For travelers, hotels are often just a convenient bed for the night; a place to rest up between days full of exploration and hitting up tourist attractions. Yet hotels can be a cultural experience all their own, making where you sleep a place of breathtaking sights and immersive beauty. Such is definitely the case when it comes to our favorite zen, feng shui-inspired retreats. Have a peek, and see why these hotels certainly won’t leave you needing to count sheep.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, B.C., Mexico
From an extensive spa to yoga classes, Rancho La Puerta is full of zen amenities to ensure a state of bliss from the moment you enter the hotel. There’s a garden patio perfect for viewing the beautiful foliage surrounding the grounds, artfully prepared farm-to-table food, and gorgeous Mexican-inspired architecture to captivate your senses. Best of all, Rancho La Puerto combines holistic therapies with its serene rooms to create an environment dedicated to utter calm. While you’re there, you can even learn how to improve your sleep and dreams, with mindfulness talks by experts like Rubin Naiman, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
If you’re looking to vacation somewhere colder, Finland has you covered with the Hotel Kakslauttanen. Its unique igloo inspired rooms showcase the starry skies above, with northern light season, which begins in August and goes through April, being the prime time to stay. There are saunas, reindeer safaris and snowmobile touring offered as amenities. Hotel Kakslauttanen’s cozy igloo getaway is the exact place to get in a zen mood in the stillness of the surrounding forest.
Bambu Indah, Indonesia
The famous Bambu Indah in Indonesia houses outdoor and indoor showers, a stocked spa, and an innovative ambient Minang Harp, which is played by sound architect Rüdiger Schödel and infuses with the sounds of nature to create an ambient atmosphere perfect for quiet meditation. But the most breathtaking aspect of the resort, by far, is the Udang House, know for its glass floors, which are built right on the river and allow guests to gaze at fish and underwater marvels while walking – quite literally – on water.
The recently-opened EAST in Miami, Florida’s Brickell City Centre infuses contemporary modern architecture with Asian influences to create optimal feng shui in its hotel rooms. Beyond simply arranging the furniture according to the principles of feng shui, EAST also takes a bit of a unique approach to its hotel layout as a whole, keeping its conference rooms on the top floors for any business meetings you might need to host. The top floors are also home to a number of restaurants and a rooftop bar, where you can enjoy a relaxing night after some shopping at nearby shops.
Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa, Montauk
Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa in Montauk blends the zen with the technological, offering not only the traditional hotel amenities, but special spa treatments perfect for relaxation, as well. Best of all, to create an atmosphere of wellbeing – one that celebrates transcendence to your best self, as zen dictates – lifestyle guru Deepak Chopra’s software platform, Jiyo, is integrated in the hotel. Jiyo is meant to help you meditate and drift off to sleep easily, as well as aid you in accomplishing your desired goals for wellness.
Next time you find yourself planning a trip, make sure to consider vacationing at one of these resorts for a stay that’s peaceful, comfortable, and sure to have you sleeping soundly night after night. And don’t forget to pack your reBloom, just in case there are nights when getting a good night’s sleep requires a little extra nudge.