While many people book vacations to destinations with warmer climates during the winter months, some travelers prefer to embrace the cold and find wonder in frosty locales. For the latter, you may want to consider booking a trip to northern Sweden and staying at the world's first-ever permanent ice hotel, Sweden's ICEHOTEL 365.
The original ICEHOTEL, a pop-up that has been rebuilt every winter, was the world's first hotel made of snow and ice when it opened in 1989, according to CNN.
But ICEHOTEL 365, which opened last month, will be the world's first frozen hotel to stay open all year.
Located about 120 miles north of the Arctic circle in Jukkasjärvi, the hotel features 20 suites, an ice bar and sculpting studio, an ice church and more.
According to the hotel website, ICEHOTEL 365 is cooled by solar panels during the summer months and during the winter, the Torne River provides the hotel with its ice.
Watch the video below from Business Insider for a peek inside.
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Just in time for summer vacations and halfway points for paid time off, Travel + Leisure magazine has released its World's Best Awards, multiple lists identifying the best islands in the world, the best cities in the world, the best domestic airports and the best hotels in the U.S., among other desirable destinations and attractions.
Here are a few places to add to your bucket list, according to Travel + Leisure:
Top 10 cities around the world
10. Cape Town, South Africa
9. Savannah, Georgia
8. Barcelona, Spain
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
6. Kyoto, Japan
5. Luang Prabang, Laos
4. Florence, Italy
3. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
1. Charleston, South Carolina
"Charleston is a remarkably dynamic place, so it's no surprise that it has achieved its highest ranking ever in our survey as this year's best city in the world," said Nathan Lump, the magazine's editor. "The city has managed to preserve all the qualities for which it is widely known -- a prime coastal setting, historic architecture, friendly locals -- while also nurturing a creative culture that is making it one of the most notable destinations for those who seek out interesting restaurants, bars and shops."
Top 10 islands around the world
10. Bali, Indonesia
9. Kauai, Hawaii
8. Hilton Head, South Carolina
7. Maui, Hawaii
6. Sebu, Phillippenes
5. Santorini, Greece
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
3. Ischia, Italy
1. Palawan, Philippines
Top 10 domestic airports
10. Portland International Jetport (PWM), Maine
9. Nashville International Airport (BNA), Tennessee
Airbnb seems to be taking accusations of discrimination seriously. To prove that point, the company is meeting Thursday with civil rights leaders to see how it can battle reports of prejudice against minority groups, including black and transgender people.
An Airbnb spokesman told USA Today it's hoping for a productive conversation, adding, "We don't have all the answers and we want to listen to everyone who shares our commitment to fighting bias and discrimination."
The company has been criticized after reports by Harvard University revealed racial discrimination. Studies have found that guests with stereotypical black-sounding names are less likely to be chosen than a white person, even with everything else being exactly the same.
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Airbnb is offering the public a special underwater experience at the Aquarium de Paris, where guests can sleep surrounded by 35 sharks.
In what will be the company's first-ever underwater bedroom, guests can sleep 32 feet below the surface in a room defined by a cylindrical glass wall designed to give a 360-degree view of aquatic life.
Contestants can win a one-night stay in the underwater oasis by entering Airbnb’s limited-time contest. A round trip to Paris (economy class tickets), a private visit and tour of the Aquarium de Paris, a private dinner for two in the aquarium and breakfast the morning after the stay are also included in the winnings. Each winner is allowed one guest.
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Interested travelers must write about a unique reason they should be afforded the opportunity to sleep with the fierce animals in 50-550 words in order to win the underwater stay for two one night between April 11 and April 13. Entries will be evaluated for "originality," "creativity" and "spirit of the submission."
The special offering was designed to teach people more about sharks, which Airbnb and Aquarium de Paris believe are the most misunderstood animals in the world.
"Avoid seeing Jaws before your sleepover," Airbnb jokes in a section of the contest rules.
Three contest winners will be selected on April 9 and announced on social media.
At least one media outlet has speculated that the whole thing is an elaborate April Fool's Day prank.
Click here to see photos of the listing on Airbnb.
Some people swim with the sharks, now you can sleep with the sharks.Sweet dreams!Posted by Airbnb on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Video includes clips from Bloomberg, the White House and Al Jazeera and images from Hotel Inglaterra, Hotel Quinta Avenida, Hotel Santa Isabel and Getty Images.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has signed hotel deals in Cuba — the first American-based company to do so in nearly 60 years.
Three historic hotels are part of the expansion: Hotel Inglaterra, Hotel Quinta Avenida and Hotel Santa Isabel, which will all be undergoing renovations and rebranding later this year.
Currently, hotels in Cuba are state-run, but with the new merger, Starwood is planning to rebrand the hotels and staff them with locals.
The deals come just as Cuba is expecting an influx of tourists from the U.S. Last year, the country received over 3.5 million tourists from around the world.
Since the diplomatic thaw between Cuba and the U.S., Cuban officials and tourist agencies have been worried about having enough space to house tourists.
Americans still can't get tourist visas, but with more round trip flights, other companies are looking to invest in the island's industries.
American and Cuban officials signed an agreement on Feb. 16 to resume commercial flights between the two countries.
Looking to amp up the excitement on your next vacation?
Ditch the hotel and consider staying in a house with an interesting history -- muder-related history.
While no real crimes were committed in a California "murder house" available to renters on Airbnb, travelers might recognize some rooms from scenes in various television shows. The austere mansion has appeared in "American Horror Story," "The X-Files," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Twilight Zone."
The estate, which was built in Los Angeles in 1908, has been declared a historical and a cultural landmark. Renters can expect to pay around $1,450 per night to stay in the home, which can accommodate more than 16 people and features nine bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.
According to Wetpaint, Angela Oakenfold, ex-wife of electronica star Paul Oakenfold, purchased the property last March for $3.2 million. The Airbnb host listed on the description is named Angela, but there is no last name listed for the host.
"One of the most important estates ever built in Los Angeles, the Alfred Rosenheim Mansion was declared a historical monument and cultural landmark,” the description reads. “Built in 1908, this stunning architectural masterpiece boasts original features throughout.”
There is a tiny, uninhabited island off the coast of Montenegro in the Adriatic Sea that was once the site of a World War II concentration camp. The camp was occupied by Italian troops under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Historians claim that 2,300 people were imprisoned here and at least 130 were killed or starved to death.
Now, Swiss-Egyptian developer Orascom wants to convert that abandoned island into a luxury vacation resort.
The Montenegrin government approved a project to transform the islet of Mamula into a resort, complete with swimming pools, a yacht marina, a spa, restaurants and a dance floor. It granted Orascom a 49-year lease for $1.64 per square meter. Mamula's diameter is about 200 meters.
"We were facing two options: to leave the site to fall into ruin or find investors who would be willing to restore it and make it accessible to visitors," Olivera Brajovic, head of Montenegro's national directorate for tourism development, told AFP.
Montenegrin tourism officials have said the resort would attract tourism and help boost the country's economy.
But many family members of the wartime camp's prisoners are outraged.
"To build a luxury hotel dedicated to entertainment at this place where so many people perished and suffered is a blatant example of lack of seriousness towards history," Olivera Doklestic told AFP
Doklestic's grandfather, father and uncle were all imprisoned at Mamula.
Orascom said it'll invest $16.3 million in the project.
Read more about the proposed development here.
See images and video of the proposed development here.
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