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Getting healthy with Maqui berries; time to try Portuguese barbecue; enjoying beer and summer views

Getting healthy with Maqui berries

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is offering a special accommodation plan featuring treatment using Maqui berries, which are also known as Chilean wineberries, through March 2015.

In traditional medicine, Maqui extract may be used to treat diarrhea, inflammation or fever. With freeze-dried powder of the berries mixed with water, the hotel’s therapists will offer customers the exclusive treatments in the hotel’s junior suite rooms. Customers can choose either 60-minute facial or body treatments.

Also, as part of the plan, a pack of Maqui berry powder as well as a special smoothie of the berry will be served in the hotel’s Garden Lounge.

The plan includes complimentary use of the hotel’s spa facilities and breakfast.

The plan is available from ¥30,000 per person for double occupancy, including taxes and a service charge. Reservations are required at least five days in advance.

The Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo is seven minutes from Waseda Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line or 10 minutes on the hotel’s shuttle bus from Takadanobaba Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-5285-1121 or visit www.rihga.com/tokyo .

Time to try Portuguese barbecue

Eatwalk’s new concept restaurant focusing on meat and called “AW Elements Grill & Bar” opens its doors today (May 30) in the Roppongi Hills shopping complex.

AW Elements, an offshoot of the company’s popular restaurant series AW Kitchen, which offers dishes heavy on the vegetables, instead features meat.

Presented are many kinds of choice meats selected by owner-chef Akira Watanabe, served in the Portuguese traditional barbecue “Espetada” style. Many other Portuguese dishes will also be available.

The restaurant is capable of accommodating 99 diners at tables, terrace seats, private rooms and counters. The variety of seating allows customers to use the restaurant for many different occasions. At the counter area, a DJ booth has been installed and music and dance events are planned for the future.

It is open everyday from 11 a.m. to midnight. On Fridays, Saturdays and days before holidays, it is open until 5 a.m. the following day.

The AW Elements Grill & Bar is one minute from Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station. For more information and reservations, call 03-5786-6355.

Enjoying beer and summer views

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in Shinjuku will launch its popular summer plan called “Sky Beer Hall” at its Little Bear bar, from June 1 to September 30.

Located on the 45th floor of the hotel, the sky bar will work to beat the coming summer heat and humidity as a beer hall. The plan is extremely popular as customers can enjoy a glass of beer as well as appetizers from ¥500 each. People can easily stop by and enjoy their time after work without being bothered by scorching temperatures or inclement weather, while enjoying splendid night views of Tokyo.

A variety of beverages, including unique cocktails, and many food choices will be on offer.

Three all-you-can-drink plans with food are also available from ¥3,500.

The plan is available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and from Sunday through Thursday, customers who make reservations are eligible to receive a special treat.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is five minutes from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station (various lines). For more information or to make reservations, call (03) 3344-0111 or visit www.keioplaza.co.jp .