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From the folk who brought you Lit­tle Crea­tures pale ale comes a smart new ho­tel open­ing in Perth this month; the Alex Ho­tel fea­tures 74 “con­tem­po­rary crafted” gue­strooms by Syd­ney-based de­sign out­fit Arent & Pyke, along with a clas­sic wine bar and dining room, roof ter­race and fleet of com­pli­men­tary Lekker bikes • A new bou­tique ho­tel in Viet­nam’s old im­pe­rial cap­i­tal Hue fea­tures 58 gue­strooms and a large Jacuzzi pool fed by nat­u­ral spring wa­ters; th­ese wa­ters form the ba­sis of the eight­storey Alba Ho­tel’s in-house day spa pro­grams • Costa Rica’s Na­yara Springs jun­gle retreat, over­look­ing the Are­nal Vol­cano in an area con­sid­ered the na­tion’s adventure cap­i­tal, has started work on a largescale ad­di­tion, open­ing in 2016, that in­cludes 24 pool vil­las, a yoga pav­il­ion and restau­rant with Es­to­nian celebrity chef Jaak Toom­salu at the helm • The goa­head Art Se­ries Ho­tel Group has added 13 cus­tomised smart cars to its now 35-strong luxury pas­sen­ger fleet, which also in­cludes a he­li­copter; the smart cars are avail­able for hire at all six ho­tels in Vic­to­ria and Ade­laide; rates are set at $30 for a half day or $50 for the full day; there’s also an hourly rate of $8 • For sav­ings of up to 30 per cent off stan­dard room rates, book be­fore Au­gust 25 (for stays un­til the end of Au­gust) at Per AQUUM’s luxury re­sorts, Hu­vafen Fushi and NIYAMA, in The Mal­dives and Desert Palm in Dubai.

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