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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

32Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010BORNEO IDYLLSPANISH MANDARINThe Mandarin Oriental Barcelona isthe latest hotel launch from thewell-known chain, and is its first to open insouthern Europe. Conveniently located inthe heart of Barcelona's commercial andentertainment district on Passeig deGràcia, the 98-room hotel is housed in anelegant mid-20th century former bankbuilding that has been renovated to acontemporary design. The hotel alsoboasts a choice of restaurants, a rooftoppool, a garden, and a large spa featuringsignature treatments created exclusivelyby Mandarin Oriental.www.mandarinoriental.comThe sound of musicOriginal Travel (below) launches OriginalMusic Travel - an enthralling portfolio oftrips, festivals and concert packages world-wide. From authentic Andalucian Flamencoto salsa in Havana or Samba in Brazil, thereis something to suit every musical taste. www.originalmusictravel.com Jumby Bay, Antigua Following a US$28 million refurbishment,the Jumby Bay resort in Antigua has beentransformed. Set on a 300-acre private islandoff the coast of Antigua, the resort now hasa Sense spa, 28 new suites, and refurbishedand enhanced guest rooms. There are alsotwo new restaurants, including the open-airVerandah Restaurant where guests canpartake in Jumby Bay culinary experiencesand learn from the masters. www.jumbybayresort.com A trio of starsJoël Robuchon's Japanese restaurant, Yoshi,has been awarded its first Michelin star.Located in the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo,Yoshi's menu was created by Japanese chefTakeo Yamazaki. The Michelin star is thethird for the Monegasque hotel, as its JoëlRobuchon Monte-Carlo restaurant alreadyholds two. www.metropole.com Boston styleJoining Morgans' portfolio of carefully curatedhotels, the 113-room Ames in Boston opened atthe end of 2009. The 19th century Ames buildinghas been transformed to house a mix of historical,old-world aesthetics and contemporary luxury.Original fixtures such as the staircase, lobbymural and robust exterior have been preservedand are complimented by designs with a federalfocus that reflect the history of Boston.www.ameshotel.comRooftop retreatOverlooking the Italian coast and the ApuaneAlps, the recently opened Principe Hotel & Spa inForte dei Marmi has an extensive spa completewith large treatment rooms, a couples' spa suiteand indoor pool, and will have access to thehotel's private cabanas and large outdoorswimming pool and lively beach club. Set amidprivate gardens, the 28-room retreat also boastsa rooftop fusion bar and cigar lounge, and forgourmet fans there is an impressive array ofrestaurants, including fine dining, sushi, a casualItalian bar and a rooftop restaurant. www.principehotelfortedeimarmi.com