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30Isea&iIAUTUMN 2011Double impact for HyattTHE WILD FRONTIER With two new openings, it's been a busy summerfor the Hyatt group. The company has taken itstried-and-tested formula to new pastures with thelaunch of the 24-storey Andaz Shanghai. Thisproperty is Hyatt's first in China and is located inXintiandi, the entertainment district of Shanghai.Special features in the premium rooms and suitesinclude coloured LED lighting thatguests cancustomise to suit their mood. Hyatt has also takenits trademark stylish setup to New York's oldestborough, Manhattan. Featuring 116 pied-ˆ-terrestyle rooms and suites overlooking LexingtonAvenue, Hyatt 48 Lex promises to be a haven forsophisticated travellers seeking home-from-homecomfort. and Retreats selects only the most dramatic settings for its rustic escapes, and thepristine wilderness on the banks of the Snake River in Idaho is the perfect spot for itsfirst American venture. Honouring the brand's ethos and dedication to offering guests anunforgettable stay amid true natural beauty, Snake River offers jaw-dropping scenery aswell as fresh-air activities the likes of fishing, rafting and horse-riding. The sustainable retreatfeatures a variety of accommodation - sympathetically designed to compliment itssurroundings - including guest suites and two-storey family-friendly log cabins, as well asa private four-bedroom residence. There's even an overnight camp for those who want amore genuine wilderness experience. Guests are advised to take full advantage of NaturalRetreats' new venture, The Outfitters: a team of expert guides who specialise in all thingsoutdoors, including fly fishing and wilderness safaris.