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JUMEIRAH BEACH REOPENS
DUBAI’S landmark five-star, wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel has reopened after a five-month makeover.
Guests will arrive at a more airy lobby atrium with views of the fabled Burj Al Arab hotel and kinetic art installations.
Rooms and suites will also have Burj views, a new beach and water colour scheme and Hypnos beds.
Food and drink options include D&A, La Parilla and Uptown Bar, the sea-inspired Villa Beach, Beachcombers and Ocean Blue. Then there’s family dining hub Kitchen Connection with nine interactive cooking stations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the legendary Friday Brunch. Pearl Lounge will serve a pearlinspired afternoon tea.
Besides the Kitchen, families also get their own leisure pool with an expanded swim-up bar and a new Kids’ Club inspired by the underwater world. Guests continue to have unlimited access to the adjacent Wild Wadi Waterpark.
Rates start at £373 a night, room-only, jumeirah.com
THE LAST STRAWS
PORTAVENTURA (portaventuraworld.com) theme park, near Tarragona in northeast Spain, has pledged to eliminate all on-site plastics such as straws and bubble wrap by 2020. This year, it has already moved to 100% of its electricity supply coming from renewable energy sources.
RHONE AND ON
RIVER cruise firm CroisiEurope (croisieurope.co.uk) will increase capacity on the Rhone next year due to demand.
From April it will go from three to four ships with the additional vessel offering seven and eight-day round trips from French cuisine capital Lyon.
Stunning view from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel