Calling All Beach-Loving Bookworms: A Luxury Resort in the Maldives Is Hiring Someone to Sell Stories on the Shore

Stevie Mann, Soneva Fushi
Stevie Mann, Soneva Fushi

A job advertisement spotted by The Guardian is looking for a literature-loving beach bum to staff a bookshop in the Maldives.

Ultimate Library, which operates a store inside five-star resort Soneva Fushi, wants to hire someone to interact with customers, host creative writing workshops, and write a blog about the "exhilarating life of a desert island bookseller," according to the job posting.

The library's founder, Philip Blackwell, admitted that the pay is modest, but told The Guardian that "the fringe benefits are unparalleled." No salary is listed in a blog post advertising the position, but for many, it represents a rare opportunity to stay in the stunning Maldives, where many luxury resorts cost upwards of $1000 per night. Soneva Fushi's prices range from $2000 a night for a one-bedroom villa to nearly $26,000 for a "playful deserted island mansion."

"It's very much a niche in a niche, selling quality books to the super-rich, but they are starting to appreciate the discreet charm of a good book," Neill Denny, editor of industry journal BookBrunch, said of the growing demand for print books among affluent buyers.

Ultimate Library curates library collections for resorts around the world and has locations at 30 luxury hotels, as well as collections on a cruise ship and at a Kenyan game reserve.

Candidates must be able to commit to at least three months on the job—beginning in late November—and must have excellent writing skills, a passion for books, and the ability to engage guests.

To apply for the position, send your resume and a sample of your writing to hello@ultimatelibrary.co.uk by August 31.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Arlo Skye Now Has Space-Themed Luggage

Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

While some travelers are preoccupied with getting their luggage through airport security, the designers at Arlo Skye are thinking bigger. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the brand's new line of suitcases is inspired by space travel, with high tech features and a sleek, futuristic look.

Arlo Skye was founded in 2016 by alumni from Louis Vuitton and Tumi Inc. They set out to create luggage that emphasized design, with luxury polycarbonate suitcases available in trendy colors like rose gold and custom monogramming.

The company's Space Collection may be its most stylized line yet. It comes with a removable, 10,050-milliamp-hour charger with USB C and A ports for charging phones and other devices. The chrome-colored case is 22 inches tall, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds empty.

Space Collection suitcase from Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

Depending on what type of space traveler you are, you can get one of three designs laser-etched on the bottom of your luggage. There's Moon Shot, Team Human, and Occupy Mars; each engraving comes with a short ode to space and a small picture of its respective celestial body. Like other suitcases made by Arlo Skye, these bags are zipper-free and made from polycarbonate with an aluminum frame.

Whether you're a globetrotter or an aspiring astronaut, the Space Collection from Arlo Skye makes a great travel companion.

Buy it from Arlo Skye for $450.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

 Kitwood, Getty Images
Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

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