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Royal Caribbean Announces Private Island in the South Pacific – Cruise Critic

Posted: October 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

(2.50 p.m. AEST) Royal Caribbean has announced the location of the lines newest private island destination 'Perfect Day at Lelepa', in Vanuatu. Set to open in 2022, Perfect Day at Lelepa will be the Southern Hemispheres first private island destination for cruise visitors.

The announcement of the new project was made by Vanuatus Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, and Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley.

Salwai and Bayley said the destination will be created in partnership with the community of Vanuatu to showcase the natural beauty and diverse local culture of the island nation as well as provide employment and education opportunities.

Perfect Day at Lelepa will also be built with sustainability features designed to safeguard the islands ecosystems and will be the first carbon neutral private cruise island in the world, with standards for carbon neutrality audited and certified by an independent third-party expert.

We believe our destinations should be sustainably designed, Bayley said. That idea goes beyond simply protecting the ecological features of Lelepa and includes showing respect for the people and traditions that make this a special place.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Salwai said, Vanuatu is a true paradise for both our people and the visitors we welcome to our shores each year. Today marks a major step forward in our island nations close relationship with Royal Caribbean and one that will support sustainable growth for future generations. The Ni-Vanuatu people look forward to welcoming Royal Caribbean guests from around the world to enjoy extraordinary adventures and relaxation during their Perfect Day at Lelepa.

Bayley said, Anyone who has encountered the tremendous natural beauty of Lelepa can understand why it is the perfect setting for Perfect Day. Our guests who travel to the South Pacific are seeking authentic adventures and genuine relaxation, and they will find both here.

Perfect Day at Lelepa will have a different look and feel from Royal Caribbeans Perfect Day at CocoCay (pictured above). Bailey went on to say that guests around the world all have different definitions for their perfect day and all of them are right. He is confident the designers of the first Perfect Day in the South Pacific will create an experience that suits the destination.

Cox Architecture, a sustainable, design-focused contemporary architectural firm based in Australia, will serve as the lead architect on the Perfect Day at Lelepa project which is scheduled to open in three year's time.

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Would You Buy One of These 5 BC Private Islands For $2.3 Million? – 604 Now

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Vancouver, BC is pretty well known for its un-affordable housing.I guess that doesnt include private islands?

Currently, theres not one, or two, or three private islands for sale, theresfive, all under $2.3 million.

Take a look.

Location:Gulf Islands, British Columbia


Approximate Size: 100 acres

Photo: Colliers Unique Properties

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This little island is about a 20-minute floatplane ride away from Vancouver International Airport and about 3 miles away from Vancouver Island. At its highest peak, the island reaches an elevation as high as 109 feet.

Location:Gulf Islands, British Columbia


Approximate Size:8 acres

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Lily Island, located in Silva Bay near Gabriola Island, is much smaller than West Ballenas Island, but it has a lot of beautiful landscapes. The island is mostly undeveloped, which means that its a great place to build a dream home.

Location:Gulf Islands, British Columbia


Approximate Location:7 acres

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Located just off of Lasqueti Island, Jelina Island is a nature lovers dream. (Most private islands in BC are, if were being honest.) This islands varied topography provides multiple unique lots to built a residence, including ones that allows for whale-spotting!

Location:Gulf Islands


Approximate Size:9.67 acres

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On the market for the first time in 50 years, Halibut Island is conveniently located near Victorias Port Sidney Marina and comes with a beautiful soft-gravel beach, as well as multiple naturally-carved sandstone benches.

Location:Discovery Islands, British Columbia


Approximate Size:50 acres

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At 50 acres, South Octopus Island offers a tremendous amount of space, as well as privacy. The island comes with a pre-existing dock and cabin thats become a destination for tourists. Its located on the northeast side of Quadra Island and is a short boat-ride away from Herriott Bay, which has access to a BC Ferries terminal.

Well, which would of these would you choose? Or would you rather go even bigger, like the 340-acre Fawn Bluff Cove?

Nonetheless, these islands seem like a better buy than the most expensive condo in downtown Vancouver, and maybe even some new townhouses.

Let us know what you think!

