Waldorf Astoria’s new Maldives private island costs $80,000 per night

(CNN) — For those with the means, a private island in a tropical destination is the ultimate place to isolate from the global pandemic. Among the destinations most well-equipped to capitalize on this desire is the Maldives, which is made up of 1,200 small islands. Though the majority of the Maldives’ resorts are already relatively […]

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Big Ben and Beckham: Macao’s newest resort, The Londoner, is a shrine to all things British

(CNN) — Attention, anglophiles. London’s calling… from Macao. The famed Asian gambling hotspot is upping the ante in the giant replicas game with soon-to-open The Londoner, a mega integrated-resort project developed by Sands China at an approximate cost of $2 billion. Recreations of famous global icons have long been a common sight in Macao and […]

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Film festival invites fans to watch movies alone on a Swedish island

(CNN) — Taking social distancing to a whole new level, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival is inviting one cinema fan to spend seven days on an isolated lighthouse island, with only movies and the sea for company. Like many recent film festivals, Göteborg festival is going digital in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but organizers […]

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Pan Am Boeing 377: The luxury airplane with beds in overhead compartments

(CNN) — The airplane speeds through the sky on its way to London as you dine on tender beef and caviar. Afterward, you make your way to the lower lounge to socialize with other passengers aboard the plane while sipping on a refreshing drink. As the evening winds down, you head up to the main […]

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US airport workers fear for safety on Covid frontline, survey reveals

(CNN) — Airport workers in the United States are on the frontline of the Covid pandemic yet many feel they are being unnecessarily exposed to risk through inadequate safety equipment or failure to offer sick pay, according to a new survey. Of almost 900 workers from 42 airports across America, 80% said they felt their […]

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The pandemic shut down her chateau. Then she became a YouTube star

(CNN) — What do you get when you put a former opera singer, two ex-boyfriends, her French mother, an adopted Scottish brother, a Dutch tango instructor, a Norwegian flower designer and a cheery Argentine house manager together into a sprawling 40-room French chateau? Well, you get “The Chateau Diaries,” the unlikely YouTube quarantine hit that […]

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The $550 million megayacht concept that looks like a shark

(CNN) — Just weeks after unveiling an upcoming yacht concept that resembles a swan, Lazzarini Design Studio are pushing the boundaries even further with a brand new design that’s shaped like a shark. Measuring a staggering 153 meters, Prodigium is to be made of carbon fiber and aluminum, and has an estimated market price tag […]

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Noodle diplomacy at Yaoji Chaogan: Diners flock to popular Beijing restaurant Biden visited in 2011

That appears to include the owner of Yaoji Chaogan, a Beijing restaurant that welcomed Biden in 2011. Shortly after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 US presidential election, the eatery attracted lineups of curious Chinese diners hoping to sample what the president-elect ate nine years ago. “I think it partially reflects how people […]

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