The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Raf­fles Ho­tels & Re­sorts is to open in London’s Old War Of­fice build­ing in White­hall; part of a multi-use re­de­vel­op­ment of the fa­mous land­mark ex­pected to take about three years, Raf­fles London will fea­ture 125 rooms, al­most half suites • Next March the leg­endary Venice Sim­plon-Ori­ent-Ex­press launches three grand suites, each with a pri­vate bath­room, dou­ble bed and liv­ing area and fea­tur­ing pri­vate stew­ard, free-flow­ing cham­pagne and in-suite din­ing; a two-day/one-night jour­ney London to Venice costs £5500 ($9300) a per­son • Anantara Guiyang Re­sort has opened in China’s “for­est city” in the coun­try’s south­west, an area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty; 218 rooms, suites and pool vil­las are com­ple­mented by three restau­rants and sig­na­ture day spa • Open­ing next year, Wyn­d­ham LUX Perth will of­fer 120 gue­strooms, swim­ming pool and rooftop bar with views of the Swan River; the ho­tel is within easy walk­ing dis­tance of Crown Casino • Gold Coast stal­wart The Is­land has been re­de­vel­oped and rein­vented to of­fer 98 smart gue­strooms, rooftop bar, restau­rant headed by award-win­ning chef An­thony Fuller­ton and new gam­ing area; rooms from $149.

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