A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING

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

IF you’re an ac­com­mo­da­tion buff who loves ho­tels in the clas­sic mould with rich his­tory and roll­calls of leg­endary guests, this cof­feetable tome will make you drool. In an (ap­pro­pri­ately lav­ish) third edi­tion, the col­lec­tion is pre­sented by Swiss hote­lier Fritz Gubler who, among many achieve­ments, founded the Blue Moun­tains In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel Man­age­ment School in NSW. There is an em­pha­sis on long-es­tab­lished Euro­pean properties but New York gets gongs for 12 of its most dis­tin­guished ho­tels; in Canada, there are the great ‘‘rail­way chateaux’’ of Banff Springs and Lake Louise and, in In­dia, a panoply of con­verted royal palaces in­cludes the ro­man­tic Lake Palace at Udaipur and the colos­sal Umaid Bhawan at Jodh­pur, where, long be­fore Shane Warne bowled her over, Liz Hur­ley wed busi­ness­man Arun Na­yar in 2007. Asian colo­nial piles such as Raf­fles in Sin­ga­pore get the nod, while in east Africa, Gubler re­lates the his­tory of the Mount Kenya Sa­fari Club at Nanyuki, north of Nairobi, where so­called white mis­chief held sway dur­ing the colo­nial era; the prop­erty was bought by ac­tor Wil­liam Holden and a cir­cle of in­vestors in 1959 and still wel­comes guests who like a touch of old-style glam­our with their pink gins.

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