AC­COM­MO­DA­TION BUZZ

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

St Regis Ho­tels & Re­sorts de­buts on Langkawi next month; over­look­ing a pri­vate white-sand beach and swim­ming la­goon; it’s the first lux­ury re­sort to open on this Malaysian is­land in a decade and fea­tures four over­wa­ter vil­las and 85 suites, in­clud­ing 20 pri­vate pool vil­las • As Bo­gota con­tin­ues to at­tract ho­tel in­vest­ment, Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton has opened a se­cond ho­tel in the Colom­bian city; Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Bo­gota-Calle 100 fea­tures 88 gue­strooms, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre and in­door swim­ming pool • Wilpena Pound Re­sort in the Flin­ders Ranges of South Aus­tralia has in­tro­duced new tours, in­clud­ing a one-hour guided walk for chil­dren, of­fer­ing greater in­sight into lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture; the re­sort is jointly owned by the Ad­nya­math­anha Tra­di­tional Lands As­so­ci­a­tion and In­dige­nous Busi­ness Aus­tralia • Un­til April 26, NSW Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice is of­fer­ing 25 per cent off stays at Mon­tague Is­land’s her­itage light­house keep­ers’ cot­tages; lo­cated off the south coast near Na­rooma, the is­land is home to seals, pen­guins and more than 90 bird species; pack­ages in­clude re­turn boat trans­fers from the main­land • Sal Salis Nin­ga­loo Reef in Cape Range Na­tional Park near Ex­mouth, WA, is in­creas­ing its ac­com­mo­da­tion from nine to 16 en­suite tents and has been granted a li­cence for its guests to swim with hump­back whales dur­ing the Au­gust to Oc­to­ber sea­son; the day-long ex­cur­sions are aboard a new 10-pas­sen­ger boat.

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