A monthly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks
Hyatt Busan opened 27 February in South Korea near Busan’s Haeundae Beach. The curved shape of the
33-storey tower was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to resemble an ocean
wave. The hotel’s 269 rooms, many with sea views, were decorated by Super
Potato, a Japanese design firm.
The extended-stay AKA Beverly Hills
debuts on 6 March just blocks from Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive. The 88 one- and
two-bedroom residences and townhouses have designer kitchens and elegant
furnishings and can be booked for a minimum of 30 days. Residents can access
Wolfgang Puck’s Spago
restaurant through AKA’s lobby, and a concierge is on hand to book travel,
tickets and dinner reservations.
On 15 March, the Radisson Blu Mall of America opens in Bloomington,
Minnesota, the first hotel to be directly connected to the largest shopping
mall in the United States. The 500-room hotel has two ballrooms and more than a
dozen meeting rooms, as well as a shopping programme for guests that includes a
personal shopper and access to speciality stores.
Also on 15 March, the Trident
Hotel and Trident Castle opens in Port Antonio, Jamaica after
extensive renovations. The oceanfront hotel has 13 villas with private plunge
pools and the castle has eight rooms, a helipad and a private chapel. The
cocktail menu at the hotel’s lounge and bar was created by bartenders at Angel’s Share, a tucked away Japanese bar in Manhattan’s
The Travel Yogi is running
a retreat from 16 to 23 March in Ubud, scheduled to coincide with the Bali
Spirit Festival. Led by teacher Gigi Yogini, the retreat includes massages,
yoga workshops and festival tickets, as well as optional cooking classes and
The historic El Encanto reopens 18 March in the hills above Santa
Barbara, California, as an Orient-Express property. The 92 bungalows and suites
are arranged around luxuriant gardens with panoramic views of the Pacific
Ocean. Ellie, the hotel’s cow, provides the milk to make cheese for guests, and
an herb and vegetable garden supplies fresh produce for the restaurant.
Segera Retreat opens 23 March in Kenya’s Laikipia
Plateau, part of the Segera wildlife sanctuary. The six thatched-roofed villas,
decorated with works by African artists, have viewing platforms with vistas
across the savannah, and the pool is surrounded by wooded decking and lush plants.
Guests can take part in day or night game drives and guided walks, among many
The Herods Dead Sea hotel opens 26 March in Israel on the
shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the planet. The rooms are decorated
in marine blue and dun sand with crisp white linens and fixtures, and have
views of the sea and the Edom Mountains.