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Apple plans to open a 192-room hotel at their new campus

Apple is a brand associated with its premium tech products and the attractive designs applied to almost everything that catches its fancy. In fact, experts recognize the company’s attention to detail and willingness to defy conventional viewpoints. Moreover, it is not limiting its aesthetic prowess to consumer electronics only. It’s evident that even the architecture of its flagship retail stores, as well as the ones inside malls, follow a certain style. Following the completion of its remarkable corporate headquarters, sources hinting that it is working on a Hotel

By now, it’s no longer a secret that the American tech giant is building a new campus in Austin, Texas. According to sources, the total area clocks in around a whopping 133 acres and should be open sometime in 2022. Another cool aspect is where it gets the energy to operate everything. Supposedly, 100% of its power will come from renewable means such as solar farms.

While the Apple campus itself will be initially housing 5,000 employees, it will eventually max out at 15,000. Equally notable is the city’s recent approval of a small modification to the original plan. Details show the inclusions of a six-storey 192-room hotel with a total area of 75,500 square feet. It appears that this is a solo project with no tie-ins to any existing hospitality chain.

The exact location puts in at West Palmer Lane and McNeil Road. Apple is apparently plunking approximately $1 billion USD into its hotel. Meanwhile, the high-end consumer electronics outfit is dedicating two million square feet to office spaces and other business facilities.

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Images courtesy of Apple

Deepsea diving and the accessories you need!

Deep-sea diving is an exciting and exhilarating activity. A chance to explore the ocean and see the life below, it’s a fantastic opportunity to interact with the environment. While a great adventure, deep-sea diving also requires meticulous planning and a list of must-have accessories to ensure your trip into the sea is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

If you’re ready to explore the sea, we take a look at some of the must-have accessories which you should look at getting.

Mask

A high-quality diving mask should be at the top of every diver’s equipment list. When it comes to choosing one, while you can hire equipment like this, having one that perfectly fits you and is of the standard you want will ensure you have an amazing time.

Wetsuit/drysuit

Just like your mask, a suit is essential for any diver. Wetsuits are recommended for those swimming in warmer water and drysuits in colder temperatures. As well as helping to control body temperature in the water, wearing a suit can help reduce the chance of cuts, grazes and any other hazards caused by marine creatures, such as jellyfish stings.

Watch

All divers should wear a watch; it allows them to see how long they have been under the water for. One of the most iconic diver watches is the Omega Seamaster 300M, which is waterproof up to 30 bar. Some people buy a luxury watch with no intention of ever getting it wet, however, that’s exactly what the Seamaster was made to do. The Seamaster, like the ones available from Watchmaster, is also the favoured watch of both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond.

Dive computer

Diving equipment and accessories have come a long way. One technological advancement has been seen on a dive computer. Investing in one is seen as essential as it can help measure your depth as well as working out how long you can spend in the water. This is an extra layer of safety and helps to prevent decompression sickness (where too much nitrogen has dissolved into the body due to increase pressure).

Camera

While this isn’t essential in the sense of safety and security as the others, it is a great idea to take a camera down with you. You can expect to see some weird and wonderful things under the sea, and you wouldn’t want to miss capturing the incredible experience on camera.

If you’re planning your next adventure, as well as the essential equipment you need, look at investing in these key pieces to ensure your deep-sea diving experience is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

Step out and experience The Edge At Hudson Yards

When hunting for some of the tallest skyscrapers around the globe, travelers can find these in almost every major city. There’s a certain allure to climb up to the top and gaze at the magnificent view that it affords. You’ll probably hear people talking about the more iconic ones such as the Burj Khalifa, Petronas towers, and Taipei 101 among others. These are the structures that provide an exhilarating experience for anyone fortunate enough to visit them. However, sometimes hidden gems such as The Edge at Hudson Yards.

If you know your way around New York City then it’s probably a familiar location for you. Just like the buildings we have been talking about a while ago, this is an edifice in the New York Skyline that would be worth your time. While we find being so high up already a treat in itself, the jaw-dropping panoramic view you get at The Edge is breathtaking.

Moreover, the distinction of being the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere should be enough to spark your interest at least. The moment you step out of the building, prepare to be amazed by the open-air grandeur. Knowing that you are 100 stories above the ground at more than 1,100 feet should give thrill-seekers that adrenaline rush.

The Edge apparently relies on cantilevers that allow the sky deck to overhang safely. If that’s not enough you can even take a step on the transparent glass floor. Trust us it is a view that not many live to tell about. Admission starts at $36 and demand will soon soar once it opens.

