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Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - By April Or­cutt travel@latimes.com

What in theworld is new­for sum­mer? Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing.


Los Cabos took a big hit from Hur­ri­cane Odile in Septem­ber, and some prop­er­ties are just now re­open­ing. Among them:

Esper­anza, an Au­berge Re­sort over­look­ing the Gulf of Cal­i­for­nia and the Pa­cific, re­opened June1 af­ter months of ren­o­va­tion and re­fur­bish­ing. The 57 guest rooms have been trans­formed with a soft tan and gray pal­ette and art­works and fur­ni­ture by Mex­i­can crafts peo­ple. Dou­bles from$500 a night.

Info: (855) 331-2226, www .es­per­an­zare­sort.com

Af­ter $10 mil­lion in re­mod­el­ing and re­design­ing, the adults-only Mar­quis Los Cabos is ready for guests. All 235 suites have views of the Pa­cific and the Gulf of Cal­i­for­nia. Dou­bles from$450 a night.

Info: (800) 745-8883, www.lat.ms/1JOKVZf

Also re­open­ing is the One & Only Palmilla. Its173 guest rooms have been re­designed, and a Seared Steak­house by Jean-Ge­orges Von­gerichten has been added. The re­designed in­door-out­door spa, beauty and fit­ness cen­ter now cov­ers 22,000 square feet. Dou­bles from$455.

Info: (866) 829-2977, palmilla .one­an­don­lyre­sorts.com


Al­berta’s Cal­gary Zoo has di­nosaurs! Well, not real di­nosaurs, although they look and sound like it. Six­teen life-size an­i­ma­tronic pre­his­toric rep­tiles will be lurk­ing be­hind rocks and trees and roar­ing in the zoo’s Pre­his­toric Park through Oc­to­ber.

Info: (800) 588-9993, www .cal­gar­y­zoo.com

A11⁄ 4- mile moun­tain-to-moun­tain zip-line is sched­uled to open in mid-July in Bri­tish Columbia’s

Whistler Black­comb­ski area.

Info: (866) 935-0001, www.zip­trek.com/whistler-canada


Surf­ing in Wales? Surf Snow­do­nia is to open in Au­gust in Conwy, nine miles fromthe Ir­ish Sea. A la­goon, about the size of an Amer­i­can football field, will cre­ate waves around 6 feet tall so be­gin­ners can learn the sport. More ex­pe­ri­enced surfers can chal­lenge the To­tal Wipe­out.

Info: www.surf­s­now­do­nia.co.uk

In Lon­don, the Laslett ho­tel opens in Au­gust in posh Not­ting Hill. Its lobby will be­more like a com­mu­nity cen­ter with a cof­fee shop, a bar-kitchen and a gallery. Dou­bles from about $333.

Info: 011-44-20-7792-6688, www.the­laslett.co.uk

The­Gains­bor­ough Bath Spa is to open in July in Bath. It claims to be the only ho­tel in Bri­tain with taps for cold, hot and ther­mal wa­ters in the guest bath­rooms. Dou­bles from about $300.

Info: 011-44-1225-358-888, www .the­gains­bor­ough­bathspa.co.uk


The decor re­flects1885, but

Paris’ Les Bains Douches is a ho­tel and night­club that bills it­self as “a place at­tract­ing the stars and mav­er­icks of to­day and to­mor­row.” Dou­bles from$555.

Info: 011-33-1-42-770707, www.lesbains-paris.com/en

Le Sou­quet Ho­tel in Paris’ Pi­galle quar­ter pro­motes the area’s bawdy past. Itsweb­site points out that dur­ing the Belle Époque, the build­ing “served as a plea­sure house.” Dou­bles from$425.

Info: 011-33-1-48-78-55-55, www.maison­sou­quet.com/en/

De­signed in the shape of the

sail, Meliá Paris La Défense ho­tel has sweep­ing views of Paris. Dou­bles from$200.

Info: 011-33-1-75-57-99-00, www



Af­ter be­ing dev­as­tated by Cy­clone Ita in 2014 and un­der­go­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar re­build, Lizard

Is­land re­sort, along the Great Bar­rier Reef, has re­opened its doors. Dou­bles from$985.

Info: 011-61-2-9538-0751, 011-61-7

4043-1999, www.lizardis­land.com.au


ARitz- Carl­ton with 313 suites and vil­las in Bali’s Nusa Dua opened in Fe­bru­ary. One sec­tion is atop cliffs; the other is downby the beach. Dou­bles from$480.

Info: (800) 542-8680, www.lat.ms/1GjDUNO

Later this sum­mer in Ubud, a Ritz-Carl­ton Re­serve ho­tel called

Man­dapa is to open where Bali’s Ayung River meets the jun­gle near ter­raced rice fields and an­cient tem­ples. Dou­bles from$670.

Info: (800) 542-8680, www.lat.ms/1cR0EKc


In March, Vomo Is­land Re­sort re­opened on the pri­vate isle af­ter a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion. Bath­rooms in the 28 vil­las were gut­ted, and free­stand­ing bath­tubs and sep­a­rate showers were added. Dou­bles from $1,100, in­clud­ing meals.

Info: 011-679-666-7955, www .vo­mofiji.com


Outrigger has ac­quired a new

prop­erty, the Outrigger Koh Sa­mui

Beach Re­sort, which has 52 vil­las and suites, each with its own pool, although the re­sort is on the beach. Dou­bles from$270.

Info: 011-66-77-914-700, www.lat.ms/1Qu2YJJ


The Aman­dayan, an Áman prop­erty that opened in Fe­bru­ary, sits on Lion Hill above Li­jiang’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Her­itage site. The ho­tel is dec­o­rated with lo­cally made art. Dou­bles from $700.

Info: (800) 477-9180, www.lat.ms/1MPWwan The 439-room NUO Ho­tel Bei­jing fea­tures Ming Dy­nasty-inspired de­sign. Dou­bles from$295.

Info: 011-86-10-5926-8888, www.nuo­ho­tel.com

Cal­gary Zoo

WITH a cer­tain di­nosaur flick cap­tur­ing imag­i­na­tions, it’s time to visit Canada’s Cal­gary Zoo, which has its own Juras­sic world.

Nick­o­las Sar­gent

A POOL, bar and stun­ning sunset. Life doesn’t get­much bet­ter at the re­fur­bished One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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