IN THE NEWS
Volkshotel hint of its
past. For 45 years,
the building was a
Now a 172-room hotel
(right), it has a cafe, bar,
club and restaurant
where travellers and
The stylish Holiday Inn
Beach, Florida, (left)
sports a giant beach
ball (it hides a military
radar) on its roof. The
152-room resort sits
on US Air Force land,
but guests are unlikely
to be aware of army
presence as they
luxuriate on the beach.
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Watch the biggest names in
women’s tennis like Li Na, Serena
Williams and Maria Sharapova
battle for the Billie Jean King
Trophy and a record prize purse
of S$6.5 million (US$5.2 million).
They will show off their dazzling
array of footwork and court craft
at the new Singapore Sports Hub.
ballet group with a menacing male
ensemble (above), Bourne’s version will
blend dance, character comedy and mime.
It will be staged at the Esplanade Theatre.
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SEP 26 – OCT 5
This biennial haute horology
showcase by Cortina
Watch returns to the
Paragon Shopping Centre.
Watch connoisseurs can
expect the latest and most
exquisite timepieces from 12
prestigious brands including
Cartier and Chopard.
The Mandarin Oriental’s 109-room
luxury resort is located on the super
hip Turkish Riviera of Bodrum.
Suites feature a plunge pool (above)
and outdoor showers with views
of neighbouring islands and the
Aegean Sea. If the spa doesn’t
tempt, there are two private, white
sand beaches to relax on.
When you tire of kiteboarding,
snorkelling and banana boating at
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives,
try its latest water sport – flyboarding.
Harnessing the power of a jet ski motor
to push a strong jet of water through a long hose
to a pair of boots and hand-held stabilisers, the
contraption can propel its wearer up to 15m in the
air (left). A 30-minute introductory course costs
US$175 while an hour-long session costs US$330.
Check into two new
gems in locations that
are candy for the eyes.
In the ancient Chinese town of
Fuli, the luxurious 142-room
Banyan Tree Yangshuo (above)
is set against tree-cloaked karst
mountains. Fuli is also home to
the Chinese painted fan, and the
sense of tradition is carried into its
architecture that’s inspired by a
local village courtyard.
D O U B L E I D E N T I T Y
Unusual properties recently reincarnated as hotels.
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J E T S E T ,
F LY !