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Would You Take a Luxury Vacation to Saudi Arabia?

Keep in mind: It bans alcohol, requires women to wear full-length robes

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is making a play to put itself on the "international tourism map," the Telegraph reports. According to Bloomberg , the country has announced plans to build luxury resorts on more than 13,000 square miles of Red Sea coastline, including "50 untouched natural islands." The... More »

Disney Considers a Star Wars Hotel

There may be a full-on resort within Star Wars Land

(Newser) - It looks like Disney World in Florida is aiming to be the destination of choice for Star Wars fans. It's toying with the idea of adding a hotel/resort that would fully immerse guests in the Star Wars universe, reports Business Insider . In fact, the idea is that they'd... More »

How One Man Bought a Tropical Resort for $49

It's a great week to be Joshua from New South Wales

(Newser) - An Australian couple who made the bold but brilliant move to build a resort from the ground up on the tropical island of Kosrae in Micronesia 21 years ago is now ready to move back home and be full-time grandparents. So what to do with their successful business? Wanting to... More »

Gator Drags Boy, 2, Into Lagoon at Disney Resort

Dozens search overnight for Nebraska toddler

(Newser) - Authorities spent the night searching for a child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. An Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the 2-year-old boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon about 9:30pm Tuesday.... More »

Sinkhole Opens Under Resort Near Disney

Guests evacuate as three-story building collapses

(Newser) - Get nervous, Sleeping Beauty: This could have been your house. A 60-foot sinkhole opened under a Florida resort last night, causing one three-story building to collapse and another to slowly sink into the ground, CNN reports. The Summer Bay Resort is about 10 miles away from Walt Disney World. One... More »

6 Spa Treatments for the Freaky Rich

Snake massages and 'fire cupping' make the list

(Newser) - Facials, mani-pedis, and massages are so passé for the insanely rich—or the insane and rich, Cracked reports. Here's the new normal among bizarre spa treatments:
  • A plant farm in northern Israel offers the full-body snake massage for $70. Bigger snakes will knead the belly or back while smaller
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New Destination for Rich Chinese Tourists: Wales?

Planned resort to feature signs in Mandarin, staff familiar with Chinese culture

(Newser) - With Chinese tourism to the UK booming, a developer is planning a resort village aimed at their specific needs. But it's not exactly a stone's throw from London's attractions: Instead, it's calling itself "just three hours away" in Wales. Pantglas Estate would house a 92-bedroom... More »

10 Travel Scams You Must Avoid

Extra fees and useless 'deals' abound in travel business

(Newser) - Travel agencies and other travel organizations pull many schemes that are unethical without being illegal—so be wary. The Daily Beast presents 10 of the most common scams you should watch out for:
  • Travel clubs. They can cost thousands of dollars, and give you little but a few discounts to
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Hurricane Rina Guns for Cancun

Storm expected to hit Cancun, Cozumel

(Newser) - Authorities evacuated fishing communities on Mexico's resort-studded Caribbean coast and some tourists began to leave, as Hurricane Rina took aim at Cancun and Cozumel today. In Cancun's hotel zone, a string of pickup trucks hauled small boats and jet skis away from marinas, while workers at shopping malls... More »

Caribbean Resorts Battle Mysterious Seaweed Invasion

Mysterious hordes of algae shut down resorts

(Newser) - Gigantic piles of brown seaweed that reek of rotten eggs are piling up on beaches in the eastern Caribbean, forcing resorts to shut down and keeping swimmers from the ocean. The stinky, bug-infested algae—named Sargassum—has been creeping up shores in Antigua, St. Maarten, and other Caribbean hotspots since... More »

Resorts Push 'Digital Detox'

Guests offered discounts for surrendering gadgets

(Newser) - Travelers who have trouble reaching for the "off" switch on their devices when they go on vacation are getting a helping hand from a growing number of resorts offering "digital detox" packages. Guests who surrender their smartphones and other devices upon checking in are rewarded with discounts and... More »

Mexico Hotel Blast Kills 6

Four Canadians and two Mexicans dead, 15 injured

(Newser) - A powerful explosion believed to have been caused by an accumulation of gas killed six people and injured 15 today at a resort hotel on Mexico's Caribbean coast, authorities said. Four of the dead have been tentatively identified as Canadian tourists, including a nine-year boy, said an official. The blast... More »

Celebrity Pads for Rent

If you have obscene amounts of money, Bruce Willis' home can be yours

(Newser) - Looking to vacation like the rich and famous? Well, why not do it in the living room of an actual rich and famous person? Many celebrities rent out their palatial and seldom-used residences, Travel + Leisure explains. Some have fallen on hard economic times, but most just want to defray... More »

Randy Quaid, Wife Arrested for Stiffing Hotel on $10K Tab

Couple fights cops in west Texas after apprehension

(Newser) - Randy Quaid and his wife were arrested late today in west Texas for skipping out on a $10,000 tab at a California resort—and, a source tells TMZ, cops had to use force to subdue both. Felony warrants were issued for the 58-year-old actor and Evi, a former model,... More »

Jimena, Nearly Category 5, Targets Baja

Hurricane could hit Los Cabos resorts tomorrow night

(Newser) - Hurricane Jimena, nearly strong enough to be classified as the most serious category of storm, could hit the resort-heavy southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula by tomorrow evening, the Los Angeles Times reports. Jimena’s winds are at 155mph, at the top end of Category 4. An international economics... More »

Aruba Resort Pays Guests to Make Babies

Resort's $300 'conception credit' inspired by coral reproduction, naturally

(Newser) - Getting knocked up really pays off, at least at one Westin resort in Aruba, USA Today reports. In honor of coral's spawning season, couples who shell out $399 for a daily package are eligible for a $300 “conception credit” toward their next vacation—if they conceive during their stay.... More »

Bailed-Out Bank Execs Fly Corporate Jets to Resorts

Citi, BoA, Morgan Stanley CEOs jetted off after cash infusions

(Newser) - Executives at bailed-out banks are still using company jets to fly to vacation homes and resorts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper reviewed FAA records to find that banks receiving federal aid have flown top execs to locales such as the Caribbean, Aspen, and Europe. Case in point: Less... More »

Catch Swine Flu, Stay for Free: Mexican Hotels

Resorts try to lure back vacationers with promotion

(Newser) - Several Mexican resorts are offering free stays to tourists who catch swine flu while vacationing there, the Times of London reports. They hope to restore confidence in the sunny destination, which they say has been completely sanitized of the H1N1 virus. The hotel leading the promotion also slashed rates by... More »

Buyers Lose $32 Million as Trump's Baja Bet Folds

Donald's name drew deposits which couldn't be refunded

(Newser) - Donald Trump lost some very big fans when his  luxury hotel-condo plan in Mexico collapsed, leaving little more than a hole in the ground and investors out of $32.2 million in deposits, the AP reports. Trump and his children heavily promoted the resort on the northern tip of Mexico's... More »

Strapped for Cash? Try 2-Day Safari

Travel industry shrinks itineraries for customers seeking quick getaway

(Newser) - Strapped travelers unwilling to spend the time or bucks on a “staycation” now have a new option: a "daycation." With hotel occupancy at a 20-year low and bookings down at least 20%, many vacation companies are shrinking travel itineraries to one or two days, and hotels and... More »

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