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Here’s Why This Gorgeous Island In the Maldives Is On Every Celebrities List – ScoopWhoop

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Maldives is a regular hot spot for the rich and the famous. From Hollywood celebritiesto world famous athletes to the Bollywood stars, all head to Soneva Fushi in Maldives, for a quite vacation. But, do you know why this island is on top of every celebrities list?

We can think of a million reasons but, isolation is the most prominent one. Soneva Fushi Resorts, is a paradise hidden away from the paparazzi which means, here, it's all about the privacy.

Just look at these beautiful villas. Drop dead gorgeous, aren't they?

For starters, Soneva Fushi is aUNESCO Biosphere Reserve that offers chic, quirky bungalows over-looking the beautiful ocean at the edge of the jungle. This idyllic island offers 25 Robinson Crusoe-style overwater villas and a massive beach house made with recycled materials andeco-friendly amenities. Here, it's all about nature and the natural things!

A 40-minute seaplane ride takes you to Soneva Fushi Island, in Baa Atoll where celebrities are often spotted holidaying. It is also a carbon-neutral,90 percent waste-free resort that is aesthetically pleasing in every sense.

Look at what Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja have been up to lately. We are jealous!

Seems like they believe in the simple philosophy of no shoes, no news and we are totally digging it.

This imaginative hideout belongs to Soneva, a luxury hotel group that owns two private islands in Maldvies. They offer 25 uniquely styled villas that you can choose from, depending on what you prioritize the most.

I am already making plans in my head. Clickhereto make your reservations.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli In Maldives Where Barefoot Luxury Meets Raw Nature – Forbes

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Are you looking for a meaningful and unique trip? Experience a majestic and unforgettable barefoot stay at Cheval Blanc Randheli in theMaldives.

Cheval Blanc Randheli from above

Cheval Blanc Maisons, part of LVHM group, counts four Maisons in exclusive destinations -Randheli, Courchevel, St Barths, St Tropez, and a fifth will open in Paris next spring. Each Maison has its own identity and celebrates a perfect alchemy between tradition and innovation, local architecture and timeless elegance.

Luxury destinations are the hardest to reach, but a beautifuljourney and once you get there, it becomes a dream come true. Fly to Mal in The Maldives. The archipelago is located in South Asia in the Indian Oceanabout 600 km from India and is composed of 1192 islands with only 187 beinginhabited, which covers an area ofroughly 298 square kilometers. It is one of the most dispersed states in the world.

Cristal clear water

Boarding the Seaplane in Mal

From Paris or London, there are several convenient direct flights with Air France, British Airways or Lufthansa to get there. Once youland in Mal -the capital- a Cheval Blanc Ambassador will greet you and drive you to Cheval Blanc lounge. Get a fresh juice, a shower, put your flip flops and then be ready to board the bespoke seaplane Cheval Blanc for a 40-minute flight north of Mal, bound forNoonu Atoll. An exceptional barefoot holiday has already started!

Arrival at Randheli

Surrounded by infinite blue waters and soft white sand, nothing on the horizon and lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, prestigious French hospitality shines at its best. Here emerald garden jungle meets aquamarine waters. Cheval Blanc Randheli is an extraordinary jewel nestled in Noonu Atoll. So spectacular. This refuge is extremely rich in marine life, lush greenery, exotic flowers and tropical birds. Noonu Atoll shelters nature in abundance. Not only is this green paradisehome to a rich marine life of manta rays, a multitude of dolphins, turtles and other tropical fish,but italso abounds with coconut palms, banyans, exotic flowers and plants and is a haven for tropical birds. The Atoll is home to some Dhandi Fulhu Dhooni, a rare and protected white Maldivian bird. Natural life has been genuinely introduced on this atoll. During a lovely biking ride through the property with Marie Claude Metrot who is in charge of Etiquette and Protocol for LVMH Group, I discovered the incredible genuine work that has been made on an atoll. Nature and its protection is at the center of this sanctuary. The resort strives to preserve the natural balance of its island. Ecology reachesits paroxysm. You will drink locally purified water -through a unique system- from a reusable glass bottle engraved with the logo of Cheval Blanc.

