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Hawaii Vacations: 7 Great 4-Star Hotels

Here's several 4-Star Hawaiian hotels that offer first-class accommodations and beach front views.

Sheraton Moana Surfrider - This historic hotel has been lovingly restored and maintains it's circa 1901 charm. Located on Waikiki beach, it offers high tea and sunset buffets.

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Tourism killed Thailand's most famous bay. Here's how it was brought back to life

Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:29:42 GMT

Back in 2018, Thai officials announced the indefinite closure of Maya Bay -- made popular by 2000 film "The Beach" -- to repair years of damage caused by overtourism. Here's how marine scientists brought it back to life.

This airline is restarting flights to Russia

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 12:58:10 GMT

As its invasion of Ukraine ticks towards its sixth month, Russia remains isolated from the international community. International brands are still boycotting the country, while airlines and nations are imposing flight bans and sanctions.

This travel company wants tourists to visit Ukraine right now

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 09:09:20 GMT

Visiting Ukraine right now to experience what's it like living in the middle of a war, see its bombed cities, feel the danger and meet its fighters isn't likely to be on anyone's travel wish list.

How a wood-fueled restaurant made it into the Michelin Guide

Thu, 04 Aug 2022 14:14:31 GMT

The Michelin Guide has finally arrived in Dubai, and among its starred restaurants is 11 Woodfire.

Visitors to the world's tallest tree face $5,000 fines

Mon, 01 Aug 2022 14:45:07 GMT

Hyperion, certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree, is officially off-limits to visitors.

What the 'golden age' of flying was really like

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 11:30:29 GMT

Cocktail lounges, five course meals, caviar served from ice sculptures and an endless flow of champagne: life on board airplanes was quite different during the "golden age of travel," the period from the 1950s to the 1970s that is fondly remembered for its glamor and luxury.

Take a look at the 'world's only carbon-neutral spaceship'

Wed, 27 Jul 2022 13:15:59 GMT

The space tourism race is now firing on all rockets, but one company is hoping to carve out a niche as "the only carbon-neutral, zero-emission way" to travel to the edge of space.

20 of the most beautiful villages in Italy

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 09:36:12 GMT

Fabulous food, amazing art, rich language, dramatic and gorgeous landscapes -- we all know what makes Italy so special.

The A380's biggest supporter is asking Airbus to build a new super jumbo

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:28:45 GMT

The A380 super jumbo has many supporters around the world, but none quite as vocal and powerful as Tim Clark, the president of Emirates, by far the largest operator of the aircraft.

They came for a beach holiday. Now they're trapped in China's latest Covid lockdown

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 04:16:12 GMT

Known for its sandy beaches, luxury resorts and duty-free shopping, the city of Sanya on China's tropical Hainan island has long been a popular getaway for Chinese middle- and upper-class families.

How this abandoned Italian house became a dream home

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 22:00:37 GMT

US couple Massoud Ahmadi and Shelley Spencer snapped up an abandoned property in the Sicilian town of Sambuca, spending $250,000 to turn it into a stylish house complete with its own elevator.

Where you can drink some of the rarest beers in the world

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:26:59 GMT

The Raleigh Beer Garden in North Carolina holds the world record for most beers on tap and can serve you beers you can't find anywhere else in the country.

They met as teenagers on the Grand Canyon. 7 years later they reunited and fell in love

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 11:45:38 GMT

American teenager Carrie and Danish student Kris spent the afternoon together on the Grand Canyon in 2001. They didn't meet again for another seven years, but here's what happened when they reunited.

The diamond-inspired superyacht concept with an on-board 'waterfall'

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:14:55 GMT

Real diamonds shouldn't float in water. But this brilliant new superyacht concept with an on board cinema, helipad and three integrated pools, is clearly an exception to the rule.

The world's most fascinating abandoned towns and cities

Wed, 09 Feb 2022 12:50:34 GMT

Once thriving spots, these villages, towns and cities now stand abandoned. Their empty buildings, streets and even cars left for nature to reclaim over the years.

This hotel brand will pay for its staff's tattoos

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 14:29:54 GMT

In the cut-throat post-pandemic world of hospitality, getting the best employees is everything. Now one hotel group has decided to lure in stellar staff by offering a golden handshake -- of a free tattoo if they stick it out for six months.

Japan is open to travel. So why aren't tourists coming back?

Mon, 01 Aug 2022 01:20:54 GMT

Summer 2022 has been dominated by stories about travel mishaps, overcrowding at major destinations and airports and life-threatening heat waves in Europe.

North Korea is destroying sites at the Mount Kumgang resort area

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 15:14:27 GMT

Once hailed as a symbol of peace between the Koreas, a floating hotel in a resort area is being destroyed by the North Korean government.

Europe won't charge for entry just yet

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 15:28:56 GMT

Planning a trip to Europe next summer? The cost of living may be rising but there's one small comfort -- you no longer have to pay 7 ($7.35) to be let in.

French mayor wants Mont Blanc climbers to pay 15,000 rescue and funeral deposit

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 01:19:47 GMT

Anyone wanting to summit Europe's tallest peak, Mont Blanc, may soon have to put up a 15,000 (about $15,300) deposit to cover possible rescue and funeral costs under plans announced by a local mayor fed up with the "contempt" of risk-taking climbers.

The forest growing in the world's hottest sea

Thu, 04 Aug 2022 12:17:10 GMT

An intensely salty sea which warms to planet-beating temperatures at the height of summer is a hostile place for most vegetation to survive.

Eight of Vietnam's hottest new hotels

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 01:25:03 GMT

One of Anthony Bourdain's favorite countries -- he said his first trip there was "life-changing" -- Vietnam also represents one of Asia's best value destinations.

Tourist rides moped around Pompeii

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:29:26 GMT

Just weeks after tourists were caught driving and hurling scooters down the Spanish Steps in Rome, another tourist in Italy has caused havoc on two wheels in an ancient site.

Air travel system is 'very brittle,' Buttigieg says. DOT wants to hear traveler complaints

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:49:38 GMT

Air traffic disruptions have plagued summer travelers, and this past weekend was no exception.

Their job is saving lives. But can these Argentinian doctors revive a whole Italian village?

Fri, 29 Jul 2022 10:47:35 GMT

Mussomeli ins Sicily grabbed headlines when it began selling old buildings for one euro. Now it's tackling a doctor shortage by attracting medics from Argentina. Here's what the new arrivals think of their adopted home.

This company claims its boats can save Venice

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:30:19 GMT

Candela boats are electric and run on hydrofoils, minimizing wake. But can they help Venice, where wake from boats is damaging the fragile city?

More curbs to air traffic in London and Amsterdam

Tue, 02 Aug 2022 13:46:14 GMT

In the latest moves aimed at curbing air travel chaos, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has extended its summer passenger cap and British Airways has suspended short-haul ticket sales from London's Heathrow Airport.

Tickets for Japan's Ghibli Park now on sale

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 02:33:41 GMT

Fans of "My Neighbor Totoro," "Kiki's Delivery Service," and other films from the legendary Studio Ghibli, will have a new destination to add to their travel bucket list later this year.

'Unsustainable and shambolic': Flight attendants speak out on summer travel chaos

Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:21:31 GMT

As flights are canceled, luggage is mislaid, and travelers losing confidence in the aviation industry, flight attendants from across the globe say they're struggling

K2 just had its busiest climbing season ever

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 01:34:07 GMT

The world's second highest mountain, K2 in Pakistan, has welcomed a record-breaking number of climbers this year amid a post-pandemic surge of summit fever.

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