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Next year, the $15 million Muraka (“coral” in Dhivehi, the local language) will offer those who can afford the $50,000-per-night price tag the experience of sleeping 16.4 feet below sea level.<br>Conrad Maldives Rangali Island/Bloomberg

The Maldives’ new star villa is underwater

On a recent trip to the Maldives, my itinerary was planned around a single hotel amenity: a bungalow with a two-story waterslide. In the luxury-friendly Maldives, more than anywhere else on Earth, it’s extravagant design features rather than location or good restaurants that make a hotel.

Solomon Islands: A deep dive, and WWII artifacts

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands. This 992-island archipelago sits northeast of Australia, about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of its 550,000 citizens are Melanesians and almost everyone speaks English.


In bloom: 2018 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Places in Japan & South Korea to celebrate the bloom.

Blossoming cherry trees serve as reminder of allies’ colorful history

More than 100 years ago, Japan sent more than 3,000 Japanese cherry trees to Washington. In 1982, that symbol grew even greater meaning.


Cambodia up close: River cruise on the Mekong makes for immersive experience

"Life is not staying still," Vuthy spoke softly to me, like a kind older brother. "It is moving from one place to the next." I followed his rhythmic breathing -- in, out -- inhaling the lotus air and untangling my own breath from the outside Cambodian breeze, flowing in through the open temple doors.



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Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse tasty, convenient to Yokota

You don’t have to go far from the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo to get a decent steak. Chaco’s Fussa Steakhouse, right across the road from Yokota Air Base’s main gate, offers a variety of steak cuts at affordable prices.



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In bloom: 2018 Cherry Blossom Festivals

Places in Japan & South Korea to celebrate the bloom.

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