CHECK IT OUT I LE ROYAL MONCEAU RAFFLES PARIS
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.
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.