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Whether or not you are a travel junkie most of us have been, more or less, stuck at home during the pandemic. It is then no surprise that many of us may feel the need for a new point of view, literally. Traveling to achieve this may still not be possible, however one website is offering the chance virtually.

WindowSwap provides these different points of view by offering, 10 minutes at a time, streaming views or photos, from different users’ windows all around the world. You can even submit your own through their website. The view switches automatically every 10 minutes or you can choose to move on yourself at any time.

While perhaps not exciting to some viewed just on their laptop or phone, plenty of devices provide options to where one could stream these to you flat-screen TV. For those who have a dual monitor setup or using something like Firefox’s browser based Picture-In-Picture option WindowSwap can make for a calming view while you work and provide unique background noise instead of listening to the same old Spotify playlist, traffic or HVAC system you are used to.

While writing this I’ve visited Tokyo, Japan; Bangkok, Thailand; Wales, U.K. and Glasgow Scotland.

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If you need to travel to Florida for some reason and this new hotel is convenient to your business, you might consider a new one that has opened. Hotel ELEO, which is located on the Univ. of Florida campus (Gainesville). With standard luxury accommodations like plush bedding, free Wi-Fi, and large screen HDTW. Along with all this the ELEO offers something else other hotels might not be able to offer—a higher level of trust when it comes to accommodations that keep guests safe from Covid-19.

The ELEO Hotel is run and owned by UF Health Shands who is a private, but not-for-profit hospital system that is part of Univ. of Florida Health. This is the Southeast’s most complete academic health center. Even though the main mission of the hotel is to serve patients and their families, the ELEO is opening to the public.

So, why is the ELEO Hotel a better bet than your standard hotel when it comes to Covid-19 safety? The relationship with Health Shands. Long before the pandemic, Health Shands and the ELEO Hotel developed a hospital-grade method of cleaning but applied to hotels.

Key members of the operation staff of the hotel have had extensive training at UF Health which they pass down to the staff.

Things like being mindful “high-touch” areas and not cross contaminating rooms are part of the special considerations the hotel staff, especially cleaning staff, are taught.

Rooms are sealed after they are cleaned and only the next guest will enter the room after it has been cleaned and sealed. Basic items like coffee mugs, pens, paper and other sundries will not be stored in the room. Of course basics like sanitizing stations, face mask requests, and touch technology options are all available as well.

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Riu Concordia, a hotel chain on Spanish holiday island Mallorca, has been chosen to greet some of the 11k German tourists heading to the island as part of a pilot program to test Covid-19 precautions at hotels.

RIU Hotels have invested in many new protocols in the hopes of opening back up along with the rest of Spain’s economy.

The lobby will employ thermal camera scans of guests as the walk-in to catch guests who may have a fever. If a guest signals the system, the hotel receives a discrete alert.

At meals cutlery is safety sealed and guests are asked by numerous signage to remain two meters apart. Like much retail in the U.S. the hotel is also using directional arrows to control the flow of foot traffic. The attendants offer guests numerous opportunities for hand sanitizer use.

Guests will notice that cleaning staff are numerous and working around the clock to disinfect common areas.
Some guests will enjoy that limitations on the number of guests allowed at the pool or the beach. Unfortunately, the bars and clubs will be closed until further notice.

Riu Concordia, like Las Vegas, is one vacation destination experimenting with guest willing to leave home on how to safely offer vacation services to the willing.

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After more than seventy days locked down Las Vegas is finally open but may not feel familiar to those who visit regularly. The following is just a taste of what post-lockdown Vegas looks like.

All casino resorts will have many hand sanitizing stations throughout their properties upon reopening. Casinos and resorts will also offer free face masks. As you might suspect, many of these will be branded. Some of the more upscale resorts like New York-New York and the Bellagio will offer actual hand washing stations with soap, water and towels.

New sings will recommend but not require guests to wear masks, but masks will be required for employees.
Some resorts are expected to enact other precautions. Wynn Resorts, for example, will be using thermal cameras at their entrances to intercept patrons with fevers. The Venetian has a 25 person team of Emergency Medical Technicians on standby to help any guest that needs immediate medical attention.

Perhaps a surprise to some but most hotels are expected to reopen with pool access. Some will likely have reduced schedules. However, if you are looking forward to the infamous pool parties Vegas is known for you are likely to be disappointed as these parties are not expected to come back any time soon.

Some changes most will view as a good thing. To reduce long lines for check-in many resorts will roll out keyless entry programs. Additionally, free parking is expected to be a returning perk in Vegas. Free parking had slowly fallen out of fashion over the last couple years in Vegas while it had been a long-time amenity.

Nightclubs, shows and many spas will continue to be closed indefinitely.

Housekeeping will now be subject to the standards of the CDC, Southern Nevada Health District, the World Health Organization and the local gaming control board.

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One home as gone up for sale recently that most people probably wouldn’t mind spending their vacation in; it is a Bahamas beach house with a pool, a terrace, five bed rooms and one hundred and eighty feet of private beach.

The property is part of a gated community, Lyford Cay, at the western end of Casuarina Beach on New Providence Island. Christie’s International Real Estate has the property listed for $12.5 million.

Well who owned it? The late Princess Diana owned the property and when she stayed there the press would moor offshore in boats for a chance at a photo of a royal vacation. Her neighbors included the likes the Bacardi family and Sean Connery.

The property on Casuarina Beach property was owned for a long tie by the Menzies family. It was designed in 1969 by architect Robertson Ward, a mid-century modernist. It was refurbished in 2009 and its interior covers a spacious five thousand square feet.

 

 

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The superyacht Morning Glory is not unheard of among those in the though know having been owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and for Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The 158 foot yacht is currently up for sale an seeking a new owner.

Berlusconi recently put up the for sale sign with a price tag of $11 million.

While in Berlusconi’s care the yacht has had some major overhauls. New engines and generators were added and the haul repainted to a dark blue. The yacht includes for luxury suites, an owners suite, and four additional cabins—allowing the yacht to accommodate 8 guests.

In addition to its spacious and numerous guest rooms the vessel includes an L shaped lounge, marble fireplace, spiral staircase and sit-up bar and game table.

As a motor yacht that sales the ship offers both the ease of modern convenience and elegance of wind sailing. Built by the Perini Navi shipyard, their craftsmanship can be seen in the warm woods used to create the interiors of the ship.

The vessel has a top speed of around 14.5 knots on its engines and an almost five thousand nautical mile ranges at 10 knots.

While $11 million may seem steep other superyachts like the Leander G. overshadow it by millions at $49 million. The Leander G. also recently went on sale.

 

 

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