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32Isea&iIWINTER 2012EAST TRAVELS WESTExplore in PeruInkaterra, a travel company specialising intrips to Peru, has added another string to itsbow by launching a new line of informalofferings branded as ByInkaterra hotels.These properties will deliver the same qual-ity and experience as their counterparts butin more relaxed settings. One already inthe offing is Hacienda Concepcion: aconverted eight-bedroom lodge thatwas formerly a bioresearch centre inTambopata National Park.www.inkaterra.comPublic benefit Chicago welcomed another hotel thisautumn, and this one promises to offersomething more than a luxurious pillow onwhich to lay your head. Public Chicagobelongs to a new breed of hotel offering aninclusive rather than exclusive experience -meaning fantastic service andvalue. NEW TWO FOR FOUR SEASONS Amid a slew of new hotels, the Four Seasons has two due to open early in 2012. Thefirst is a 171-room property located in Baku, Azerbaijan, which takes pride of placeon a waterfront promenade that also happens to be the city's most prominent street.Rooms are beautifully decorated and have large balconies and plenty of natural light. Itstop floor, with uninterrupted views of the Caspian Sea, accommodates a restaurant andspa boasting an atrium-style pool with skylights. Further restaurants and a bar offer moredining options. Four Seasons' second opening is the Hotel Lion Palace St Petersburg, arestoration of a Russian royal palace built in the 19th century for Princess Lobanov-Rostovsky,which has been lovingly converted to house 177 guest rooms.

WINTER 2012I sea&iI33travelnewsA facelift in LAAfter a 24-month refurbishment, Hotel Bel-Air inLos Angeles, US, is back with a bang. Thesuccessful result of a thoughtful and extensiveredesign, the property retains treasured originalfeatures but now also shows off fresh twists. Its103 rooms boast new d├ęcor and fittings,furnishing guests with a more luxuriousbase from which to take in the sweeping canyonscenes that surround the hotel. Other notableimprovements include a new spa by La Prairieand a restaurant under the management ofmaster chef Wolfgang Puck. www.hotelbelair.comA FRESH TAKE ON ALPINE ADVENTURENira Hotels & Resorts' latest offering is a perfect retreat for those desiring fresh mountainair, spectacular views, first-class skiing and stylish accommodation. Nestled in thepicture-perfect hamlet of Surlej in Switzerland, Nira Alpina is located just outside St Moritzand offers guests a genuine ski-in, ski-out experience. Nira Alpina's attention to detail -including gourmet sandwiches for skiers eager to spend the day up the mountains,connecting rooms for families and groups, and well-stocked libraries - is set to make it afirm favourite with outdoor