The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

• Ac­cor con­tin­ues its rapid ex­pan­sion in China with the open­ing of the 492room Sof­i­tel Xin­ing, the first in­ter­na­tion­ally branded ho­tel for this popular sum­mer re­sort sit­u­ated on the up­per reaches of the Yel­low River and now with a high-speed rail link to Lhasa; the French ho­tel be­he­moth has also opened a Sebel ser­viced apart­ment prop­erty in the city • Out­rig­ger Re­sorts is also on an ex­pan­sion drive, chas­ing beach­front prop­er­ties in Asia and the South Pa­cific; its lat­est ac­qui­si­tion is the AKARYN on the lovely Thai is­land of Koh Sa­mui, now re­branded the Out­rig­ger Koh Sa­mui Beach Re­sort, with 52 pool vil­las and suites set on Hanu­man Bay, 10 min­utes from the air­port • The Man­darin Ori­en­tal Hong Kong has de­vised a se­ries of fam­ily fun packages, avail­able un­til the end of Au­gust, fea­tur­ing be­hindthe-scenes ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, such as dec­o­rat­ing cakes and cook­ies with a pas­try chef • JW Mar­riott has opened its largest Asian ho­tel; lo­cated in the sprawl­ing Galaxy Ma­cau en­ter­tain­ment precinct, the JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Ma­cau has a stag­ger­ing 1015 gue­strooms and is joined by the brand-new all-suite RitzCarl­ton Ma­cau with 250 suites lo­cated on the top floors of the devel­op­ment • Cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary, Lon­don’s his­toric Lang­ham Ho­tel, lo­cated in the heart of the West End, this month adds a new-look Ster­ling Suite, claimed to be the cap­i­tal’s largest ho­tel pent­house, to 43 up­graded gue­strooms in The Re­gent Wing over­look­ing Lang­ham Place.

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