Not Just a Place to Spend the Night

You know who you are; you’re the one who says, “It doesn’t matter what the hotel room is like.  It’s just a place to spend the night.” Hat’s off to you for your fortitude, but I’m the opposite.  A hotel better offer me something I’m not getting at home  — a gorgeous beach, exceptional cuisine, a nice spa, delicious linens — or I’m not interested.  I want to relax, escape, and be pampered, even if I’m on safari. I haven’t been on safari, but when I go, it’ll be all about glamorous camping, or “glamping.”

I’m not talking about marble and chandeliers. My favorite places are very simple, not much furniture, unique settings and privacy.  They all have great service, great natural beauty, and immaculate rooms.

If you like those things, try  http://jetsetter.com  They offer bargain rates to some exotic places, like the Maldives, Turkey, and South Africa.  I am not paid by them, nor do I have any connection, but I signed up for their daily e-mails. Each day, I escape into their fantastical offerings.  To give you just one example, they were offering rooms for $285/night at a “mystery” 5-star hotel in Maui. After a little research, I figured out it was the Ritz Carlton.  Whatta deal!

Californians, have you ever been to the Post Ranch Inn http://www.postranchinn.com?  It’s in a mountain preserve overlooking Big Sur. No vehicles allowed beyond the parking at check-in, but you can call for a Lexus SUV to take you anywhere on premises.

The cabin my husband and I had was invisible from the road because it had a sod roof covered in wildflowers. The other side was a wall of windows overlooking the Pacific, and a patio invisible to nearby units. My restless husband did something I’ve never before seen.  He sat still. He sat in the lounge chair and stared at the Pacific ocean.  At Post Ranch, they bring a delicious breakfast to your room, so you can eat, linger, enjoy the view.  The price is exorbitant, but two days there relaxes you as much as two weeks anywhere else.

One place I haven’t been, but that looks perfect, is the Meridian Club on Pine Cay in the Turks and Caicos http://www.meridianclub.com.  You have to check out this website to believe the beach. Notice, too, that there’s nothing fancy or foo-foo about the place, just clean, elegant simplicity.

If you prefer a private villa, I can suggest the ultimate:  Bird of Paradise in Anguilla www.anguillabird.com.  I haven’t saved up enough to get there yet, but it’s on my bucket list. Actually, it’s very affordable for 4 couples — and there are no bad rooms. You MUST see this place to believe it.

On trip advisor, I found another bucket list item for me.  It’s in Barbuda, NOT BERMUDA.  Barbuda is a small island off Antigua in the Caribbean.  There, you will find miles and miles of uninhabited pink sand: www.cocopoint.com

Other must-see places:www.travaasa.com/hana. www.amanresorts.com. www.relaischateaux.com

As you can tell, I love to research these small but gorgeous places — unique places.  If you have anything to add, please send me a comment.

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20 thoughts on “Not Just a Place to Spend the Night

  1. Alan

    Nicole, you’re gonna laugh at this reply. What do I like at a hotel/motel? A business center with free internet. A full lineup of cable tv stations. Free breakfast – with a waffle maker or pancake maker.

    On another note, when Randy and I go to NYC, we stay at the Park Central on 7th Av. This is a big hotel with almost 30 floors. Anyway, most of the time we get a room with a view of an air shaft. That’s OK since we don’t spend that much time in the room. But last time, we finally got a street view from the 25th floor! We looked down on penthouses with their outdoor gardens and sitting areas. And of course the streets themselves with a zillion taxicabs. And the lights at night! Now I’m spoiled so I hope we get a street view next time.

    Alan

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