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

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The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

Omaanda Safari Lodge Opens in Namibia

In the Oshivambo language, native to parts of northern Namibia, the word “omaanda” means rhinoceros—which should give guests a clue as to what they’ll be viewing plenty of at this new safari retreat. Located in the Zannier Reserve by N/a’an ku sê, the camp overlooks endless, wildlife-filled savannah. Local architecture informed the design of its 10 thatched huts. Inside, guests will find resort-worthy amenities such as wifi, flat screen TVs, walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms that include a bathtub with a view. After spotting rhino, elephant, lion and other iconic animals on game drive, guests can retreat to the spa or enjoy a sundowner from the heated infinity pool. From $815 per person.


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Collective Retreats Opens on Governors Island

New Yorkers no longer need to battle traffic if they want to go camping. The debut of Collective Governors Island, a New York City Retreat puts quick and easy camping less than a 10-minute ferry ride away. The latest outpost from Collective Retreats, a company dedicated to pop-up, glamping accommodations, will run through October. Scandinavian minimalism and maritime history inspired the décor of the 37 tents, each of which features electricity, wifi, ensuite bathrooms, and a French Press coffee bar. Later this summer, the camp will add full-service suites within repurposed shipping containers. Dining options range from BBQ boxed lunches to al fresco Ferry-to-Flame dinners featuring pork butt buns with pickled slaw and pan roasted cod. The island offers seven miles of car-free biking, art exhibits, plus the ultimate chill space, Hammock Grove. From $75.


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Lark Hotels Opens the Richard Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard

New England-centric boutique hotel chain Lark has opened its fourth property on Martha’s Vineyard. Located in Edgartown, the Richard is housed in a 19th-century Greek Revival captain’s home. The 16 rooms and suites are designed with a neutral palette accented by metallic and black furnishings. Like all Lark Hotels, the Richard offers a complimentary small plate breakfast of seasonal dishes such as zucchini frittata, roasted lemon and herb potato bites, and blueberry lemon bread. At night, guests can sip cocktails on the front porch or around the fire pit in the outdoor courtyard. From $159.


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COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach Collaborates on Summer Shorts

New York City-based men’s resort wear brand Prince & Bond is known for its bold colored, tailored swim trunks. The brand’s new collaboration with the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach takes inspiration from the hotel’s swimming pool, which is designed by Paola Navone. The vibrant blue, green, and white design reflects the lively vibe of the property's pool scene and is perfect for swimming and lounging all summer long. Limited quantities are available for purchase at the hotel’s boutique shop for $225.


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Caldera House Opens in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole’s newest hotel, Caldera House, boasts the town’s most coveted address steps from the mountain’s iconic tram. The intimate, eight-suite retreat is the result of a six-year, $100 million investment by billionaire Wes Edens and his friends and co-owners Michael Novogratz, David Barry, and Randal Nardone. Four 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom suites feature custom furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, chef’s kitchens, and private outdoor balconies outfit with Solus fire pits and gas grills. Two-bedroom suites span 1,500-square-feet and have a more cabin-like vibe, decorated with local art and Americana, European furnishings, and custom millwork. They also include a chef’s kitchen, gas fireplaces, and private balconies. Old Yellowstone Garage, a briefly shuttered Jackson Hole institution, has reopened on site. Guests also have access to a café, lounge, spa, and on-site ski shop. The hotel has partnered with local experts, such as Exum Guides, to curate activities ranging from wildlife safaris through Yellowstone National Park to backcountry heli-skiing. $2,500 for a two-bedroom in summer season, $4,500 in winter; $8,500 for the four-bedroom in summer and $15,000 in winter.