Driven by snow
Aspen is one of America's most luxurious ski destinations. The Viceroy Snowmass hotel, with a 7,000 sq ft spa and 152 lavish guest rooms, is the latest addition to the Colorado town's US$2 billion Snowmass Village (aspensnowmass.com), which will feature restaurants, boutique shopping, condominiums and a conference centre across 30 hectares. Other additions include hands-free lift gates, so skiers won't have to fumble in their pockets for their radio chip-enabled lift passes, and a US$7 million quad Sheer Bliss chairlift, which takes riders up to a height of more than 670 metres, in the Big Burn area.
A slice of the high life
The Outrigger Laguna Phuket (www.outrigger.com) will offer top-level luxury at affordable prices when it opens on December 1. Rates for the resort's 68 villas start from US$176 per night (for a one-bedroom villa) including daily breakfast, a Wi-fi connection, butler service and transfers to the private Outrigger Beach Club at Bang Tao. The Laguna Phuket complex is home to 30 bars and restaurants, spa facilities and a golf course, the fees and services of which Outrigger guests will be able to sign to their room bills.
The county of Kent (www. visitheartofkent.com) in southern England is capitalising on its spooky past with tourist trips to ghostly locations such as Pluckley (below), which claims to be Britain's most haunted village. The town is home to at least 12 'ghosts', including a monk, a teacher, a small girl and a gypsy watercress seller. Other itineraries include Leeds Castle, which is haunted by a black dog, and Larkfield Priory Hotel, in Maidstone (a servant girl). Each November, on an island in the River Medway at Nettlestead, a bridge is reported to appear, from which a monk throws a bound and gagged woman. According to the board, most ghosts mean no harm to the living.
Deal of the week
Dragonair and CX Holidays are offering packages to Beijing that include accom-modation at the Opposite House, one of the city newest boutique hotels. Priced at HK$2,799 per person (twin share) for two nights in a Studio 45 room, the deal includes return economy-class flights, wireless internet and daily breakfast. Bookings must be made before November 29 and an air-ticket surcharge of between HK$250 and HK$600 may apply. To book, call 2747 6070 or go to www.cxholidays.com.