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Hotel That Had American Jailed Is Furious With Tripadvisor

Sea View Resort and Spa given 'one-of-a-kind' warning label

(Newser) - American Wesley Barnes was made to apologize for his unkind reviews of a Thai resort hotel so as to avoid years in jail . But if the Sea View Resort and Spa in Koh Chang celebrated a victory, it was premature. Now that charges have been dismissed and Barnes has left... More »

US Couple Dies on Their Honeymoon

Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah were only 4 days into their marriage

(Newser) - For Mohammad Malik and Noor Shah, it was another day in paradise. Tragically, it was also their last. The New York City couple drowned last month near their Caribbean resort just four days after getting married, Newsday reports. "It's a devastating loss," said Malik's father, Maqbool.... More »

American Escapes Jail Time After 'Stilted' Apology to Resort

Wesley Barnes had faced years behind bars for trashing Thai resort online, violating defamation law

(Newser) - Looks like Wesley Barnes won't see jail time after all. The American living in Thailand had complained online , including on the Tripadvisor site, about the Sea View Koh Chang resort, airing grievances about his stay there over the "unfriendly staff" and accusing the resort of "modern-day slavery"... More »

Couple Gets 'Trapped in Paradise'—Alone

Raul and Olivia De Freitas never expected this

(Newser) - Raul and Olivia De Freitas only planned to stay for six days—and then a pandemic broke out. Which meant the South African couple was stranded at a Maldives resort, all alone with the staff, trapped in paradise. "Everyone says they want to be stuck on a tropical island,... More »

3 Family Members Die in Resort Swimming Pool

They were visiting a resort in Spain

(Newser) - Three family members died Tuesday while vacationing at a Spanish holiday resort—all in the same swimming pool, the New York Times reports. The resort, Costa del Sol, says a 9-year-old British girl, her British father, and a 16-year-old American family member were found unresponsive in the pool. Authorities say... More »

Vacationing Teen's Dad Checked on Her, Found an Open Window

Nora Quoirin, a London 15-year-old with learning disability, missing from Malaysian resort

(Newser) - Nora Quoirin was enjoying a vacation in Malaysia last week, but now a desperate search effort is on for the London teen whose family says she's "not like other 15-year-olds." Nora, who has a learning disability, was staying with her parents at the remote Dusun resort , located... More »

Staten Island Woman Is Latest Tourist Death in Dominican Republic

Police are looking into the possibility of tainted booze

(Newser) - By last count, six tourists had died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic over the last year or so, and now there's a seventh and an eighth. NBC News reports 53-year-old Leyla Cox of Staten Island died earlier this week at Punta Cana's Excellence resort. The family... More »

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 »

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