Biking around

Architect Jean Michel Gathy

This exceptional resort designed by Belgium celebrated architect Jean-Michel Gathy consists of a variety of land and over water accommodation. Mr Gathy explained me that what makes this project so special is that there are 45 independent villas and the Owner's Villa set on a private island. Cheval Blanc Randheli features a stylish color palette of white, taupe and oyster grey with touchesof yellow, the hospitality group's signature hue. This beautiful yellow color shinesaround the property from the so-chic attire of the Ambassadors to bag and towel beach, to exquisite candles and hair care by Leonor Grey and a multitude of bathroom amenities packaged Cheval Blanc. Note that their extraordinary scent has been created especially for the resort.Dont forget to take your Island Chic oil in your luggage.

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Mr Gathy added that they conceived the resort in synergy with thenatural surroundings: the modern architecture naturally blends with the island's landscape, vegetation and lagoon views. A complete harmony for a total relaxation and inner peace. Just take off your shoes and enjoy an elegant, and refined island barefoot living.

Beach Villa

This place reminded meof my years spentin French Polynesia where I was lucky to spend week-ends in Tetiaora - Marlon Brandos Atoll - before it became this eco-friendlyexceptional resort The Brando. Life on an atoll is so particular. I stayed in one of the 15 Beach Villas facing the lagoon. As soon as you step inside the villa, the lofty cathedral-style ceilings create a strong sense of spaciousness and openness. Framed by seven meter highcrafted doors that can be closed or open to give a connected or intimate space respectively, the villas are furnished with organic materials from the Indian Ocean -teak, rattan, bamboo, thatch and coconut shell. A contrast to the rustic feeling is provided by bright decorations, as well as bespoke design elements and a residential-style medley of artwork throughout the villa. A sculptural art piece by artist Vincent Beaurin hang above the streamlined bathtub.At night, when you are back at your villa from dinner, your majordome willhave prepared a sumptuous bubble bath- every night I have been wondering whatthe surprise bath would be! Incredible.

Inside Beach Villa

My last question to Mr Gathy was howhe woulddescribe Randheli in three words, he replied: "comfortable, elegant and charismatic. Agreed.

The resort includes spectacular main lodge, a large swimming pool, sports facilities, dive center, Le Carroussel kids club, an island only exclusive Guerlain Spa and a tennis island with two courts. Ontop of that , add five restaurants, four bars, and of course ultimate ivory beaches and crystal clear waters.

View over the swimming pool from The White

So what can you do in Randheli? Here are someof my highlights.

Just do nothing. Swim, eat, read, watch sunrises and sunsets and JUST repeat.

Wake up and jump into the warm water at sunrise. Listen and watch the beauty of the island around you. A pure bliss. Just relax and wonder. Take your bike to head to the White restaurant to enjoy an yummy breakfast or have it delivered by your majordome at your private villa. Another plus that makes the resort so special is your dedicated majordome from the first day ofarrival for your entire stay. Thanks to a restricted number of guests, you can enjoy the highest level of comfort and attention. From farniente on the beach to sport and water activities or just biking around the island, life seems to slow down in Randheli.

Dinner at Dyptique

Culinary art culminates at its best. Every desire is satisfied. There are so many options to feast on. From gastronomic dinner at Le 1947 to a succulent Japanese and East Asia dinner at Dyptique -where you are seated in the midst of the action around twin open kitchen and inside a beautiful tropical garden- or even a romantic Italian and Mediterranean seafront evening meal at Deelani, Randheli sets the bar extremelyhigh. For ultimate privacy and coziness, experience barbecue on the beach under the shade at your villa or orderone of the dishes from The Carte Blanche Menu in your room,delivered of course by your majordome.

