The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

From the man who gave us Stu­dio 54 in the 1970s comes Pub­lic, a new par­a­digm in ho­tels, open­ing in New York’s Bow­ery district next month; Ian Schrager’s lat­est ho­tel con­cept prom­ises “lux­ury for all” with com­pet­i­tive prices, sharp ser­vice, fast Wi-Fi and a “cosy, rad­i­cal chic” that en­com­passes an “avant-garde” per­for­mance space • The up­mar­ket Oetker Col­lec­tion has opened Pala­cio Tan­gara in Sao Paulo, Brazil; in the green heart Burle Marx Park, the ho­tel fea­tures 141 gue­strooms (in­clud­ing 55 suites), food by Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten and a day spa by Sis­ley; from $US450 ($609) • Book a min­i­mum two nights at Mel­bourne’s Sebel Dock­lands be­fore Septem­ber 28 and save $230 a night; from $259 a night in­clud­ing mid­day check­out, bot­tle of wine and park­ing • Book di­rect with Pan Pa­cific Hanoi, Viet­nam, be­fore the end of the year and re­ceive a free room up­grade and 3pm check­out, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity • Fir­m­dale Ho­tels, with prop­er­ties in Lon­don and New York, now of­fers a four-bed­room Caribbean rental home; the in­te­ri­ors of Ross­ferry, on the west coast of Bar­ba­dos, have been de­signed by the bou­tique group’s co-owner Kit Kemp.

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