Bora Bora’s island haven
Sofitel Luxury Hotels has launched an enticing new resort that should be a serious draw for those on the lookout for a secluded tropical island. Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island has luxurious bungalows on the white sandy beaches of Marara beach in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, or on the private island, Motu across the water. There are glass-bottomed bungalows perching above the water, and of course top flight spa facilities. From £270 per night, excluding taxes.

Mandarin Barcelona opens
Reservations are now open for what is easily the most stylish new hotel in an already stylish city. On the Passeig de Gracia, not far from the bustling Ramblas, the interior is a chic and minimal space designed by Spaniard Patricia Urquiola. It’s intimate, too, with just 98 rooms. The spa is staggeringly sleek, and the restaurant will specialise in Catalan cuisine. Rooms available from 15 Dec, from £270 per night on a B&B basis. To book, call 34 93 151 88 88;

Luxury hotels’ Frieze offer
Claridge’s and the Connaught are offering guests who stay between 12-18 October four-day passes to Frieze Art Fair. The fair is like the uber fashion week of the art world and is usually just as rammed with celebrities as it is with exciting new art from the world’s best galleries. After a day strolling the massive Frieze tent in Regent’s Park, you’ll fancy a bit of plush down time. To book your room call 020 7107 8830 or email and quote "Frieze Art Exclusive”