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Images courtesy of Hudson Yards

Travel trend 2020: The rise of the ‘Micro-cation’

Weekend breaks are growing in popularity while long haul flights are slowly becoming a low-priority. Often when people are discussing travelling the world, they’re looking for a range of experiences from weekend breaks rather than long holidays. In fact, when some people go travelling, they’ll head to a European destination and do a road trip around some of the top locations nearby. For example, if you picked up car hire in Spain, you’d be able to drive around all of the big cities, and perhaps even take the trip onto France and visit some beautiful locations here, too.

Although there are still people who want to head off on relaxing holidays and lounge by the pool, more people are wanting to explore the world’s fascinating cities. Even more so, people are wanting to explore Europe, considering how easy it is to get to. Even those who still want two weeks off, they’ll often choose to do a trip consisting of multiple mini breaks – which means you’ll return having been to a number of countries.

One reason that people choose to do this instead of going on an extended trip away is because you can guarantee a mixture of experiences. Often, people will feel relaxed when they first go on holiday, but it can be followed by an urge to get up and do something new. However, when you’re going from place to place, that’s avoided, and you’re more likely to enjoy every aspect of your holiday.

As the trend continues to become more popular, questions about why Gen Z are more likely to take a micro-cation instead of a vacation have emerged. According to Business Insider, it’s because of their work ethic. According to a survey on the site, nearly a quarter of Gen Z participants claimed they feel guilty for taking time off work. With a long weekend away instead of a long holiday, you’ll only need to take a day or two off work, which is easier to arrange without missing anything important.

Similarly, people are becoming more eco-aware, so many travellers are opting for more environmentally friendly forms of travel. Instead of taking aeroplanes to travel the world, more people are looking to travel via trains, and thanks to the Eurostar, it’s easier than it’s ever been before.

According to the Evening Standard, 2020 is likely to bring the transformational traveller to life. The point of their adventures is to grow and learn about more ways to engage with the world. It’ll allow people to connect more with themselves as they connect more with nature too.

When it comes to holidays, not everyone wants to spend time reclining and recharging, so it makes sense to use that time to explore new countries and make the most of a weekend break.

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The Artefact Hybrid Yacht Has Built-In Solar Panels

What makes the Artefact Hybrid Yacht stand out from most combustion-engine builds is that it can run on its battery alone for a bit, without relying on fuel to push the hull forward.

The new 262-foot Artefact Hybrid Yacht boasts five decks and green-centric design elements that aim to provide silence and stability. As of this writing, the boat is undergoing sea trials before it eventually reaches delivery period next summer.

In making this new build, the goal for German shipyard Nobiskrug was to make something that could be operated as silently as possible. As a result, the design comprises a steel hull and composite superstructure, courtesy of maritime architecture legend Gregory C. Marshall. You’ll find 248-feet sundeck-mounted solar panels and a large battery storage system, both of which enable Artefact to operate silently for short bursts. That is, without relying on any combustion engines.

Also worthy of highlight is its DC-bus diesel-electric variable-speed Azipod-propulsion and dynamic-positioning systems. These advanced elements negate the need to drop anchor onto the fragile seafloor, while ensuring efficiency and lower emissions.

Custom six-blade propellers minimize noise and vibration as it maximizes performance. Moreover, you’ll find a wastewater-recycling system onboard, which filters and refreshes water for use in technical systems.

All these design choices have enabled the Artefact Hybrid Yacht to pass the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III emissions regulations. It arrives as one of the very few superyachts to achieve this feat. As for living quarters, you get eight staterooms and 12 crew cabins. And you’ll find all guest social areas in low-acceleration zones for more serene cruising.

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Photos courtesy of Nobiskrug

Kanu Private Island Is What Exclusive Is All About

If you want a really, really, really exclusive getaway, there’s no better way to hide from society than renting the Kanu Private Island. It redefines exclusivity, offering a slice of isolated respite for a few hundred dollars a night.

The 2.5-acre resort offers utmost privacy for people who just don’t want to stroll around crowd-addled beaches. The space offers five private villas measuring in at 1,000 square feet apiece, enough for 10 kids and 10 adults. Therefore, the Kanu Private Island is perfect for multi-family retreats.

Part of the all-inclusive rate for a week’s stay is arrival by a quick 15-minute private boat — or even a local flight. Guests can also enjoy free meals prepared by a private chef and drinks made with local ingredients. You also get to unwind thanks to multiple complementary massages.

For those looking for something a bit more adventurous, Kanu Private Island has you covered. You’ll find kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear at the ready when the itch for adventure comes up. The resort will even provide a personal boat captain to guide you in your exploration.

