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28Isea& iIWINTER 2010 BORNEO IDYLLManhattan double New York is looking forward to welcoming a new 144- room hotel to its fashionable Bryant Park area in Midtown Manhattan early in the new year. Andaz Fifth Avenue has factory style sash windows reflecting an old- style New York, while graphic artwork represents the modern city. This arrival is joined by another new Andaz property opening in early 2010: Andaz Wall Street, a 253- room hotel in Lower Manhattan. One of the latest creations of the award- winning architectural design firm The Rockwell Group, it is sophisticated, luxurious and the perfect venue for impromptu socialising. www. andaz. com THE BEIRUT RIVIERA C apitalising on Beirut's growing reputation as the Riviera of the Middle East, CampbellGray Hotels is making its mark in the area with its new Le Gray hotel. Promising the same service as its Caribbean sister Carlisle Bay, and London successes One Aldwych and Dukes Hotel, Le Gray is set in the smart Beirut Central District in the heart of the city, close to shopping and entertainment offerings. Among its 87 rooms and suites it has two presidential suites with private terraces. It also has a rooftop restaurant with views of the Mediterranean and Mount Lebanon. A Cigar Lounge, PureGray Spa, state- of- the- art gym and outdoor swimming pool ensure complete relaxation. www. campbellgrayhotels. com Re- Orient yourself After a 20- month renovation, the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta ( below) has reopened in the Indonesian capital. The 272- room property now has 56 oversized rooms and six suites, four new restaurants, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool. www. mandarinoriental. com New stores open doors Haute designer Louis Vuitton will launch stores in both Lebanon and Mongolia before the year is out. It has also opened its first global store in Dubai. Meanwhile, its flagship boutique at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, will be enshrined in a glass and steel crystal pavilion that appears to float on water. This is due to open next year. www. louisvuitton. com City of Dreams The Grand Hyatt Macau at the Chinese island's City of Dreams resort is now open and offers 791 rooms. The luxury complex will primarily be used for business travel and events. www. hyatt. com

The Majlis, Lamu Just off Kenya's northern coast, the idyllic Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago offers a new boutique hotel called The Majlis. The hotel's 25 unique rooms feature hand- carved timber and white coral, a private art collection, and terraces with views of the beach, gardens or forests. A thatched restaurant and two bar areas offer tempting food and refreshments, and two pools provide welcome relief from the African sun. The hotel also has two light aircraft for local excursions and airport transfers. www. themajlisresorts. com WORLD CUP WINNER W ith the football World Cup gracing Johannesburg next year, South Africa is going all out to impress with a month-long, luxury safari camp just outside the city. Camps at the Cradle of Humankind will be located in 7,500 acres of privately owned land where they are equidistant to the football stadiums of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg. Between 10 June and 12 July 2010, guests can stay at one of the four camps, each with 12 luxury canvas tents, en- suite bathrooms and 64- inch plasma televisions. There will also be a party and entertainment camp with a video wall for watching the matches, and a relaxing sundowner deck overlooking the hills of The Cradle - a UNESCO World Heritage site containing a dozen limestone caves filled with plant and animal fossils. Game drives and walking safaris are available for less football- inclined guests. Helicopter and chauffeur- driven transfers can also be arranged from the camps to the football matches. www. cazenoveandloyd. com WINTER 2010I sea& iI29 travelnews