A Boutique Hotel Down Under

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The Richardson Hotel & Spa

Following a heady spin on the new 36-capsule Wheel of Perth observation ride, a visitor to Western Australia's capital city needs a really good bed to stop those wheels turning. Megastars Sting, Bob Dylan, Christina Aguilera and Pink found theirs at the Richardson Hotel & Spa, as have scores of affluent travelers and executive types. Sure, far-flung Perth isn't exactly overrun with choice when it comes to luxury boutique hotels, but the Richardson's latest award — the Australian newspaper named it "Best Luxury Hotel in Australia (under 100 rooms)" — indicates that it could hold its own against any competitor.

Guests can choose from 13 configurations of rooms and suites, finished with Australian timber and handsome furnishings in contemporary earth tones, and accented by local art. Civilized touches — minuscule markups on the minibar, barista-worthy machines that brew complimentary coffee grounds — add to the welcome. The hotel's restaurant, Opus, is locally celebrated for chef Todd Cheavins' seasonal cuisine (the current menu features things such as vanilla-seared scallops with crab salad and grilled red emperor fish with tempura zucchini flowers). For working it off, the azure indoor lap pool is impossible to resist, and joggers will appreciate proximity to the 1,000-acre (400 hectare) Kings Park and Botanic Garden. See more at www. therichardson.com.au.

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