I’m linking up with Emma from Adventures of a London Kiwi today to talk about some of the most interesting/memorable places I’ve stayed during my travels.
I chose these three places because they are close to my heart for different reasons. I have had memorable stays at other places around the world, but today I wanted to talk about these three specifically. I’ll be upfront (as I have before) in saying I wish I had more pictures of these places. Two of them were from trips I took a long time ago and I wasn’t in to taking pictures of my surroundings as much. Here are my memories 🙂
Viti Levu, Fiji
While studying abroad in Australia my friends and I decided that since we were so close to Fiji we must plan to visit the island country. We went one of the last weeks during our program during the month of June and unfortunately encountered a lot of rain. However the reason I picked this place as one of the most memorable places I’ve been too is because it was a week I will never forget. We booked a hostel/resort at the time and I’m happy to see, after doing some research, The Beachouse has been updated since I was there in 2008.
It was similar to backpacking in Fiji because it wasn’t a five start resort but a place where same aged travelers were lodging right on the ocean with authentic Fijian village next door. Honestly I think my favorite part of this “resort” was the communal bathrooms, that I wish I had taken a picture of. Or it might be the massages we got from Fijian woman in their native dress for 20 USD, I have never experienced anything like it lol.
Chateau in France
Unfortunately, this next memorable place isn’t available to the public unless you book a Contiki Tour. The Chateau de Cruix is Contiki’s own chateau in the Beaujolais Wine Region where tours stay over for one night. It over looks the rolling hillsides of the region and you even get a tour of the wine making process that takes place on the estate.
What was so unique about this experience was staying in an old chateau with young 20s tour mates from all over the world in grand college like rooms. There is also a theme party in “The Cave”, the basement of the chateau, for the one night you are there. I felt like I got the feel of the french wine region and staying at Chateau de Cruix felt like a french dream.
I recently visited the Gaylord Opryland Hotel which made my list because it was like no other place I’ve ever stayed before. I’ve stayed at hotels in Las Vegas that had restaurants, shops and much more under their roofs, but I have never stayed at a place that was so massive it had a riverboat cruise inside of it. Each wing of the hotel had a different theme and was filled with interesting southern charm. The Gaylord Opryland had multiple restaurants, bars, shopping and children’s areas while still boasting a convention center and in and outdoor pools. Everything was under one glass roof!
The sheer size of the hotel was impressive and I hear they put on a great christmas display too. I will definitely be going back to the Opryland hotel next time I visit Nashville 🙂
It was so fun to reminisce about some of the most memorable places I’ve stayed in recent years and I’m sure I will acquire more as time goes on. You can follow me here on Pinterest and Instagram to keep up with more of my travels and activities.