A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
This week, Shakti Himalaya tours is introducing new treks in India's Ladakh region, and three new village houses to stay in. The houses are some of the oldest in Ladakh (although they are being renovated and have en-suite bathrooms) and are located in Shey, Likhir and Eego villages.
The urban jungle is going green. Two New York hotels are hosting CSA (community supported agriculture) networks this summer: the Element New York Times Square West partnered with Holton Farms in Vermont to provide seasonal produce to guests, and the Andaz Wall Street and Down Home Acres have done the same (NYC members of both CSAs will be able to pick up their shares at the hotels). And last week, the Andaz brought back their summer farmer's market, which sells produce from local Hudson Valley farms.
The staggering Galaxy Macau opens 15 May. The resort complex will house the Banyan Tree Macau, Okura Hotel and Galaxy Hotel, with a total of 2,000 rooms, more than 50 restaurants, and the de rigeur rooftop pool.
The Grand Mauritian, in Turtle Bay, unveils new family suites this month that can accommodate up to five children and two adults, and includes two bathrooms, two TVs and a Sony Playstation 2.
Pooch power is on the up in Santa Barbara where county health services have declared that dogs are welcome on restaurants' outdoor patios, at the restaurant owner's discretion.