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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

In Aus­tralia you’ll want to be seen at Jack­a­lope on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, open­ing April 1. It’s the brain­child of 28-year-old Mel­bourne-based Chi­nese en­tre­pre­neur Louis Li work­ing with lead­ing Mel­bourne de­sign­ers and set to in­clude a “world class” art col­lec­tion. Other­wise head west where the mil­len­nial-friendly, tech-savvy Aloft brand de­buts in Aus­tralia in Perth in Au­gust.

Lon­don bound? Nobu opens a 150-room ho­tel in Shored­itch while the city’s orig­i­nal Scot­land Yard po­lice sta­tion be­comes a swanky ho­tel thanks to the in­vest­ment of an In­dian bil­lion­aire. Four Sea­sons Ho­tel at Ten Trin­ity Square in the old Port of Lon­don Au­thor­ity build­ing opens near the Tower of Lon­don this month and the fa­mous Bel­mond Cado­gan on Sloane Street in Knights­bridge, where Lily Langtry en­ter­tained the fu­ture king, is un­der­go­ing a £28 mil­lion ($48m) ren­o­va­tion.

In Helsinki a sis­ter property to the grand dame Ho­tel Kamp opens next to the Old Church Park in the north­ern sum­mer; the Ho­tel St Ge­orge will fea­ture 150 gue­strooms, a swim­ming pool and a win­ter gar­den, all housed in a hand­some her­itage build­ing dat­ing from 1840.

Mean­time Rosewood Ho­tels re­launches Ho­tel de Cril­lon in Paris and opens a se­ri­ously lux­u­ri­ous camp in Luang Pra­bang.

In Cape Town The Silo opens on March 1 in an old grain stor­age fa­cil­ity above the Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa, which is sched­uled to open in Septem­ber.

Glam­orous open­ings in China con­tinue apace. Look for W Shang­hai on the Bund and the Capella Shang­hai, Jian Ye Li, an all-villa ur­ban re­sort housed in sev­eral his­toric shiku­men build­ings.

Ian Schrager’s new­est ho­tel, the Sanya Edition, opened last month on Hainan Is­land just off the coast of south­ern China. Aman’s fourth re­sort in China, near Shang­hai and the group’s most am­bi­tious yet, will com­prise a his­toric vil­lage and thou­sands of an­cient cam­phor trees moved ho­lus bo­lus to es­cape in­un­da­tion dur­ing the build­ing of a dam.

In Sin­ga­pore The Dux­ton Club, A Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Ho­tel from Star­wood Ho­tels, opens on June 1 oc­cu­py­ing two colo­nial build­ings in the his­toric Tan­jong Pa­gar dis­trict while the JW Mar­riott Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore South Beach, open­ing Jan­uary 1, meshes her­itage and con­tem­po­rary build­ings into an enor­mous com­plex of 634 gue­strooms, two sky gar­dens and a restau­rant by Iron Chef Akira Back.

In New Zealand the Sof­i­tel So Auck­land opens near the har­bour and watch for the QT Mu­seum Welling­ton slated to open in late Jan­uary/early Fe­bru­ary.

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