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