There are times in life when humans need a complete wind down period – no noise, no everyday “static,” no distractions…in order to truly get back to finding – or discovering a new part of – themselves.
The dreamers and the entrepreneurs know this, but only the few strong and wise entrepreneurs that are dreamers and dream in their wake understand this. It’s why extravagant holiday getaways are made, catering to your every need. It’s why those dreamers take the time out to take such a large part, a large image of their own dreams, and then make it a reality for YOU to discover and want so much of a part of, you practically throw your money at them in sheer ecstasy of the thought….
….but let’s put aside ecstasy for a moment – this For The Weekenders is all about calming your nerves – and with this line up, there’s no way you won’t be able to. Enjoy.
For The Weekenders: Indian Oceans, Costa Rican Villas, Upscale Hippies
It’s the weekend. You’ve had a hard week at work. Being a business owner or supervisor of some sort is no easy task – so you deserve time to kick back and relax (unless you’re putting on weight – in that case, gym then holiday.) – so what’s the first thing you do?
Stop treating that laptop of yours like a work horse and give it a break – allow it to book a nice little getaway trip for you and [insert S.O.’s name or recently new found fling’s description here] that’ll help you unwind from your daily stresses.
Naturally, your first thought is Maldives.
Oh, it wasn’t?
Well it is now.
More specifically Maalifushi by Como – a sweet little getaway spot that helps you melt away all your worries with just a few days at one of their suites and villas.
This is one of those places for when you want top class spa treatment while being surrounded by copious amounts of too-good-to-be-true blue oceanfront scenery.
It’s one of those places where you go to get not just a run of the mill spa treatment, but unique, unforgettable, personalised service – service so personal they know that that little black mark just above your left bum cheek isn’t a birthmark, but in fact spawned from that one time you were almost going to get that tattoo you’d regret for the rest of your life.
….though that level of personal probably stemmed from one too many cocktails and a slip of the tongue.
But honestly, do you care?
Not really – because after awakening in your suite, you’ll be too busy receiving invigorating facials and Taksu massages.
Word of advice – take the villa. The Maalifushi Water Villa.
Look at all this gorgeousness.
Seriously – with it’s own private pool and sundeck, and your very own butler on call (Alfred – let’s call him Alfred), there’s no reason not to.
The villa’s got plenty of light, luxurious bathroom features, baby-butt-soft-to-the-touch bed linen, and enough amenities to make you feel like royalty during your stay before being politely slapped back to reality that no, although your full name does sound rather sophisticated, there is no royal blood running through those veins.
Sorry about that.
But at least Maalifushi by Como made you feel like it.
Let’s say your definition of relaxing isn’t winding down with massages you’ve never heard of, or secluded over water villas, though – let’s say you like a bit of adventure to blow off steam after a good amount of hard work.
That’s cool – I hear you…as does Villa Manzu, cozily tucked away in Costa Rica.
While Villa Manzu also prides itself in it’s secluded 30,000 sq. ft. getaway, they don’t skimp when it comes to staying active and manage to implement the best of both worlds at their 8 suite estate.
….and I’m not kidding when I say estate.
The place is massive with loads of places to unwind – and wind up – and the activities offered are more than you can shake a stick at or count on two hands.
So whenever you fancy a bit of rock climbing after lounging in a hammock for the better half of the morning, or feel the need to sober up from all the choice wine offered by doing a bit of waterfall exploration, they’ve got it all waiting and ready for you at the snap of your fingers.
….just don’t actually snap your fingers at anyone. That could really piss a few people off.
In terms of which suite to pick, check out The Madera Suite:
Though fairly obvious, it’s gorgeous, with an ideal location due to the fact it’s tucked away in its own little corner. Pair that with the fact each and every suite comes with its own little butler (double win), each bathroom is decked out in marble, cigars and wine are always on the ready, and the villas chef will make you whatever it is you desire – whether it’s steak for breakfast or crepes for dinner – and you’ve got yourself a valid excuse to take “business” trips more often for the “greater good” of the company.
International Business R&D…all that fun stuff.
Pay attention carefully to this next one, because it’s for all you hippies-at-heart out there who graduated from sandals and hemp clothing to linen and a more refined way of keeping things “natural.”
If you’re looking for a place that manages to integrate modern day luxury into the backdrops of nature, look no further – Botanique’s already on the ball and got you covered.
Botanique Hotel & Spa is somewhat of an anomaly – the kind of thing that once you find you want to share and brag about, yet keep exclusive and hold onto forever.
Smack in the heart of Bairro dos Mellos, this is the place to go for those nature lovers out there, who want hiking in the afternoons, and a nice hot shower in the evenings plus decent rest with the zero percent possibility of being attacked by a bear because “dammit Jake, you left that leftover lox and bagels out instead of burying it, you lazy son of a bitch.”
It’s the kind of place you go to when you don’t want the sound of traffic or the annoying pitch of car horns, but instead the calming effects of sweet melodies from surrounding rivers.
I’m not kidding.
There are no motorized vehicles allowed here.
To top it off, the architecture is so unique in the sense that the place has been built off of its own natural resources – right down to the food with farm to plate dining, spa treatments with tropical rain saunas, and pretty epic wooden beams aged 100+ years old.
Oh – and did I mention for a mild head trip the floating chamber they’ve got with underwater sounds and image projections?
One of a kind.
With Botanique, that little hippie flame inside you has no chance of dying out.
Shine on, friend.
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