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

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The buzziest happenings in the world of travel.

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki Unveils Major Renovation

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki’s new “Nature Meets Neon” theme lives up to its name. The hotel's colorful update brings to life the dramatic landscape and sunsets of Oahu—with a modern twist. Throughout the 135-room property, guests will find bold pops of color and artwork, from tropical wallpaper to fluorescent kinetic hallways. A 26-foot jungle wall art piece anchors the lobby and glows neon at night. A fluorescent “aloha” sign hangs above the concierge desk. The rooftop pool deck features one-of-a-kind wall murals painted by California-based artist DJ Neff, and vibrant mood lighting guarantees a colorful poolside experience complete with sweeping city and beach views. From $239.


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Morukuru Beach Lodge Opens in South Africa

Situated along the Garden Route just a three-hour drive from Cape Town, De Hoop Nature Reserve is a local secret—and the new five-bedroom Morukuru Beach Lodge gives visitors a starting point from which to explore its 84,000 acres. From mid-July to November, guests can sit on their balcony and watch migrating whales past the luxe guest house. Two guided activities are included daily, plus guests have complimentary use of mountain bikes, sand boards, and snorkeling gear. From $295.


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Book Now: New Catskill Carriage Puts the Hudson Valley in Easy Reach

For years, New Yorkers have used the Hampton Jitney to escape to the beach. Now, there’s a Jitney for Upstate New York. The Catskill Carriage is piloting a new direct Hudson Valley bus route between Midtown West and the Hudson Valley’s most popular destinations. The pilot route will run August 3-5 and if successful, will continue on through the summer and fall. The first stop on the Hudson Valley Route is Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, which is known for its 85 miles of hiking trails, forest bathing classes, and other spa and wellness programming. The bus then continues to Senate Garage in Kingston, Sportsman’s Cantina in Phoenicia, and Scribner’s in Hunter. Tickets for the pilot route are $55 each way.


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21c Museum Hotels Opens in Kansas City

Multi-venue contemporary art institution 21c Museum opened its eighth location in Kansas City, Missouri. Set within the historic Savoy Hotel and Grill, the new location features 120 rooms and a ground-floor restaurant helmed by native Joe West. The property features 6,200 square feet of exhibition space that will be open to the public every day, free of charge. The inaugural exhibition, Refuge, examining the current status of global migration and includes multi-media and interdisciplinary works by over 54 artists including Hew Locke, Yoan Capote, JR, Stephanie Syjuco, and Mohau Modisakeng. Refuge will be on view in 21c Kansas City’s gallery space until spring 2019. A site-specific art collection, Limitless, features new commissions from artists Brad Kahlhamer, Ken+Julia Yonetani, and Luftwerk. From $215.


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Nanuku, Auberge Resorts Collection Offers Exclusive Rugby Training Program

Just in time for the start of the internationally anticipated 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on July 20, Nanuku, Auberge Resorts Collection will offer a unique rugby training experience for its guests in partnership with the Fiji Rugby Union. The Nanuku Raka Rugby program takes guests through training regimes inspired by the Fiji 7s, Fiji’s 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning team that took home the nation’s first Olympic medal. The immersive rugby experience includes training at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, where the Fiji 7 rugby squad trains. Guess will test their fitness and skills during beach boot camps, jungle hikes, and scrimmages with local Fijian teams. Their efforts will be rewarded with post-workout massages. Three-day program $480; five-day program $1,450.