CHECK IT OUT I LE ROYAL MON­CEAU RAF­FLES PARIS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - CHRIS­TINE McCABE

149-room in­ven­tory, with in­te­ri­ors cour­tesy of de­sign mae­stro Philippe Starck.

All the hall­marks of Parisian lux­ury, from mono­grammed linen and cloud-soft du­vets to Miche­lin-starred food, are here but in pay­ing witty ho­mage to French cul­ture Starck has cre­ated a very un-stuffy ‘‘next gen­er­a­tion’’ ho­tel.

Be­hind the con­ven­tional fa­cade lie mir­rored gue­strooms, a won­der­ful art col­lec­tion, pri­vate cin­ema pa­tro­n­ised by the likes of Steven Spiel­berg, all-white Clar­ins day spa and what could be the smartest kids’ club ever (trea­sure hunts in the Egyp­tian gal­leries of the Lou­vre are among its ac­tiv­i­ties). More: raf­fles.com.

Also try: Clift, San Fran­cisco; By­b­los Art Ho­tel Villa Amista, Verona; The Grove, Hert­ford­shire.

GALLERY theaus­tralian.com.au/travel.

ROOMS TO MOVE

Dis­cover Tas­ma­nia Tours is pro­mot­ing tour­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages from less than $800 a per­son twin-share for three nights; stay at Launce­s­ton’s Bed and Break­fast Re­treat and tour around on a cus­tomised itin­er­ary. More: dis­cover­tas­ma­ni­a­tours.com.au; launce­s­ton­bandb.com.au.

Now there’s even more rea­son to stay at the 11 Aus­tralian prop­er­ties in the five-star Pull­man Ho­tels and Re­sorts chain. Syd­ney chef and restau­ra­teur Justin North has been an­nounced as the group’s culi­nary am­bas­sador and later this month QDin­ing at Pull­man Quay Grand Syd­ney Har­bour will be the first out­let to re­launch with North’s con­sul­ta­tion. More: pull­man­ho­tels.com.

The lux­u­ri­ous Saf­fire Fr­eycinet on Tas­ma­nia’s pris­tine Fr­eycinet Penin­sula has a deal to stay four nights and re­ceive the last night free. Valid from March 1 to Novem­ber 30; from $5400 twin­share. More: saf­fire-fr­eycinet.com.au.

BEST NEW BEDS

Ho­tel Lin­drum in Mel­bourne, a mem­ber of Ac­cor’s MGallery Col­lec­tion, has un­veiled a chic de­sign makeover of its 56 gue­strooms by award­win­ning firm Bates Smart Ar­chi­tects.

In Sri Lanka, Taj Sa­mu­dra Colombo has re­opened af­ter an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, in­clud­ing the launch of Taj Club rooms; the ho­tel is set in ex­ten­sive trop­i­cal gar­dens and of­fers panoramic views of the In­dian Ocean.

There’s been a $16 mil­lion re­vamp of Seahaven Re­sort on Noosa’s Hast­ings Street; the in­ven­tory of 68 gue­strooms in­cludes rooftop pent­houses, apart­ments, suites and stu­dios.

Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional is man­ag­ing the tallest ho­tel in NYC; the new 68-storey Res­i­dence Inn, on Broad­way in Mid­town Man­hat­tan, fea­tures 378 gue­strooms and 261 suites.

The five-star LaLit Chandigarh has opened in north­ern In­dia; Chandigarh is the cap­i­tal of Pun­jab and Haryana states and this new cor­po­rate ho­tel has 179 gue­strooms across five cat­e­gories and is lo­cated in Ra­jiv Gandhi IT Park.

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