And so to beds

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

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.

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