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Lots of hotels have impressive art collections, but these ones go a step further and function as stand-alone museums as well as accommodations.
Benesse House, Japan
The Tadao Ando-designed Benesse House is located on the tiny Japanese island of Naoshima, a fishing community turned “art island” that hosts the Setouchi Art Triennal and is home to several permanent art installations and excellent museums. Guests of the Benesse House are granted access to the museum even after typical hours and have exclusive access to a six-seat monorail that runs up to the hotel’s Oval annex. Guest rooms in the museum are available in four styles and are decorated with drawings, paintings, and prints from the artists on exhibit. Rates start at $330.
You won’t find too many Americans in Australia’s Northern Territory, and there’s a good reasons for it. Considering the high cost of air travel and the time that it takes to get there, most travelers are content on staying in Sydney or one of the country’s other southern cities. If they do venture out, it’s typically up the east coast to Queensland, one of the most popular launching pads for the Great Barrier Reef.
But the draw is that the area is very remote, putting visitors in the prime position to see the stunning formations of Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta — known collectively as Uluru. Australia is 70 percent desert, after all, with Central Australia and the southern half of the Northern Territory receiving less than 10 inches of rain per year.
Unfortunately, Uluru’s remoteness and adventure-oriented atmosphere don’t make for the cheapest trip. In fact, it’s the most expensive destination in Australia and the third-most expensive in the world. The reason for this is largely due to the fact that the Ayers Rock Resort — which really consists of four hotels — has a monopoly on all the rooms, restaurants, and shops in the area. As a result, rates start at 340 AUD (297 USD) a night even at the cheapest property, the Outback Pioneer. Yikes.
So what to do? Here are a few tips to make the trip more affordable.
Have a hankering for airline food? Apparently some people do.
German online grocer AllYouNeed.com and Lufthansa are in the testing phase of a new service called Air Food One that makes deliveries of airline-style food once a week in the cities of Dusseldorf and Cologne.
The meals are inspired by the airline’s business class menus and include steak filets, chicken in pepper sauce, and cod. Entrees go for about $13 a pop, according to CNN. They don’t come precooked like traditional airborne meals, so customers have to heat them up themselves.
Deliveries do not come with folding tray table or flight attendant, so suffice to say, you won’t get the full airplane experience.
Would you order airline food at home?
It’s a problem nobody really minds having, but picking a Caribbean island for your vacation can be tough. The dozens scattered throughout the Caribbean Sea offer diverse experiences, from diving to fine dining to just lying on the beach all day. Take our quiz and find your perfect match.
When you think of whale watching, you might imagine sitting on a boat with a pair of binoculars, waiting for the world’s biggest creatures to appear before your eyes amidst the waves. But this isn’t the only way to see whales up close and in their natural habitat — without having to see them in a tank.
Typically known as a winter pastime, you can go whale watching almost any time of the year in places like California and Oregon’s Depoe Bay. Specific regions of the Golden State, including San Diego, Monterey Bay, and San Francisco experience larger numbers of whales mid-December and January to mid-March and April.
If you can’t wait that long, you can spot whales in Maui and Vancouver in the fall. Sightings in Maui start as early as October, running to March or April. There’s still time left to find them in Vancouver, where the season starts in March and ends in late October.
Here’s where and how you can see whales, on boats and from shore, both with and without a tour package.
It’s been a few weeks since several inflight fights over reclining have erupted in quick succession. While travelers have indignantly called out airlines for creating more and more miserable experiences, it’ become clear from airlines’ lack of response that airplane seats aren’t getting any roomier any time soon. Which has us wondering: What “rights” does a ticket-holder have on an airplane when it comes to the space in front of and behind you? It doesn’t seem as clear-cut as the fact that everyone should have the right to an armrest, the storage space in the bin above your seat, and a month-old copy of the inflight magazine (“should” being the operative word here).
Legroom, you could argue, is one of the biggest factors that determine your comfort level during the flight. Tom, weighing in on the anti-reclining side today, puts it this way: ”Stretching on a long-haul gives you the same pleasurable feeling as the moment your tongue touches an ice cream cone on the hottest day of the year.” Here, he and a pro-reclining editor hash it out:
Some of the world’s best views come from the middle of the world’s scariest bridges. That’s not to mention the adventure you’ll get from crossing these sometimes rickety but always thrilling expanses. Here are our picks for the world’s 10 scariest bridges with amazing views, sure to get your heart pounding.
Just a 90-minute drive from Boston, Falmouth and its neighbor Wood’s Hole are two of the most accessible destinations on Cape Cod. While Wood’s Hole is largely characterized by its ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and the academic presence of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Falmouth boasts a historic downtown area that’s laid-back but not boring. Between these towns, and the endless stretches of beach and ocean — plus the possibility of day trips — you’ll have plenty to do, whether you’re staying for a day, or a week.
Finding an affordable place to stay on or near a California beach isn’t easy. When you think you’ve identified the spot, it’s often pricey–or you’ll find Highway 1 noise blaring right behind your room. But don’t give up, because affordable and peaceful beach retreats are out there, whether your preference is camping, hostel, or hotel. Follow along with us and make your coastal escape list.
For some of us, every day is unofficially Coffee Day, but the official National Coffee Day is just around the corner: September 29. Celebrate by pouring yourself another cup of your best brew and by planning a visit to these coffee-centric destinations. Read more
They say idleness is the mother of all vices – so it’s a good thing we had so much to keep us busy during a recent jaunt through rural southern Utah. Heading for St. George, a small, oft-overlooked town in the state’s bottom-left quarter that’s just under two hours from Vegas, we packed in a full three days of hiking, kayaking, outdoor yoga, and even a little art gallery browsing. And the best part: We even had time left over for some poolside lounging. Here’s how you can do it, too:
Spirit raises fees yet again. (Photo: Thinkstock)
The budget airline Spirit already gets plenty of grief from passengers about their carry-on bag fees.
And yet, they are hiking up the fares yet again. The airline is raising their checked bag fees by $2 for flights in between Dec. 18 and Jan. 5 in an effort to encourage customers to “pack a bit lighter.”
Don’t even think about packing the presents. (Image: Spirit.com)
Spirit’s bag fees currently range from $20 to as much as $100 depending on when you book.
The Spirit business model is a bare-bones one. They start with an incredibly cheap fare and then charge customers for carry-ons, checked bags and in-flight snacks and drinks.
The airline calls it the “bare fare.”
“Our fares are fully unbundled. No ‘free’ bag. No ‘free’ drink. Other airlines bake those options right into their ticket price. We don’t. A ticket with us gets you and a personal item from A to B,” they explain on their website.
If you’re flying Spirit this year you might want to think about shipping those holiday presents sooner rather than later.
Hip East London favorite The Hoxton Hotel is gearing up to open its second property this week. The Hoxton Holborn will be opening in Central London on September 25. The new hotel will offer 174 guest rooms in four different sizes and price points: from the smallest 129-square-foot Shoebox to Snug, Cosy, and — the biggest at 150-square-feet — the Roomy. There will also be two restaurants run in partnership with Soho House: Hubbard & Bell restaurant and a Chicken Shop serving rotisserie chicken.
Here are a few reasons why you should get to know this exciting and growing chain.
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