A Man Died After Getting His Head Stuck Under a Movie Theater Seat

Travel and Leisure - 6 hours 9 min ago
<p>A customer taking in a movie at a theater in England died of a heart attack after his head got trapped in one of the theater’s seats as he tried to retrieve his phone, according to a local report.</p><p>The incident at the <a href="" target="_blank">Vue cinema in Birmingham’s Star City</a> entertainment complex was described as “a freak accident’ by <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Birmingham Mail</a>. </em>The local newspaper reported that it occurred after the customer dropped his phone in between two of the theater’s Gold Class seats (electric reclining seats) and tried to bend down to retrieve it, only to have the the seat’s electric footrest fall on his head, leaving him trapped. <em>The Birmingham Mail</em> reports that the footrest was stuck on the man’s head while his partner and theater staff tried to free him before eventually having to break the footrest.</p><p>According to the <em><a href="" target="_blank">BBC</a>, r</em>epresentatives from the West Midlands Ambulance Service were notified of a patient in cardiac arrest and headed to the scene to administer life support on the customer, successfully restarting the man’s heart before taking him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.</p><p>“Following an incident which took place on Friday 9 March at our Birmingham cinema, we can confirm that a customer was taken to hospital that evening,” a spokesperson for Vue told<i> </i><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Independent</em></a> in a statement regarding the accident. </p><p>“We are saddened to learn that he passed away on Friday 16 March," the spokesperson added.</p><p>The Birmingham City Council is currently conducting a health and safety investigation into the incident.</p>
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Airfare Study Claims This Is Exactly How Far In Advance You Should Book Your Flights

Travel and Leisure - 6 hours 26 min ago
<p> announced the results of <a href="" target="_blank">its annual airfare study</a> on Wednesday, analyzing 917 million fares from nearly 3 million trips to determine when the best deals are typically available for domestic flights in the U.S.</p><p>Based on their data, the best time to buy is roughly 70 days before departure. It’s a pretty significant increase from <a href="" target="_blank">last year's study</a>, when the site reported most inexpensive fares could be found 54 days in advance.</p><p>“Our Airfare Study aims to explain the ‘method to the madness’ and give travelers a sense of the best time to buy and fly,” CEO Jeff Klee said in a statement. “We hear from travelers all the time who are frustrated that a fare they saw one day is dramatically higher the next.”</p><p>Klee added that it’s “equally disturbing” when airfare plummets just a few weeks after you book a trip.</p><h2>The Prime Booking Window</h2><p>On average, fares will change 62 times over the course of 11 months, with each dip and rise changing the price by approximately $36, according to the study.</p><p> recommends that travelers closely monitor airfares during the so-called “Prime Booking Window,” which is from four months to three weeks (or 121 to 21 days) prior to the departure date. During this time, travelers should closely monitor their travel route, and prepare to pounce on an attractive price.</p><p>“Fares bounce around, but frequently are available for within 5 percent of the lowest price,” the study claims.</p><h2>Last-minute Trips</h2><p> added that travelers are taking a risk if they try to book a flight 20 to 14 days out. “If you’re lucky, you might still find a good deal,” according to the study, “but in general, fairs rise, and flights sell out.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Booking a Flight Is About to Get a Lot More Like Booking a Hotel</a></p><p>After that, things get more hairy. Between 13 and 7 days prior to departure, travelers can expect to pay $85 more than those who booked during the Prime Booking Window — and “deals are a long shot.” And for seriously last-minute fliers, airfare can skyrocket by $208 in the final six days leading up to a trip.</p><h2>The Best Day of the Week to Book</h2><p>'s study also rejects <a href="" target="_blank">the commonly held myth</a> that certain days of the week are better for flight shopping. “The average fares purchased each day were virtually identical,” the study concluded. (If someone tells you to buy on Sunday or Tuesday, they're wrong.)</p><h2>When to Book Seasonal Trips</h2><p>But the time of year can have a significant factor. For summer trips, the best fares were booked 47 days in advance, while fall and winter trips should be booked 69 to 62 days in advance, respectively. For spring vacations, deals were typically scored 90 days ahead of departure.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">When You Should Buy Your Flights for Every Major Holiday</a></p><p>To further help travelers pinpoint the very best time to book flights for their specific trips, developed a <a href="" target="_blank">“When to Buy Flights” tool</a> that shows the lowest historical ticket prices, the best day to book, and the broader “Prime Booking Window.”</p><p>Travelers can also keep a close eye on routes by setting an airfare alert through a search engine, like <a href="" target="_blank">Google Flights</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Kayak</a>, or with a travel app, like <a href="" target="_blank">Hopper</a>, which will send an alert if flight prices on your desired route plunge.</p>
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Meghan Markle Is Getting a Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds so Prince Harry’s Won’t Be Alone Anymore

Travel and Leisure - 7 hours 2 min ago
<p>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married in England on May 19, but before that, fans will have a chance to get up close to the actress in both New York and London as Markle is getting her very own wax figure at <a href="" target="_blank">Madame Tussauds</a>.</p><p>Markle will be joining her husband-to-be, Prince Harry, next to his wax figure, but since her full figure won’t be released until May, the details of exactly how it will look still remain a mystery.</p><p>Representatives of the museum did say, however, that you can expect details to include “Her Royal Likeness,” from the outfit she will be donning to the stance she will maintain.</p><p>“The choice will reflect an iconic moment in Meghan’s royal journey so far,” representatives from Madame Tussauds said regarding what fans can expect.</p><p>Markle will be commemorated in wax alongside famed celebrities that include everyone from Selena Gomez to Marilyn Monroe, with her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry having <a href="" target="_blank">sparked the attention of thousands</a> who await the grand ceremony taking place in <a href="" target="_blank">St. George’s Chapel</a> on the grounds of Windsor Castle.</p><p>“It’s clear that the public has already taken Meghan to their hearts; one half of arguably the most famous couple in the world right now she’s already made her own mark as a humanitarian and role model,” Edward Fuller, general manager of the London attraction <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p><p>While representatives have yet to announce an exact date for Markle’s unveiling, the wax museum in New York will also be offering free admission to anyone named Meghan or Harry through May 19.</p><p>Markle will be the first U.S. citizen to join the British Royal Family in the last 80 years. </p>
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So Much for Spring: Here’s How Much Snow to Expect From Winter Storm Toby

