One of my favourite things is finding interesting and unusual places to stay. For me, a good guesthouse can make a trip, it can be the reason to visit in the first place– a little home from home even if just for a night. I love the little touches and effort that people put into making their perfect space – the character they create that lets you try on a different life. Just as I hate to “make do” with a lackluster restaurant, I also hate to “make do” with accommodation that’s in no way special. If you’ve travelled that far to get there, I feel you may as well try to eat and live well too. And that doesn’t equate with expense. I’m not looking for the heights of luxury. A dorm bed in an intriguing hostel is a lot more special than a generic 5-star suite. It’s about character, interest and style. So I tend to go the extra hurdle and search. I like to seek out special places – the kind of places you want to to share and return to again and again.
So I’ve decided to dedicate a series on this blog to the special places we find to stay. We’ve profiled a few before and we’ll add more as we go along.
Here are a few from the archives and I’ll add a brand new one next week…
1. Village Above The Clouds, Bali
The view above isn’t the only thing that made Village Above the Clouds special. It is also an eco-resort where you can volunteer at a local school and hang out in the little village. We visited there during a road trip around Bali. Read the full review.
2. Casa Isabel, Yelapa, Mexico
We went to Casa Isabel during our time in San Pancho for a little holiday in Yelapa. It’s another eco-resort and has been handmade and designed by the lovely couple who own it. We loved the hanging beds and al fresco sleeping. Read the full review.
3. Izhcayluma, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
Izhcayluma is another place that’s worth a visit just for the view, but it’s also a great hostel and spa. And an affordable one too. Read the full review.
4. Mas Can Batlle, La Garrotxa, Catalunya
5. Garden Village, Lake Bled, Slovenia
The picture of the restaurant tables with grass on top sold it to me alone, but this glamping resort has so many wonderful touches, including tree houses, a sauna and a natural pool. Read the full review.
6. Sea and Forest Hostel, Trindade, Brazil
This budget hostel and yoga retreat in Trindade, Brazil was one of the first favourite finds of our trip in South America. The owners made all the cabins from scratch and go out of their way to make everyone welcome. It’s also very close to one of our favourite Brazillian beaches. Read the full review.
We also wrote a post a while back on some of the most amazing places we’ve ever stayed. I’ll add a more full review of these soon.
And do let us know if you have any recommendations too. Thank you!