Guerlain Spa Island

Spa island by Guerlain. I have loved spending time on this tiny haven. A short sail away from the main island on a traditional Maldivian boat the Dhoni made in coconut wood, you will immediately feel the peaceful vibes of Randheli. The island is entirely dedicated to revitalization and wellbeing. The treatment villas are opened onto the lagoon, so you will get massage and facial imagined by Guerlain while listening to the sound of the ocean. Just ask your Spa Ambassador for tailored rejuvenating experiences. Add some heavenly moments by the hamman and jacuzzi to get completely immersed before heading to the Spa Bar. Seated by a spectacular infinity pool and views of the dazzling atoll, the detoxifying menu is so healthy. Sip La Petite Robe Noire mocktail -a clin doeil to Guerlain sexy perfume- prepared with fresh ginger juice, lemon, pineapple and lychee and accompaniedwith grated fresh carrots and papaya salad or a Tahitian tuna coconut style.

Jacuzzi at the relaxing spa area

Yoga experience under the Thai pavilion. Perched above the sea, the yoga pavilion is heavenly located. Yoga teacher Master Puneet is excellent. Puneet really pushes you to find your inner peace and that makes your day even better.

Tennis. Sail fifteen minutes away on the crystal clear water to Randheli's jungle island Maakurandhoo to play tennis. Watch out as you willprobablysee a multitude of dolphins jumping by the boat on early mornings. Not bad isnt it? Yvo, the tennis coach will escort you to the clubhouse in the middle of a jungle garden to get ready for an hour of tennis. Not common to play on an isolated island.

Incredible peaceful sunset

Cheval Blanc Randheli definitelyrevisitsthe codes of ultra-luxury hospitality with bright modernity. This resort shines by its exceptional service and a continuous atmosphere of genuine kindness. You feel so pampered at each instant of your stay. Thank you to the kindest General Manager Renato Chizzola and the entire team for all the surprises and the moments shared which made my stay unforgettable. Travelingis not only about the place you discover butalso about the people you meet. Welcome to the world of Randheli.

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Love Islands Rosie Williams looks unrecognisable as she goes make-up free to reveal her freckles – The Sun

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LOVE Island star Rosie Williams has stunned her fans by ditching her make-up and revealing her natural freckles.

The lawyer-turned-reality star, 28, looked incredible in her latest snaps, and many of her fans wasted no time in telling her.


Rosie captioned the shot " those who made a comment yesterday - FRECK OFF! ", after being trolled for her freckles in a previous picture.

The support then came thick and fast, with one fan writing: "I LOVE your freckles!!!!."

Another posted: "Your so gorgous, i really think your freckles are cute and totally make you look gorgous with them or without them. ."

As a third wrote: "Absolutely gorgeous, natural beauty at it's finest. Your freckles are beautiful. I love how real and honest you are. Never change. No matter how much the haters try to grind you down ."




Rosie documented her time at the luxury Playacar Palace resort in Mexico where she stayed with boyfriend Wayne Davies.

She came under fire in a shot of the couple holding hands and enjoying some bubbly, with one mean follower writing: "Oh noooo too much sun damage."

As a second said: "Your hands look old ."

Last year Rosie said she had "found love" after The Sun exclusively revealed she was dating entrepreneur Wayne.


Earlier this year 31-year-old Wayne avoided jail after for the death of navy recruit James Edwards, 22, who was run over and killed in Greater Manchester in March 2017.

Davies admitted causing death by careless driving and possessing class A drugs, but was given a 10-month suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Rosie, who has kept their romance largely private, previously told the Mail Online: "All I want to say is I have a boyfriend.

"I havent said to anyone who he is, I am happy and I have found love.

"Ive known him for about 18 months, so we knew each other before Love Island.


"When I went onto the show, he was no longer part of my life in a romantic way.

"I dont think he quite liked me being on the show.

"When I came back, it gave us a chance and we started dating again."

The star, who enjoyed a fling with Adam Collard in the villa, continued: "I feel like you are just ready when you are with the right person.

"I am in the position I would like to get married first.

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Earn 2k a week to stay in luxury homes around the world for HushHush website – Cornwall Live

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An exclusive website for some of the world's richest homebuyers wants to hire someone to stay in posh homes around the globe - and pay them 2,000 a week to review them.

The job is aimed at getting testers' opinions together before the properties are listed for sale.

The job advert, posted by, says it is looking to recruit someone on an ad-hoc basis to review each property application it receives. The successful candidate will be required to stay in each property for a week at a time and will be paid 2,000 for each home they review.