Travel and Leisure - 7 hours 19 min ago
<p>Winter Storm Toby — the fourth nor’easter of the month — is wreaking havoc on the East Coast just a day after the Northern Hemisphere welcomed the first official day of spring. Some areas of the United States can expect to see at least a foot of snow, resulting in a number of flight cancellations and school closings.</p><p>Here’s how much snow to expect for the “four'easter” on Wednesday.</p><h2>Washington, D.C. and Baltimore</h2><p>The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for both Washington and Baltimore, with 4 to 6 inches forecast for the former and 6 to 8 inches predicted for the latter.</p><h2>Philadelphia</h2><p>Further north, Philadelphia could be one of the first cities to get walloped with a foot of snow during Winter Storm Toby. ABC’s AccuWeather service is calling for 8 to 12 inches of powder by the end of Wednesday evening.</p><p> </p><h2>New York City</h2><p>Things could be even worse in New York City. The National Weather Service is predicting a substantial 12 to 18 inches for the city and its surrounding suburbs. All New York City schools were closed on Wednesday.</p><h2>Boston</h2><p>Boston and the surrounding New England region aren’t expected to bear the brunt of the storm this time around. Moderate snow will still accumulate, however. The National Weather Service estimates 6 to 8 inches for Boston, and possibly up to a foot in the suburb of Foxborough to the south.</p><h2>Flight cancellations</h2><p>As expected, Wednesday’s nor’easter is making things very difficult for airports across the East Coast. As of 8 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday, more than 3,400 flights were canceled across the region, <a href="">according to USA Today</a>, hitting New York’s JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports the worst.</p><p>A number of airlines are <a href="" target="_blank">issuing flight vouchers</a> for those who had travel plans on Wednesday.</p>
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Japan Cherry Blossom Festival 2018: Where and When to Visit

Travel and Leisure - 11 hours 46 min ago
<p>In Japan, spring is an occasion for social outings, serene walks in nature, and plenty of selfies taken next to cherry trees coated in candy-pink blossoms. <em>Sakura matsuri</em>, or cherry blossom festival, is recognized all over Japan in April — but with such a short bloom period, locals must make the most of the splendid show for as long as they can.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">6 Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in Japan This Spring Minus the Crowds</a></p><p>“The cherry blossoms appear only for a few weeks,” explains Akemi Hayashi, the chef concierge at the <a href="" target="_blank">Ritz-Carlton Kyoto</a>. Once the first buds open, the festivities officially begin. All eyes are on the light pink florets as they take over city sidewalks, public parks, and fill in temple gardens with vivid bursts of color. During the height of the bloom, the nation partakes in something called <em>hanami</em>, or the centuries-old tradition of picnicking outside, underneath the technicolor trees.</p><h2>Why is the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated in Japan?</h2><p>Not only is sakura the national flower of Japan, the cherry blossoms also take on added spiritual meaning in the context of Buddhist themes of mortality, mindfulness, and living in the present moment.</p><p>“Japanese cherry blossoms are a timeless metaphor for human existence,” said Hayashi. “Blooming season is powerful, glorious and intoxicating, but tragically short-lived — a visual reminder that our lives, too, are fleeting.”</p><img alt="Kawazu-Zakura cherry blossoms on Enoshima Island, Kanagawa prefecture. "src=""><p>More than just appreciate the beauty of the delicate white-pink flowers, Japan finds literal as well as symbolic meaning in the unique season: some even compare the cherry blossoms’ short but memorable life cycle to that of the Japanese warrior spirit, or <em>bushido</em>.</p><h2>When and where does the Cherry Blossom take place?</h2><p>This year, travelers are in for a stunning show. While weather agencies around Japan <a href="" target="_blank">are reporting</a> an earlier than usual sakura season—getting underway as quickly as March 16, in the capital of Tokyo — the good news is that sakura doesn’t happen all at once.</p><p>Different sections of Japan experience spring at different times: first in the south, and later in the north. In Osaka, the flowering date (<em>kaika</em>) is set for March 21, while up in Aomori, things won’t get going until mid-April. So as long as you’re able to reach regions like Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Hokuriku, you still have a great chance at spotting the famous cherry blossoms.</p><p>Nature is unpredictable, so no two sakura seasons are ever the same. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Meteorological Agency</a>, which surveys the blooming periods of <em>sakura</em> in hundreds of locations all over Japan: “The flowering and full bloom dates of cherry blossoms depend on the temperature patterns from autumn of the preceding year. The buds of cherry blossoms are formed during the summer of the preceding year.” Because of this, most tour guides advise visitors to continue <a href=";mt=8" target="_blank">checking forecast updates</a> prior to their trip.</p><p>In Tokyo, one of the most famous places to view the impressive display is <a href="" target="_blank">Shinjuku Gyoen</a>, a park bearing over 1,000 various species of sakura trees—with impressive views of the skyline to boot. (Meanwhile, if it’s an idyllic picnic spot you’re after, you can’t go wrong showing up with a bento box at the famous <a href="" target="_blank">Yoyogi Park</a>.)</p><p>Over in <a href="" target="_blank">Kyoto</a>, Nakaragi no Michi Path is perfect for the practice of <em>hanami</em>: the lakeside path leads to the Kyoto Botanical Garden, and along the way you can saunter through lush tunnels of pink flowers.</p><p>Further south, in Ehime Prefecture, there’s Matsuyama Castle, a stunning setting for winding avenues of consecutive cherry trees; during the first weekend of April, the <a href="" target="_blank">Matsuyama Spring Festival</a> welcomes all types of flower lovers, for festivities that include a parade, food vendors, and more.</p><p>For even more jaw dropping views, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Senjoki Park</a> in Onomichi Prefecture: the site sits atop a mountain, with sweeping views of Japan’s natural landscape, not to mention ten thousand sakura trees, in full bloom.</p><p>To enjoy cherry blossoms a bit closer to home, you can enjoy Japan's gift to the U.S. in Washington, D.C. Here's <a href="" target="_blank">all the latest on that festival</a>.</p>
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This Tiny Sleep Device Is My Secret to Adjusting to New Time Zones

