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Sanc­tu­ary Re­treats has signed Makanyane sa­fari lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Re­serve; it fea­tures just eight glass-fronted suites built from lo­cal stone, tim­ber and thatch and tucked away in river­side for­est; the main lodge is on the edge of a ravine over­look­ing a wa­ter­hole in Big Five ter­ri­tory; there’s also a day spa, gym and pool and the op­por­tu­nity to sleep un­der the stars • A new Lake Como re­treat, the fam­ily-owned Fi­lario Ho­tel & Res­i­dences, has opened in Lezzeno; a mem­ber of De­sign Ho­tels, the con­tem­po­rary prop­erty fea­tures 21 rooms and apart­ments, each with a pri­vate ter­race • Banyan Tree has opened a lux­ury re­sort in China’s An­hui Province in the shadow of the dra­matic Mount Huang­shan; the rooms fea­ture bam­boo carv­ings inspired by tra­di­tional ink paint­ings; there’s a day spa and for book­ings of at least three nights be­fore De­cem­ber 31 there’s an ad­di­tional free night and daily break­fasts • China-owned lux­ury ho­tel com­pany Wanda Ho­tels & Re­sorts has un­veiled a new in­ter­na­tional brand, Wanda Vista, and has tar­geted Syd­ney and the Gold Coast among its ini­tial de­vel­op­ments be­gin­ning in 2018; the op­er­a­tor has 10 ho­tels in main­land China but is aim­ing for 160 prop­er­ties world­wide by 2020 • Ac­claimed chef Shan­non Ben­nett (Mel­bourne’s Vue de Monde) will host a spe­cial gourmet week­end at Fiji’s Lau­cala Is­land Re­sort Oc­to­ber 23-25; ex­pect tours, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and one-off meals.

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