LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Luxury -

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.

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