A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The Park Hyatt Ningbo Resort and Spa
opens 10 January on Dongqian Lake in China’s Zhejiang Province, a scenic
recreation area two-and-a-half hours from Shanghai. The 236 villa rooms have traditional
roofs and lake views. The hotel also has a Yue Hu Spa and a tea house serving
both Chinese and Western-style tea.
In London, the Belgraves,
from Thompson Hotels, will open around 16 January in tony Belgravia. The 85
rooms are decorated by designer Tara Bernerd in slightly masculine colours and
textures, and top British chef Mark Hix will open Hix
Belgravia and a bar complete with “cigar garden”.
Starting this month, travellers can book the new
Safari of Silence from Expert
Africa. The 10-day trek goes to the Nxai and Makgadikgadi salt pans of the northern Kalahari desert.
The night sky is especially spectacular so far from light and other types of
The Element Miami International Airport opens
on 26 January, near the airport, west of downtown and South Beach. All of the rooms
have kitchens and free wifi, and unlike many airport or business hotels, the hotel
has a large outdoor pool and lounge area.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto
opens 31 January, with 261 rooms and suites in a glass-clad 65-storey tower
downtown. The Quartz Crystal Spa covers two floors and has a heated salt water
lap pool, along with 12 treatment rooms and “spa concierges”. Guests can also
partake of the Trumpian extras like nanny services and personal shoppers.