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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 June, 2009, 12:00am

Let's rock

Adhering to Six Senses' Slow life concept ('sustainable, local, organic, wholesome' and 'learning, inspiring and fun experiences'), the company's destination spa in Phuket, Thailand, has opened an outdoor jungle gym to 'inspire guests to look at exercise as being available in any environment'. The gym uses natural and recycled materials, including rocks, wood and used car tyres, to create balancing beams, dumb bells and high bars. Boot-camp-style classes will be on offer to guests. For details, visit

Fit for a Prince

Designed by Guy Oliver and inspired by Kabul's Peacock Palace, the Prince's Lodge guest room, at London's Connaught hotel, is ready for reservations. The last phase of the hotel's HK$886 million restoration, the one-off room is named after the Prince of Wales and has been furnished and designed in association with his Afghan charity, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which seeks to restore ancient parts of Afghanistan's capital using local craftsmen and traditional disciplines. The room - which costs GBP900 (HK$11,400) per night - boasts a vaulted ceiling, a spacious bathroom with steam room, a study hidden behind oak panelling and a replica of an antique carved four-poster from Kabul. The room is the foundation's first commercial endeavour. For bookings, go to www.

Deal of the week

Couples looking for a romantic short break should consider the weekender package on offer from Shanghai's chic JIA hotel, which includes one night's stay, a four-course dinner at Issimo restaurant, welcome cocktails, cooked breakfast, late check out, complimentary afternoon tea and a host of other freebies. From 1,885 yuan (HK$2,140) for a studio and up to 4,585 yuan for a penthouse, the package is available only at weekends. To book, call 86 21 6217 9000 or e-mail