Bye bye, bots! Hotel fires half its robot staff

Humans worried about the robot revolution threatening their jobs can relax. Japan’s Henn na Hotel prided itself on its all-robot staff, but it turns out they weren’t up to the job.

Henn na’s robot staff was first employed in 2015 with the aim of becoming “the most efficient hotel in the world.” But four years later, it seems that the 243 robots are less of a novelty and more of a nuisance. As a result, the Henn na Hotel has fired half of them, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

– CNET

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The best wellness retreats for 2019

Once, a simple hangover breakfast might have sufficed for a reset on January 1, but not today: The world is moving lightning fast and keeping up doesn’t generally include taking a moment to breathe.

So, it’s no surprise that the retreat trend continues to grow: According to the Global Wellness Institute, worldwide wellness was a $4.2 trillion industry in 2017, with $639 billion dedicated to “wellness tourism.”

– CNN

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Skiing, with a side of wine or axe throwing: Winter festivals draw mountain lovers to resorts

Giddy from an evening spent sipping small-lot, Okanagan Valley wines paired with Canadian scallops, duck and lamb, I buckle my ski boots, affix a headlamp to my helmet, and prepare to ski from the mid-mountain Sunburst Lodge back to the base at Sun Peaks Resort. Using only the dim glow emitting from my head and the bobbing light cast by the skier in front of me, I swoop exhilarating turns down the inky slope, my fear firmly on hold thanks to the liquid courage innervating my bloodstream.

– Calgary Herald

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Blackberry Farm’s New Sister Resort Delivers a Worthy Second Act to the Cult-Favorite Getaway

If the mountain will not come to you, you must go to the mountain. Francis Bacon’s old proverb about submitting to reality has always felt, well, a bit defeatist. But in the case of Tennessee’s newest resort, Blackberry Mountain, we don’t mind the pilgrimage. The second property from the Beall family—the clan behind the cult favorite Relais & Châteaux Blackberry Farm—is an alternative (we might even say upgrade) we’re willing to take.

– Robb Report

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Meet the designers behind some of the world’s most beautiful hotels

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The dazzling mosaic-bar of Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, the Italian-chic, cinema-themed Paper Moon Giardino restaurant in Milan, the beach resort chic of the Rosewood Sanya in China.

They’re all the work of a Hong Kong duo, interior designer Ed Ng and architect Terence Ngan, who founded their business AB Concept 20 years ago and have forged a career creating some of the swankiest hotel spaces around the globe

To celebrate two decades of work, the pair’s greatest hits have been compiled into a new book, “AB Concept: A cultural journey through light, form and space,” published by Assouline.

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