Last month, I shared some of the hotels and resorts on my “dream” list – the places where I’d love to stay, all around the world. Today I am sharing part two of “The Hotel List” – I hope you enjoy, and as always, please share yours!
I’m always beseeching Mr. Feather to go with me to far flung and and maybe more exotic places – Antartica! Botswana! Laos! The other day however, he was surprised to hear me musing about Ireland.
Ballyfin is an incredibly unique property in Ireland’s countryside – a completely restored historic property with amazing decor and beautiful grounds. I love staying at hotels where it’s very clear that the owners have put a lot of love (and money) into the property – and Ballyfin is the perfect example of such. I could spend a week here just marveling at all the details in the rooms, and just walking around the grounds. I can’t wait to stay here one day.
PS No golf courses! Ireland has enough top tier resorts + courses that Ballyfin doesn’t need to be one).
Only an Aman resort would be able to lure me back to one of my most loathed and dreaded places in the world – the chaotic mess that is Manila International Airport. But the beaches at Amanpulo look magical – not to mention the fact that the resort is on its own private island, and guests stay in individual villas and casitas.
I’ve been wanting to go for years, but I still haven’t made it over to Portugal. I hope by next year I can cross this beautiful country off my list. And while in Portugal, I can’t wait to stay at a Pousada. The term refers to a network of state-owned hotels that are often incorporated into historical buildings, and that offer very nice prices to boot. Sure most Pousadas aren’t luxurious in the way that a Four Seasons might be..and there probably isn’t room service. The overall value however, and chance to stay in a historical building? Priceless!
This particular Pousada is a former Cistercian monastery dating from the 12th century. How cool is that?
Alaska is another “to do” on my list. I’ve never been to the state…the closest I’ve come has been multiple readings of Into The Wild. If ever go, I want to make my stay at Ultima Thule – a fantastic lodge in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness that boasts its own fleet of planes that can fly you to the most remote sights. And then at night, you eat meals made from fresh game and fish from what was caught around you. I think a stay at Ultima Lodge is one that anyone would remember for a lifetime. I want to make my way here one day.