The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Paris’s Ritz ho­tel re­opens this month af­ter a four-year re­fur­bish­ment with a re­duced room count, the world’s first Chanel day spa, a Sa­lon ded­i­cated to Proust and a tun­nel from the car park for cam­era-shy VIPs • Bel­mond launches South Amer­ica’s first lux­ury sleeper train in Peru in May; the An­dean Ex­plorer will tra­verse a dizzy­ing route to 4800m of­fer­ing lux­ury cabin digs for 68 guests and food by Bel­mond’s Ho­tel Monas­te­rio in Cusco; all-in­clu­sive fare from $US462 ($623) a per­son a night • MGM Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional and the New York-based Sy­dell Group have re­de­vel­oped the Monte Carlo Re­sort in Las Ve­gas; the $US450 mil­lion project will de­liver two ho­tels, a Ve­gas ver­sion of Sy­dell’s No­Mad and a new Park MGM; ac­claimed chef Daniel Humm heads the restau­rant of­fer­ings • Stylist Me­gan Morton has lent her cre­ative touch to a spe­cial Christ­mas in July cel­e­bra­tion at Emi­rates One & Only Wol­gan Val­ley in the Greater Blue Moun­tains; $2090 a villa a night in­cludes meals with wine, a Christ­mas feast, two na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties daily and a $200 spa voucher • Mel­bourne’s Metro Apart­ments on Bank Place is of­fer­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion from $135 a night, in­clud­ing Wi-Fi, bot­tle of wine and noon check-out.

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