A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.

The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong opened yesterday at the top of the ICC building (see photos from the opening). Occupying floors 102 to 118, the hotel has more than 300 rooms and an indoor pool with waterline views of the city 16,000 feet below.

On 1 April, The Residence Zanzibar opens on this paradise island with 66 villas surrounded by tropical gardens and a five-acre spa complex.

The former grand Edwardian Hotel Metropole opens on 2 April as the Corinthia in London. After 70 years as a Ministry of Defence building, the 300-room hotel swans back with restaurants from Roman master chef Massimo Riccioli and London's largest spa.

Also opening on 2 April in central London is the long-awaited St John Hotel, the "restaurant with rooms" from nose-to-tail master chef, Fergus Henderson. The small post-supper rooms are specially designed for diners who need a night's kip after a particularly festive meal.

Drive from Beijing to Paris (or pick one leg of the journey) in the latest adventure rally, World Race 2011. "Civilians" can ride as passengers in a support vehicle as they travel across China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Europe. Start your engines on 14 April.

Château Eza, a romantic and remote 11-room hotel high above the Côte d'Azur near Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, re-opens in April after an extensive refurb.

Ian Schrager strikes again with Istanbul Edition in April, the hotelier's second joint effort with Marriott. This iteration in the city's Levent neighbourhood has a Cipriani restaurant and a 20,000 square-foot spa by ESPA.