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The world’s best boutique hotels for 2018

(CNN) — Sipping Champagne in the Chrysler from the airport. Being greeted with garlands, dining underneath frangipani trees while being served the best in Balinese, Western and Chinese cuisine, then slipping into the plunge pool with spectacular waterfall feature. In a lavish ceremony at London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall on Thursday …

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Ski down the roof of this new Swiss hotel

(CNN) — Until now, skiing off hotel roofs has been an exploit reserved for James Bond stunt doubles and drunken fools with a penchant for plaster casts. That’s going to change when the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers opens its doors. At this new hotel, due to open 2020, guests …

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World’s first quarry hotel opens in Shanghai, China

(CNN) — After a decade of construction, the mostly subterranean InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland has opened inside a formerly abandoned quarry about 20 miles southwest of Shanghai. Yes, you read that correctly — subterranean. While the idea of a semi-underwater hotel isn’t novel — the recent underwater suite at the Conrad …

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Bali resort bans smartphone use by the pool

(CNN) — Some hotels and resorts depend on social media posts to get future guests inspired to visit. But the Ayana Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia, is taking a different approach. Its new “In the Moment” program is encouraging visitors to unplug — by banning smartphones and other electronic …

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