It is not every day that I end up staying in hotel suites. If I count it would be actually in single digit. But my three most cherished experiences stand out due to opulence and practicality!
The first experience that comes to my mind was staying in the Levi Spirit Villa in Lapland, Finland. It was not a hotel suite actually but a huge villa that 4 of us shared. It had five bedrooms, a Jacuzzi, its own sauna and a large living room! The living room had so many switches that it took us a while to figure out which one did what! It was wonderful that we were four women sharing it. The evenings would see us all lounging in the living room and then gradually one by one, we would retire for the day. It is an advantage to have a common when traveling in groups, people can gather there when they want company or retire when they wish to be alone! However, as we were all adults, I am sure we would have survived even otherwise.
But the one time I felt truly blessed to have a cozy living room was when I took my niece and daughter on my own to Hong Kong. Here you can find similar living room designs. Truth be told, I was a little scared as to how we will fare- me alone with two hyper active kids! Having a two bedroom suite with a decent living area made my life much simpler. That way the kids were not treading on my toes constantly and vice versa! If they were busy in the master bedroom I could sip my tea in the living area! They anyway took over the master bedroom and pushed me into the kiddie bedroom. But we had such great fun! The kids actually liked the hotel more than the Disneyland!
I stayed on the club floor in Dusit Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. And what a luxury it was! The club rooms had a separate breakfast area where they served free cocktails in the evening from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm or so. The room had a luxurious bathroom, a bed room and a living room. Even though I was alone this time I liked the luxury of moving around!
Apart from these I have stayed in suites on a few other occasions. All my experiences of living in suites have been grand. With the kids particularly it made our holiday!
My personal traveling style certainly does not include staying in villas! I do not earn enough, and even if I do, I cannot spend it on villas. I want to travel every 15 days, I certainly do not earn enough to stay every 15 days in a posh accommodation. How I wish I could take just two vacations in a year and splurge. But that is just not me.
And yet I ended up staying in a villa! When I go on such trips, I do feel someone up there is keeping a kind eye on me. For my #lumiainlapland trip I was staying at the Levi Spirit Villa in Levi, Lapland. After seeing a bit of luxury on my invited trips, I am sort of getting accustomed to it on the sponsored trips. But at this villa even my eyes popped out. First, the location took my breath away, it was located in a winter wonderland! Each villa has four bed rooms on the second floor and one bedroom is in the attic. We were four members from India who shared the villa.
Levi Spirit Villa was sheer luxury. With a nicely done living area the villa had things that I could not even try in my two night stay. For example I could never switch on the music system with Bose speakers. I never managed to switch on the large living room TV as well. For that matter I never managed to switch on the bedroom TV. Then downstairs there was home theater, sadly that also went unused too.
What I did use was the sauna and the outdoor Jacuzzi. Each villa had its own sauna and Jacuzzi. Now that was ultimate luxury for me. On the second evening all four of us went to the outdoor Jacuzzi and enjoyed watching the snow outside. It was such fun to be in hot water while there was snow everywhere around us. Better still, have a look at the video to see the villa virtually.
With beer in hand we went to the hot sauna (this one was a different sauna than the ice dip madness) and I had such a great time. I had to almost pinch myself to believe that this was for real. For me my fist villa stay with the Levi Spirit has been such a memorable experience.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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