'Dining by design' on Bali beach

Yoga classes, elephant treks, Indonesian cooking classes and spa treatments that take place on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean are options at the new Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa.

The piece de resistance at the 1.7-hectare property at Impossible Beach, 45 minutes from Kuta, is "dining by design" with a chef, butler and table for two on a private beach or on a cliff-top glass platform.

There are 74 Balinese-style villas at the property, finished with wooden facades and dark timber louvres (to allow the sea breeze in), rainmaker showers, balconies with spas for two, and travertine marble floors. Digital inclusions are BOSE entertainment systems and iPod docking stations. There are also poolside and sea-view restaurants and bars.

Half of the villas have just opened, with the remainder expected to be finished by September. An ocean-view suite, including breakfast, costs from $512 a night.

See bali-uluwatu.anantara.com.

Vietnam's seaside luxury

The Banyan Tree group has announced more seaside luxury with the opening later this year of the Laguna Lang Co on the south central coast of Vietnam.

The integrated resort is framed by a three-kilometre beach and lush countryside, and includes Banyan Tree and Angsana hotels and spas, an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Nick Faldo, convention facilities and private villas for sale.

The resort is scheduled to open on November 1 and is close to UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the cities of Hue and Hoi An, along with the relics of My Son. A lagoon pool villa, with breakfast for two at the Banyan Tree hotel, will cost from $US735 ($730) a night. A deluxe king room at Angsana costs from $US280.

See banyantree.com.

Langham at The Rocks

Langham is moving into Sydney, with the hotel group taking over the Observatory Hotel, near The Rocks, on August 8. Langham's chief executive, Brett Butcher, says the Observatory's Georgian architecture "fits perfectly with the Langham brand. Strategically, this purchase signals the group's plans for long-term expansion in the Pacific region."

Butcher says a second Sydney property could be considered.