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Alta Badia Cycle sharing schemes have proved popular in London, Paris and Barcelona but tourist officials in Alta Badia, in the Italian Dolomites, claim to be the first to have launched a similar scheme in the mountains. Visitors can collect and drop off bikes at four rental points throughout the area, allowing one-way rides or a combination of cycling and hiking. The aim is to attract casual cyclists rather than serious mountain bikers – the bikes have inbuilt electric motors to assist when going uphill and are recharged at the rental points. Prices start at about €14 for a half-day. www.altabadia.org
London Soho House, the group of private members clubs and hotels, has announced details of its ambitious expansion plans, including the creation of five new clubs by the end of 2014. The first, in Toronto, is due to open in autumn this year, followed next spring by another in Mumbai, then Chicago, Istanbul and Barcelona. The announcement comes five months after LA-based entrepreneur Ron Burkle acquired a majority stake in the company, founded in Soho in 1995. www.sohohouse.com
Tegucigalpa Governmental officials in Honduras have announced the discovery of a “lost city” deep in the Moskitia jungle, in the east of the country. The site, believed to be part of an ancient Mayan settlement known as the White City, was discovered through aerial scanning during the filming of a television documentary on the area. Tourist visits are a long way off – the remote location of the ruins, among trees up to 70m high, means it will be two or three months before further archeological research can be carried out. www.letsgohonduras.com
New York The Mandarin Oriental hotel has launched a series of high-tech facial treatments it claims can “lift and tone skin like a non-invasive face lift”. Techniques include passing a weak electrical current or very high frequency sound waves into the skin, and shining LED lights on to the skin in order to fight acne or other skin ailments. www.mandarinoriental.com
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