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HALL Cannon is managing director, with Miles Refo, of recently reopened Otahuna Lodge, a luxury manor house near Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2005 he left New York to bring new life to the historic mansion, now a member of Relais & Chateaux. More: otahuna.co.nz; relaischateaux.com. Must visit: Akaroa in the Canterbury region. The original French settlement sits on a harbour with the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins. Top shopping secret: Smythson, New Bond Street, London, for its personalised stationery. Perfect place for indulgence: Laucala Island, Fiji. An extraordinary private DEALS OF THE WEEK New London lair: Dorchester Collection says its 45 Park Lane property overlooking Hyde Park will open on September 1. The 45-room hotel will feature Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant and an art decoinfluenced contemporary design by Thierry W. Despont. Opening rates from £350 ($550). More: dorchestercollection.com. retreat with exceptional accommodation as well as exquisite cuisine. Ultimate eco-adventure: Hiking and climbing in Italy’s Dolomites, including the unique Via Ferrata (iron road). Stand-out bar experience: Pegu Club in New York. No trip Island idyll: Fiji’s newest luxe bolthole, Tadrai Island Resort, will open on September 1 on the northern side of Mana Island in the Mamanuca group off the main isle of Viti Levu. Tadrai is an all-inclusive couples-only hideaway with just five villas and private plunge pools beside a secluded white-sand cove. More: tadrai.com. to the Big Apple is complete without a few drinks at this glittering SoHo bar. Inviting food destination: The San Francisco Ferry Building for its artisanal food purveyors and boutique eateries. (See Page 8) Favourite travel website: Zagat.com. Most memorable splurge: An afternoon flight in Queenstown with Over the Top Helicopters. Most distinctive hotel: Villa Feltrinelli on Italy’s Lake Garda — a stunning 1800s lakeside mansion. Best-spent travel dollars: The Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, Vancouver Island. Spa spangled: Singapore’s first Banyan Tree Spa has opened on level 55 of the lofty Marina Bay Sands Hotel; the spa marks the Banyan Tree group’s debut in home territory. There are 15 treatment rooms with decor and therapies inspired by Singapore’s national flower, the orchid, and featuring panoramic city views. More: banyantreespa.com.