Xenedocheionology owes its origin to the Greek language and according to Phrontistery means the love of hotels. I loved this word a lot and it made writing my X post for #atoz quite easy as there are a number of places which I must mention for their uniqueness in terms of hospitality and the wow factor of being “different”.
The very first one that comes to my mind is a Treehouse atop a 200-year-old tree in the rainforests of Wayanad, Kerala. It came complete with a rain shower, geyser, huge canopy bed, a water pulley-lift mechanism and monkeys for neighbours. (You can catch that post here)
Second one which I fell in love was during a 2013 travel to Rajasthan where we happened to stay at a quaint Boutique hotel Rawla Narlai, midway between Jodhpur and Udaipur. It’s essentially the Haveli of one of the princely estate managers which has been converted into a kick ass niche stay. I had chosen to stay in the tent by the gorgeous aquamarine pool, in the shadow of the towering granite hill. (Read that here)
We had quite loved our desert stay at the Damodar Desert Camp in the Sam dunes at Jaisalmer which I covered in my previous post.
Another tented accommodation that thrilled the heart with its facilities and cleanliness is the one at Nubra Valley in Ladakh where we stopped over in September 2012. It was an idyllic setting, nestled amongst beds of tall sunflowers and other blooms. Check out me lounging in the sweet little verandah!!! 😉
My recent stay at a homestay in Fort Kochi was another comfortable and unique place to rest the head at night. It was clean, with some awesome food and very friendly hosts. I loved the Kerala architecture of the place and don’t miss the bed in my room!!! Yes it was quite a climb 😉
I saved the most memorable for last and that was this heavenly stay at the famous Taj LakePalace in Udaipur. Situated on lake Pichola, this white marble gorgeousness is simply brimming with great hospitality and efficient staff. The food was to die for – both in terms of variety and the flavours. The rooms were exquisitely done up and have huge windows to gaze across the waters of the lake. I will leave you with some of the pics from there to decide for yourself if this isn’t a decadent place to stay in!!!!!
My room with its exquisite detailing in trellises, arches and the works
View of the Udaipur city palace from one of the many shaded nooks of the lake palace
The vistas of sunrises and sunsets from the bedroom window
‘It is better to travel well than to arrive.’
What are the best places you have ever stayed in?
Or unique ones?
Y will bring in some exciting post!!!
For the uninitiated, AtoZ challenge is a blogging challenge wherein one has to write on every alphabet from A to Z and post on all days of April, except Sundays. Usually its better to devise a theme as it makes it easy to write the posts. Plus readers have a reason to stay hooked too.
The A to Z Challenge is created by Arlee Bird of Tossing it Out
and co-hosted by
Alex J. Cavanaugh of Alex J. Cavanaugh
Jeremy Hawkins of Hollywood Nuts
John Holton of The Sound of One Hand Typing
J Lenni Dorner of Blog of J. Lenni Dorner
My journey so far in the #AtoZChallenge
J – Japanese Kalbelia
K – Kathakali
P – Parsi Palate