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Swiss hostel turns on ‘five-spa’ treatment for budget travellers

Saas-Fee hostel offers jacuzzis, massage, hot tubs and tapas in region of one of world’s most expensive ski destinations

A youth hostel fitted out with jacuzzis, herbal steam baths and hydromassage facilities has opened in a Swiss alpine village, declaring itself the first “wellness hostel” in the world.

WellnessHostel 4000, in the glacier village of Saas-Fee in the canton of Valais, still offers the traditional hostel features of dormitories, bunk beds and shared showers. But typical forms of entertainment – shared TVs and poorly stocked bars – have been replaced by hot tubs and a tapas bar.

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Final stretch of New York’s High Line complete

New York celebrates the opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the final section of the city’s elevated park, running through the Lower West Side

The final stretch of New York’s High Line opened on Saturday, completing a 15-year project that has transformed the once derelict overhead railway into an urban park.

Starting at Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, the High Line now runs as far north as 34th street, finishing where the line once terminated at Hudson Yards.

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