A week long stay costs about $4,000, and that accommodates 8 adults, which averages out to $500 a night for each person before taxes. Not bad. Not bad at all. Okay, so the Kanu Private Island is not cheap. But the all-inclusive package sounds like a pretty awesome deal. Not to mention that fact that you’re getting an entire island all to yourself. Hit the link below for more information on booking.

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Photos courtesy of VRBO

Bishops Hill Encampment Is Modern But Old-School Camping

The Bishops Hill Encampment, from Fearon Hay Architects, would like to bring back old-school camping, but with a modern twist.

The camp consists of a pair of small structures resting on an estuarine headland. Each building features a mixture of exposed timber framework with matching timber shutters, topped off with natural oil finish. The resulting look is soothing, outdoorsy. Faithfully evincing the vibe of those good old days of classic camping glory.

The space perches on a sloping land that descends to the waterline, which adds authenticity to the whole setup. Placement, after all, is an often overlooked element in architecture. The space surrounding a structure is often just as important. The structure comes spaced, too, which creates a sheltered central space for outdoor hangouts.

Don’t let the word “camping” make you think this looks any less beautiful or refined, though. If not for the deliberately quaint timber work, this would qualify just as any fancy glamping spot would. But instead, we get something in the middle, with design elements reminiscent of classic camping but fitted for the modern era via modern aesthetic touches.

You’ll see it in the vintage natural-oiled cladding that intertwines with the open-air atmosphere, working together to bring back the vibe of a bygone camping era without losing the spirit of a new one. If you ever find yourself in the Tawharanui Peninsula, make sure to stop by and see the Bishops Hill Encampment for yourself. More information when you hit the link below, and check out more photos of the space, too.

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Photos courtesy of Fearon Hay Architects

LeVen 90 Yacht For Your shallow Depth Adventures

The LeVen 90 is probably the shortest yacht you’ve ever encountered — the thing has a depth of just 4.5 feet. Really, really tiny. But not in performance. Made specifically for shallow water adventures, this wee ride packs a slight punch, still.

The shallow LeVen 90 build is made possible thanks to the use of Voith Linear Jets, which offer propeller protection, low noise and vibration, and high efficiency at a low maintenance. The all-aluminum performance yacht cal slip into anchorages or even reach white beaches where other, much bigger yachts fear to dock.

The LeVen 90 comes from the Dutch word “Level,” which means “life” in English. It is the brainchild of Florida-based entrepreneur Lucas Silva who was seeking a yacht to cruise on with his family to his beloved Exumas island chain in the Bahamas.

Designed with the outdoor lifestyle in mind, the LeVen 90 boasts a nearly 40-foot-long sundeck, with expansive bow seating, plus a huge rear Opacmare Transformer swim deck for launching kayaks or jet skis. You also get full-width doors that open up the main salon to the rear lanai deck, which Silva calls The Great Room. And instead of the forward end of the cabin transforming into a helm station, Silva uses it as an open space, full-width eat-in galley. With huge central island and bar stools, to boot.

Below deck, guest passengers can stay in the four en suite staterooms. Cabin crew, meanwhile, can stay in the addition two staterooms.

For power, we’re talking a pair of 1,900-hp MTU V12s which will push the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots. Also onboard is 3,170 U.S. gallons in fuel capacity, which translates to a range of around 400 nautical miles.

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Photos courtesy of LeVen Yachts

Enjoy A Frightful Stay At The Monster Suite Inspired By Guillermo Del Toro

Lately, there’s been an upsurge of horror movies coming out. Looking at the trend, it looks like a lot of people are enjoying the kick of adrenaline from jumps scares and more. With Halloween just around the corner, it is a great time to test your courage. When it comes to freaking out a person, it is not always about monsters and serial killers out to get you. With the right atmosphere and visual stimulation, you can achieve a similar effect. An awesome opportunity comes in the form of a night in the Monster Suite.

This limited-time offer is available as part of an ongoing event at the Museo de las Artes in Guadalajara, Mexico. Guillermo del Toro is showcasing his talents to craft movies that inspire your imagination. While most of these films are visually stunning, others can be downright frightening. The establishment is currently hosting the Oscar-winning director’s En Casa Con Mis Monstruos exhibit. Ultimately, everything is in place to enhance the experience.

