibition. www.expovinosybodegas.com.ar

25-26 CARDIFF, WALES

Feel free to bring your own crackers to the Great British Cheese Festival. They’ll provide the beer, cider and, of course, the cheese. www.thecheeseweb.com

26 VIENNA

Last year, 15 cheerleaders squeezed into a Smart car. See what records will be broken at this year’s Vienna Recordia, a festival devoted to the most, longest, fastest, shortest—and many other superlatives. www.viennarecordia.com

18-OCTOBER 4 MUNICH

Oktoberfest has become a worldwide event, but Munich’s original is still the best. www.munichsoktoberfest.com

8-11 SINGAPORE

Whether you’re a contemporary art aficionado or just think you are, ARTSingapore is the place to see some of the best work in Asia, by established artists and up-and-comers. www.artsingapore.net

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