Travel News: Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This Week

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The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

Lobstering, Oystering and Surfcasting Lessons at the Wauwinet

The Wauwinet on Nantucket has partnered with captain Rob McMullen to offer guests complimentary lobstering, oystering, and surfcasting lessons in September and October. McCullen will help guests surfcast for bluefish, albacore, and striped bass straight from the shores of the hotel’s private beach. The Wauwinet Lady, the hotel’s 26-passenger boat, is the perfect classroom to learn about shellfish. Guests can haul lobster traps from the boat and visit a family-run oyster bed farm. A mollusk harvesting tutorial is followed by oyster shucking 101 and a tasting straight from the sea. Rates from $195.

Micato Launches New Safari in Namibia

Micato recently announced a new four-day safari to Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, one of Africa’s hottest travel destinations. The journey starts at Olive Exclusive; a boutique stay in the city of Windhoek. From there, guests spend two nights on the Skeleton Coast at the new Instagram sensation Shipwreck Lodge. Each of the lodge’s ten cabins is designed to resemble one of the shipwrecks strewn along the coast. Adventures range from nature drives through the Namib dunes to shipwreck visits to the Mowe Bay seal colony. The new safari is designed to dovetail with Micato’s safaris in South Africa and Botswana, providing travelers with a comprehensive Southern Africa sojourn. From $8,650.


Courtesy Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu

Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Opens on Corfu Island

The Luxury Collection debuts its eighth hotel in Greece on August 15. Located on the jet-set island of Corfu—one of the greenest in Greece—the property was originally built for the Onassis family in the late 1960s. A massive renovation, which includes the addition of new modern suites and luxury villas, brings the adults-only beachfront retreat back to its glamorous heyday. Surrounded by acres of centuries-old olive groves, Domes Miramare will feature will 113 rooms, suites, and villas. Wellness is a focus, with activities like beachfront yoga and personal training. Michelin-starred chef Tassos Mantis will oversee the restaurant. From $260.

Generator Debuts its First U.S. Property

Generator isn’t the hostel of your college backpacking days. This design-savvy brand is the stay of choice for travelers seeking affordable luxury, with 13 properties across Europe’s most popular cities including London, Stockholm, and Amsterdam. On August 15, Generator makes its American debut in Miami with 300 beds in 105 rooms. Located on the iconic Collins Avenue, just 100 feet from the beach, Generator Miami will feature the brand’s first pool, giving the hotel more of a resort feel than other properties. Across Europe, the Generator hotels have become known for their F&B, and Miami will follow suit with three venues and a cocktail program overseen by local mixology star Gui Jaroschy (formerly of the award-winning Broken Shaker). From $20 for beds in shared accommodations and $95 for private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.


Courtesy Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore Unveils New Celebrity Chef Concepts

Raffles Singapore is primed to be the city’s essential fine dining destination, with plans for restaurant concepts from Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Jereme Leung. Ducasse will present his first-ever Mediterranean grill concept, BBR by Alain Ducasse. Pic, one of the world’s top female chefs, with three Michelin stars, will focus on unusual beverage pairings at Le Dame de Pic. One of the most influential chefs in the modern Chinese movement, Leung will prepare everything from Cantonese classics to adaptations of China’s ancient delicacies at yì by Jereme Leung. Raffles will also showcase the world’s finest cuts of meat at a new steakhouse, Butcher’s Block. The iconic heritage hotel is currently in its final phase of a meticulous restoration and will reopen in early 2019, but the original Singapore Sling can still be enjoyed at a pop-up Long Bar near the hotel gift shop.