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As the weather starts to warm up, we thought we’d do a quick round up of the best pools around the world to take a dip in. Yes, it might be an expensive journey to swim a few laps in a pool located in Santorini or the Maldives, but we’re all about inspiring people to travel.
Take a few minutes to imagine yourself and someone special on a Spring Fling at the Ubud Hanging Gardens’ pool in Bali, surrounded by a lush rainforest, or image yourself hugging the edge of InterContinental Hotel’s infinity pool overlooking Hong Kong’s harbor. Get your feet wet and submerge yourself into our collection of perfect pools.
Anthony has one more mission left on the docket for season 2! In the season finale of Hotel Impossible, Anthony travels to the Western Riviera in Grand Lake, CO, to help the hotel draw in customers. Grand Lake is scenic and quaint, with great conditions for skiing. The only problem is … it’s empty.
Located next to the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park at the edge of Colorado’s largest natural lake, the Western Rivera Hotel sees a peak in occupancy during the summer but is desperate for guests during the long winter.
Mike and Jackie Tompkins, first-time hotel owners, have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars from their personal savings account into the hotel in a last-ditch effort to upgrade the its image. However, the worn-out outdoor chairs, broken fire extinguishers, and chipped wood hanging off the side of the hotel are only a few of the issues turning people away.
Will Anthony’s efforts — combined with the help of interior designer Blanche Garcia — be enough to bring tourists to this lovable mountain town with breathtaking views, lots of outdoor activities and big local spirit? Or, will Western Riviera be forced to close their doors forever? Find out tonight, on the season finale of Hotel Impossible at 10|9c.
Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s finale.
$100,000. You and 3 friends. An Adriatic adventure. The stakes are high and today is your last chance to win the Trip of a Lifetime. What are you waiting for?
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By now you’ve probably pictured yourself on the Trip of a Lifetime. You’ve imagined drinking in the unbelievable views and indulging in the dishes at the 5-star restaurants. You’ve seen yourself staying in the lap of luxury at the 5-star Hotel Danieli (yes, where Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie filmed The Tourist). Or you’ve dreamed of sailing around the Dalmatian Islands on your own private yacht.
But if you haven’t entered our Trip of a Lifetime sweepstakes yet, you may never have any of these experiences. Lucky for you, you have until tomorrow to customize your dream itinerary or choose a host’s trip and enter it to win the $100,000 dream vacation.
Wish you were here? Yeah, we thought so. Turn your fantasy into a reality by entering to win a $100,000 trip (with 3 of your favorite people!) to the Adriatic.
First, check out the full list of possible prizes – including a shopping spree in Venice, a hot air balloon ride over the city’s famous canals, and palatial accommodations at Hotel Vestibul Palace. Then, design a custom trip or pick from one of our hosts’ hand-picked itineraries. But hurry – voting ends at the stroke of midnight on Sunday, March 24. You can enter once everyday, so you’ve got 3 chances left! Vote now!
Anthony heads to southern Vermont to put his skills to the test at one of the oldest ski slopes in the state: Bromley Mountain.
Outfitted with over 40 ski trails, this area in Vermont is a hotspot for families who love to spend time on the slopes. The 50-room, chalet-style Bromley Sun Lodge is nestled right at the foot of the mountain and features a world-class amenity that no other accommodation in the area has: ski-in/ski-out rooms.
And yet, despite being steps away from the lifts, the lodge lacks curb appeal and hospitality. Although the lobby is massive, it’s very dark and dungeon-like, and the decor is less then desirable — reminiscent of what you might find in an old folks’ home.
When Anthony meets Sonya, the front desk agent, he is confused by the very low occupancy rate, with just one room filled in the entire hotel. Can Anthony turn the lodge around and raise the Bromley Sun’s occupancy before it’s forced to close its doors forever? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight @ 10|9c.
Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.
Plus, don’t miss Anthony on the Dr. Oz show, today at 4|3c.
