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AMAN has opened a third prop­erty in China; the Aman­dayan is set on a hill­side above the UNESCO-listed old town of Li­jiang in Yun­nan Prov­ince and in­cludes 35 large suites, each with a ter­race, set within tra­di­tional court­yard build­ings; the prop­erty also houses the pre­served Wen­chang Palace, dat­ing back to 1725, a large day spa and restau­rants serv­ing tra­di­tional Yun­nan and Can­tonese cui­sine • Man­darin Ori­en­tal will open a new luxury ho­tel in Mar­rakech this north­ern spring; sit­u­ated among rose-filled gar­dens a short drive from the Me­d­ina, the ho­tel will fea­ture 54 pri­vate walled vil­las, each with its own gar­den, swim­ming pool and hot tub; the nine suites claim ter­race views of the snow-capped At­las Moun­tains; there will also be five restau­rants and bars and a sump­tu­ous day spa • Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Piero Lis­soni (the chap be­hind Mumbai’s Taj Ma­hal Palace suites) has de­signed the newly opened 300-room Shilla Stay Jeju in the down­town shop­ping area of this popular South Korean is­land; an open­ing pack­age, avail­able for the month of March, in­cludes free break­fast, wel­come gift ham­per and a se­lec­tion of giveaways in­clud­ing dining vouch­ers, from KRW 189,000 ($220) a night • The Aleenta Phuket Re­sort & Spa in Phang Nga, Thai­land, will com­plete a $12 mil­lion re­mod­elling in June when it re­veals 34 luxury gar­den vil­las, each fea­tur­ing an 8m swim­ming pool and out­door bath; the re­sort has al­ready opened a new beach­front in­fin­ity pool, wa­ter­front restau­rant, day spa and chil­dren’s club.

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