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The Jazz Corner Ho­tel has opened in down­town Mel­bourne op­po­site the Flagstaff Gar­dens and above Bird’s Base­ment, the city’s fa­mous jazz venue; there are 150 stu­dios and apart­ments, each with a kitchen and bal­cony • Book­ings are open for the Nobu Ho­tel Shored­itch, open­ing in June in Lon­don’s hip artsy quar­ter and the first Euro­pean prop­erty for the de­sign-led brand es­tab­lished by chef Mat­suhisa Nobuyuki and Robert De Niro; the ho­tel has 143 gue­strooms and seven suites, sig­na­ture Ja­panese-Peru­vian restau­rant, “pocket gar­den” and a sooth­ing east­meets- west aes­thetic; from £250 ($403) • In Thai­land, The Re­nais­sance Pat­taya Re­sort & Spa opens in Septem­ber on the beach­front in the tran­quil Jom­tien district; the low-rise re­sort will fea­ture 257 gue­strooms, in­clud­ing pool vil­las and large fam­ily suites, plus two out­door pools, chil­dren’s club and day spa • Hol­i­day Inn is set to land in Syd­ney in 2020 as part of the cutting-edge 430 Pitt Street de­vel­op­ment with 17-storey tower, slop­ing roof and “green wa­ter­falls”; the Hol­i­day Inn Syd­ney Cen­tral will have 305 gue­strooms and a ter­race bar • Aman founder Adrian Zecha is back in the ho­tel game with the open­ing of the Az­erai Luang Prabang in Laos; the new re­sort of­fers 53 serene Zec­hazen gue­strooms set around a court­yard pool.

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