The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Ac­cor Ho­tels New Zealand has added a Grand to the Mer­cure Welling­ton ban­ner fol­low­ing a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­fur­bish­ment of the 114-room prop­erty lo­cated a short stroll from the cap­i­tal’s Cuba Street; re­vamped gue­strooms have the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and there’s a new restau­rant; rooms from $NZ229 ($213) in­clud­ing break­fast • Flash Camp @ Kakadu will soon be back for a sec­ond sea­son from June 23 to Septem­ber 12; lo­cated in the heart of this NT na­tional park, the camp fea­tures smart Bell tents kit­ted out with proper mat­tresses decked in qual­ity linen, bam­boo fur­ni­ture, rugs, lights and power with com­mu­nal bath­rooms, pool and a restau­rant avail­able at the ad­join­ing Cooinda Lodge; from $140 a night • Bel­mond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons near Ox­ford, Eng­land, has one of the finest kitchen gar­dens in the world, sup­ply­ing its fa­mous restau­rant; Miche­lin-starred Ray­mond Blanc has launched a new gar­den­ing school at the manor of­fer­ing day classes for green­thumbed guests from July to Oc­to­ber • Avani makes its Euro­pean de­but fol­low­ing a €1.5 mil­lion ($2.25m) up­grade of the Tivoli Jardim Lis­boa Ho­tel in Lis­bon; the re­branded Avani Avenida Liber­dade Lis­bon Ho­tel fea­tures 119 new-look gue­strooms, lobby, gym and pop­u­lar sig­na­ture restau­rant run by one of the city’s most cel­e­brated chefs, Olivier da Costa • Man­darin Ori­en­tal Kuala Lumpur has put to­gether an “ur­ban well­ness re­treat”; avail­able un­til March 31 and priced from RM1369 ($426) plus taxes a night, the pack­age in­cludes park-view ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast daily, in-room bath rit­ual, 80-minute spa treat­ment, use of a pool­side ca­bana and a healthy spa lun­cheon or din­ner.

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