Anthony travels to the snowy mountains of Mammoth Lakes, CA, to bring a beautiful, rustic family-owned lodge into the modern age. Robert Schaubmayer has owned and operated the 58-room Alpenhof Lodge since 1973, and it sits just steps away from the chair lifts of the popular ski resort, Mammoth Mountain.
Despite its charming, first-rate exterior, the Alpenhof’s outdated interior and dysfunctional family dynamics are keeping it from being a 5-star hotel. Robert refuses to pass on responsibility to any of his family members, including his 2 sons, who currently own an extremely popular restaurant next to the hotel.
After doing a bit of digging, Anthony also discovers that the family’s marketing efforts are mostly unsuccessful, despite being so close to a huge tourist attraction.
With time running out, can Anthony convince Robert to step down after 40 years of running the Alpenhof Lodge before it gets permanently stuck in the past? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.
Plus, don’t miss these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to Mammoth Lakes.
Photo credit: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Dubai is home to an impressive list of record-setting attractions, including the world’s largest mall, man-made island, amusement park, indoor ski resort and flower garden … just to name a few! Last Wednesday, Dubai got to officially add the world’s tallest hotel to its list of superlative feats when the new JW Marriott Marquis Dubai opened.
Anthony travels to the tourist town of Negril, Jamaica, in hopes of fixing the issues plaguing the beautiful Gardenia Resort.
Anthony’s attempts to capitalize on the nearly 3 million visitors Jamaica gets every year. The Gardenia Resort’s current occupancy rate is at a shockingly low 5%, and the owner, Carlyle, is behind on his lease payments.
Anthony instantly becomes frustrated when the front desk agent tells him to do his own research to find local activities. After calming down, Anthony sets his sights on the dark and dreary lobby and his depressing room.
After his initial walkthrough, Anthony turns to interior designer Blanche Garcia to help brighten up the lobby and some of the guest rooms.
Finally, Anthony attempts to break the resort’s general manager out of his timid, soft-spoken shell by taking him on a field trip to Rick’s Cafe for some cliff jumping.
Will Anthony’s effort to transform Richard into a strong leader be enough to elevate the Gardenia Resort to the top echelon of Jamaica hotels? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight at 10|9c.
Plus, don’t forget to check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from Anthony’s trip to the Gardenia Resort.
Photography by Reuters
Australian mining entrepreneur Clive Palmer has unveiled blueprints to build the Titanic II. The new ship, expected to set sail in 2016, will recreate the original ship’s design and decor, but it will be modified to adhere to current safety rules and shipbuilding practices (thank goodness!).
Pretty much everyone knows that the original Titanic, a British cruise liner, sank in the Northern Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg on April 15, 1912. Some 1,500 people died on the super cruise ship’s maiden voyage from Southhampton, UK, to New York City.
Although the contract to build the Titanic II has not been signed yet, Palmer claims the ship will be the “safest cruise ship in the world.” He says the lifeboats will have enough space for every person on board, and that the cruise liner will also include escape staircases and modern technology to avoid icebergs. Construction is scheduled to start later this year in China, according to Reuters.
Another fun fact we learned about the new cruise liner is that passengers will have the opportunity to relive the past by dressing in 1912-style clothing, provided by the cruise. And with the right ticket, passengers can go a step further and visit the first-class dining and smoking rooms similar to the original luxury liner.
According to NBC News, there are already 40,000 applications to take the first trip on the Titanic replica and 12 people are willing to pay $1 million for a first-class trip. Regular ticket prices for a voyage on the Titanic II will be announced at a later date.
In the meantime, Travel Channel has a few cruise vacation ideas to help you plan your next trip on the high seas. Our cruise experts offer advice and tips on the best cruises to see Hawaii, as well as the top Disney cruises, can’t-miss adventure cruises, cruises for GLBT travelers and best restaurants at sea. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t prepare you for your next cruise with a few cruise safety tips and 7 ways to improve your cruise. Set sail and let your cruisin’ adventure begin!