High rollers It's now possible to obtain hand-rolled cigars from Cuba in Shanghai, with the opening of the Libre Cigar Lounge (below) in the Hilton. The lounge, which stocks 60 varieties from 20 makers, has a British gentlemen's-club feel, with a VIP room, rosewood tea tables and plush leather settees. It was designed by Japanese architect Hirokazu Saito, a cigar aficionado who owns several similar lounges in Tokyo. Fuelling a green revolution Scandinavian airline SAS ( www.sasgroup.net ), in conjunction with the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, is developing a gliding-style 'green approach' landing that it hopes will cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Engines are put into neutral and aircraft are allowed to glide as they descend along a route mapped out by the Global Positioning System. Pilots take control of the aircraft just before landing. Tests suggest 150kg of fuel can be saved during each such landing. Ask and you shall receive Be careful what you wish for at Vietnam's Princess d'Annam Resort and Spa ( www.princessannam.com ). The chef and food and beverage manager at the 57-villa resort are spending part of their working days quizzing guests on what dishes they most desire and then creating bespoke menus each night. Guests can accompany the chef to fish markets to contribute more ideas to the nightly offerings. The menus are a component of the resort's new restaurant (right), which specialises in Vietnamese and French cuisine. Deal of the week United Airlines' fly/drive package makes an American road trip that much more affordable. Valid until December 30, the package includes round-trip economy-class tickets to selected cities in the United States and two days of car hire (per couple) with unlimited mileage and a loss/damage waiver. Rates start at HK$6,069 per person for an economy-class car and vary depending on destination, car size and travel dates. For more information, visit www.unitedvacations.com.hk .