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 2 min ago
<p>One of my worst habits on sleepless nights is reaching for my phone and scrolling through Amazon, making somewhat random purchases that I only half remember ordering when they promptly arrive two days later. But one night, in a rather serendipitous turn of events, I found the item that would cure my late-night struggles: a curious-looking, French-made sleep aid device called <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Dodow</a>.</p><img alt="Dodow Device "src=""><p>After years of leaning on melatonin and sleep supplements (my favorite was <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Restful Sleep by OLLY</a>), even I find it hard to believe that something so simple could help me fall asleep in 20 minutes — even with the added stimulation, discomfort, and jet lag that often comes with traveling across time zones. But once I gave into the idea, I realized this tiny device can pack some serious relaxation power. (And it doesn't hurt that it's incredibly easy to fit in a <a href="" target="_blank">carry-on</a>.)</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">3 Expert Tricks for Getting a Great Night's Sleep at a Hotel</a></p><p>It wasn't success at first sight for me and Dodow. To let it do its job, you need to push distractions aside and focus solely on the light it projects in a loop on your ceiling, syncing your breathing to its rythm. If you're into meditation, this may come naturally to you. Admittedly, I am not, and it took a few nights before I gave it 100 percent and stopped replying to text messages or letting my mind wander.</p><p>Unlike medication, the more I use it, the better it seems to work. And also unlike medication, it doesn't leave me feeling groggy in the morning. Now, I often find myself turning to my preferred sleep position (which isn't lying on my back, staring at the ceiling) and drifting off before the light has finished its cycle. </p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Products for Sleeping on Planes That Look Ridiculous (But Are Actually Amazing)</a></p><h2>How it works:</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">Developed by former insomniacs</a> who learned to rely on meditation, Dodow taps into a breathing technique commonly used in yoga. Simply place the device on your nightstand and touch the surface. A soft blue light will appear, waxing and waning, on your ceiling. Focus on breathing in as it grows, and out as disappears. It will continue on loop for eight or 20 minutes, depending on your preference (tap twice to set it to 20). When the cycle is over, it will shut off on its own.</p><h2>Why it works:</h2><p>Dodow is sort of like meditation with training wheels. Concentrating on the light has a hypnotic effect, distracting your mind from the thoughts that are keeping you awake. It also gradually slows your breathing to six breaths per minute, making exhalations 50-percent longer than inhalations. This temporarily slows your metabolism and puts your body into rest mode.</p><h2>Where to get it:</h2><p>Dodow is $59 at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>
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How One Man Amassed a Collection of 15,000 Do Not Disturb Signs

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 18 min ago
<p>Edoardo Flores — like many — began his collection by accident.</p><p>During his time working as an Italian civil servant, Flores was often on the road. At some point in the ‘90s, he began pinching “do not disturb” signs from the doors of his hotel rooms as souvenirs. When he came back to Italy, he hung the signs on the walls of his office.</p><p>It wasn’t until a friend suggested curating an official collection that Flores considered his signs seriously. “From that day on I made it a point to take a ‘souvenir’ wherever I went,” Flores told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. It wasn’t long until he became “addicted” to amassing and maintaining his ever-growing collection.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Anthony Bourdain Reveals His Most Treasured Travel Souvenir</a></p><img alt="Hotel Do Not Disturb Sign Collection by Edoardo Flores "src=""><p>“I am always amazed by their variety in both design and messages,” Flores told T+L. “Original designs, unusual shapes and materials, witty messages, spelling mistakes, etc. Any creative combination of these makes the signs fascinating.”</p><p>His collection now amounts to nearly 15,000 Do Not Disturb (DND) signs from more than 200 countries and territories — a number of which are donated by fans and hotels from around the world.</p><p>While attempting to learn more about the items in his collection, Flores found a road block. “While a lot of information exists on the development of hospitality throughout the ages, nothing is known about the origin of DND signs,” Flores explained. He suspects one clever manager of a high-end hotel first utilized DND signs (and their consequent privacy) to entice wealthy guests seeking seclusion. By the early 20th century, the use of the signs was widespread throughout the hospitality industry.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">11 Bizarre Souvenirs You Could Once Purchase at Disney Parks</a></p><p>Despite a lack of historical records, Flores has noticed some trends in his collection. He said that vintage signs, particularly from American hotels, often had “humorous designs” or “more detailed instructions on how to use them.” Modern signs “tend to be more simple and to the point” — although many design-based hotels now use do not disturb signs as an opportunity to “distinguish themselves and appeal to image-conscious guests.”</p><img alt="Hotel Do Not Disturb Sign Collection by Edoardo Flores "src=""><p>The signs can also be indicators of change in the travel and hospitality industries. Many are reflective of the time or place from which they came. Flores said that many Asian and African countries were more likely to have unique designs or “use local artisans to produce artistic DND signs in wood or other materials.”</p><p>It’s now common for DND signs to come printed with multiple languages, which Flores believes “is an indication of increased importance of mass tourism.”</p><p>Flores is a self-proclaimed “meticulous collector” who keeps a database with information and scanned images of each sign in his collection. Those who are curious about the history of the signs can <a href="" target="_blank">browse his digital archives</a>.</p>
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The Hidden Fee That Could Make Your Next Vacation More Expensive

