A year after it opened - and six years after originally planned - the Shangri-La hotel in the Shard tower is finally finished. The last three of the hotel's 202 bedrooms are now ready for guests, and include the property's best room, the 188 sq metre Shangri-La suite. It boasts a private lift, a grand marble bathroom, panoramic 180-degree views over London and a price tag starting at £10,000 a night. Unlike conventional hotels, though, the best room is not on the top floor. The hotel occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-floor tower, and the Shangri-La suite is on level 39 (where, because the building tapers as it rises, there is more space). Meanwhile, the hotel has also announced a monthly "cultural salon", with speakers including designer Sir Paul Smith and poet Tishani Doshi. shangri-la.com
Only weeks after launching its 4,900-passenger Anthem of the Seas in Southampton, Florida-based cruise operator Royal Caribbean International has ordered another ship of the same type. The new vessel will be the fourth of the company's vast "Quantum" class ships; an even larger ship, the Harmony of the Seas, is already under construction. Royal Caribbean says that based on its current orders, it plans to spend $8bn over the next five years. royalcaribbean.com
Europe's most unusual surf spot is due to open on July 25 - a former aluminium factory, eight miles from the sea in the shadow of the mountains of Snowdonia. Over the past year and at a cost of £12m, the site has been transformed into a pioneering artificial surfing centre. Machines will generate two-metre-high waves in a lake covering three hectares, fed by rainwater from the surrounding mountains. Surfers will be able to ride for around 150 metres, taking about 20 seconds; the regular size and frequency of waves should allow beginners to progress far more quickly than in the sea. The technology used was developed in Spain, where a test centre exists, but the company behind the project claims it is the world's first publicly accessible facility of its kind. surfsnowdonia.co.uk
Gordon Campbell Gray, the Scottish hotelier best known for creating the influential London hotel One Aldwych, has announced plans to open a series of new properties, after forming a partnership with the Audeh Group, a Cyprus-based retail and property group. Among the new projects are the Le Gray hotel in Amman, Jordan, due to open in 2017, and a relaunched Machrie hotel on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Campbell Gray said the partnership would allow his company to "realise our full potential". campbellgrayhotels.com
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