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

Today the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore debuts its comfortable new spa on the hotel’s fifth floor. There are six treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites, and treatments are based on traditional Chinese medicines, Oriental philosophies and ingredients such as local orchids.

On 16 August, Hilton Hotels and Resorts launched their Hilton Huanying (Chinese for “welcome”) programme at 51 properties in 13 cities around the world that are popular with Chinese visitors, such as San Francisco, Vancouver, Tokyo and Sydney. Chinese guests will find their guest rooms stocked with slippers, tea kettles, Chinese-language TV channels and breakfasts of dim sum and congee will be served. Starwood Hotels and Resorts launched a similar programme at 19 of their properties, in hot spots like Waikiki, New York and Seoul.

Best Western’s first hotel in Russia, which opened on 9 August, is also the brand’s largest in the world. The Best Western Vega Hotel and Convention Center is in Izmaylovo, on the outskirts of Moscow, and has 970 rooms, a Finnish sauna, Turkish baths and 15 meeting rooms.

The Flatiron Hotel Toshi stealthily opened near Madison Square Park in Manhattan on 1 August. The 64-room boutique hotel is just outside of midtown craziness, but still near many subway lines, great shopping and some of New York’s top restaurants.