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30Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010where in the[ANDAZ-ZLING SUCCESSFollowing the successful debut of three Andaz properties in 2009, the Andaz San Diegoopened in early 2010 and extends the brand's philosophy by offering friendly service ina uniquely designed setting. Located in downtown San Diego, the 159-room hotel features13 large suites and four speciality suites. The Quarter Kitchen serves up American cuisineusing fresh, local ingredients, while the Ivy Nightclub, Ivy Rooftop and Ivy Wine Bar ensurethat guests are well entertained. www.andaz.comsea&ibrings you the latest luxury travel newsworld.]Morocco magicLocated in the heart of one of the world's mostexotic cities, the Royal Mansour Marrakech inMorocco has just opened its doors. Set in overthree acres of manicured gardens, 53 opulentriads are linked by a labyrinth of undergroundtunnels, accessed only by staff to maximiseguests' privacy. The authentic design reflectsa traditional medina, comprising one- to four-bedroom riads, restaurants and a spa arrangedaround a communal area with a bar, library andlounges. Each riad features a private courtyard,fountain, plunge pool and rooftop terrace. Therooms are arranged around the central privatecourtyard, with the rooms on the ground floorhaving their own patios, living room, bar andlobby. www.royalmansour.com

travelnewsSPRING-SUMMER 2010I sea&iI31RÉSERVE YOUR ROOMLa Réserve's new property on the FrenchRiviera opens this spring. Located belowthe medieval village of Ramatuelle, justa short distance from St Tropez, the hoteland spa comprise 23 rooms, 12 villas anda huge spa with 13 treatment rooms, indoorand outdoor pools, and the latestTechnogym equipment. Following in thefootsteps of La Réserve Paris, the stunningdécor features striking lines andcontemporary features. La Réserve is perfect for those looking to improve their overallwellbeing as the spa has a six-day experience. The hotel's restaurant complements the spaserving up fresh Mediterranean cuisine and low-calorie menus for those on the wellbeingprogramme. This relaxed retreat is also ideal for those looking for a quiet break. www.lareserve.chGlorious golfLocated on the southwest coast of Sicily, theVerdura Golf and Spa Resort is the first resort inthe Rocco Forte Collection. Set amid 570 acresedged by a peaceful stretch of coastline, everyone of the 203 rooms of the property has a seaview and its own private terrace or courtyard.The resort also boasts a large spa and twospectacular golf courses (an 18-hole and a 9-hole)that run through olive and orange groves andboast stunning sea views. Other properties in theRocco Forte Collection include Brown's Hotel inLondon and Le Richemond in Geneva. www.verduraresort.com Turkish delightHaving undergone a full renovation, the PeraPalace Hotel re-opened in April. One of thefirst hotels in Turkey, the Pera Palace hasplayed host to historical figures since it firstopened its doors in the late 19th century. It islocated in the heart of the city, so museums,galleries and nightlife are just a short walkaway. www.perapalace.com Mandarin twinsThe Mandarin Oriental in London (above)announces two gastronomic delicacies. ChefDaniel Boulud opened Bar Boulud this spring(echoing the successful format of its sister inNew York, which was recently honoured withthree Michelin stars), while later in the yearThe Fat Duck Group (of owner/chef HestonBlumenthal) will be opening its first Londonrestaurant at the hotel. www.mandarinoriental.comNew home for Pétrus London-based Pétrus has reopened its doorsat 1 Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge. It hasa stunning open cellar in the centre of thedining room with over 2,000 bottles of wine,including 34 Pétrus vintages. A newEuropean menu is served under head chefSean Burbidge.www.gordonramsay.com/petrusDouble diningThe Villa Romana in St Tropez is a famed Italianrestaurant that opens for the yachting season.Renowned among celebrities, it boasts an outdoor lounge and can accommodate up to 350guests, with a huge garden for alfresco dining.Focussing on providing a unique experiencealongside excellent cuisine, the owner, Jean-LucFournier, now also offers guests the opportunityto enjoy a day on board a Mangusta 24.4m (80')superyacht. Have lunch in St Tropez and spendthe afternoon around the bay before cruising toCannes for dinner at the recently opened sisterproperty of the same name along the CannesCroisette.www.villa-romana.com