Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Fly ... Must Buy; Travel: Global Guide to What's New

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Must Fly ... Must Buy; Travel: Global Guide to What's New

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THE Caribbean seems to have turned into refurb territory of late. The latest chic completion is La Banane, on Lorient Bay, St Barts. Once owned by French artistic director Jean-Marie Riviere, it has been bought by Belgian watch importer and island-hopper Philippe de Nys, who, along with three inventive associates, has revived an island institution. Sleek modern lines combine with Creole-coloured, loose-covered comfort in nine individual suites. Each is named after a tropical fruit such as watermelon, lychee and pomegranate, with a signature colour picked from a palette of pinks, blues, yellow and green and lilac, which sets off white and dark timbers. Bathrooms are open to the warm Caribbean breeze, and each pavilion has a private terrace.

Two swimming pools, a library, bar and boats for hire add the final touches to an island paradise. The low season introductory rate is a complete steal at FF1,500 per night B'n'B (around [pound]140). Call 00 590 520 300/ or 020 7355 4747.

Keep your finger on the pulse

WHILE lesser mortals settle for Palm Pilots and CD remotes, The Connaught in Mayfair lays claim to the Personalised Call Button System (snappy, huh?).

Guests no longer need to lift so much as a phone receiver for room service, luggage collection or bill preparation. Rooms at this bastion of tradition and gracious service are to be equipped with a handheld electronic box, the buttons on which alert butler, maid, valet or porter. A light flashes to show your call has been received, followed shortly by the summoned staff. It's bound to find its way into five-star hotels worldwide before long. Think of the possibilities at home and the office ...

TIRED of offers to make tagliatelle in Tuscany, our ears pricked up at the news of a course in classic Venetian food held in a palazzo. Italian cookery writer Fulvia Sesani holds one-week courses in her home, Palazzo Morosini della Trezza. …

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