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The entrance to the St Regis Bal Harbour resort in Miami.

Michael Weber

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LUXE TO THE MAX

Miami - Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg dreamed up tThe glamorous décor of the newly opened St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, St. Regis's flagship property, is the work of Toronto-based design firm Yabu Pushelberg. and more contemporary than any other in the chain From the mirrored, crystal-clad lobby, above, to an impressive art collection that includes a hanging silver cloud sculpture and a bejewelled deer statue, there is nothing minimalist about the place. While the 243 guest rooms are more demure in design, they don't skimp on luxury (think butler service, plush marble bathrooms, glass enclosed balconies with full ocean views). Foodies can indulge in upmarket surf 'n' turf at J&G Grill, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's first Floridian restaurant. stregisbalharbour.com

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A RENZO PIANO ADDITION

Boston - More than a century after it first opened, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has unveiled a 70,000-square-foot wing designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The glass and copper addition includes a new entrance lobby, a greenhouse, concert hall and an expansive exhibition space built especially for contemporary works. One of the inaugural exhibits is called "Points of View: 20 Years of Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner." Stop by the new Café G (reservations are recommended) for a post-exhibit bite of polenta Milanese and bread pudding. gardnermuseum.org

TEA WITH A TWIST

Los Angeles - Afternoon tea takes French, Asian and North African twists at Café Livre. The café's Lyon-born owner, Farid Zadi, and his wife, Susan, have turned their back patio into an exotic outdoor tea party. The tea tastings are a good way to sample unusual varieties such as pan-fried green and fermented Chinese Pu-erh. Tea is served with such creative accompaniments as tea-smoked duck rilletes, chai-spiced Marcona almonds or tea-quail eggs. For something more substantial, try the Thai Cobb Salad with green curry grilled chicken and pork confit, or the Korean-inspired slow-cooked egg salad sandwich. cafelivre.net/Home.html

FOR THE RECORD

London - Guests staying at the Savoy can soon follow in the musical footsteps of the Beatles and Pink Floyd at Abbey Road Studios. Starting this spring, through an exclusive partnership with Fairmont (manager of the Savoy), Abbey Road will open its doors for special tours and day-long recording sessions. Budding rock stars will get access to vocal coaches and session musicians and leave with a CD souvenir of their recording. Extra access is given to members of Fairmont President's Club, the chain's complimentary loyalty program. fairmont.com



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