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Booking.com entertains travellers in giant sandcastle, gives it cringeworthy name

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

In perhaps the funnest or most flawed take on a quirky residence, Booking.com recently gave travellers the chance to stay in a giant sandcastle, the ‘SAND-sion’.

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Proving there’s a day for every occasion, Booking.com recently celebrated Sandcastle Day (19 August) by unveiling the “quintessential” end of summer vacation spot: a giant sandcastle in Manhattan, USA.

This comes after the OTA recently gave travellers the chance to live in a vegetable for a day or two with stays available for National Avocado Day in a giant avocado.

“Constructed from close to 100 tons of sand, this sandcastle isn’t the typical beachfront sculpture of sediment from childhood,” Booking.com said in a statement.

“Skilfully shaped to reflect a modern mansion, this ‘SAND-sion’ provides all the swanky amenities a sand structure of its scale could offer.”

Thankfully, the interior of the residence has not been constructed from sand. 
Thankfully, the interior of the “SAND”-sion hasn’t been constructed from sand.

Guests at the sandcastle were entertained with dinner for two on the Coney Island Boardwalk, sunrise beach yoga, and Luna Park VIP passes.

Standing almost 2.5 metres tall and 5.5 metres long and wide, the SAND-sion is the largest sand sculpture constructed in New York City.

The project was reportedly overseen by Matt Long, a master sand sculptor who has fashioned large-scale structures from the beaches of Southeast Asia to Times Square.

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Located at Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the SAND-sion was available for $43 per night, in homage to the 29th Annual Coney Island Beach Sand Sculpture Competition, which took place on 17 August.

But Booking.com isn’t the only OTA to celebrate a food-themed holiday.

Airbnb recently celebrated National Hotdog Day in the US by listing a 27-foot ‘Wienermobile’ for bookings. US-based hot dog manufacturer Oscar Mayer celebrated National Hot Dog Day, with available booking dates added on 24 July.

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Airbnb said in a press release that this included a mini fridge stocked with Oscar Mayer hot dogs, all the Chicago-style hot dog essentials, an Oscar Mayer roller grill to take home, an outdoor space for comfortable hot dog eating and a custom Wienermobile art piece by local Chicago artist Laura Kiro.

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