Some of the properties already listed on include a luxury Chateau on the French Riviera, a 25-bedroom Spanish villa, an oceanfront home in Floridas exclusive Ocean Reef Club and a 14,000 sq. ft mansion in the Pacific Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco. Properties range in price from 462,250 to 81 million.

Thesite says that the role is needed to ensure all properties meet the requirements of its affluent customers.

The successful candidate will be required to travel to each of the chosen properties and put together a detailed report covering the propertys location, accessibility, style, comfort and suitability for the website.

The job advert states that potential luxury home testers must have no previous criminal convictions, have an up to date passport and be willing to conduct reviews at short notice. Applicants must also demonstrate reliability, a keen eye for detail and the demonstratable writing skills.

After each week-long stay the reviewer will be expected to submit an 800-word account of the property within five days of returning home.

A spokesman said: "Offering one of the most exclusive marketplaces for high net worth individuals and VIP concierge services, connects a growing list of the worlds most wealthy consumers with luxury brands and products. collates some of the best unique luxury products available, from superyachts and hypercars to luxury villas and private islands, and partners with sellers to reach their audience."

The website's founder, Aaron Harpin, said: " is one of the most premium luxury marketplaces in the world, and were passionate about keeping it that way. The volume and high price of the products we list on site means the job of our reviewers and testers is absolutely essential we want our customers to know that every item we offer is of the highest quality.

"Due to an influx of properties for listing on the website, we need a luxury home tester to get on top of the growing stack of approval requests. The ideal candidate will have experience visiting or staying in luxury properties and will be able to demonstrate their ability to write compelling reviews. For many people this may seem like the job of a lifetime, so were expecting quite a few applications."

Potential candidates can apply for the role here.

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Italy’s Lake Iseo is the stuff of fairytales with idyllic islands and Gothic castles – Mirror Online

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A Gothic castle tucked away on a dense green island in the heart of an azure blue lake? Sounds like something straight out of a storybook.

But on the breathtaking waters of Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy, it's very much a reality.

The largest of four lakes in the region, what sets Lake Iseo apart is its storybook islands and their breathtaking castles.

A prime example is the island of Loreto, which never fails to wow the lake's visitors thanks to its neo-gothic castle, the burst of lush green trees and plants, and remnants of the former monastery that once stood tall here.

Not much is known about Loreto's history although it's believed that the monastery was built here in the 13th century, as well as a small church.

Although frequented by fishermen and a few pilgrims, the island remained abandoned until the 1910s, when a captain named Vincenzo Richieri bought it and built the impressive neo-gothic castle to use as a private house. It also boasts a marina and two small lighthouses.

Meanwhile the island of San Paolo is home to a monastery and heaps of large, dense green trees for postcard-worthy scenery.

Unfortunately both Loreto and San Paolo are privately owned, but the good news is that you can still take boat trips which go past the islands so you can take in the picturesque scenery. (You can also do water sports such as kayaking for an unforgettable way of exploring the lake).

One island you can visit is Monte Isola, which sits in the middle of the lake and offers 17th century churches as well as a medieval castle. It's also here where you'll find some brilliant boutiques and local restaurants serving up that mouthwatering Italian cuisine.

Want to visit? can be a good source for cheap hotels near Lake Iseo , while TripAdvisor has a round-up of the best Lake Iseo hotels whether you're on a budget or looking for somewhere luxurious to stay.

As for getting there, for cheap flights from the UK, your best bet is to head to Milan Bergamo airport which is about an hour and 15 minutes away from Lake Iseo by car.

Ryanair offers direct flights from the UK with fares from 11.22 and you can also find fares from 20 on Skyscanner although not all routes may be direct.

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Report: Bill Gates had cozier ties with Epstein than he admitted – Virgin Islands Daily News

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Bill Gates reportedly had a much closer relationship with Jeffrey Epstein than he previously admitted and once called the wealthy pedophiles lifestyle intriguing.

The worlds second-wealthiest man had numerous meetings with Epstein, including at least three at his opulent Manhattan townhouse, and considered partnering with him in a charitable fundraising plan that could have netted Epstein $30 million in fees, the New York Times reported Saturday.

