memorable travel sleeps

Monday, February 03, 2014

If you're anything like me - getting enough sleep is pretty important. I need a good solid eight hours a night to be mentally alert and happy in the mornings. What can I say, I like bedtime.

Over the last ten years I've slept in some pretty memorable places - good and bad, luxurious and adventurous. Here's a handful of some of my favourites...

1. Hyatt Regency Tokyo - Shinjuku, Tokyo, 2006
My hubby (boyfriend then) and I stayed here for three amazing nights when he came to visit me in Japan. We splashed out on a 'corner room', with huge windows overlooking the amazing Shinjuku skyline, and slept with the curtains open at night - making the most of the never-ending view.

Snapping a photo - Hyatt Regency Tokyo
me, taking a photo out the window

Shinjuku skyline from the Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Shinjuku skyline from our hotel room

Celebrating - Hyatt Regency Tokyo
champagne and a toast with a view!

2. A non-descript 'hole-in-the-wall' hotel - Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 2009
Probably one of the hardiest sleeps of my time. Huehuetenango was a stop off on our way to Todos Santos after an epic eight hours of hitching and catching chicken buses through Guatemala. We arrived in the dark, and unable to go further found the first place we could that said 'hotel'. What we ended up sleeping in can only be described as a concrete box, including pillow cases stuffed with rolled up newspaper! Not the most comfortable sleep. And I didn't even take a photo! Instead, here's a pic taken along our journey that day... driving above the clouds...

Driving from Semuc Champey to Huehuetenango, Guatemala

3. Beach front guest house - Koh Tao, Thailand, 2008 
The most peaceful, relaxing sleep on Koh Tao I'm sure. And a very lucky find. On arrival at the island of Koh Tao, we walked off the port and turned right, continuing to walk for about another 20 minutes until came across a simple and charming guesthouse. Again, sorry I have no idea what the name of this place was. What I can tell you is that I took this photo from our own beach balcony. Bliss.

Beach front guest house, Koh Tao, Thailand

4. Casa Mariposa Hostel and Guesthouse - Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica, 2009
My all time favourite travel sleep. Hubby and I stayed here for a night before climbing Mt Chirripó, and for several more nights following our decent. Casa Mariposa (translation: butterfly house) is owned and run by John and Jill - expats originally from America, and they are the perfect hosts. From comfortable beds to home baking and amazing nature - this guesthouse had it all.

Casa Mariposa Hostel and Guesthouse - Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica

Sleepy cat at Casa Mariposa Hostel and Guesthouse - Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica
even the cat enjoyed a great sleep

Feeling very relaxed at Casa Mariposa Hostel and Guesthouse - Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica
a younger me, enjoying freshly squeezed orange juice and a day off from hiking

5. Sleeping bag - Jaisalmer desert, India, 2006
While backpacking in India, my friend and I decided to have a night sleeping in Jaisalmer desert. It wasn't the most comfortable sleep - and as warm as the desert is during the day, it was freezing at night. However the wondrous twinkling night sky, with shooting stars all night long more than made up for it...

Sunset - Jaisalmer desert, India

Guide and camel - Jaisalmer desert, India
our guide and his camel sleeping in the early morning

The end of my blanket - sleeping in Jaisalmer desert, India
the desert by night, from under my blanket

6. Oasis in Colca Canyon, Peru, 2010
Colca Canyon is one of the world's deepest canyons, reaching a depth of 4,160 meters - twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. While backpacking in Peru hubby and I decided to hike down and spend a night in the oasis. The scenery was impressive - starting out dry and rocky, ending green and lush. Another night spent watching the stars before bed.

Colca Canyon, Peru
view from the top of Colca Canyon 

Our hut at the bottom of Colca Canyon, Peru
our hut - at the bottom of Colca Canyon

Thanks to Emma, Kelly and Rebecca for this very cool travel link up, and Leeann and Kimberlee for their 'join the gossip' link up. 

Do you have any memorable travel sleeps to share?

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  1. Wow, you have had some awesome nights sleep. The photo of the desert in India is so cool

    1. Thanks Sammy. I try my best with photos - sometimes I get lucky :)

  2. Amazing places and memories!

    Stopping by from the link up.

    1. Thanks :) Stop by again some time if you wish.

  3. Incredible view from the room in shinjuku!

    1. It was amazing, and totally worth the money. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. So amazing locations for great night sleeps! I love it and so inspired by places to add to my wanderlust list! x

  5. You've had some amazing travels and memorable sleeps!! Love that beach front view in Thailand! Wow!

    1. Thanks Tina. The room itself wasn't that particularly inspiring, but who cares when you can walk out onto your own private beach right?

  6. Wow, you've been to some amazing places! Sleeping in the desert sounds like such an adventure! The view from your guest house in Koh Tao is great - I'm going to Thailand in the summer and while I probably won't be heading to Koh Tao, I can't wait to explore this country! :)

    1. Thailand is a very cool country to visit. I've been there a few times, and each trip has been unique and fun. You're gonna have a blast :)

  7. Amazing mix. Loved reading about all these and looking at your photos. I would love to visit Costa Rica and India one day. Great travel stories.

    1. Thanks Nicole. They are both very different countries, but both worth exploring in their own right. I dare you to add India and Costa Rica to your bucket list :)

  8. These make me want to travel!! This is such a great post, so original!

    1. Thanks Mal. Travel is very addictive, I tell you. Once you pop, you can't stop!

  9. WOW this post is amazing. I cannot believe you slept in the dessert! Ok you win. I have just slept under the table. hahah. Thank you for sharing this on Thoughtless Thursday. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the gang next week. Maybe I can convince my sapiens to go on some of these adventures. Great reflections!

    1. Thank you very much. You slept under a table? How down to earth ;)

  10. Wow, what memories! Great places and great stories.

  11. What a great topic for a travel post! Sleeping in the desert does sound like an awesome experience (though I bet it was cold!). Thanks for linking up with me last week!

  12. Absolutely stunning! I am super jealous of all of your awesome travels! We've always traveled with kids so a B&B is about as rough as we go!
    That pic from Guatemala is to die for.
    Clicking over from the Expat Diaries link up!

  13. Wow.......So amazing moments. Thanks for sharing.
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