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28Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 New for Phuket Situated on the western coast of Phuket, Thailand, the Paresa hotel opened this summer. An impressive development, it sits perched high on the clifftop surrounded by tropical forests and the Andaman Ocean. Paresa's unique architecture and elegant interiors are inspired by traditional Southern Thai homes both in their design and use of natural materials, which reflecttheir surroundings. Each of the 49 spacious rooms and suites boast a spectacular outlook, with uninterrupted sea views. Private infinity pools, two large resort pools, a range of dining options, spa and gymnasium, combine to make Paresa a key player on the Thai map. For further information, visit www. paresaresorts. com A n ideal base from which to explore Borneo, the brand new Kudat Riviera resort in Sabah, which is opening in November, is located in one of the planet's most diverse destinations. The underwater world is a rich marine environment, while above the water is an exotic rainforest overlooking the sea, and Southeast Asia's highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu. The Kudat Riviera's villas are spread across 70 acres of stunning coastline, each villa set within its own expansive, private grounds. It is, however, the Cavia Sky Lounge that is already the talking point of the resort. Situated high above sea level, with 360 degree views of the ocean, Mount Kinabalu and the northernmost tip of Borneo, it looks set to become one of the most spectacular restaurants in Southeast Asia. For further information, visit www. kudatriviera. com BORNEO IDYLL SHANGHAI HIGH T his September sees the long-awaited opening of The Peninsula Shanghai. Located on the historic Bund, in the very heart of the city and on the banks of the Huangpu River, the hotel pays homage to 1920s and 1930s Shanghai, with the Art Deco interior being based on the look and feel of this glamorous era when Shanghai was feted as ' The Paris of the East'. The rooms have stunning views of Pudong, the Huangpu River, the Bund or the gardens of the former British Consulate. The Peninsula Shopping Arcade includes a Chanel boutique designed by Peter Marino in the style of Coco Chanel's private apartment. The Peninsula has five eclectic restaurants and bars, and an ESPA spa. For further information, visit www. peninsula. com