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The hotel boom in Buenos Aires continues with the recent opening of The Algodon Mansion.

Far from the cluster of boutique hotels in bohemian-chic Palermo Soho, this refined 10-suite property is set in a restored 1912 mansion in the posh Recoleta district, home to designer shops, grand hotels and the famous cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. Guests are treated to a stash of luxurious amenities, including a pillow menu, a bottle of private collection Algodon wine and a personal butler who is on call 24/7 to arrange everything from dinner reservations to tango lessons. The Algodon is taking reservations for July.

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Get pampered al fresco at Miami's first rooftop spa, the Spa and Wellness Garden at The Betsy. Designed with lots of wood, stone and bamboo, the open-air sanctuary is an earthy respite from the buzz of South Beach. Primp for a night on the town with the Mojito Mint manicure/pedicure and the Sugar Plum Swedish massage. Or sneak into a private cabana for the Wood Stone Ritual, a signature treatment that includes a chilled stone massage, cucumber mint masque and even herb body wrap.


On April 14, former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus bring the concert version of Kristina, their epic Swedish musical, to London's Royal Albert Hall for one night only. It may not be as upbeat as Mamma Mia!, but this pop opera - about a family's struggles in 19th-century Sweden and their emigration to America - is the most popular musical in Swedish history. The British premiere is performed in English, by a cast led by the original Kristina, Helen Sjoholm (right, with Kristina co-star tenor Russell Watson) and Canadian Louise Pitre.


With the launch of Canopy and Stars, accommodation guru Alastair Sawday has expanded his realm from hotels and B&Bs to tree houses, safari tents and yurts. Sawday's online guide provides recommendations on quirky, yet comfortable places to stay in Britain, such as these unique structures in Cornwall: the Bodrifty, an Iron Age roundhouse near Penzance, and Ekopod, a solar-powered dome on the edge of Bodmin Moor (right). Memorable extras include grocery and breakfast hamper deliveries.

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