Posts tagged: relaxation

Fun Hotels Not On A Dime

By , March 3, 2011 3:39 am

While doing a world tour or any long-term traveling, having a budget is essential to keep you going. However, there should be some room for splurges. What to splurge on completely depends on the individual.

For those who want to splurge on unique accommodations, the options are endless. In cheaper countries, it can even be possible without going too much over a backpacker’s budget.

From our travels so far, I have fallen in love with two places, which I want to share:
1. MO Rooms in Chiang Mai, Thailand
2. Citadines Quartier in Jakarta, Indonesia

MO Rooms speaks to me because of its unique theme. At this boutique hotel, you will find only twelve rooms. Each of the twelve rooms is based on an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. But being more than just a creative concept, each room is designed by a different artist, resulting in a livable art sculpture. I was completely taken away after a tour of the rooms. The monkey room is an overall favorite, but no matter which room you choose, the experience will be memorable. We met a couple that stayed one week and had a lot of fun sleeping in a different room each night.

Mo Rooms

Mo Rooms

Dog Room

Dog Room

Monkey Room

Monkey Room

Horse Room

Horse Room

Citadines Quartier was my highlight during our visit to Jakarta. This apartment hotel got me at hello because of its contemporary design, yet comfortable, and subtle mix of vintage antiquities. My favorite features include the caged staircase in the lobby and the overlooked details such as the hidden outlets in the wooden floor panels.

Citadines Quartier

Citadines Quartier

Caged Staircase

Caged Staircase

View Of Lobby From Above

View Of Lobby From Above

Old Sewing Machines Converted To Tables

Old Sewing Machines Converted To Tables

If you are looking to splurge on accommodations, a great resource for ideas is Mr & Mrs Smith, but they do not currently cover Asia.

New Zealand North: Visiting Coromandel

By , January 24, 2011 5:00 am
The Beach @ Cathedral Cove

The Beach @ Cathedral Cove

Joining us for the North Island is Boris’ mother and her boyfriend. They greet us French style, with lots of kisses and Champagne! We make a compromise with them. From this point on, we travel their style and in return, we cook for them when feasible. Thank you Marie Hélène and Gérard for giving us the better end of the deal. :)

Beautiful Natural Christmas Tree

Beautiful Natural Christmas Tree

We go for a road trip around the North Island and it reminds me a little of Maine because there is always some place to stop for delicious seafood. We stop at Coromandel Oyster Company for lunch. It is a small shack right off the road and they have a darn good seafood chowder.

Coromandel Oyster Company

Coromandel Oyster Company

Our lodging at The Church, in Coromandel, is one of the cutest accommodations. There are a handful of designer cottages all equipped for a relaxing night stay. With the four of us, we decide to go with “The House #12”, which gives us more space and amenities than we actually need.

The House

The House

More Champagne Please

More Champagne Please

We dine at the hotel restaurant the first night and the food and wine is excellent. The next night, we grill it up on our very own porch. Every French meal includes, at least, Champagne, wine, and delicious meat. With Gerard and me around, we also like to have the American delight called chips.

Fish In NZ Is Fabulous

Fish In NZ Is Fabulous

Salmon Cooked At Perfection

Salmon Cooked At Perfection

Nearby are two popular attractions. At the Cathedral Cove, the hike in is an easy 30 minutes with wonderful views. At the end, we arrive at a great beach spot for pure relaxation. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear.

Magnificent Views

Magnificent Views

Not Permitted To Enter

Not Permitted To Enter

Rock Island

Rock Island

The other attraction is called Hot Water Beach. During low tide, we enjoy this underground hot spring by creating a hot water pool, which we share with the other hundred folks that are here. We borrow a shovel and dig into the sand for some time to allow the hot water to escape to the surface. While enjoying the warmth, the cold tides come in and collapse all that hard work we put in to have us rebuild all over again.

Group Hot Water Pool

Group Hot Water Pool

Stay tuned for our next post on our North Island favorites.

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

Marie Hélène and Gérard

Marie Hélène and Gérard

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