The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

This Christ­mas, Yan­gon’s leg­endary Strand Ho­tel launches a 61m lux­ury river cruise ves­sel; op­er­at­ing be­tween Ba­gan and Man­dalay in Myan­mar; the Strand Cruise takes the five-star ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ence up­river with 24-hour but­ler ser­vice, gourmet restau­rant, day spa and swim­ming pool for pas­sen­gers ac­com­mo­dated in 27 state­rooms and suites • The first up­scale fives­tar ho­tel to open in Ham­burg in al­most two decades will de­but in about a year’s time; the 131-room Fon­te­nay is lo­cated lake­side in the heart of the city and its sculp­tural ar­chi­tec­ture is in­spired by the lake and sur­round­ing park­land • The Vibe Can­berra Air­port Ho­tel has opened just 50m from the ter­mi­nal; with views of the city on one side and Lake Bur­ley Grif­fin on the other, the prop­erty en­com­passes 191 gue­strooms, suites and apart­ments • Sir Richard Bran­son opens a new re­treat on Moskito Is­land in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands early next year; the 50ha Bran­son Es­tate will fea­ture three vil­las sleep­ing a to­tal of 22 guests in 11 bed­rooms, plus an in­fin­ity pool, swim-up bar and ten­nis pav­il­ion • In South Aus­tralia, pop­u­lar chef Mag­gie Beer will re­turn to Kan­ga­roo Is­land’s South­ern Ocean Lodge from Au­gust 20-27 to head up the award-win­ning re­treat’s pop­u­lar KI Food Sa­fari.

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