2021 LuxPin Weekly Travel Abstract from the Latest News W1–1 June

Week 01–1, June 2021

“A journey is best measured in friends, not miles.” 〜 Tim Cahill

By LuxPin Team


1. You Could Win a $1.9 Million House in Austin — Here’s How

◆ Obtaining a vacation home could be as easy as winning one. Omaze, a charitable giving-meets-fundraising website that offers the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support charities, announced the launch of its first luxury house sweepstakes. From now until Oct. 10, participants can enter to win the home located in Austin, Texas and worth about $1.9 million (or choose a cash alternative).


2. This New York Public Library Just Got a $200 Million Makeover — Complete With a Free Public Rooftop

◆ Following a $200 million renovation, the New York Public Library’s former Mid-Manhattan Library has transformed into the 180,000-square-foot Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. As part of the upgrade, the utilitarian roof was re-envisioned, and the new design features an L-shaped outdoor space, which will be the city’s only publicly accessible rooftop terrace without an admission price.


3. Ireland Will Welcome American Tourists Starting July 19

◆ The country will welcome tourists regardless of vaccination status. American tourists will be welcome once again in Ireland next month, the latest European country to allow foreign travelers just as the summer travel season kicks off. Ireland will look to ease border restrictions for U.S. and UK travelers starting July 19.


4. AmaWaterways Lays out Its Summer Schedule in a Return to River Cruising from Europe

◆ The cruise line will return to European waters on July 3. AmaWaterways will return to Europe this summer with river cruises through Portugal and beyond, just in time for vaccinated tourists to return to the continent.


5. Phuket Reopens to Vaccinated Tourists in July — and the Hotel Rooms May Be As Low As $1 a Night

◆ The “One-night, one-dollar” campaign, proposed by the Tourism Council of Thailand, would offer certain hotel rooms to foreign tourists for only $1 per night. Eligible rooms, which would be subsidized by the government, would typically sell from about 1,000 to 3,000 baht per night (or about $32 to $96). The plan has been submitted to the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for approval.

A person pulling a small float during the opening ceremony of the Caribana festival. The Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city. The event is said to be the largest street festival in North America.| CREDIT: ROBERTO MACHADO NOA/GETTY IMAGES

6. In Canada, Caribbean Roots Run Deep — From the Food and Music to Celebrations and More

◆ Canada’s Caribbean ties go beyond the popular Toronto Caribbean Carnival event. Here’s where to make the Caribbean connection, from Newfoundland to Vancouver.


7. Samsung’s New Customizable Fridges Include Illustrations of Some of Your Favorite Places

◆ Your fridge can transport you to a far-flung destination just by walking into your kitchen. At the company’s inaugural Bespoke Home Virtual Event, Samsung revealed that it’s expanding its Bespoke lineup globally. This includes some artist-created refrigerator door panels that will make you feel like you’re on vacation.

A diver completing a pirate-themed underwater escape room in Snowdonia’s Vivian Quarry. Mark Evans/ Scuba Diver Mag, Scuba Escape

8. The world’s first-ever underwater escape room involves scuba diving to the bottom of a flooded Welsh quarry

◆ The world’s first underwater escape room has been made in a flooded quarry in Snowdonia, Wales. The six challenges you can choose from include a money heist, murder mystery, and nuclear blast. The only catch is that you need to be willing to scuba dive to take part.

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9. 11 gorgeous hotel rooms around the world with private plunge pools — all starting under $500 per night

◆ Hotels from Mexico to Bali offer private, in-room plunge pools for the ultimate indulgence. Luxury plunge pool rooms can exceed $1,000 per night, but there are affordable options too. Here are the best hotels with private plunge pools starting under $500 per night.


10. Walt Disney World has officially reopened to all visitors — here are the 13 best Disney hotels and resorts within the parks

◆ Walt Disney World is open to all visitors. There are 35 resorts and hotels within Walt Disney World but not all are created equal. If you’re planning a visit, here are 13 Walt Disney World hotels that offer value through convenience, perks, and amenities.


11. How to Drink Whisky the Right Way, According to an Expert

◆ Bourbon, rye, scotch, Irish whiskey, and Canadian whisky are increasingly popular. Here’s how to make the most of every sip.


12. Beneath the Waves and Southern Tide Are Saving Sharks With One Super Stylish Capsule Collection

◆ Buy a T-shirt, save a shark. The new collaborative collection, Southern Tide says, is launching just ahead of this year’s announcement by the UN as the start of the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. It also marks the second year of Southern Tide as the official apparel partner for Beneath the Waves. And, in addition to 5% of proceeds from net sales of the first co-branded collection, Southern Tide will continue to support Beneath the Waves’ coastal conservation and preservation efforts on an annual basis.


13. This Jungle Villa in Tulum Sleeps 12 People and Has Its Own Private Pool and Gym

◆ You can get a luxurious villa in the jungle for you and your friends or family. Villa Alux, a luxury private Airbnb just outside Tulum, Mexico offers everything you can enjoy at an expensive resort, only your group gets to be the only guests.


14. Among the Beaches, Portugal’s Wine Region Shines

◆ Portugal’s southernmost region is home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches and top-notch golf courses, but among the rolling hills and beautiful vistas, you’ll also find an abundance of celebrated wineries. Overlooking the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Algarve region has some of the best — and most beautiful — wineries in the world.

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