Travel Agenda: Dom Pedro Laguna; Mint Hotel; Center Parcs
Saturday 18 December 2010
The first guests are waking up at the new five-star Dom Pedro Laguna on the Aquiraz Riviera near Fortaleza in Brazil (dompedro.com), while in Switzerland The Grand Hotel Park Gstaad is reopening on its 100th birthday after a multimillion euro renovation (grandhotelpark.ch). In Paris, the Shangri-La finally arrives (shangri-la.com).
Another hotel opening this week is the Mint Hotel in London on Monday. The four-star hotel near the Tower of London has rooms that come complete with iMacs and bright functional design, plus a rooftop bar; a City Café will follow in January (minthotel.com). Meanwhile, CityJet is putting on festive flights from London City to Deauville (pictured) in Normandy on Thursday, Friday and then Friday 31 December and Sunday 2 January (weather permitting), in response to the success of the route's seasonal launch this summer. A regular service resumes on 7 January with three flights per week (cityjet.com).
In the diary
Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest has put the finishing touches to its new two-storey treehouses. They sleep eight, and are available to book from the end of the month (differentview.centerparcs.co.uk).
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