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Our top 4 travel trends of the week

Fashion replaces booze in hotel mini-bars, a luxury gym chain opens a wellness hotel and a new app lets you discover hidden art. Here's our top 4 travel trends of the week.

Fashion replaces booze in hotel mini-bars, a luxury gym chain opens a wellness hotel and a new app lets you discover hidden art. Here’s our top 4 travel trends of the week.

 

1. Belgian hotel ditches cocktails in the mini-bar for fashion

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Tired of carrying half your wardrobe with you when travelling? Feeling limited in your outfit options after a few days on the road? The French fashion label Pimkie has a solution.

Similar to hotels providing mini-bars to keep our holiday spirit high Pimkie is offering a new way to keep our fashion spirit equally high in form of a mini fashion bar.

The mini fashion bar is a small cabin that opens up to a box of fashionable items giving the guests the option to choose from a collection that is trendy and seasonal. If nothing in the mini fashion bar tickles your fancy the mini closet will also have a menu where you can browse through Pimkie’s available in-store collection and place your order with the concierge.

This service is currently available at Hotel Banks in Antwerp, Belgium and is expected to hit boutique hotels across major European cities late this year.

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2. Muslim website features Islamic-friendly travel

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Launched in May 2015, Muslim Travel Warehouse is a travel aggregator from Singapore-based halal travel site Crescent Ratings. The site is free to use, and designed to support tour agents in creating bespoke packages for Muslim travelers.

Muslim Travel Warehouse features tour packages to destinations such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka, including hotels and restaurants with access to halal food and prayer spaces, for example.

 

3. Discover hidden artwork with new mobile app

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Discovering a city like a local is on many travellers which-list and the launch of Stockholm is Your Canvas, an app created as part of Stockholm Art Week will enable tourists to find hidden artwork in the trendy cit (which even locals wouldn’t know about).

By using the free mobile app visitors will be able to discover ‘secret’ artworks around the city by scanning printed symbols which were placed across Stockholm. By pointing their mobile camera at the symbol, people could reveal an individual artwork, displayed via augmented reality.

 

4. Luxury gym chain opens wellness hotel

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Pack your gym-bag for your next hotel visit!

Equinox has announced the first of 75 gym hotels to be built worldwide. Located in Manhattan, the US-based luxury gyms brand’s hotel will feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools alongside a 60,000 square foot exercise space. The New York City hotel is set to be followed by a property in Los Angeles, opening in 2019.

Have you seen any other travel trends this week? Share them with us in the comment section below…