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Claridge's snags the team behind the world's best restaurant

Chef Rene Redzepi poses in his restaurant Noma in Copenhagen.


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Nordic delicacies

London - From July 28 to Aug. 6, Claridge's is handing its kitchen over to a team of chefs from Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that has won the title of world's best restaurant three years in a row. Noma head chef René Redzepi will preside over a five-course feast (£195 or $312) a person, for lunch or dinner, featuring his modern twist on traditional Nordic cuisine. While menu details are under wraps, expect such signature dishes such as brown crab and coral, pike perch and cabbages with verbena and dill, and roasted turbot and bitter greens. Reservations starting May 9.

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South Beach sun

Miami - Bella Beach Club, the new oceanfront retreat at Trump Towers, is for sun lovers and socialites. Set on pristine South Beach sands and decked with comfy lounge chairs, white wicker daybeds, a canvassed terrace and a bocce court, well-heeled guests can top up their tans while indulging in caviar and Champagne cocktails. The beachside restaurant serves posh surf 'n' turf with a decadent menu featuring South African lobster tail and filet mignon served with porcini-truffle butter. After dark, expect more of a nightclub vibe with DJ-spun music and a busy bar scene.

Getting warmer

New York - Warm, a new boutique in hip NoLIta, sells stylish summer gear that can be worn from Manhattan to Montauk. Housed inside an old olive oil factory, the store is run by Winnie Beattie, an avid surfer, mother and entrepreneur who has stocked the shop with an eclectic collection of beach-friendly clothes and accessories. Pick up a pair of Jutta Neumann leather sandals, Locals flip-flops from Hawaii, hand-woven Auntie Oti towels and a Vanessa Bruno Athé chambray dress. Beattie plans to offer manicures and screenings of kids' movies in the garden patio out back.

Secluded luxury in Vietnam

Phan Thiet City, Vietnam - Luxury hotel brand Anantara has opened its first Vietnamese resort in a coastal fishing village about four hours from Ho Chi Minh City. With 89 rooms, a secluded setting on the South China Sea, full-service spa and multiple bars and restaurants, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa (formerly L'Anmien Beach Resort) is a lavish bolthole that comes complete with a private wine cellar. To get an authentic taste of the local landscape, however, take day trips to the renowned Mui Ne Sand Dunes, to the local port where fishermen peddle the fresh catch of the day, or to take part in a cooking class using ingredients from a nearby plantation. The resort's chef is also available to prepare a romantic dinner for two aboard a traditional Thung fishing boat.

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