AC­COM­MO­DA­TION BUZZ

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

Syd­ney’s Radis­son Blu Ho­tel is set to be­gin phase two of a $12 mil­lion up­grade of the for­mer news­pa­per build­ing; all 336 gue­strooms and 28 suites will get a new look to com­ple­ment the re­freshed func­tion and meet­ing rooms • Ay­ers Rock Re­sort is pre­par­ing to host Bruce Munro’s as­ton­ish­ing so­lar-pow­ered Field of Light in­stal­la­tion, 50,000 frosted glass spheres on slen­der stems set to “bloom” in the desert as dark­ness falls; open­ing April 1, the ex­hi­bi­tion will run for a year; var­i­ous pack­ages are avail­able, in­clud­ing ar­rivals by camel or he­li­copter • Shangri-La has opened a 397-room, 19-storey ho­tel in Ben­galuru, In­dia, over­look­ing the city palace and Cub­bon Park, and fea­tur­ing eight restau­rants and bars • Also in In­dia, Le Meri­dien has opened its first re­sort, the 122room Le Meri­dien Ma­ha­balesh­war in the Western Ghats, 120 min­utes from Pune air­port; all gue­strooms have bal­conies and there’s a pool­side res­tau­rant, day spa and chil­dren’s club • On Oc­to­ber 25, Pierre Auge, win­ner of France’s Top Chef TV se­ries, ar­rives at Angsana Bal­a­clava Mau­ri­tius for a week of spe­cial events, in­clud­ing a Hal­loween gala din­ner; the 52-suite re­sort is nes­tled in a se­cluded cove at Tur­tle Bay.

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