Dream suites The Dream boutique-hotel chain, whose Bangkok property grabbed travellers' attention with its bold design and celebrity-themed opulence when it opened in late 2006, has landed in India. Dream Cochin (right; www.dreamcok.com ), in Kochi, Kerala state, features 151 guest rooms, including 50 luxurious suites that come with access to the club lounge. In Ayela, a gourmet Thai fusion fish 'market', diners can choose from the fresh catch after sipping poolside cocktails at the New York-themed Highbar. Nights at the opera The NBR New Zealand Opera will perform over a weekend at a North Island luxury lodge next month. Guests at Rotorua's Treetops Lodge will be, for NZ$1,353 (HK$6,070) per person, treated to the Opera Ball, an intimate chamber operetta, and, on the second night, a performance of popular arias. The Opera Interlude weekend will take place on June 19 and 20. The package includes two nights' stay, the performances and a four-course dinner each night. For details, go to www.navigateoceania.com/chartluxury.php . Grand plans Thumbing its nose at the economic downturn, Vietnam's Princess D'Annam Resort & Spa ( www.princessannam.com ) has opened with room rates of up to four figures. Located on a pristine coastline 150km from Ho Chi Minh City, the resort, which was named after a 13th century Vietnamese princess, boasts 57 luxurious residences, including the 800 sq ft Mandarin villas, the 1,076 sq ft Princess Villa and the 1,991 sq ft, two-storey Empress Villa. Rates start at US$465 for standard rooms and hit four figures for the larger villas. Deal of the week If you're looking for a quick and easy escape, you may be interested to know Cathay Pacific Holidays has a City Chic package to Taipei and Kaohsiung, in Taiwan. Fly to the Taiwanese capital and then leave from its southernmost city (or vice versa) for HK$1,889, with one night at the United Hotel Taipei (HK$380 per extra night) and one night in Kaohsiung's Grand Hi-Lai Hotel (HK$360 per extra night). The deal, which is available until June 15, includes economy-class flights on Dragonair, daily breakfast and transfers to the airport from the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel. To book, call 2747 6070 or visit www.cxholidays.com .