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28Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011where in the[sea&ibrings you the latest luxury travel newsworld.]Adding a buzz to the heart of Vancouver's downtown district from May is the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The hotel began life inthe 1920s when it welcomed British royalty and Hollywood stars, and exactly 84 years to the day that it first opened its doors thiscelebrated city landmark is relaunching with all its former glory, albeit it with a modern twist. Past guests include Elvis Presley, Ginger Rogers,Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones, but today's guests will enjoy even greater luxury than these legends. A new fitness centre, 16m(54') indoor saltwater lap pool and a spa serve the 155 rooms and suites, which are all decorated in shades of pale blue, ivory andchocolate. Two penthouse suites each have a private rooftop terrace with city views, an outdoor hot tub and fireplace. The hotel'sHawksworth Restaurant is operated by top Canadian chef David Hawksworth, and there is also a vaulted underground cocktail lounge.www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.comTHE RETURN OF AN OLD FAVOURITE

MY LAKE OPENS IN AUSTRIA Set on lake Wörthersee, at the foot of theSouthern Alps, the new My Lake hotelpromises some of the world's mostremarkable views. The hotel, which openedthis March, has a clean, contemporarydesign, allowing guests to fully appreciatethe extraordinary landscapes in simpleluxury. Seventy beautiful studios, suites andpenthouses overlook the turquoise watersof this magical lake. The inspiring scenerycan also be enjoyed from the hotel'sprivate beach club, which deliverstraditional Austrian bar culture and musicranging from soul and funk to Brazilianbossa nova. www.mylakehotel.comIle de Ré near La Rochelle in France is making wayfor a new property in May. Alongside the five-starHôtel de Toiras, the beautiful Villa Clarisse willsoon be welcoming guests. The villa occupies oneof the town's most beautiful 17th century housesin a Unesco World Heritage Site in the port of SaintMartin de Ré. With décor inspired by Pierre YvesRochon, this ten-room property is exquisitelyexecuted, with light, airy rooms complete withoriginal fireplaces, views over Saint Martin andtranquil gardens with a heated outdoor pool.Guests can enjoy a calming brew in the villa's teahall and take advantage of neighbouring Hôtel deToiras' restaurant and boutique spa. During theirstay, guests can also explore the many beaches,vineyards, pine forests and cycle paths of thismuch loved island. www.villaclarisse.comÎle de Ré's ultimate villa travelnewsLangham inspirationThe Langham introduced a new spaexperience in London this spring. Offeringsignature treatments that have been adaptedfrom traditional Chinese medicine and a salt-sauna, its Chuan Spa is the first of its kind inLondon. Hills bungalows The Dorchester Collection is debuting twospectacular bungalows at The Beverly HillsHotel. Nestled around the infamous 'pinkpalace', these bungalows are extraordinarilyvast - particularly the presidential suites.www.beverlyhillshotel.comTowering triumph Plans have been announced for anew luxuryhotel to be built by the UK's legendary Towerof London following the £100 millionpurchase of the property at 10 Trinity Square.The opening of the hotel is planned tocoincide with the capital city's hosting of the2012 Olympic Games. www.10trinity.comParisian project France's Versailles Palace in Paris isplanning to transform one of its satellitebuildings into a prestigious 23-bedroomhotel. The palace, built in the 1680s andnow a Unesco World Heritage site, is acelebration of 18-century French art and oneof Europe's most visited tourist attractions.The hotel opening is pencilled in for late2011, and future guests can look forward togazing out over the orangerie or the Swissornamental lake. SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI29