Paradise found Shopping addicts can revel in the opening of the Dubai Mall. Set to open its doors at the end of this month, the 12 million square-foot mall will be one of the largest in the world. Not just for shoppers, the mall will include one of the world's largest aquariums with more than 33,000 creatures, an Olympic-size ice-skating rink, KidZania, a children's 'edu-tainment' centre, the region's first Sega indoor theme park and a 22-screen cineplex. It will also feature up to 1,200 stores for shop-a-holics to get their fix. Unique Experience Touted as Sao Paolo's new urban architectural landmark, Hotel Unique lives up to its name. Designed by Niemeyer protege Ruy Ohtake, the hotel resembles a watermelon slice perched on its edge, a cutting-edge silhouette that seemingly defies gravity. Its interior is also unique with curved floors that bend to the ceiling to create a wall. Minimalist yet remarkably modern for a Brazilian city that is not known for its technologies, Hotel Unique is a hip boutique hotel and an attraction in its own right. Visit www.hotelunique.com.br for more information. For Art's Sake If rising fuel taxes are putting you off long-haul flights, then consider JIA Shanghai's Art Escape package. Starting next month, the boutique hotel is offering at a special rate of HK$1,695 per night, studio plus accommodation, an Artscape city tour compiled by Andrew James ( www.andrewjamesart.com ) and a chance to win a limited-edition lithograph by contemporary Chinese artist Guo Jin valued at 15,000 yuan and dinner for six at ISSIMO with James. Visit www.jiashanghai.com for more information. Putting on the Ortiz The Mondrian has been a West Hollywood institution since it opened in 1996 with a Philippe Starck design. Now, the Los Angeles hot spot has been rejuvenated by designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz. Building on Starck's original vision, Noriega Ortiz complimented his predecessor with custom-designed furniture such as a Lucite love-seat indoor swing and mushroom-inspired concierge centre. The new look includes grand mirrors at the entrance detailed with white lacquer frames that continue the surreal wonderland theme. Each of the hotel's 237 rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Sunset Boulevard and downtown Los Angeles. Visit www.mondrianhotel.com for more information.