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Barberyn Reef in Beruwala and Barberyn Beach in Weligama, members of the Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts collection in Sri Lanka, report a significant rise in Australian guests; rooms from about $100 a day with individually planned healthy meals. More: barberynresorts.com.
Bali’s Semara Resort & Spa Seminyak has announced year-round flat rates from $US120 ($137) a night plus 15 per cent taxes for an executive room; the resort, which opened in 2012, is on Seminyak’s so-called golden strip near Ku De Ta. More: semaraseminyak.com.
Dorchester Collection member Le Richemond, beside Lake Geneva, has relaunched its Ski Tea for the snow season. Think: gruyere-flavoured scones, sandwiches, mugs of hot chocolate, marshmallow-filled coconut snowballs and chocolate fondue; from CHF50 ($64) a person. More: dorchestercollection.com.
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Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa has just opened, with 181 guestrooms, all featuring sea views; it’s the first Indian Ocean property for Outrigger and its 45th property recently opened or under development in eight countries.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the 32-storey, 246-room Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane will open on March 3; it will be the first internationally branded new-build property to launch in the Queensland capital’s CBD in more than a decade.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (parent company of Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel brands) will open seven properties this year, including Swissotel Sochi Krasnaya Polyana and Swissotel Sochi Kamelia in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city, Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Raffles Istanbul and Raffles Jakarta.