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New York While most of the hotel buzz focuses on hip downtown spots, there’s something to be said for staying uptown. But eschew the grande dames for the discreet East Side retreat that is The Surrey. Housed in a classic Beaux Arts building, it feels more like a friend’s expensively decorated townhouse than a hotel, albeit with Café Boulud on the ground floor and a spa in the basement. Rooms are what you’d expect. What sets it apart is the art. A Chuck Close tapestry of Kate Moss rubs shoulders with a Jimmie Martin graffiti cabinet and a video installation by William Kentridge. The Met and the Guggenheim are on the doorstep and Art Muse founder Natasha Schlesinger offers curated art tours. Don’t miss cocktails on the private roof terrace. thesurrey.com pack your trunk The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament comes to Anantara Riverside Bangkok this month, gathering teams from around the world to raise money for elephant charities in Thailand.
dna detox Really slick resorts are upping their game by taking personalisation to a whole new level. Ibiza’s 38 Degrees North uses pre-arrival DNA analysis to tailor fitness programmes for each guest’s specific needs.
Sleep with the artist Art lovers can now rent Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom —well, a replica—for US$10 a night. The Art Institute of Chicago has created a lifesized rendition of his painting Bedroom in Arles and it’s available through Airbnb. stylish wheels Business travellers to London may prefer Uber over taxis, but those in the know plump for HR Owen’s service. Its fleet of chauffeured Bentleys, RollsRoyces and, if you’re feeling very flash, Maseratis is the only way to get around.
Food for Thought Eating fast food at the airport is a sure way to ruin a trip. If you transit through Paris, enjoy acclaimed chef Guy Martin’s India Mahdavidesigned I Love Paris at Charles de Gaulle instead.
space race Fed up with the overhead bin battle? Boeing’s new Space Bins, being pioneered by Alaska Airlines, boost space for carry-ons by 50 per cent.