Gates first struck up his personal and business relationship with Epstein in 2011, when he was already a convicted pedophile.

After meeting Epstein for the first time in a late night gabfest at the mansion, Gates wrote an email to colleagues.

His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me, Gates wrote, according to the Times.

The two men were reportedly joined by a Swedish ex-beauty queen and her 15-year-old daughter .

A very attractive Swedish woman and her daughter dropped by and I ended up staying there quite late, Gates reportedly wrote in the message.

A spokeswoman for Gates said he regrets ever meeting Epstein, particularly since Gates eponymous foundation has championed the cause of young womens well-being.

The spokeswoman said that Gates was referring solely to the unique dcor when he mentioned Epsteins intriguing lifestyle not his confessed predilection for sex with young women and girls.

The same mansion where Gates met Epstein played a central role in the accusations against the financier, who hanged himself in jail Aug. 10 while awaiting trial in a sprawling pedophilia scandal.

Epstein was accused of paying dozens of young women and girls for sex at the mansion. Some of the alleged victims say they were raped or trafficked to have sex with him, including at Little St. James, his private island off St. Thomas.

Even the decor that Gatess spokeswoman mentions might have been a clue that Epstein was a less-than-savory partner for a reputable philanthropist like Gates: witnesses have mentioned that Epsteins taste in art included giant photos and paintings of naked young girls.

Two senior employees of Gatess foundation reportedly had even more extensive ties to Epstein.

Melanie Walker, a former aspiring Victorias Secret underwear model, worked in different capacities for Epstein for about 15 years and lived in a building that he owned, starting soon after graduating from college, the paper reported.

She supposedly served as his so-called science adviser for several years.

After joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, she met with Epstein many times at his mansion.

Boris Nikolic, another top foundation executive, was close friend of Gates and was named as an executor in Epsteins will, a role he refused to accept after Epsteins suicide.

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Bone fragments discovered on Pacific island might belong to Amelia Earhart – New York Post

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A researcher at the University of South Florida is working to determine if newly discovered bones from a museum on an island in the Pacific belong to Amelia Earhart, the famed aviator who vanished after her plane crashed in 1937.

Three years after Earhart disappeared, bones were discovered on the Pacific Island of Nikumaroro, 1,200 miles from the Marshall Islands, in the area where they think she might have had an emergency landing, Dr. Erin Kimmerle, the researcher, told Fox 13 News.

The bones were examined, but adding to the mystery vanished while in Fiji.

Kimmerle was contacted recently by National Geographic after reports that the missing bones may have been found in Te Umwanibong Museum and Cultural Center, on the island of Tarawa, Kirbati.

National Geographic wants Kimmerle to determine if the bones could be the ones that vanished so many years ago.

They had four or five large boxes of remains that were co-mingled, she said. The skulls that were there, there was one set of female remains that matched that description.

The bones fragments were sent for DNA testing to see if they match any of Earharts relatives, the report said. She has a living niece.

The results could take some time, however.

I know in forensic work we do, it could take a year; theres a huge backlog, Kimmerle told Fox 13 News. But by using private labs and other people, theyre looking to get it done much quicker.

Earhart, who was attempting to fly around the world, disappeared with navigator Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937, during a flight from Papua New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific.

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart was one of the most famous people in the world at the time of her disappearance. Thus, a number of theories have emerged about her fate.

The National Geographic documentary, Expedition Amelia, will air October 20.

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The sexiest ecolodges around the world right now – Cond Nast Traveller India – The Last Word in Travel

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Sustainable is a label we see splashed everywhere, from denim jeans and organic cosmetics to investments and software. Once a buzzkill of a buzzword to luxury travellers, hearing that a hotel was eco suggested there might be some scrimping on style and comfort. Thankfully, a new generation of switched-on hoteliers and inspired hospitality brands are making it sexy to be more responsible. Its time to reclassify what luxury means, when it comes to where we rest our heads on a feel-good holiday