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 33 min ago
<p>Spring is just around the corner and resort fee increases are popping up like daisies in popular destinations across America, a harbinger of another record year of fees.</p><p>One of the most unpopular and least transparent costs of travel, resort fees are mandatory charges on top of the hotel’s room rate that typically cover such things as access to Wi-Fi, the fitness center, and pools.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Top 100 Hotels in the World</a></p><p>In 2017, travelers suffered a double whammy. Not only was there a 16 percent bump in the number of hotels charging resort fees, but the average fee rose to just under $22 — an increase of more than 11 percent year over year, according to a report from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, a website that has tracked resort fees since 2015.</p><p>“Anything that outpaces the rate of inflation — which right now is really low, around 2 percent — is substantial,” said Randy Greencorn, co-founder of</p><p>And there’s no sign of a slow down. “I was surprised when resort fees broke that $30-a-night threshold a few years ago and now $40 is common in cities like <a href="" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Miami</a>,” said Greencorn.</p><p>A 2017 recent report by identified scores of resorts now charging $40 or more per night, from plush beach resorts in Hawaii, Florida and California to ski resorts in Colorado and even West Virginia.</p><p>Why are we seeing a spurt of higher fees right now? Experts point to three reasons for the uptick.</p><p>First, it’s spring. “There is seasonality to increases in resort fees,” said Bjorn Hanson, clinical professor at the <a href="" target="_blank">NYU Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism</a>. “It usually happens before we go into high season when the outlook is favorable.”</p><p>Second, the hotel industry is booming. “In 2017, the US hotel occupancy rate was the highest since 1984, and 2018 occupancy is on schedule to be even higher,” said Hanson. Higher occupancy rates mean less availability, which often leads hotels to raise both room rates and fees.</p><p>Lastly, everybody else is doing it. “There is definitely a snowball effect,” said Greencorn. “If you’re a hotel and your neighbor raises its resort fee, then you’re at a competitive disadvantage if you don’t.”</p><p>“There’s a competitive dynamic to resort fees,” agreed Hanson. “One hotel in a destination makes the move and others then jump in and follow.”</p><p>That’s exactly what is fueling the resort-fee boomlet in <a href="" target="_blank">Vegas</a>. Last month on an earnings call, MGM Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren told analysts, “We are lagging the market — Caesars properties have higher resort fees, which is a great change since they started with no resort fees not long ago, but welcome to the party. It is helping overall pricing.”</p><p>To get better value for money, travelers need to do their homework. “A very savvy consumer will not only compare room rates but also resort fees and what services are included in those fees,” said Hanson. That requires visiting the hotel’s website and searching the fine print.</p><p>If you won’t be using the included services, you can tell the hotel you want the resort fee waived or decreased. The worst the hotel can do is say no.</p>
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Winter Storm Toby Looks Even More Ominous From Space

Travel and Leisure - 12 hours 50 min ago
<p><a href="" target="_blank">Another nor’easter</a> has been bringing chilly conditions across the U.S. this week, with new satellite imagery showing just how powerful Winter Storm Toby is.</p><p>Satellite imagery captured of the storm on March 21 shows just how quickly <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Storm Toby</a> is spreading as it continues to bring snow and icy conditions throughout Wednesday.</p><p>The storm is the fourth <a href="" target="_blank">nor’easter</a> to hit the country in just a few weeks span of time, with some states expecting up to a foot in snow.</p><p>Over 200 <a href="" target="_blank">flights had been canceled</a> on Tuesday prior to the storm, with airlines continuing to cancel flights. <a href="">Delta</a>, <a href="">American Airlines</a>, <a href="">JetBlue</a>, <a href="">Southwest</a>, <a href="">United</a>, and <a href="">Alaska Airlines</a> are some of the airlines offering fee waivers to customers who have had to rebook their flights due to the storm.</p><p>The storm is continuing to drive heavy and wet snow across the U.S. on Wednesday, with areas like Washington D.C. and Baltimore expecting four to eight inches of snow while New York City could get as much as 12 to 18 inches. </p><p>Several schools districts along the East Coast are also closed on Wednesday due to the winter storm. </p><p>“Heavy, wet snow is falling along the I-95 corridor today, but the high sun angle on this first full day of Spring is helping with the roads,” Weather Channel meteorologist, Carl Parker, said in a statement to <em>Travel + Leisure </em>regarding the storm. </p><p>Still, Parker said travelers and locals should expect hazardous travel conditions as snowfall rates continue to increase throughout Wednesday afternoon in areas that include New York City and Boston.</p><p>“While quite large, this system is not as intense as the previous storms, thus the worst of the wind will be confined to coastal areas of New England,” Parker added, with moderate coastal flooding expected across states stretching from Delaware to Minnesota.</p><p>Winter Storm Toby is expected to continue bringing snow to states that include Ohio, Kentucky, eastern Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and southeaster New York state throughout Wednesday evening.</p><p>The winter storm is expected to linger throughout the day Wednesday and end by late afternoon Thursday, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>.</p>
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Live Like a Hollywood Princess in This Hotel Suite Dedicated to Grace Kelly

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 13 min ago
<p>Now’s your chance to travel in the lap of luxury like Hollywood royalty.</p><p>Iconic Hollywood actress turned Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly defined elegance wherever she went. In the 1960s, she stayed at the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva, and more than 50 years later the hotel is paying homage to the star.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">20 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable</a></p><p>Now called the <a href="" target="_blank">Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix</a>, this newly refurbished hotel has designed a <a href="" target="_blank">special suite</a> in honor of their famous, historical guest, decorated as a tribute to her impeccable style.</p><img alt="The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix Geneva Grace Kelly Suite "src=""><p>The 1,131-square-foot suite includes a master bedroom, living room, kitchenette, and dining room, all decorated in the art deco style with gold details and accented with high ceilings and plenty of natural light.</p><p>If you book this suite, while you’re not throwing a fabulous dinner party, you can sit by the fireplace and make yourself at home in the walk-in closet.</p><p>The suite also has an incredible view of Lake Geneva, the Alps, and the Brunswick Garden.</p><img alt="The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix Geneva Grace Kelly Suite "src=""><p>Kelly is not the only celebrity the hotel has hosted over the years: Famous guests also include Orson Welles and author Victor Hugo.</p>
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Lily Aldridge’s Bright Swimsuits Will Inspire You to Book a Tropical Vacation ASAP

