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The Surf Club – Miami Style icon reopens
A crash-pad for Miami Beach A-Listers since 1930 (Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner honeymooned here, Liz Taylor and the Shah of Iran were fans).
The Surf Club reopens after a multi-million dollar facelift, complete – natch – with a restaurant and champagne bar run by style-setters from Positano’s Sirenuse Hotel.
Opens March 27
New hotel – DUKES Dubai
Yes it’s 45˚C, but damn it, a chap still needs his cigar lounge, doesn’t he? Marooned on the snooty west trunk of the Palm Jumeirah archipelago, Dukes Dubai – the high-end hotelier’s first venture outside London.
This is a Mayfair-meets-oil money fusion of cool, contemporary design (15th floor cocktail bar and pool) and lie-back-and-think-of-Blighty tradition (Gentleman’s Cigar Lounge, Tea Lounge and Liberty fabrics).
Opens early April 2017
London: when only a chauffeur-driven Maserati to the barbers will do, check in to Baglioni Hotel in Kensington.
Yes, they’re all about the relaunch of their Brunello Bar & Restaurant at the moment, but we’re much more excited about their offer of a free session at the Dolce & Gabbana Barbiere on New Bond Street –inclusive of transfers to the swish Mayfair barbers by chauffeur-driven Maserati.
Dali Exhibition – St Barthelemy
Cut adrift at the northern limits of the Leeward Islands, the uber-hip Eden Rock – glam guests include RiRi and Mariah, Leo and Kimye – has just launched an exhibition of Salvador Dali sculptures in its 18-acres of palm-fringed paradise.
Until April 30, 2017
New luxury safari camp – Botswana
The campfire chatter among Africa’s high-end khaki crew is all about King Lewanika Lodge in the game-rich wilds of Liuwa Plains.
The reassuringly pricey, low-impact lodge (created by the same team behind the exquisite Chinzombo and Mombo Camp) comprises just six Tarzan-meets-Grand Designs luxury villas.
With canopy sides that retract for biblical views across the plains, this is home to the second biggest wildebeest migration on Earth.
Opens April, 2017
Lamborghini Waldorf Astoria Hotel Promotion
Book a stay at a Waldorf Astoria hotel when a Driving Experience weekend is on (eg Chicago May 12-14, Versailles July 14-16, Boca Raton Nov 3-5) and guests can test-drive a Lamborghini Huracan RWD Coupe.
That’s 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds, top speed 199mph – sick bags not provided.
Selected weekends until Nov 18, 2017