staycation /steɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun – informal – a holiday spent in one’s home country not abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
whoever coined that word is a genius. i love staycation. or perhaps, i could not go far enough because money is too precious when you now have a family. also, there was a sudden shift in activities when having a family vacation. everything has to be well planned. not much of the spontaneous adventures like what i do when i was still single.
for my 31st birthday, we went to hanmer springs, a town two hours drive up north from christchurch. hanmer spring is known for its thermal pools and spa and the best time to visit is winter. good thing it’s my birthday, we have an excuse to go there. do you imagine yourself taking a dip at one of the thermal pools with the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop? :)
for my three-part birthday post, i will share first our chosen accommodation. i thought it deserve a separate blog post as we spent most of our time here just relaxing and chilling like a villain. hahaha. when making a booking reservation, i’m always confused on which among the following should i prioritize:
- best reviews but out of budget
- affordable but experience is so-so
since it’s my birthday and i feel i deserve a nice vacation before going back to work force, i chose the one with the best reviews with a bit extra on our budget. once in a blue moon.
the name of the place is the chalets motel. i have an idea what a chalet is but still googled it. chalets are a common type of accommodation in the alpine region of europe and is mostly made of wood. i am not the hotel-y type of person because i find it boring. i prefer interesting accommodation with a bit of character in it. when i saw that they still have open slots for my birthday, i knew that the chalet and me were meant to be. haha. here in new zealand, motels are very common as there are many backpacking tourists roaming the country.
we arrived friday at around 4pm. the host is a nice woman who gave us a complimentary drink new zealand style…a small bottle of milk. haha! their office have a wide array of books and dvd collections that you can borrow during the stay. after paying the bill and getting the key, the host brought us to our one bedroom with spa chalet.
the place is equipped with everything from blankets, towels, pans, microwave, ref, stove with oven, newspaper, clothes peg pin, dishwashing liquid, newspaper and many more. it’s a fully functional house with wifi connection and cable tv too. the house looks cozy and very calming. i imagine there’s snow falling outside but then waley.
toilet and bath with spa
my husband used the spa during the first night. birthday nya din daw. i used it on the second day, lakas maka sowshal indi ako sanay. wahahaha.
the living room
complete with mini fridge, stove, microwave and kettle
comes with wifi and cable tv
here is the view from the outside. our rented chalet is the one at the right.
the chalets motel
and here is the view of the mountain from the porch.
a bit of snowy mountain
lush and greenery makes a mommy happy
for our first night, my husband cooked pasta and brought the cake he gave the other day. nothing fancy, i’m happy just spending a quiet time with my family. ok na din at least tipid. :)