Local flavor has been blended into a redesign of Boston's Kimpton Nine Zero hotel as its owners court the "attainable luxury" market and the growing influx of foreign travelers. Features include letters from Abigail Adams embossed behind headboards, framed poems by Oliver Wendell Holmes and portraits of Boston terriers.
Try to take short breaks to be active, like going for a quick walk around the block, author Carson Tate suggests. Practice meditation or deep-breathing exercises instead of staying busy during breaks, and use hourlong breaks to catch up with a friend or colleague, author Maura Thomas recommends.
The Awili spa at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort features an apothecary bar and consultant to help guests order bespoke beauty products. The spa covers 14,000 square feet.
A Largo, Fla., couple were arrested after being caught on camera stealing a motorized cart from a local Walmart. The pair took the cart to a nearby bar, where they were found by police and ultimately admitted to the theft.
A survey of 71,937 Hilton guests finds that travelers value sustainable and socially aware products and services. "New data ... shows that travelers are showing increasing interest in sustainability, especially with the younger generations," said Megan Epler Wood, director of Harvard University's International Sustainable Tourism Initiative.
Aman, formerly Amanresorts, plans to grow slowly as it maintains its fiercely loyal following, one that the 33-hotel chain has cultivated without a loyalty program. Many guests will connect multiple Aman properties as part of an extended vacation, said Chief Marketing Officer Jane Mackie.
Loews Hotels has added themed rooms and activities to appeal to guests between the ages of 8 and 12. Members of this group, according to Loews' David Bartek, "want cool; they don't want kiddie."
The $226 million expansion of the Sycuan Casino in San Diego is nearing completion. The expansion includes a 302-key hotel tower.