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Orient-Express Hotels named Ali Kasikci regional managing director for North America, Mexico and the Caribbean, effective January 30, 2012. One of his responsibilities will be the relaunch of El Encanto in Santa Barbara, CA. Kasikci joins Orient-Express from the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles, where as CEO he oversaw a multimillion dollar renovation. Kasikci also served as VP of strategic planning and development for Montage Hotels & Resorts. From 1991 until September 2007, he helmed The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

Hotel Missoni Mauritius opens in 2014 overlooking the village of Baie du Cap with 80 Missoni-designed suites with full beach and oceanviews. Get this, the spa will be 103,000 square feet in size. Watch for future Missoni hotels in Brazil and Oman.

The Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives debuted last month as the second Jumeirah property to open in the area in 2011. Twenty minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport, Jumeirah Vittaveli has 91 villa-suites, all with their own private pool. Some villas are even overwater. Other highlights include a Talise Spa.

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The Jumeirah Group took 18 months and £100 million to revamp The Carlton Tower Jumeirah to launch the property to the top of London’s five-star set.

Commune by the Great Wall is located in the foothills of the Shuiguan Mountains, just over an hour’s drive from downtown Beijing. Learn more here.

Onefinestay has launched a new collection of villas in Greece, marking the first phase of the company’s expansion into 14 new destinations globally.