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32Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011The finest ChinaIf you're planning a summer visit toShanghai, make sure your reservations areat none other than the new Andaz Shanghai,which opens in just a few months. The 24-storey property, owned by Hyatt HotelsCorporation, is the first Andaz hotel in Asiaand has more than 300 rooms, including 45suites, a restaurant, brasserie, bar, lounge,spa and pool. new Per Aquum Resort Rumour has it Per Aquum has plans foranother edgy resort in the Maldives. Thishotel group delivers groundbreaking andimaginative resorts, and by the sounds ofthings its newest venture, Niyama, promisesto be the coolest yet. It is due to open at theend of the year. www.peraquum.comThe perfect Thai retreat Award-winning five-star hotel group COMOHotels and Resorts is developing a newproperty on the Yamu peninsula of Phuket inThailand. Scheduled to open in September2012, the new 129-room property on thenortheast coast of the island will havepanoramic views of the cape and AndamanSea and will be just 20 minutes from PhuketInternational Airport. www.como.bzOpulence in Oman The Sultanate of Oman is preparing for theimminent opening of the luxurious new AlMadina A'Zarqa Resort & Spa. ThisAnantara property is located just 40 min-utes from Muscat International Airport.The resort luxuriates along a naturalpeninsula jutting into the Gulf of Oman andoffers Italian and Thai restaurants, a fitnesscentre, boutiques, swimming pool andAnantara Spa. www.anantara.comTHE OBEROI GURGAON The March opening of The Oberoi's new hotel in Gurgaon, India, has brought a seriousdose of luxury to Delhi. Located in the centre of the city's business hub, The Oberoi'sminimalist glass structure offers 202 generously scaled guest rooms, 15 suites and a hugepresidential suite. The latter occupies the top floor and cannot fail to impress with itsspacious living room, dining room, study area, sumptuous master bedroom, secondbedroom and private heated pool complete with a sun-lounge deck. Those who manageto tear themselves away from the beautifully designed rooms will discover this hotel hasplenty more to offer, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, superb Indian andJapanese restaurants, atmospheric cocktail bars and a 24 hour spa. www.oberoihotels.comA first for Raffles Raffles has ventured into new waters with theopening of its first resort in the Indian Ocean: theRaffles Praslin Seychelles. The all-villa resort,which opened in February, is set on the island ofPraslin, a picture- perfect setting famous for itswhite beaches and turquoise waters. Guests willnot only be able to enjoy private plunge pools andaround-the-clock butler service, but will also haveaccess to a privatebeach and the Raffles Spa - thefirst signature Spa for the Raffles brand.

SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI33travelnewsPalacial pamperingThe Es Saadi Gardens and Resort in Marrakechrecently extended its hospitality to guests bywelcoming them to its new Es Saadi Palace Spa.The largest in Morocco's Red City, it offershydrotherapy, oriental and traditional Moroccanhamams, a Dior Institut that specialises in anti-ageing treatments, and a private spa suite. Thedesign of the spa takes its cue from orientalpalaces and is built over three floors around acentenary eucalyptus tree. Guests of the 24treatment rooms can gaze out over the Atlasmountains and city walls as they indulge in thefacilities, treatments or Oriental Thermae, whichoffers a detoxifying programme involvingrejuvenatingheat and cold therapies with sweetnatural herbs infusing the air. There is also a terracewith magnificent views that is ideal for outdoormassages, yoga and Pilates, or simply soak in theJacuzzi or have a smoothie at the bar. Whenhunger hits, the spa's organic restaurant, Bio duBled, satisfies with a range of nutritious dishes.www.essaadi.comA SPA WITH A VIEW Adding another bow to its string, the Four Seasons Hotel ParkLane recently opened the doors to its new spa. Located onthe rooftop of the London hotel, the spa was designed by Eric Parryand offers extraordinary views of the city. Carefully designed toreflect the surrounding landscapes of Hyde Park, the spa featuresdark and light stone with running water sculptures to mirror thepark's natural elements. Even the most stressed of guests cannotfail to forget their troubles and unwind while sitting in a saunaoverlooking the historic