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 20 min ago
<p>While <a href="" target="_blank">winter storm Toby</a> wreaks havoc on the East Coast, Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge is living her best life somewhere warm and tropical (call us jealous).</p><p>While we’re not sure exactly where the model has been vacationing (and proudly Instagramming) this past week, we can’t help but notice her bright swimwear — and wish for some of our own.</p><p>The 32-year-old model and mother has been making a strong case for colorful swimwear in two silhouettes by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Hunza G</a> — a canary yellow bikini with a charming strapless top reminiscent of a bow and a red one-piece featuring a minimalist one-shoulder neckline — that could both double as tops, especially considering the seersucker texture.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Chic Swimsuits to Wear From the Beach to the Bar This Spring Break</a></p><p>As we inch closer to warmer weather starting hopefully sometime soon, we’re looking into booking a spring vacation ASAP and adding these swimsuits to our cart with a certain degree of aggressive yearning only people who are snowed in by the fourth nor’easter in just three months could have. Thanks, Lily.</p><p>Scroll through to shop Lily’s Hunza G swimsuits, below.</p><img alt="Lily Aldridge’s Bright Bikini Will Inspire You to Book a Tropical Vacation ASAP "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $165</p><img alt="Lily Aldridge’s Bright Bikini Will Inspire You to Book a Tropical Vacation ASAP "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $160</p>
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5 Surprisingly Affordable Places to Travel This Spring (Video)

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 25 min ago
<p>Planning a great, impromptu getaway this spring may not be as expensive as you think. With Airbnb's competitive, affordable rates and <a href="" target="_blank">new flight deals</a> popping up almost every day, it’s entirely feasible to string together a last-minute overseas expedition without sacrificing your entire paycheck.</p><p>And by picking a destination where your dollar will really stretch, travelers can fly far without worrying too much about the total bill.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">Five Surprisingly Affordable — and Warm — Winter Escapes</a> </p><p>To identify the destinations you can travel where your money will go farthest this spring, <em>Travel + Leisure </em>worked with <a href="" target="_blank">Quicken</a> — a personal finance management company — to quantify the places with advantageous exchange rates, and the most affordable food, transit, cultural experiences, and accommodations.</p><p>This season, destinations in South America, the Caribbean, and even the Great White North stood out as <a href="" target="_blank">top choices for value-conscious travelers</a>. </p><img alt="Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, Argentina "src=""><h2>Buenos Aires, Argentina</h2><p>Buenos Aires is utterly beautiful this time of year. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible wandering through the tree-lined neighborhoods and exploring the city’s famous <a href="" target="_blank">Botanical Garden</a>: a maze of green alleys broken up by fountains and haunting mythical statues.</p><p>To get there, it’s a cinch. Flights this spring from New York City start at approximately $800 roundtrip — a steal considering just how far south you’re actually flying. (Meanwhile, the same ticket from other cities like Chicago and Los Angeles hovers under $1,050.)</p><p>With the Argentine peso being roughly equivalent to a nickel, it’s a fabulously affordable destination once you arrive. Frida Kahlo paintings can be viewed at the <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Latin American Art</a> for just $6 per person, and access to Recoleta’s delightful <a href="" target="_blank">weekend street market</a> is free. Buenos Aries also boasts one of South America’s most <a href="" target="_blank">irresistible cocktail scenes</a>; and if you get peckish after all that drinking, the $2 street <em>empanadas</em> will blow your mind</p><h2>Punta Cana, Dominican Republic</h2><p>Despite the Dominican Republic’s reputation for ultra-luxurious, <a href="" target="_blank">all-inclusive resorts</a>, travelers can opt to stay instead at an equally stunning guesthouse or Airbnb. In fact, many of them are located right next to the beach. So for $40 a night, you’ll have a direct path to the ocean, and all the privacy you’d expect at a regular hotel.</p><p>Getting to — and around — Punta Cana can be just as affordable. Quicken found flights this spring starting at a cool $350 round-trip from New York City, with slight increases of $100 or $150 if you’re traveling from Los Angeles or San Francisco. You don't need to bother renting a car when you’re there, either. A single taxi motorcycle costs just $2 per ride.</p><p>Of course, beaches are the main draw of this sun-drenched town on the eastern tip of the island. It won’t cost you a penny to sit out on the white sandy shoreline of Bavaro Beach, which stretches for more than six miles. The exotic cuisine is another reason you’ll love it here: local dishes like <em>tostones</em> (fried plantain) and <em>croquetas</em> won’t set you back more than $3 or $4.</p><img alt="Dunn's River Falls near Ocho Rios "src=""><h2>Ocho Rios, Jamaica</h2><p>The classic Jamaican port town of Ocho Rios was once a small fishing village, but has since blossomed into the country’s most sought-after beach destination (it was even featured on several episodes of "The Bachelor").</p><p>But don’t confuse its popularity with priciness. One of the top bucket list items in town — a self-guided visit to dazzling <a href="" target="_blank">Dunns River Falls</a> — is only $20. And <a href="" target="_blank">James Bond Beach</a>, on a tiny peninsula surrounded by crystal clear water, is absolutely free to enter.</p><p>Similar to its neighbor to the west, Jamaica’s native eats are ridiculously cheap (have a piece of scrumptious <a href="" target="_blank">cocobread</a> for as little as $1). Beer is ubiquitous, and goes for as little as $2 a glass.</p><p>Despite Jamaica’s year-round tourism appeal, airfare is particularly accessible this season. Travelers coming from coastal cities like New York City or San Francisco can find a round-trip ticket for roughly $400. </p><img alt="Quebec City, Quebec, Canada "src=""><h2>Quebec, Canada</h2><p>For travelers who don't have a full week to spare for spring break (but still want to leave the country), consider this: the conversion rate is $0.78 USD to the Canadian dollar right now, so it’s actually cheaper than traveling inside the United States.</p><p>Meanwhile, Quebec is packed with awesome sights that can’t be found elsewhere on Earth. Travelers can spend days (and zero dollars) simply wandering through <a href="" target="_blank">Old Quebec</a>, with its 400-year-old buildings, quaint shops, and impressive Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. For a similar kind of medieval beauty, you’d have to fly all the way to Europe.</p><p>Beer isn’t exactly cheap here (it’s no Jamaica), but Quebec makes up for it in other ways. For example, you can skip the fancy restaurants and comfortably have poutine instead (just $5). Travelers can even bed down in mid to upscale hotels for a reasonable $110 per night. </p><img alt="La Paz, Bolivia "src=""><h2>La Paz, Bolivia</h2><p>For a real off-the-grid adventure, you’d better head to La Paz. While it recently emerged as one of the <a href="" target="_blank">coolest cities</a> in South America (with <a href="" target="_blank">a high-end restaurant scene</a> to match), it’s also delightfully untouristed. La Paz also has a <a href="" target="_blank">new system of aerial trams</a> that make for a fast, cheap, and beautiful way to navigate the city’s many neighborhoods.</p><p>While flights will set you back anywhere from $500 to $750 round-trip, you can plan on saving when you hit up attractions like <a href="" target="_blank">Tiwanaku</a> — an ancient archeological site where you can wander through impossibly large stone temples, and admire the “Stonehenge of the Americas,” all for just $14.</p><p>Hotels this time of year in La Paz start at between $75 and $125 a night for an mid-range property with full amenities. And a full meal of <em>silpancho </em>(rice, potatoes, schnitzel-style meat, tomatoes, and fried eggs) with beer will set you back no more than $7. </p>
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One of The World's Most Luxurious Hotels Is Actually Made Up of Hundreds of Caves

