The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Sof­i­tel has de­buted on Sin­ga­pore’s Sen­tosa Is­land; the new re­sort fea­tures 211 gue­strooms and suites as well as four vil­las, an enor­mous day spa, 33m swim­ming pool and 11ha of trop­i­cal gar­dens • Hong Kong-based Ovolo Ho­tels has un­veiled a new look wharf-front ho­tel at Sydney’s Wool­loomooloo; for­merly the Blue (a Taj ho­tel), the property sports a stylish makeover cour­tesy of de­sign firm Has­sell, with ren­o­va­tions due for com­ple­tion next month, and fea­tures the group’s sig­na­ture all-in­clu­sive rate cov­er­ing Wi-Fi, con­ti­nen­tal break­fast, snacks, mini­bar and happy-hour drinks • Early­bird sav­ings of up to 50 per cent are avail­able at The Palm Dubai for all book­ings made be­fore next April for travel be­tween April and Septem­ber; dis­counted rates in­clude break­fasts and free ac­cess to the 17ha wa­ter­park and The Lost Cham­bers aquar­ium • With a pri­vate beach and views over the Sea of Cortez, un­der­ground record­ing stu­dio and a mu­si­ciansin-res­i­dence pro­gram, the groovy, 72-room Ho­tel El Ganzo in Mex­ico’s Los Ca­bos has re­opened fol­low­ing a year-long ren­o­va­tion in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Odile • Michel Roux heads to Malaysia for the first time for a stint as guest chef at The Datai Langkawi re­sort; guests can book one of three din­ners from Fe­bru­ary 18-20 next year; from MYR700 ($227) a per­son.

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