The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

WAIKIKI’S Lux­ury Row precinct on Kalakaua Av­enue prom­ises stylish shop­ping with a beach­side twist, but there’s no need to dress up. Tourists traips­ing the pave­ments are gen­er­ally decked head to toe in re­laxed Hawai­ian garb — hi­bis­cus-pat­terned shirts or shifts, shorts and san­dals — and most in­ter­na­tional-brand stores, in­clud­ing Chanel, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Yves Saint Lau­rent and, that all-time favourite, Tif­fany & Co, have staff more in­tent on mak­ing a sale than fuss­ing over ap­pear­ances. And cashed-up Aus­tralians (the flavour of the month in Hawaii) can some­times drive a con­sid­er­able bar­gain. More: lux­u­ry­ ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER The Ho­tel In­spec­tor: Yay, it’s a new se­ries with no-non­sense hote­lier Alex Polizzi, whose mis­sion is to sort out Bri­tain’s most ghastly guest­houses and small ho­tels and make them prof­itable; tonight she tack­les Mil­ton Lodge in Dorset, which is all but buried un­der the own­ers’ col­lec­tion of twee or­na­ments. Tues­day, 8.30pm, Life­style. Wild China: A new episode in the epic nat­u­ral his­tory se­ries from BBC Earth that ranges across the land­scapes of this vast coun­try, from the leg­endary Silk Road to the Ti­betan plateau, home to fa­bled snow leop­ards, brown bears and wild yaks. Fri­day, 8.30pm, BBC Knowl­edge.

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