Travel and Leisure - 13 hours 28 min ago
<p>If you’re looking for a stay that will allow you to take a step back in time, head to the Kayakapi Premium Caves hotel in <a href="" target="_blank">Cappadocia</a>, Turkey.</p><p>The property was recently ranked as the top hotel in <a href="" target="_blank">Turkey</a>, the third best hotel in Europe, and the 12<sup>th</sup> best hotel in the world by travelers as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards</a> thanks to its impressive cave dwellings you can book a stay in.</p><p>Located in the Kayakapi <a href="" target="_blank">neighborhood of Cappadocia</a>, which is one of the city’s first historic residential areas, the property is made up of hundreds of centuries-old cave homes and structures. </p><p>The historic structures you’ll find today include everything from a cave church on the grounds that dates back to the 10<sup>th</sup> century and a mosque dating back to the 11<sup>th</sup> century.</p><img alt="cappadocia turkey "src=""><p>Guests can choose from cave rooms, suites, and mansions, with the hotel’s most splurge-worth room — the Grandiose Cappadocian Pool Mansion — complete with both an indoor and outdoor pool and sweeping views over the city</p><p>While the hotel’s other suites and rooms don’t guarantee you two pools, they do come with complimentary Godiva chocolates, the option of plunge pools, iPod docking stations, and Nespresso machines.</p><p>Meanwhile, those looking to take a dip with a view can also check out the hotel’s upper-level pool, where they’ll be treated to panoramic views over Kayakapi, Cappadocia, and the <a href="" target="_blank">hot air balloons</a> that are known to fly over the area.</p><p>The property is also home to a variety of restaurants serving traditional Cappadocian and international specialties, its own wine cellar, and several lounges housed in the cave setting.</p><p>Guests will also be treated to views of the city of Ugrup and the Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, both of which have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985, during their stay. </p>
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Amtrak Just Changed Its Cancellation Policy — Here’s How Much It Will Now Cost to Get a Refund

Travel and Leisure - 14 hours 20 min ago
<p>Without fanfare, <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak</a> has tightened the rules surrounding their refund and cancellation policy.</p><p>Amtrak's previous cancellation policy gave ticketholders full refunds should they cancel their trip before the scheduled departure, <a href="" target="_blank">as <em>Travel with Grant</em> noted</a>. The refund, in the form of a voucher, could be used at any time within the year. In some cases, Amtrak even issued full or 90% refunds to the original form of payment, depending on the ticket and time of cancellation.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">This Is the First Thing You Should Do If Your Flight Is Canceled or Diverted</a></p><p>However, Amtrak tickets issued on March 20, 2018 or later are now subject to stricter cancellation rules. Most customers who wish to cancel their trip will have to pay a 25-percent cancellation fee, and the window of cancellation for a full refund varies from ticket to ticket.</p><p>Here's what you need to know about <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak's new refund and cancellation policy</a>, broken down by fare type.</p><h2>Saver Fares (Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>If you purchase a Saver fare, you can get a full refund or full value <a href="" target="_blank">eVoucher</a> if you cancel your trip within 24 hours of booking your ticket. Amtrak will not refund to the original form of payment after this 24-hour period, unless you bought your ticket with an eVoucher. In that case, you can get a 75-percent refund, if you cancel your trip before the scheduled departure time. If the train has left the station, you're out of luck.</p><h2>Value Fares (Unreserved Coach, Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>If you wish to cancel this type of ticket, you are eligible for a full refund or full value eVoucher, but you must cancel your ticket at least 8 days prior to your trip. Tickets canceled after this time will incur a 25% cancellation fee.</p><p>Unreserved tickets, however, must be canceled within one hour of purchase to get the full refund or full value eVoucher. Otherwise, you will have to pay a 25% fee.</p><h2>Flexible Fares (Unreserved Coach, Reserved Coach, Acela Business Class)</h2><p>As the name suggests, these fares are the most flexible when it comes to cancellation and refunds. You can get a full refund to the original form of payment or a full-value eVoucher whenever you want, even after the scheduled departure.</p><h2>Business Fares (Non-Acela Business Class)</h2><p>Like the Flexible Fares, you are eligible to get a full refund or full-value eVoucher at any time before departure. However, you must forfeit the ticket if you wish to cancel after the scheduled trip.</p><h2>Premium Fares (Acela First Class)</h2><p>The same policy that applies to Business Fares applies to Premium: as long as you cancel your ticket before the scheduled departure, you can get a full refund or eVoucher at full value.</p><p>If you purchased your ticket before March 20, 2018, you can get your full refund or eVoucher by calling <a href="" target="_blank">Amtrak Reservations &amp; Customer Service</a> at 1-800-USA-RAIL or 215-856-7924.</p>
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Blockbuster Is Closing Its North Pole Location and Even Santa Claus Is Upset

