A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The St Regis Doha
opens 28 February in the city’s West Bay area overlooking the blue Arabian
Gulf. The luxury hotel’s 336 rooms come with private butler service for every
guest. Restaurants include two Gordon Ramsay establishments and an outpost of
Hakkasan, the Michelin-starred Chinese eatery in London.
Also in the Persian
Gulf region, the Desert Palm in
Dubai unveils five new Polo Suites this week, in time for the Cartier
International Dubai Polo Challenge being held at the resort from 20 to 24
February. The oasis-like Desert Palm is built on four championship polo fields
about half an hour from the towers of Dubai, and guests can watch sunset
practice chukkas (one seven-minute portion of a match) from the main building
and the new suites.
From polo ponies
to city streets, the Clarion
Collection Etoile Saint Honore opened 14
February in Paris on the stylish rue de Faubourg St-Honoré in the eighth arrondissement. The hotel is
in a key location near numerous metro stations, the Arc de Triomphe and the
Champs-Élysées, and has 85
renovated rooms and suites as well as free wi-fi.
continues its hotel boom with the 16 February opening of the Equarius
Hotel and Beach
Villas, both part of the Resorts World Sentosa, a six-resort
complex and theme park. The former styles itself as an eco-hotel with
landscaped greenery and a jungle-canopy theme restaurant, while the latter has
multi-room villas with open air living spaces and gardens with sea views.
In China’s Shandong
province, the Sheraton
Yantai Golden Beach Resort opens 20 February on the Bohai Sea. The
large resort has 357 rooms in three main buildings and a Shine Spa, indoor pool
and tennis courts.