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London’s 45 Park Lane, a sister property to the storied Dorchester, opens today, with an Art Deco ambiance and 45 rooms, conceived and designed by Thierry Despont. The hotel is home to the American-style steakhouse, Cut, from chef Wolfgang Puck, and guests can trot over to Alain Ducasse and other restaurants at the Dorchester. Thanks to cross-billing between the two hotels, the check at either restaurant can be charged to the room.

The 74-room Hotel Wilshire also opens today in Los Angeles, near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Miracle Mile. The hotel is LEED certified and has a rooftop pool, private cabanas and a lounge. The Roof on Wilshire has a restaurant that will serve casual American fare and is set to open on 22 September.

For those who would rather indulge in Franco-Germanic cuisine and wine, a new gastronomic walking of tour of Alsace is being launched by the Wayfarers. The first of three seven-day treks begins 4 September in Strasbourg and follows Alsace’s Wine Trail to tastings of delicious Gewürztraminers, Pinot Gris and dry Rieslings, plus packs in views of the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest.

A far more exotic view can be found along the Uganda Meander, a new 11-day itinerary from Premier Safaris that takes travellers to Murchison Falls, along the Albertine escarpment and into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see rhinos, chimps and wild gorillas in their natural habitat. 

Although it is a Singaporean company, Banyan Tree didn’t have a presence in the city-state, until last week. A Banyan Tree Spa is now open on the 55th floor of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. The 13,000-sq-ft space has 15 rooms, the décor and treatments are based on a Tree of Life/rainforest concept and all aestheticians were trained at the Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Phuket, Thailand.

 

 

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