Travel and Leisure - 14 hours 39 min ago
<p>Many of today’s kids will never know the joy of going to Blockbuster on a Friday night and picking out a movie from the “New Releases” section to watch. The beloved video rental chain, which <a href="" target="_blank">began closing its stores in 2013</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">announced last week</a> that it would shutter its <a href="" target="_blank">North Pole, Alaska</a> location, thanking patrons for their many years of support.</p><p>But Blockbuster isn’t totally extinct yet. Although the once-ubiquitous <a href="" target="_blank">movie</a> rental company has shuttered thousands of locations across the country (at its height, the company operated some 9,000 locations worldwide), there are still <a href="" target="_blank">six stores remaining</a>, four in Alaska and two in Oregon.</p><p>While you may be surprised to learn that there are even Blockbusters still in existence, the brick and mortar video rental market found its niche in <a href="" target="_blank">Alaska</a> where the lack of high-speed Internet makes video streaming difficult, and mail delivery DVD rental has fallen by the wayside as <a href="" target="_blank">Netflix</a> has focused on online streaming.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">40 Trips Based on 40 of the Greatest Movies Ever Made</a></p><p>In fact, when Blockbuster announced it was closing the North Pole location, many of its loyal customers expressed great disappointment.</p><p>“I feel like I am losing my childhood,” Sonja Yatlin wrote <a href="" target="_blank">on Facebook</a>.</p><p>Robert Campbell also lamented, "You don't know, that with every store that closes, a part of my life and heart goes with it!"</p><p>Rachael Stark wrote that her family has always used Blockbuster and “will continue to do so until the end.” They will keep getting their movie rentals from the neighboring Fairbanks location. She commented, “We and our kids enjoy the social experience as in going outdoors to get something. Going into stores will become a thing of the past that’s why as a family we never use Amazon or shop online. Shop local!!”</p><p>Even Santa Claus, a notable North Pole resident whose legal name is, in fact, Santa Claus, added his condolences: "Sad that North Pole Blockbuster is closing."</p><p>Most Americans haven’t seen a Blockbuster in years, since the chain announced <a href="" target="_blank">bankruptcy in 2010</a>. If you’re wondering what exactly a Blockbuster is, or want a dose of nostalgia for the analog video rental experience, here’s what it’s like at the last few stores in the country.</p><p>The store’s trademark blue and yellow signage hasn’t changed a bit:</p><p>And neither have the membership cards:</p><p>It seems the company has a sense of humor about losing much of its business to competitors like Netflix:</p><p>Inside, you’ll still find a New Releases section (with questionably “new” movies) and shelves are still stocked with multiple copies of the same DVD:</p><p>Movie rentals are a very affordable $0.49 per night!</p><p>Evidently people love paying homage to the original movie entertainment store. We’ll be sad when the last few close their doors too.</p>
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A Giant Inflatable Duck Spent a Week Lost at Sea

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 3 min ago
<p>A beloved mascot of a western Australian city has finally returned home after being lost at sea.</p><p>The giant inflatable duck that belongs to the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, lovingly called Daphne, went missing off the coast of Coogee Beach, in Perth, Australia, on March 11.</p><p>Daphne was blown away by strong winds as preparations were taking place for the 22nd annual Coogee jetty to jetty swim competition. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The New York Times</a></em>, Peter Marr, the club’s president, tried to swim after the $900 star of the event, but couldn’t keep up.</p><p>“After 50 meters she was just gone, baby, gone,” Marr told the <a href="" target="_blank">Australian Broadcasting Corporation</a>.</p><p>The event Facebook page <a href=";theater" target="_blank">posted a plea</a> for help to find Daphne as rumors floated around about her whereabouts. At one point, people reported to have seen her as far as 270 miles away.</p><p>Daphne was finally found by local fisherman, Tony Gibb, about 30 to 40 kilometers (about 20 miles) west of Rottnest Island only about an hour after she went missing. At first, he wasn’t sure who the inflatable duck belonged to until the club contacted him, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.</p><p>Marr had planned to meet with Gibb to retrieve the duck last Wednesday, and she has finally returned home on Monday.</p><p>Next year, Daphne will be tied down with some stronger rope.</p>
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These Best-selling Leggings Are the Perfect Travel Pants — and They're on Sale Right Now

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 15 min ago
<p>Get your credit cards ready, because a pair of best-selling leggings just went on sale — and they’re selling out quick. With about 4,000 reviews and a stellar 4.7-star rating, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings</a> are nothing short of a cult favorite. And wait, it gets better: They’re 33 percent off.</p><p>Suddenly we’re daydreaming of <a href="" target="_blank">comfy travel days</a>, exhilarating workouts, and lazy Sundays, all in our Zellas.</p><img alt="These Best-selling Leggings Are Perfect for Travel — and They're on Sale Right Now "src=""><p><strong>To buy: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35 (originally $52)</p><p>From the opaque moisture-wicking fabric, to the hidden waistband pocket, to the discreet seaming, this Zella pair just might be the perfect staple black legging you’ve been looking for. But don’t just take it from us; let us refer you to the reviews.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>Andiebabe6 raves about comfort and opacity, writing, “These are the most comfortable leggings I've ever owned! They are thick enough that you can't see through them, but they are SO comfortable! They are the most expensive pair of the leggings that I've purchased, but they are definitely worth the price because the quality [is] amazing!”</p><p>Reviewer Eazychillin, meanwhile, explains why they keep repurchasing: “I absolutely love these leggings and hope they never stop making them. I just bought my 3rd pair (got my first in 2010). These are the only leggings I have that, over time, continue to look brand new, don’t pill, and fit just right, a little snug and over the belly. I’m tall (6’) with long skinny legs (inseam 34-35”) and these cover my ankles just fine. I order an xs (yes that’s right). It takes a little time to wear them in.”</p><p>Head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a> to shop Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings for $35 (originally $52) before they sell out — again.</p>
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This App Will Tell You All the Cool Things You’re Flying Over

