Europe’s most anticipated hotel opens: The Fontenay, Hamburg, Germany

The 20-metre horizon-edge indoor/outdoor pool on the top floor of The Fontenay.

It’s only six storeys high, but one of Europe’s most anticipated new hotels took four years to complete, running over time by almost two years.

Now open, the wait was worth it, as the Fontenay, in Hamburg, Germany is being hailed for its unique form – a form that created structural complexities leading to the delays.

Within treed parkland in the well-heeled Rotherbaum district, on the west bank of the Hamburg’s Alster Lake, the Fontenay casts a beautifully organic figure in keeping with its surrounds, including its exterior of shimmering tiles, which obeys a local planning law that stipulates all buildings next to the lake be white.

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These Are The World’s Most Instagrammable Hotel Pools

This post is for the travelers that never go anywhere without their swimsuit.

And if you’re a person willing to travel for a good swim, you know that some hotel pools are destinations in and of themselves. An ideal hotel pool is an excellent place for a dip, but a great hotel pool is also a meeting ground, and the world’s very best hotel pools attract both locals and guests to the water for great vibes—and perhaps even a few drinks.

Whether you’re sipping poolside cocktails or just looking for a stunning backdrop while you’re swimming laps, these nine pools are some of the most photogenic in the world.

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Luxury hotel overwhelmed by influencers asking for free rooms

Just because you have a social media account, doesn’t mean you meet the definition of “influencer” in a resort’s marketing plans.

A five-star resort is being bombarded by social media influencers asking for complimentary stays in exchange for coverage on their accounts, says one hotel marketing manager.

A luxury hotel in the Maldives reports receiving half a dozen requests a day from self-described Instagram “stars” with meagre followings requesting free rooms.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort teams with Autism Speaks to host The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

LEGOLAND Florida Resort partnered with Autism Speaks to host more than 15 children on the autism spectrum for a 30-minute swimming lesson inside the water park’s LEGO Wave Pool in an effort to help break a Guinness World Record.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is an event designed to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim and help prevent drowning. LEGOLAND Florida Resort is one of hundreds of facilities in more than 20 countries on five continents participating in the event over the course of 24 hours.

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Romantic retreats: 11 Fiji resorts worth crossing the Pacific for

As a 333-island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is synonymous with clear waters, technicolor coral reefs and celebrity hideaways.

And with its multitude of private island retreats and overwater bungalows strewn across the archipelago, Fiji also happens to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

Whether celebrating a honeymoon or special milestone, these sun-kissed hotels deliver Fijian hospitality, pristine beaches, epic diving and private dining experiences.

From budget-friendly getaways to ultra-posh private escapes, here are a few of Fiji’s most romantic retreats:

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High-end wellness resort opens in Sullivan County

A high-end wellness resort opened its doors for the first time in Sullivan County on Thursday, three years to the day after its groundbreaking.

YO1 Luxury Nature Cure is surrounded by more than 1,300 acres of forest off Anawana Lake Road (Route 103) in the Town of Thompson.

“On this day our dream is coming true,” owner Subhash Chandra said.

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Think small: 8 tiny house hotels with big personalities

Tuxbury Tiny House Village

High up on a bluff in Appalachia, guests soak in a hot tub while watching the sun dip into the green valley below. Hang gliders soar through the surrounding skies, while trees rustle their way into evening.

Guests, however, don’t only come to this tranquil resort for the views. They also come for a peek into a way of living that’s simple, enchanting and very small.

At Live a Little Chatt, there aren’t any hotel rooms. Instead, there are three custom-built tiny houses from which guests may choose to stay.

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