Opulent and over-the-top are old hat when it comes to adventuring. Better to splash out on once-in-a-lifetime vacations that have a positive social and environmental impact. All the better if its a ger in the Gobi Desertthats the name for these traditional round yurts covered with felt. This lodge is one for true nomads, not those of the digital variety, as its totally off-grid. It has special practices in place to make the most of the little water it has. Its also in cahoots with scientific research and wildlife monitoring programmes to give back to the Gobi. (Website; doubles from MNT21,50,000 or Rs58,200)

Its rare desert island retreats manage to be so ridiculously spoiling and sybaritic and yet so sensitive to sustainability. No wonder the A-listers love it. It may be the panoramas of the lagoon here, northeast of Tahiti, that are likely to have you swooning, but the scientific smarts of the hotels air-conditioning system are also seductive. At this paradise private-island resort, the 35 carbon-neutral beachfront villas flaunt The Brandos own seawater-cooled inventionpowered by sun rays and coconut oil, SWAC is their cunning AC system. (Website; doubles from XPF4,42,000 or Rs2,93,970 for two nights)

Biodiversity is the siren call of this remarkable ecolodge. Not just a pretty 500-hectare property, its looks and cuisine entice Cape Towns cognoscenti to dine herethough we must underline that the sustainability dashboard of this Long Run member matches function to form and flavour in a truly ingenious way. Its supply chain is carefully monitored and kept to a 50-km radius; free-range piggies on its farm snaffle up organic kitchen waste; and under the lodges Growing the Future programme, fruit and veggies are bought directly from local women. (Website; doubles from ZAR11,500 or Rs55,000)

Smell fragrances free of chemicals; taste organic flavours lovingly cultivated by hand; touch furnishings crafted by artisans, not from a factory. Admire the star-filled skies above from bed through retractable roofs or from your over-the-water swing seat. Then salute the waste and water-filtration initiatives behind the scenes that ensure this is pure guilt-free luxury. Sonu Shivdasanis three barefoot-luxury resorts win awards for their architecture and design, unrivalled guest experiences as well as all that they do to preserve their Maldivian and Thai environments. (Website; doubles from MVR52,500 or Rs2,46,000)

Its taken years to get this Georgian manor house ready for visitors, but it was worth the wait. The interiors are perfection, and the gardens are a lesson in long-sighted conservation. Almost every morsel in either of the refined dining rooms here is sourced from its biodynamic farm. What makes this estate so marvellous is its reverence for nature and the fact that its media-shy billionaire owner never scrimps on the back-of-house eco-activity. The biomass, advanced permaculture system, aerobic digester and thousands of litres of water sourced from their own borehole attest to this. (Website; doubles from 400 or Rs35,000)

This ruler-straight white rectangle cuts a strong silhouette on the edge of Canadas easternmost shoreline. Jutting over the Atlantic coast, with 29 rooms and five art studios, the inn is in fact a change-making social enterprise. Its build had everything as locally sourced as possible. Finding that the only nails that suited its needs were from China, it made its own. The steel frame of the wooden-clad construction is insulated to the max; rainwater is collected for the toilets; and wood-fired boilers and solar panels power the hot water and underfloor heating. (Website; doubles from CAD2,000 or Rs1,10,000)

The 26-room, solar-powered property lies in the south-western edge of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve in Wadi Feynan. A true ecolodge, its design riffs on the caravanserais of the Middle Easts ancient trading days. Sip mint tea with Bedouin people, or shadow a shepherd for the day. A number of hotels promise authentic experiences, but few deliver them with such integrity. Sweeping rooftop views of the desert dont come as dramatic as in this former copper-mining valley. Theres no booze for sundowners, but guests can bring their own. As the fridges run on solar power, it has limited supply and forgoes serving meat. (Website; doubles from JOD145 or Rs15,000)

From manta rays to a kaleidoscopic array of corals, rare underwater species make these islands as compelling as can be for thrill-seeking divers and wildlife adventurers. This archipelago seems remote, but the 20 overwater villas fashioned from driftwood and fallen branches make the journey worth it. The resort raised some US$200,000 in 2018 through donations from guests and working with private businesses and like-minded partners from the scuba- diving industry. The funds went towards Misools work to protect the marine environment and communities of Raja Ampat. (Website; doubles from IDR22,75,000 or Rs12,000)

