Nobu opens a ryokan in Cal­i­for­nia; Catch the to­tal so­lar eclipe on a Caribbean cruise; An ex­clu­sive new spa in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands

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LEAVE IT TO NOBU TO PUT A WHOLE NEW spin on the clas­sic Amer­i­can mo­tel – by turn­ing a 1950s-era one into a US$2,000-a-night ryokan. Nobu Ryokan Mal­ibu sits just off the Pa­cific Coast High­way, a se­cluded ocean­front sanc­tu­ary that’s a more plush ver­sion of the tra­di­tional Ja­panese-style inn. Twelve suites and five bun­ga­lows vaunt Ja­panese soak­ing tubs, tatami mats and shoji screens, adding to the ethos of omote­nashi (the art of Ja­panese hos­pi­tal­ity). There’s no restau­rant on-site, but that’s not likely to be an is­sue for most guests, as food is de­liv­ered di­rectly from the neigh­bour­ing Nobu Mal­ibu restau­rant – yel­low­tail sashimi in bed, any­one? Given the pre­sumed A-list guests, pri­vacy is of ut­most im­por­tance, and no tourists or cu­ri­ous passers-by will be al­lowed to en­ter the ho­tel’s grounds – it’s strictly guests-only.

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