The Monster Suite looks like a fancy hotel room with classic décor. However, the props and other items that share the room with you are anything but. There an illuminated chamber that holds an unknown creature and glass jars with severed appendages. Furthermore, there’s a creepy porcelain doll in a vintage dress that might move when you least expect it. Aside from the haunting accommodations, guests get to enjoy an exclusive private tour of the exhibit at night. A stay in the Monster Suite is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Discover more about the museum: here

Images courtesy of Hotels.com

Sinot Aqua Superyacht Uses Liquified Hydrogen

Meet the Sinot Aqua Superyacht, a new concept yacht that is as innovative as its name is super mundane. Don’t let the moniker throw you off — this is a boat well worth considering.

The Sinot Aqua spent a development period of over five months, and in that span the designers figured out what would make it stand out: liquid hydrogen. That’s right — this is the first marine vessel to be fully powered by liquified hydrogen.

Lateral Naval Architects developed the hydrogen propulsion system that promises smooth and silent sailing at a longer range. With zero emissions. Again, zero emissions. So, how does that work, exactly?

The liquified hydrogen, which will be stored at -253 degrees Celsius in two 28-ton vacuum isolated tanks, is converted into electrical energy via proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The power will provide propulsion, in addition to the auxiliary system and hotel services. The result? A noise-free sustainable sailor that offers a top speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 10 to 12 knots, and a range of 3,750 nautical miles. Sander Sinot, the designer, says:

“Our challenge was to implement fully operational liquid hydrogen and fuel cells in a true superyacht that is not only groundbreaking in technology, but also in design and aesthetics.”

The interior space offers plenty of room. You can fit 14 guests and 31 crew. You also get a super luxurious 50-foot VIP suite taking up the front half of the upper deck. Also included? A 360-degree observatory. Plus an indoor health and wellness center with a hydro-massage room, yoga space, and workout floor.

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Photos courtesy of Sinot

This Vision Venture Camper Concept Is the Future Of Travel

We love it when folks go all out in their concepts. This one, travelers will surely love. The Hymer Vision Venture is a concept camper that imagines what traveling will look like in a few years.

Hymer, a German firm that makes campervans and motor homes, teamed up with a chemical engineering company called BASF to build a concept what spending a few days off the grid will look like in 2025, realistically.

At the heart of it? A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — the same van drivers use to deliver Amazon packages. But this one comes with a custom-made body that hides such humble origins, then clears out plenty of space for a pretty sick cabin that can comfortably shelter two passengers.

Some of the components involves 3D printing, a method that makes this campervan terribly unfit for mass-production. However, only some parts go through that process. If you look at the back part, you’ll see that the Vision Venture fully opens to give the passengers a nearly uninterrupted view of the surrounding nature.

Step inside, look down, and you’ll see the wood flooring, which makes the whole floor seem like an outdoor deck. A small but clever touch that bridges the gap between indoors and outdoors. Hymer even added a built-in BBQ if you feel the urge for some good ol’ backyard grub.

In the cab, you’ll find a full kitchen, a bathroom, and a staircase leads to the roof-mounted bed. For a camper, the Vision Venture surprisingly looks organized and not cramped at all. Much of what you’ll see inside also come from natural materials like wood. As a result, it almost looks like a super chic nature-inspired abode.

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Photos courtesy of Hymer

Cheetah Plains Game Lodge Is Surprisingly All About Relaxation

Don’t get the name wrong. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge puts relaxation front and center. Set in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the lodge turns traditional safari-style architecture on its head. All this to create a new kind of safari experience that feels authentic. But also as soft-blowed an experience as possible.

Employing state-of-the-art sustainable architecture that incorporates an afro-minimalist aesthetic, the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge pits many different forms against each other, challenging our notions of landscape. The result? A beautiful contrast between things that usually don’t go together but find, here, a thread of harmony amid differences. Here’s lead architect Stefan Antoni on the design:

“The architecture exists to enhance the experience of the outdoors — not to mimic it, but to complement it so that guests may experience the bush more directly, more immediately.”

You’ll find three private houses, comprised of a central building that houses a formal lounge, living room, dining area, and gourmet kitchen. Individually housed bedrooms make up the bulk of this space. They come arranged around the main structure and complete with their own outdoor bathrooms.

The interiors of the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge loosen into an expansive sun terrace and heated swimming pool. Moreover, you’ll find the African greenery enveloping this calm and serene unwinding spot. To protect this slice of paradise, the resort runs mostly on off-grid energy through solar power. What’s more, their grey-water is recycled to lower consumption. Plus, game drives are taken on electric Land Cruiser safari vehicles for least pollution footprint.

Oh, and did we mention each house comes with its own hospitality team? Check it out by hitting the link below.

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Photos courtesy of Cheetah Plains