July 5, 2013 6:19 pm

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Café Royal’s ‘historic suites’, GoAir’s female-only cabin crew, a golf training camp in Greece and a major exhibition at the Kennedy Space Center

Tudor suite at Café Royal in London

UK After more than a century as a celebrated restaurant and bar, the Café Royal on Regent Street reopened late last year as a luxury hotel, with bold interiors created by architect Sir David Chipperfield. While some rooms have been restored to their Louis XVI-style grandeur (with ornate mirrors, gilt rococo plasterwork and painted ceilings), the main restaurant is art deco, and the bedrooms are slick and super-modern. Now the hotel is about to mix things up still further with the launch of six huge “historic suites”, each taking their design cues from architectural details found while the building was being redeveloped. The discovery of an original 16th-century fireplace in one room, for example, inspired the creation of the Tudor suite, with full wood-panelling, dark beams and heraldic emblems. Guests will have a sense of stepping back in time – until they look through the window at the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus. Suites cost from £4,000 per night.

www.hotelcaferoyal.com

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India GoAir, a Mumbai-based low-cost airline, has announced that it will only recruit female cabin crew in future, on the basis that they are lighter and therefore save fuel costs. The airline says each additional kilogramme on board costs about Rs3 (£0.03) per hour flown, and that female staff weigh 15-20kg less than male colleagues on average. GoAir plans to add 80 new aircraft by 2020 and says it is looking at all possible ways to cut costs in response to the rupee’s fall in value against the dollar, to which its major expenses are linked.

www.goair.in

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Space shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

US A major exhibition devoted to the 30-year space shuttle programme has opened at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The centrepiece of the $100m attraction is the space shuttle Atlantis, which completed 33 missions and almost 5,000 orbits of the earth before landing for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21 2011, after what was the final shuttle mission. Visitors will also be able to go inside a replica of the International Space Station and experience a simulated shuttle launch.

www.kennedyspacecenter.com

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Greece Budding golfers as young as eight are being offered the chance to play the Bernhard Langer and Robert Trent Jones II-designed courses at the Costa Navarino resort in the southwest Peloponnese, as part of a week-long training camp. Participants, who can be up to 17, can stay with parents at the resort’s Westin hotel, or in its Sand Castle children's centre. From €1,050 for five nights.

www.costanavarino.com

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