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SPRING-SUMMER 2011I sea&iI31travelnewsA NEW ADDITION TO JUMEIRAH'S PORTFOLIO The Jumeirah Group announced the addition of another hotel to its impressive portfolio this January. It's latest opening, the JumeirahZabeel Saray, is located on the west crescent of Dubai's Palm Jumeirah. Keeping in line with the group's lavish and imperial style, thenew hotel features hand-painted frescos, Turkish artworks and lavish murals. The 5-star hotel has a theatre, lagoon pool, a selection ofauthentic restaurants, a tennis court and a fitness centre. Yet what's most impressive about this hotel is what lies at its heart - a TaliseOttoman Spa, boasting 42 individual spa rooms and suites, an indoor swimming pool and three Turkish hamams. www.jumeirah.com

32Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2011The finest ChinaIf you're planning a summer visit toShanghai, make sure your reservations areat none other than the new Andaz Shanghai,which opens in just a few months. The 24-storey property, owned by Hyatt HotelsCorporation, is the first Andaz hotel in Asiaand has more than 300 rooms, including 45suites, a restaurant, brasserie, bar, lounge,spa and pool. www.hyatt.comA new Per Aquum Resort Rumour has it Per Aquum has plans foranother edgy resort in the Maldives. Thishotel group delivers groundbreaking andimaginative resorts, and by the sounds ofthings its newest venture, Niyama, promisesto be the coolest yet. It is due to open at theend of the year. www.peraquum.comThe perfect Thai retreat Award-winning five-star hotel group COMOHotels and Resorts is developing a newproperty on the Yamu peninsula of Phuket inThailand. Scheduled to open in September2012, the new 129-room property on thenortheast coast of the island will havepanoramic views of the cape and AndamanSea and will be just 20 minutes from PhuketInternational Airport. www.como.bzOpulence in Oman The Sultanate of Oman is preparing for theimminent opening of the luxurious new AlMadina A'Zarqa Resort & Spa. ThisAnantara property is located just 40 min-utes from Muscat International Airport.The resort luxuriates along a naturalpeninsula jutting into the Gulf of Oman andoffers Italian and Thai restaurants, a fitnesscentre, boutiques, swimming pool andAnantara Spa. www.anantara.comTHE OBEROI GURGAON The March opening of The Oberoi's new hotel in Gurgaon, India, has brought a seriousdose of luxury to Delhi. Located in the centre of the city's business hub, The Oberoi'sminimalist glass structure offers 202 generously scaled guest rooms, 15 suites and a hugepresidential suite. The latter occupies the top floor and cannot fail to impress with itsspacious living room, dining room, study area, sumptuous master bedroom, secondbedroom and private heated pool complete with a sun-lounge deck. Those who manageto tear themselves away from the beautifully designed rooms will discover this hotel hasplenty more to offer, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, superb Indian andJapanese restaurants, atmospheric cocktail bars and a 24 hour spa. www.oberoihotels.comA first for Raffles Raffles has ventured into new waters with theopening of its first resort in the Indian Ocean: theRaffles Praslin Seychelles. The all-villa resort,which opened in February, is set on the island ofPraslin, a picture- perfect setting famous for itswhite beaches and turquoise waters. Guests willnot only be able to enjoy private plunge pools andaround-the-clock butler service, but will also haveaccess to a privatebeach and the Raffles Spa - thefirst signature Spa for the Raffles brand. www.seychellesraffles.com