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

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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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How The Habitas Brand Is Changing The Way We Travel

Last year, when Habitas opened its lifestyle hotel in the hippie beach town of Tulum, Mexico, it offered everything, and more, for a savvy Millennial traveller. Not only was it built in collaboration with local carpenters and artisans (thus ticking the ‘give-back’ box), it also made sure that sustainability was key with its environmentally-aware ethos, that has become all-important to the way many of us want to travel.

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Saranac Lake, New York’s healing town

saranac, surrounded by the Adirondacks.

Saranac Lake, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in far upstate New York, started drawing visitors in the late 19th century.

But they were looking for more than just a travel escape from crowded East Coast cities in the United States — many had tuberculosis, and in the days before antibiotics, the standard treatment was the “fresh air cure,” or sitting outside in the clean mountain air for extended periods in the hopes of recovering.

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Blue Mountain Resort Will Transform Into An ‘Open Zoo’ With Free-Flying Birds And Reptiles

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Prepare yourselves for a wild adventure — Ontario’s Blue Mountain Resort is hosting an animal show of epic proportions, and you’re all invited.

Wild Wonders at Blue is an annual event dedicated to the love of animals and nature. The village will transform into an ‘animal kingdom’ of sorts, with free-flying birds, reptiles and other wildlife taking over the resort.

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Gaylord Opryland Resort announces details to this year’s “A Country Christmas”

It might be July, but the crews at Gaylord Opryland are already putting up the three million Christmas lights it takes to decorate both the grounds of the resort and inside the hotel itself.

Tuesday they also announced this year’s line up for “A Country Christmas”.

By popular demand, “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” will return to the Grand Ole Opry House with its electrifying stage spectacular.

Broadway Director Neil Goldberg has assembled the world’s most unique cast of spiraling aerialists, singers, dancers, artists and theatrical talent.

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