Travel and Leisure - 15 hours 27 min ago
<p>For <a href="" target="_blank">window seat people</a>, one of the greatest thrills of flying is seeing the world from above. However, it’s not always possible to know what’s actually happening 40,000 feet below.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Inflighto</a> is a new app (available for both <a href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href=";hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>), developed to give passengers information on the places they’re flying over.</p><p>Although it’s long been possible for passengers to orient themselves with seatback live maps, the app goes more in depth. Using in-flight Wi-Fi, the app’s moving map provides information on landmarks and points of interest below.</p><p>The idea for an interactive flyover map on your phone is not altogether new. The app <a href="" target="_blank">Flyover Country</a> was also designed to give users information about interesting sights below the plane.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The 10 Best Apps for Last-minute Travel</a></p><p>It’s the premium versions (either $9.99 or $39.99 per year) of Inflighto that set the app apart. Users can use live weather tracking to get information about the clouds they’re flying through while preparing for any turbulence along the route. Premium versions also include live marine tracking so, when flying over a body of water, users can discover the names and occupations of the boats below.</p><p>The app was developed by two pilots with both passengers and fellow pilots in mind. Aviation enthusiasts can geek out over live flight data like altitude, vertical speed, and geographic location coordinates.</p><p>If someone else on the flight (passenger or crew) also happens to have the app, users can enter a chatroom and talk to each other online. The creators hope that pilots or flight attendants will use the app’s chatroom to alert users when there’s something interesting happening outside the window.</p>
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Cheap Wine Prices in Paris Are the Final Push You Need to Book a Trip

Travel and Leisure - 16 hours 4 min ago
<p>Ordering a bottle of wine for the table is a great way to share and connect with dinner companions — especially in <a href="" target="_blank">Paris</a>, where the average cost of table wine is significantly lower than the world's other expensive cities. </p><p>The average cost of a bottle of table wine in Paris is $11.90, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">Worldwide Cost of Living</a> index, a survey released by the Economist Intelligence Unit which looks at the average costs of wine and cigarettes in the top 10 cities with the highest cost of living. The low cost of Paris's table wine is beaten only by <a href="" target="_blank">Geneva</a>, which ranks an average of $8.37 for its bottles. </p><p>Diners finding themselves in Tel Aviv and Seoul will pay nearly $30 on average for a bottle of table wine, <a href="" target="_blank">Quartz reports</a>. </p><p>When it comes to cigarettes, Paris ranks closer to the middle among the 10 <a href="" target="_blank">most expensive cities</a>, with 20 branded cigarettes costing an average of $9.29. In Sydney, customers can expect to pay $23.89 for the same amount. </p><p>Cheap wine is as good a reason as any to hop on a plane to Paris. Book that ticket and feel free to order a bottle or two for the table. </p>
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You Can Eat Guacamole, Meet Guacamologists, and Bathe in Avocado at 'Guacamania'

Travel and Leisure - 16 hours 44 min ago
<p>It’s official: We have reached peak <a href="" target="_blank">avocado mania</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Casa Velas</a>, an adults-only hotel in <a href="" target="_blank">Puerto Vallarta, Mexico</a>, just announced it will be celebrating guacamole through the end of March. More specifically, the hotel explained, it’s celebrating guac’s main ingredient — the mighty avocado — in some rather inventive ways.</p><img alt="Casa Velas "src=""><p>Take, for example, avocado’s use at Emiliano, the resort's gourmet Mexican restaurant. There, the chefs have created a special menu highlighting all things avocado including avocado burritos, chocolate mousse made with avocado, waffles with avocado and walnut jam, avocado ceviche with mushrooms and jicama, avocado tiramisu, and much more.</p><p>But, perhaps most impressively, the hotel announced in a release that a guacamologist (which is apparently a real thing) will be on hand to prepare fresh guacamole for guests at the pool area and private ocean club.</p><p>“Guests can also participate in a cooking class to learn how to prepare different types of guacamole,” the hotel said in a statement. “To keep guests cool in Puerto Vallarta's temperate 85°F weather, avocado shaved ice will be offered in the pool area.”</p><p>But the hotel’s guacamole fest doesn’t stop there. At the spa, guests can also experience different treatments using (what else?) avocado as the main ingredient, such as “an exfoliation with avocado skin, avocado body wrap with natural yogurt, and an avocado moisturizing hair treatment.” Of course, you’ll be able to end your day at the hotel bar where you can sip on avocado drinks, such as “cold avocado cream and an avocado and piña colada martini.”</p><img alt="Casa Velas Avocado Ice Cream "src=""><p>If you miss this month’s guac fest, have no fear, the hotel will also be offering the “Guacamania experience” in September in honor of Mexico's Independence Day.</p><p>While the guacamole extravaganza is kitschy, the hotel is certainly worth visiting in its own right, especially if you’re looking for a kid-free environment.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Casa Velas</a>, located just five minutes from the Puerto Vallarta Airport, features a private ocean club, 80 suites, and access to Marina Vallarta's 18-hole golf course. And the hotel’s Lotus Spa offers much more than avocado treatments, including a hydrotherapy area, garden-view fitness center, and a full beauty salon. So if avocados somehow aren’t your thing, you are very much still welcome there.</p>
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