The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Kerry Ho­tel Hong Kong, dubbed the des­ti­na­tion’s “first five-star ur­ban re­sort”, is tak­ing book­ings for April with spe­cial open­ing of­fers in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion up­grades and 20 per cent off best avail­able rates; sit­u­ated wa­ter­front at Hung Hom Bay, the prop­erty has 546 gue­strooms de­signed by An­dre Fu across 16 floors • Also in Hong Kong, fledg­ling lux­ury brand Nic­colo Ho­tels has signed Fos­ter + Part­ners to con­vert a land­mark 1969 build­ing in the Cen­tral district as its flag­ship; open­ing in Oc­to­ber; The Mur­ray will fea­ture 336 smart gue­strooms, sev­eral eater­ies and a rooftop bar claim­ing great views • Open­ing next month in Kuala Lumpur is the con­tem­po­rary 184-room Ho­tel Stripes, sis­ter prop­erty to the city’s his­toric Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel; ex­pect a smart French restau­rant, rooftop pool and bar and fab down­town lo­cale in Jalan Ka­munt­ing, where old shop­houses now host gal­leries and cafes • Switzer­land’s Huus Gs­taad has opened with 136 con­tem­po­rary chalet-style gue­strooms (each with bal­cony or ter­race), a thor­oughly on-trend “liv­ing room”, day spa, four restau­rants and the ser­vices of a Moun­tain Concierge; lo­cated be­tween Saa­nen and Gs­taad, the De­sign Ho­tels mem­ber spe­cialises in off-piste ad­ven­tures in­clud­ing canyon­ing and climb­ing.

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