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travellers' checks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 June, 2008, 12:00am
 

Class conscious

Budget travellers to India have been kept well informed for years but now the well-heeled can discover the best of Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi too, with three editions from Love Travel Guides. The guidebooks - for the wealthy vagabond in search of the best of Indian luxury, from temples, forts and castles to boutique shopping and culinary delights - are available in Hong Kong at the Inside book stores in Central (231 Prince's Building, tel: 2537 6298) and Ap Lei Chau (shop 1604, Horizon Plaza, tel: 2873 1795). Visit www.lovetravelguides.com for more information.

Included in the Mumbai edition is the newly opened Four Seasons (www.fourseasons.com), a city landmark thanks to its 33-storey glass tower, which soars over the Worli district and offers guests views to the Arabian Sea and Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The hotel has 202 of the largest rooms in the city and spacious bathrooms featuring natural light, Italian marble and rain shower heads. Those seeking some pampering can head to the two-level spa for a range of Ayurvedic treatments. Guests can choose between Mediterranean and Asian fare at two restaurants or dine casually on the pool deck.

Stars in your eyes

Ever contemplated the stars with a cosmopolitan cocktail in hand? The award-winning Soneva Fushi, in the Maldives, has introduced astronomy to its raft of guest activities with the opening of a jungle-ringed observatory. From the fully automated facility, which uses the same technology as Nasa's Hubble Telescope, it's possible to scrutinise the moon and focus on the rings of Saturn. For guests with more than a passing interest in star gazing, resident experts are on hand to give lectures on specific points of interest, using plasma screens connected to the telescope. For more information, visit www.sixsenses.com.

Easy come, easy go

Nagoya has become all the more accessible with the introduction of a Hong Kong Express Airways service to the city. It is the airline's fourth route to Japan from the SAR. Six flights a week depart Hong Kong at 8.10am, arriving in Japan at 1.10pm and returning at 2.10pm for an arrival in Hong Kong at 5.30pm. Nagoya, Japan's fourth-largest city, is famed for its temples, including the revered Atsuta shrine, parks and castle and makes for a pleasant weekend escape from the rat race. Visit www.hongkongexpress.com for bookings.

Goldfinger

Featuring 24-carat-gilded, floor-to-ceiling windows, 1,232 opulent suites and 50 penthouses, Donald Trump's latest development clearly shows he has the Midas touch. Las Vegas' Trump International Hotel and Tower has no casino and has been designed as a haven from the often brash strip scene, boasting a spa with a small army of therapists offering chromatherapy, aroma-infused steam baths and Vegas Recovery massages. Your suite is your haven, with a European-style kitchen, an Italian marble bathroom, Wi-fi access and a hi-tech audio-visual system. Visit www.trumplasvegashotel.com for more information.

Deal of the week

The Discovery Shores Boracay Island (www.discoveryshoresboracay.com), in the Philippines, has a range of seasonal promotional rates from June 15 to November 15. The resort, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is offering junior suites, which are anything but small and feature contemporary fittings, a spacious living area, a private bar and state-of-the-art entertainment equipment, for HK$2,106 a night, or premier suites for HK$4,000. Once they have made it out of their room, guests must try to get past the resort's sprawling pool and its cocktail bar before finally hitting the white sand of Boracay beach (below). Cheap flights on Cebu Pacific (www.cebupacificair.com) make this a great weekend destination. Rates are subject to taxes and include a buffet breakfast, land and boat transfers and a welcome drink. Take a look at www.discoveryshoresboracay.com.

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