Get intimate with nature at any of the 10 thatched, stand-alone cabins in this untamed jungle near Gal Oya National Park. The luxury here is that your stay doesnt just insist you switch off (theres no wifi or cell phone reception)time here ensures you disconnect and just enjoy being in Sri Lankas wilderness. Leaving an especially good taste is the fact that every meal is made from just-plucked ingredients grown within grasp. Take hikes up Monkey Mountain and boat safaris along the Senanayake Samudra reservoir, or meet members of the Vedda tribe before their original way of life disappears. (Website; doubles from LKR45,500 or Rs19,000)

This breezy, open-to-the-elements, bamboo resort close to Singapore in the South China Sea is as sexy as it is environmentally conscious. On this adults-only island lodge, whisper sweet nothings to each other as you overlook jungle and ocean from your private poolthe only audience you are likely to have is a pair of hornbills. Its but a short stumble to the restaurant by the waters edge where the menu showcases ingredients from the retreats own farm. Plus you know that a percentage of your room rate is going towards The Island Foundations community-based projects that support education, healthcare and ethical practices. (Website; doubles from IDR48,50,000 or Rs25,000)

When architect Nick Troubetzkoy first conjured up this hotel in 2007, he probably didnt shout about having sustainable in his vernacular. After remodelling Anse Chastanet in St Lucia into an eco resort in the 1970s, amid 600 acres of nature overlooking the Caribbean, it was natural to take his new build to the next level. The visionary, enthralled by St Lucias landscapes and the warmth of its people, dispensed with as many walls, windows and doors as possible when creating his stay. Ruby, emerald, amber and turquoise tiling gives each room its own identity, and walkways lend a futuristic feel. (Website; doubles from XCD3,150 or Rs85,000)

Sister to Lake Gardas chi-chi spa retreat, this new stay is just outside Pinzolos Madonna di Campiglio ski resort. Its impressive to see bio-architecture exist in such harmony with the wooded mountain landscape. As appealing in summer as in the snowy season, hiking, biking and climbing make five-star Lefay Dolomiti a year-round wellness destination. Its rare to be able to give the assurance that advanced spa, detox and well-being programmesfrom osteopathy to Ayurvedaare not just good for you but also the wider world, but having hosts so committed to using renewable energy sources makes that possible. (Website; doubles from 400 or Rs32,000)

Heaven-sent for Instagram, this rustic resort feels like an honourable tribute to its coastal environment. From the tile-roofed casitas to thatched suites and tree houses, you can sense it has sourced all materials from within arms reach. On the Pacific Coast of Mexico, its set in 200 wildlife-rich acres spanning an Aztec archaeological site, a turtle sanctuary as well as a forest and mangrove ecosystem. Well-being is considered not just in terms of the planet as a whole but for you as an individual, thanks to nutritious, organic, veg-heavy dining and yoga and meditation classes. (Website; doubles from MXN5,500 or Rs20,000)

City hotels usually struggle to hold their heads up high when it comes to bragging about eco creds. But this glossy new chain does lots to earn its swagger. Helping them fly that green flag by Brooklyn Bridge Park is a 25ft living wall of figs and ferns in the lobby, reclaimed materials that dominate the interiors and wind-powered electricity. Touches such as an in-room triple-filtered drinking water tap and wittily labelled wooden amenities will woo suckers for sustainability, but the East River views and poster-perfect panoramas of that iconic iron bridgeparticularly from the pool-enhanced 10th-floor rooftophas even the least eco-conscious racing to stay. (Website. com; doubles from US$399 or Rs29,000)

A lot goes into making its six detached ocean-view villas, spa and restaurant kind to both people and place. Since teak is fast-growing and doesnt require wood lacquer or chemicals, it was the preferred building material. The hotel eschewed plastic since the start, always hired locally and supports a number of micro businesses from the area. Its greenhouse provides organic micro greens, kale, peppers, basil and mint and operates the Japanese Takakura composting system. It also donates to an NGO that helped a school in Uvita with new classrooms, teaching material and supplies. (Website; doubles from CRC4,00,000 or Rs50,000)

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