And so to beds
I HAVE often thought of writing a memoir with the title My Life in Hotels, although perhaps it would be taken the wrong way, suggesting I have been idling merrily, breasting the bar at pubs far and near.
Let me assure you the idea is accommodation based. I once tried to work out how many hotel nights I clock up in the course of an average year’s travelling and it made me rather homesick, although chez Kurosawa there is a sorry lack of fine Egyptian cotton bedding, motorised curtains and, quite frankly, you could press 9 on the bedside phone from now to kingdom come and no one would bring you a club sandwich.
All savvy travellers are fixated with where to stay. Choose the wrong option and a holiday can be ruined. Once a destination has been selected, the next decision is where to check in. Reader letters and emails have convinced us you want to know more about the world’s most fascinating lodgings and where to book the best deals, which properties have great seasonal offers, who’s upgrading rooms or doing full refurbishments.
With this in mind, we are adding an accommodationbased Check It Out column to T&I, launching this week on page 15. You’ll find senior contributing editor Chris- tine McCabe’s popular Hotel of the Week coverage now appears in print with more words and a full gallery of pictures on our website. We are expanding our Best New Beds element to cover all the latest openings and the Rooms to Move snippets include the top bargains, whether last-minute rates or early-bird cheapies, at properties around Australia and across the world.
This initiative is part of an expanded T&I offering of a minimum of 16 pages each week in which there will be increased local and international destination coverage and more Perfect 10 profiles of great cities and regions.
To accommodate our eight-page Destination Japan report this week and a bumper Holiday Gift Guide we’ve had to hold over the newsy Gallery page, which has been appearing on page 10 — but not for long. It will return next week, with all its regular segments.
In weeks to come we’ll also bring you Destination Afloat and Destination Luxury issues and a summer reading edition in which we’ll be asking a swag of celebrities what books they’ll be dipping into over the holiday season. If these notable Australians are like me, they’ll be reading glossy literature to plan their next escape. The Leading Hotels of the World catalogue looks nice.