What’s Hot: December

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CD Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world

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Singapore
Zoukout is Asia’s most famous rave, and it takes place on a sandy beach on Sentosa Island. This is year is its 10th anniversary and it goes down on December 11th. Some 30,000 kids are expected to show up – this is by no means an underground party. Tiesto and David Guetta are headlining and there will be corporate beer tents, but it’s still the most fun you can have outside of a Full Moon party in the Thailand jungle.

Albania
Has been hailed as the number one country to visit in 2011 in Lonely Planet’s new book Best in Travel 2011for its dreamy beaches, good food, sizzling nightlife and top heritage sights. Brazil and the Cape Verde Islands were named second and third must see destination respectively.

Tibet
Lhasa is getting its first genuine five star property this November with the opening of the St Regis Lhasa resort. It’s built in credible Tibetan style within view of the Potala Palace. The rooms are huge, and they have a top class Tibetan/Nepalese restaurant and Tibet’s first wine bar. There is also a meditation centre and an in-house travel agency if you’re looking to push into the frontier a bit.

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New York
Travellers planning to visit the Big Apple in January and February can enjoy discounted hotel rates. Visitors who book before February 20th will have access to Winter Getaway Packages and ‘Stay More, Save More’ specials. The city will also launch its first ever Broadway week where theatre goers can buy 2-for-1 tickets to more than 40 of the city’s hottest shows. Sounds good to us…

Guangzhou
For the last 50 years, Guangzhou has taken a back seat to Hong Kong. That’s changing. On the strength of fantastic new architecture and the critically acclaimed Guangzhou Triennale, Guangzhou has emerged as a leading Chinese city and last month hosted the Asian Games – the largest sporting event in the world outside of the Olympics. Athletics aside, check out the new Guangzhou Opera House – the first project in Mainland China by starchitect Zaha Hadid that cost over a billion Yuan and survived a highly publicized fire.

The Grand Hotel Park in Gstaad
On 18th December, the landmark Grand Hotel Park will celebrate its Centenary Anniversary and re-open after a 10-month closure to reveal a staggering multi-million euro renovation – the ultimate rejuvenating facelift! Dona Bertarelli – third generation of one of Switzerland’s most entrepreneurial families – has injected a youthful feel into this historic palace with sleek new interiors and state-of-the-art luxuries to create a style that is contemporary yet respectful to the region’s heritage. Rates from £450 per room on a double-occupancy B&B basis. For more information, visit www.grandhotelpark.ch

Going Glam in New York
Visiting the Big Apple and planning a night out on the town? To ensure you hold you own amongst NY’s uber glam gals, call a celebrity stylists to come to your hotel room! That’s right; visitors to the city that never sleeps can now get styled by artists that worked on the locks and faces of Project Runway, Mariah Carey, Tyra, and the cast of GLEE. To view artists’ portfolios and prices, visit www.hairroomservice.com.

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The Savoy
The Savoy reopened its famous doors in October following a £220 million refurbishment. With 268 newly refurbished rooms and Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill restaurant, the iconic landmark looks set to once more become a byword for style and sophistication. See www.the-savoy.com.

Turkish Delight
Istanbul’s historic Pera Palace Hotel (rooms from £200, B&B; perapalace.com) re-opened last month following a £19.5 million face-lift that retains the original splendour of its 1890s design. The Palace was the stylish address in Istanbul for the likes of Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie (she penned her classic 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express here in room 411.)

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Holiday Love
Holiday romances don’t bring wedding bells, according to a poll by HolidayExtras.com. Although 31 per cent admitted to a bit of summer loving, only six percent reported a happy ending. 38 per cent of people polled said a holiday was bad idea.

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