Hermès’ New Tokyo Exhibit Lets You Star in a French Film

In the age of luxury brands building Instagrammable hot spots, we’ve seen a graffiti-covered Dolce & Gabbana playhouse and a Coney Island–style Coach carnival. Last week, luxury French brand Hermès opened its own pop-up experience within Toyko’s National Art Center replicating a busy movie set, complete with a backstage vanity with hair and makeup tables, cameras, and lighting.

You’re meant to snap some photos of your own in “Avec Elle” (on through the end of July), dreamt up by Bali Barret, the brand’s artistic director for the women’s universe; Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski, artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear; and French filmmaker Laure Flammarion. Within each themed “set,” inspired by Hermès’ most recent fall/winter 2018 women’s collections of ready-to-wear and accessories, you can play with props like signature silk scarves, Birkin and Kelly bags, fragrances, furniture, and even a 1976 Convertible MG Midget to film your own mini Hermès campaign. You choose from two different roles—extra and actor—and explore the set “with her,” a nod to the presence of the quintessential Hermès woman, who’s your mysterious, classic, alluring counterpart.

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“You Can Now Rent An Entire Hotel In Sydney Through Airbnb For Just $15k”

Honestly, this isn’t that unusual.  Many hotels, especially smaller ones like boutique inns, have a “full” or “partial” buy-out options.  Often used for weddings, reunions, retreats, etc.  If you’re curious just ask.  I suggest planning WELL in advance though as it can be difficult to move existing reservations around.  Don’t forget to ask about any Food & Beverage requirements as some properties will require a certain amount of $$ be spent at their various outlets.

Excuse me, but did you enjoy the film The Grand Budapest Hotel? What about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? You likey The Shining? If so, chances are you bloody love a good hotel. And fair enough – a good hotel reminds you why domestic living is extraordinary, showcases the bliss to be found in mundane tasks like sitting at a desk to write a note with a pencil, and confirms your mother’s insistence that a freshly made bed is important.

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Marriott Will Stop Using Plastic Straws in all of its Hotels by 2019

Marriott hotel sign in a downtown building, in Toronto, Canada.

Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

The world’s largest hotel company said Wednesday that the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott says the year-long timeframe will let hotels deplete their existing supplies and identify alternatives to plastic straws. Customers will be given alternatives upon request.

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19 Hotel Employees Reveal Guest Habits That Annoy Them The Most

Staying in a hotel isn’t much different than staying at your Aunt Bertha’s home as a guest. You have to follow somebody else’s rules, or you’re going to start ticking people off. Hotel etiquette makes fairly obviously the things hotel guests should never do — like, you know, urinate in a garbage receptacle or leave a used love glove under the pillow. Unfortunately, not everyone is respectful of Aunt Bertha — I mean, hotel workers. Now, we’re hearing straight from the horse’s mouth all the things guests should never do: past and present staff took to Reddit to vent their frustrations about all the strange encounters and experiences they have, and it. Gets. Ugly. And horrifying. And downright depressing.

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Inside one of India’s eco-friendly luxury resort: Evolve Back

The Jal Mahal Suite at Evolve Back, Coorg, India. Picture: Supplied

India is home to many eco-conscious resorts, but Evolve Back stands out from the pack and is known for its commitment to the environment and the local community.

There’s a reverse osmosis water filter in every room, a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, electric buggies and windmills that power the lodge’s electricity.

“When guests visit, they can contribute towards social, economic and community development and learn more about environmental impact,” Kanthi Aneesh, general manager of Evolve Back Coorg, tells CNN Travel.

“Nowadays, it is necessary for our generation to learn how to preserve nature and how to contribute in smaller ways.”

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Where to Travel for the World’s Fastest Internet

Person in coffee shop, using laptop

If it feels like it’s taking forever to post your travel memories to Instagram or load a page on the restaurant recommendations, it may not be your hotel Wi-Fi’s fault. It could be that the country’s internet infrastructure is slow. But, surprisingly, some seemingly remote locations have some of the world’s fastest internet connections.

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Comic-Con 2018: The must-see film, TV and comic book panels

Comic-Con 2018: The must-see film, TV and comic book panels

San Diego Comic-Con 2018 kicks off Wednesday, which means thousands of comic book fans, cosplayers and genre entertainment enthusiasts will be making their pilgrimage to Southern California to celebrate everything pop culture.

Hall H mainstays such as “Game of Thrones” and Marvel Studios may be skipping out on this year’s festivities, but with over four days of programming, there are plenty of panels to navigate. Here are some select highlights:

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Pop-up hotels? Yeah, that’s a thing now


Here’s an alternative to both a hotel and an Airbnb: a pop-up hotel.

That’s the concept that startup WhyHotel has introduced to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore and hopes to expand across the country.

Last year, WhyHotel began operating these pop-up hotels within newly-built luxury rental apartment buildings that have yet to lease out all their units.

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Best things to see and do in Cyprus

Nissi Beach -- Cyprus Tourism Organisation

Aphrodite’s Rock jutting from the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of Paphos is probably the most iconic view in Cyprus.

According to legend, this is where the goddess of love and beauty was born, before floating to shore on a clamshell.

The sea stack is one of many outstanding natural attractions in the Eastern Mediterranean island country, which has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974.

From soaking up the sun on its beautiful beaches, trekking to the Troodos Mountains, hiking and biking in the gorgeous Akamas Peninsula, to bathing in sulfur spas, here are some of the best things to do and see in Cyprus when you travel here.

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