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Andaz Shanghai is a short walk to the Metro and Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai's premier shopping areas.
Andaz Shanghai is a short walk to the Metro and Huai Hai Zhong Road, one of Shanghai's premier shopping areas.

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Shanghai - Housed in a futuristic, curved 28-storey building, Andaz Shanghai marks the debut of the Andaz brand in Asia. Rooms have views stretching over the Xintiandi entertainment district or bustling Huai Hai Road and are equipped with electronic toilets featuring built-in bidets and blow dryers, multicoloured LED ceilings, and bathtub lighting that can be adjusted to suit your mood. More mainstream amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, local phone calls and non-alcoholic mini-bar drinks. Don't leave without interacting with the hotel's art collection, which includes mixed media installations and quirky video projections. shanghai.andaz.hyatt.com

SPECTACULAR STREET MEAT

New York - Founded by Argentine Ariel Barbouth and chef German Lucarelli (formerly of Soho House and Da Silvano Restaurant), Nuchas is a gourmet food kiosk that specializes in small, hand-held empanadas. With fancy stuffings like slow-braised beef in a Malbec reduction, pulled pork shoulder, and portobello mushrooms with spinach and mozzarella, this is a significant step up from standard street nosh. If you're an early bird, stop by for roissants and a shot of espresso. The empanadas are baked on site in small batches and cost $3 a piece. nuchas.com

THE SEA AND THE STARS

Antarctica - Camp out at the end of the Earth on AdventureSmith Explorations' Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise. Unlike most Antarctic cruises, the 12-day journey aboard the 110-passenger M/V Plancius allows travellers to leave their cabin for a night or more and sleep under the stars. Truly intrepid adventurers can also opt for hikes to scientific stations, kayaking expeditions and glacier climbing. While you'll have to pack your foul-weather gear and an extra pair of long johns, tents, wind- and waterproof bivouac bags, mattresses and polar sleeping bags are provided. Departure dates are Feb. 27 and Nov. 22. adventuresmithexplorations.com

A NOTABLE STOP

Washington, D.C. - Shop for posh paper products made by Thornwillow Press in the lobby of The St. Regis Washington, D.C. The mini-boutique is manned by the Thornwillow Librarian who invites customers to sit back in a reading chair with a cup of tea or a shot of whisky and peruse the selection of handmade reading material, fine stationery and guides to the city's most notable neighbourhoods. Limited edition offerings include leather-bound copies of President Obama's inaugural address. The Librarian can also take orders for personalized albums, leather library accessories and custom holiday cards. thornwillow.com

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