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Where to Stay: New hotels in Sri Lanka, China, India and Australia

Jetwing Lake
Jetwing Lake

Jetwing Lake

Location: 5km from town of Dambulla, central Sri Lanka
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 94
Facilities: 71-metre pool, spa, gym, two restaurants (including Chinese)
Meeting space: Unspecified, but hotel features large garden and poolside area
They say: “Sprawled on an expansive area of 18 acres, the hotel is a languid retreat with easy access to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle”
We say: Impressive new hotel from the Sri Lankan specialists. Spectacular views from all angles
Opening: Already open

Songbei Shangri-La Harbin
Songbei Shangri-La Harbin

Songbei Shangri-La Harbin

Location: On north bank of Songhua River in China’s ice capital
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 344
Facilities: Health Club with gym, indoor pool and spa, two restaurants (international and Chinese), pub, lounge
Meeting space: More than 2,000m² including a ballroom able to accommodate 1,000 guests
They say: “The gleaming new property anchors Shangri-La in the heart of Songbei’s business district”
 We say: On the opposite side of the river from Harbin’s main attractions, such as St Sophia Cathedral and Harbin Ice & Snow World
Opening: Already open

Fairfield Inn Belagavi has 114 rooms
Fairfield Inn Belagavi

Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi

Location: Belagavi, in southwest India’s Karnataka state
Grade: Midscale
Keys: 114
Facilities: All-day restaurant including outdoor dining, bar, 24-hour snack area, outdoor pool fitness centre
Meeting space: 1,000m² of event space
They say: “The property’s modern design and amenities, provides guests with consistent and reliable service at great value”
We say: Great new international brand for business travellers in this up-and-coming Indian “smart city”
Opening: Already open

Skye Hotel Suites

Skye Hotel Suites

Location: Within the new V by Crown complex in Parramatta, Sydney
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 72 suites with up to two bedrooms
Facilities: Pool, sauna, fitness centre, business centre, 26th floor bar and terrace, burger restaurant
Meeting space: Conference room available
They say: “Offering unrivalled urban luxury for discerning guests, Skye Hotel Suites brings together the best elements of hospitality”
We say: The first of three Sky Suite properties due to be launched in Sydney by the end of the decade
Opening: Early 2017

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