September 01, 2001
> Meetings & Conventions: Out There September 2001

September 2001

Far-flung and fabulous

Go tell motel. Hotel Biba might have started out as a motel, but after a head-to-toe renovation, the 43-room West Palm Beach, Fla., property, with its lobby Biba Bar, is now a hip, vibrantly hued spot for tourists and locals. (561) 832-0094;

Tasteful travel. Irene Wong, a New York City-based chef and native of Burma, leads luxury tours/cooking classes for incentive groups of up to 25 through Southeast Asia. For about $6,000 a head, participants meet with local chefs and explore offbeat markets, architecture and art. (212) 253-1343; www.safron59.comAntipodean entrant. New to the Relais & Chateaux collection of lodging and dining establishments is Australia’s charming Chateau Yering. The 20-suite property sits in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley. (011) 61-3-9237-3333;

Way to diet. The decidedly hedonistic CuisinArt Resort & Spa on Anguilla, West Indies, is coming clean. The property has launched a wellness regimen that combines nutrition, exercise, pampering, and therapeutic and medical guidance. The 11-day program is held monthly. (800) 943-3210;

Gotta have it
The following items are best-sellers from hotels’ own brand catalogs.

W: Olive novelty pillows; $35 small, $70 large. (800) 779-6050;

Westin: Heavenly beds; $1,300 (king). (877) 777-5418;

Ritz-Carlton: Bathrobes; $125. (800) 222-6527

Sonesta: Goose down and feather-blend pillows; $65 standard, $75 king. (800) 445-4942;

Name That Dune Mountain Travel Sobek offers small group (up to 20) tours of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, a remote land of sand, elephants and nomads. (800) 282-8747; -->

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