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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

VICEROY GOES INTERNATIONAL T he Caribbean island of Anguilla has recently been embellished with a new hotel - Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Residence: the first of the Viceroy brand of hotels to go international. Viceroy Anguilla is set in 35 acres and comprises 166 beachfront and bluff-top villas, sophisticated town homes and opulent resort residences. Driftwood lamps, travertine marble floors, hand- carved wood sculptures and beaded African artwork lend an eclectic feel, while the Sunset Lounge and Cobà restaurant take care of gourmet requirements. A waterside spa and fitness centre add to the resort's attractions. www. viceroyanguilla. com New to The Strip It's a city known for its remarkable hotels, but Vegas is nevertheless hyped about the arrival of its latest 47- storey property - the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. In the heart of The Strip, it has 392 guests rooms and suites, an holistic spa and a 23rd- floor sky lobby that's described as " an oasis of oriental calm". As such, it caters for the traveller wanting all the buzz and bright lights of Vegas, with the option of escaping it all in luxury. Mandarin Oriental is also due to open doors in Barcelona in Spain. Located on the city's famous Passeig de Gràcia, the new hotel occupies a mid- 20th century building and has a stylish contemporary interior. www. mandarinoriental. com 30Isea& iIWINTER 2010 Hong Kong highlight The Hullett House ( built in 1884 and one of the oldest government buildings in Hong Kong), has a new lease of life as a venue for a boutique hotel, restaurants, a mall and cultural spaces. In the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, this historic building blends the best of old and new. www. hulletthouse. com Barcelona's best Following its ? 20million ($ 29.5million) refurbishment, the Hotel Palace Barcelona ( above) - previously the Ritz Barcelona - has just reopened three of its floors. This January the rest of the hotel will be unveiled to further fanfare. www. hotelpalacebarcelona. com W Hotels sets trends W Hotels is launching its own clothing and jewellery line. Global Glam will feature fashions by new and known designers and will initially be sold in W properties in downtown Manhattan, Miami, Chile, Hong Kong and Istanbul. www. whotels. com