I’m such a sentient and kinesthetic soul, always daydreaming, always imagining beautiful places to be that would evoke my consciousness – a place to absorb and intoxicate and dip into all my senses to a synergistic blend of harmonious energies. My spirit fires up almost physically imagining this. As John Lennon sang ‘You may say that I’m a dreamer…’.
Here are some amazing places in the world that have inspired me, and perhaps you, a place where you can sleep & reverie….
ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE RESORT & SPA (LAOS)
Located in the lush tropical Thailand jungle, is this Elephant rescue camp and luxurious resort. It is an environmentally responsible resort, where you can also dine with the elephants at breakfast time. Full of rich Siam heritage, home of hill tribes and natural wilderness. Learn about the threatened population of Elephants (34 live here also) and the culture of the people. Imagine earthy camp floors, being cocooned by silk furnishings, teak stained floors and exotic thai styled rooms overlooking the jungle-clad Laos hills. Enjoy the beautiful loving and gentle elephants, explore the Mekong river & markets, take yoga or cooking classes…immerse yourself in this inspiring and humbling adventure.
TREE HOTEL (SWEDEN)
Ah, the country of my originating ancestory – it conjures up thoughts of viking history, the dala horse, northern lights and nordic wilderness. I love the tree house concept which you can experience in Northern Sweden, a combination of harmony with nature and ecological values. The concept was inspired by a documentary called “Trädälskaren” (Treelover) by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, a story about ‘the tree’ and what it means to humans culturally and historically.
There are six separate Tree Rooms to choose from – The Mirror Cube, The Bird’s Nest, The Cabin and The Blue Cone, The Ufo in October and A room with a View. There is also a Tree Room with Sauna for larger groups – imagine immersing yourself in the four elements – fertile earth, burning fire, fresh air and clean water, fit to drink. This place is definately on my bucket list!!!
MOLJA LIGHTHOUSE (NORWAY)
I’ve always been drawn to lighthouses – perhaps it is because they are isolated, abutting wild oceans with panoramic views or perhaps it is the metaphoric representations, the water represents the emotions, the Lighthouse is a symbol for spiritual strength and emotional guidance which is available to us during the times we feel we are being helplessly tossed around in a sea of inner turmoil.
You can stay in this still active 150 year-old lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour of Aalesund, Norway. Designed with the blend of modern and rustic nostalgic interior you can enjoy two levels of luxury. It is located close to the town but isolated enough to hear only sounds of waves, passing boats and be lost in skies of stars.
KASBAH DU TOUBKAL (MOROCCO)
This retreat offers stunning north African views from the exotic tiled rooftop terrace, and conjures up drinking in colourful sunsets and dawns, trekking the Atlas mountains, Berber hospitality with ornate rituals of mint tea, and spicy tagines, and of course romantic splendor. This retreat is a mountain refuge, and ecologically and culturally found venture.
Museum Hotel (TURKEY)
Enjoy an experience like no other, located in Cappadocia, this hotel inspired to be like a living museum for it is indeed based on existing ruins and caves and traditions of the area. It features 30 unique and special rooms. Cappadocia is a fairy tale land in the middle of Anatolia, full of history, architecture, nature and scenery entwined perfectly. Cappadocia, “Land of Beautiful Horses” in the ancient Persian tongue, is the oldest heart of the world. This is why everyone who comes here falls in love with it.
ELQUI DOMOS (CHILE)
A dream experience, combining a love of horses and the night sky! This Chilean resort offers Astronomy horseback tours to study the skies. Imagine lying in your duvet watching stars from your bed through the top of the tent -your own telescope is included in each room. The sky is the clearest in this region and so blue, and the mountains embrace you like you are in another world.
KAKSLAUTTANEN HOTEL & IGLOO VILLAGE (FINLAND)
Get rugged up for this one, and enjoy watching the dancing light show of the Northern Lights (late August to April) in the beautiful Lapland igloo village. Be surrounded by stunning scenery and choose to sleep in snow or glass igloos or alternatively a log cabin!