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Luxury tents with indoor plumbing? Welcome to Clayoquot

Travel roundup: Three hits of hot travel news.

IN THE ROOM

The tent that's really a cottage

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Talk about luxury camping. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island now offers ensuite bathrooms - featuring in-floor heating, flush toilets and indoor-outdoor showers - in 12 of its 20 tents. Previously all accommodation had composting toilets with showers located in a separate building. Because the ecolodge is located in a UNESCO World Biosphere, the new plumbing comes with its own sewage- and water-treatment plant and is billed as having zero impact on flora and fauna.

AT THE AIRPORT

Departing with the departed

A Cypriot monk was detained at Athens airport after security staff discovered a skull and parts of a skeleton in his luggage. He claimed that he was transporting relics of a saint to his monastery. The remains turned out to be those of a nun who died four years ago, but church officials denied that she was a saint. The monk was charged with theft and desecrating the dead. His monastery suspended him for three months for going away without leave.

ON THE SEAS

Cruising for a connection

It isn't only exotic ports and gourmet meals that lure singles over 50 to cruise ships. More than half of them are looking for romance, according to a survey by the British website CruiseCompare.co.uk. In a poll of 1,021 50-plus single cruisers, 53 per cent said they went cruising in the hope of finding love. Seventeen per cent of that group admitted to having a romantic relationship on board. But only 6 per cent continued the romance once back home.

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Sources: Reuters, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, CruiseCompare.co.uk

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