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Le Meri­dien has opened a 350room ho­tel in Ho Chi Minh City on the banks of the Saigon River fea­tur­ing large gue­strooms with sep­a­rate sit­ting ar­eas, and bath­rooms fit­ted with deep tubs and rain­for­est showers; the con­tem­po­rary lobby or “hub” em­braces key el­e­ments from the Paris-born brand in­clud­ing a sound­track from Nou­velle Vague and great cof­fee • South Africa’s Olden­burg Vine­yards in Stel­len­bosch has trans­formed a 200-year-old Cape Dutch homestead into a pri­vate villa cus­tom-made for fam­i­lies or groups of friends; set in es­tab­lished gar­dens with moun­tain views, The Homestead fea­tures six en­suite bed­rooms, pool and the op­tional ser­vices of a but­ler, chef and driver • Taj Ho­tels, Re­sorts & Palaces is of­fer­ing guests at its new 296-room ho­tel in Dubai an open­ing rate of AED800 ($271) plus taxes; the op­u­lent down­town bolt­hole af­fords great views of the Burj Khal­ifa and its danc­ing foun­tains and all the usual Taj ac­cou­trements of 24/7 but­lers, fine dining and a Jiva Spa • This month, Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas Re­sort, opened at the height of the heady 80s, gets started on a $40 mil­lion over­haul of all 294 gue­strooms, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of new suites and swim-out rooms; sched­uled for com­ple­tion early next year the ren­o­va­tion extends to the re­sort’s public ar­eas, pools, gar­dens and golf club.

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