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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. www.andaz.com and http://48lex.hyatt.comNatural 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. www.naturalretreats.com

PARK LIFE COMES TO LONDONLondon opened its arms to a new hotel this September. The Dorchester Collection's 45Park Lane is Mayfair's latest luxury abode, and with its prestigious location, panoramicviews across the city and impressive interior - designed by renowned architect anddesigner Thierry Despont - it has all the ingredients of a winning establishment. The hotelpromises to provide a sleek and personal service and has capped the rooms to 45 in orderto ensure it offers the most exclusive experience. But excellent service is not the only thingthe hotel will offer. With Wolfgang Puck's CUT restaurant occupying the ground floor, it is alsoset to deliver an impressive dining experience. www.45parklane.comtravelnewsFour Seasons, 10 million treesIt's party time for Four Seasons, as 2011marks its 50th birthday. However, it seemsthis celebrated hotel group is in more of agiving than a receiving mood. To mark itsgrand age, the company is planting 10 milliontrees worldwide to demonstrate its commitmentto support sustainability. www.fourseasons.com On course for successDesigned against a Tuscan backdrop bylegendary PGA champion Tom Weiskopf,Castiglion del Bosco's new 18-hole DragoGolf Club in the Italian countryside is set tobe a sure hit. It offers exclusive use tomembers and guests of the Castiglion delBosco estate, and features the longest holein Europe: the 685-yard 13th. www.castigliondelbosco.itAUTUMN 2011I sea&iI31Photography: Four Seasons/Gortz, Markus