The insider’s view on places to go and where to stay this season
The ‘Spring Festival’ is the colourful Chinese New Year celebrations; a unique festival in an extraordinary country. For elite travellers to China this spring there is something completely new in the culturally rich province of Zhejiang. Here nestled in the ancient forests of romantic and mountainous SHAOXING is one of the most striking new resorts in China – ‘The Pusen Forest Retreat and Spa’. An authentic retreat with unparalleled services and accommodation; including ancient Oriental wooden houses converted into amazing guest suites.
When it comes to great service and 7 star luxuries, then the UAE has long been the epicentre of decadent hotel openings and luxury resort unveilings. Despite the immense popularity of Dubai, it is ABU DHABI where the new style and exclusive luxury is now to be found. Together with international museums and art galleries, the major upscale hotel groups are also rushing to open stunning new resorts in this oil rich Emirate, making it a fabulous new destination. Ritz Carlton’s new Renaissance-designed property ‘Grand Canal’ will be amongst the first of the new luxury hotels to open its doors.
Of course, if you want to see the real ‘Grand Canal’ then you must head to VENICE, where this spring the mantra is ‘Live in Colour’, in celebration of the city’s famous Carnival. Probably one of the most romantic places in the world, this magical city of lagoons and canals is bursting with energy and colour this season. Be amongst the privileged first to experience the stunning ‘Gritti Palace’, a Luxury Collection Hotel, now set to open its doors after a mammoth 15 month restoration. This property holds historic grandeur unique to Venice, with exceptional art, rare fabrics, and flawless decor.
If you love parties and you want to experience the mother of all Carnivals, then RIO DE JANEIRO is your destination; home of the greatest street party on the planet. The city is undergoing a renaissance as Brazil falls under the world’s spotlight. Sexy beaches and lush mountains make this a seductive destination, and there really is only one place to stay, at the ‘Copacabana Palace’. Follow in the footsteps of movies stars and the super-rich, and enjoy the glamour and history of this Orient-Express Collection property.
Whilst in Brazil, it’s also worth mentioning that their national carrier, TAM Airlines has launched a new first class cabin to compete the best in the air. This private suite with media centre, sofa and plenty of space might just make you forget for a moment that you’re onboard an aircraft.
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