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

THE Westin brand has re­turned to Sin­ga­pore in high style with the re­cent open­ing of a hand­some, light-filled ho­tel atop a new of­fice tower in Ma­rina Bay at the heart of the city’s busy fi­nan­cial district. Oc­cu­py­ing lev­els 32 to 46 of the Asia Square Tower 2, The Westin Sin­ga­pore af­fords fan­tas­tic views of the container-filled port and South China Sea.

Check-in on level 32, Sin­ga­pore’s high­est ho­tel lobby, comes with a chilled drink and jet­lag­beat­ing views through 11m-high win­dows, a lofty per­spec­tive shared by all 305 gue­strooms and suites. The luxe bath­rooms are es­pe­cially smart and, in many room cat­e­gories, the deep tub, with a handy shelf for books and drinks, and shower re­cess, are set be­side floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an out­door swim­ming pool with sunken sun lounges, lovely day spa and ur­bane lobby lounge spe­cial­is­ing in well-priced cock­tails. All fa­cil­i­ties have bird’s-eye panora­mas. Also try: Ritz-Carl­ton Hong Kong; Four Sea­sons Guangzhou; Grand Hy­att Shang­hai; Park Hy­att Tokyo.

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Fancy a spot of Gran­tham grandeur in Down­ton Abbey style? Lord and Lady Masham of Swin­ton Park in the York­shire Dales will host a one-off Down­ton Ex­pe­ri­ence on the weekend of Oc­to­ber 18-19, in­clud­ing a black-tie gala din­ner; of course chauf­feur ‘‘Bran­son’’ will be on call for jolly out­ings. Swin­ton Park has 31 bed­cham­bers and suites. More: swin­ton­

Two MONAen­try tick­ets are in­cluded with two-night stays in a villa suite at Ho­bart’s five-star Villa How­den. From $790 a room twin-share, the pack­age also in­cludes break­fasts, soft drinks, WiFi and park­ing. Book by April 9. More: last­

Un­til the end of March, Wo­tif has a deal at Ame­tyst Ho­tel Prague from $87 a night twin­share for a min­i­mum two nights, in­clud­ing taxes, buf­fet break­fasts and WiFi; the ho­tel is in the city cen­tre within easy ac­cess of Wences­law Square. More: 1300 88 7979 (quote ‘‘Stay and Save’’).


Af­ter var­i­ous de­lays, Shangri-La Ho­tel, At The Shard, Lon­don will open on May 6 on the south bank of the River Thames in the 306m-high, glass-clad Shard build­ing; the five-star ho­tel will be the tallest in western Europe.

Nanuku Re­sort & Spa, an all-villa beach­side property, is set to launch on March 1 on the Pa­cific Coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main is­land.

Regina Fer­reira of Pe­tite Paris re­ports she now has 101 apart­ments and B&Bs in the French cap­i­tal with the ad­di­tion of Le Lou­vre Suite in the 10th ar­rondisse­ment; hurry to se­cure an open­ing of­fer of ($175) a night twin-share, break­fast in­cluded (usual rate,

BIG4 Hol­i­day Parks has added Soli­tary Is­lands Re­sort to its 180-strong net­work; the property is on the banks of the Wooli River, about 80km south of Yamba in north­ern NSW.

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