Staying at home can be rather stir-crazy, especially now that we have to continue staying indoors and practice social distancing. Moreover, you may not also have a choice. As travel restrictions tighten because of the coronavirus pandemic, traveling to your favorite summer destinations may be too difficult to do or can be too cumbersome as you need to secure required documentation. Also, there is that uncertainty over your safety and health, even if there are protocols in place at the destinations you are planning to head out to.
Recreate a resort experience at home and enjoy the summer season safely at home.
However, there are still ways for you to truly enjoy the summer season safely at home. Instead of mulling over your canceled plans, how about turning your home into your dream staycation? Bring the resort experience to home by turning your abode into the luxury home of your dreams. We have curated a list of tips and tricks to give your current home a five-star, luxury home makeover, and keep the summer vacation spirit alive.
Here are 8 tips and tricks to recreate the resort experience:
Give your beddings a luxury makeover. Pay attention to the quality of your bedsheets and pillow covers.
1. Give Your Beddings a Major Upgrade.
One of the best things you will always remember whenever you have a vacation is the quality of the bed and the beddings at the hotel or resort you are staying in. Five-star accommodations invest in beds, pillows, and beddings because they understand the importance of offering high-quality comfort and relaxation, even in bed.
So what makes a high-quality bed? A high-quality bed will always feel like a bed of clouds. Bulk up your bed situation with a fluffy head, accent, and bolster pillows. The typical hotel quality pillow has mid-range firmness and loft to accommodate almost all types of sleep positions, is made of allergy-friendly material, and resists wear and tear. Hotel pillows also offer a nice balance of plushness and support. As for your pillow covers, go for a luxurious fabric – silk, satin, and Egyptian cotton not only feel luxurious, but they also reduce friction on your face and head, especially when you toss and turn a lot when you sleep.
When choosing your pillow and bed covers, as well as sheets, choose minimalist designs with neutral colors like whites and nudes. If you decide to choose a color or mix more than two colors, make sure that you go for a monochromatic look. This will make your bed look cool, clean, comfortable, and truly inviting.
A luxurious bed should also feel luxurious. Adding a duvet or a weighted blanket will help you feel cocooned, and therefore, help you sleep better throughout the night. If you do not have a headboard, choose to add a headboard pillow or DIY a custom one.
Do not also forget your sense of smell, so introduce scents that can help you sleep. You can either wash your beddings with a fabric conditioner or spritz a fabric spray that has either lavender, chamomile, or vanilla.
Create a luxurious mood in the bedroom with some choice decor and summery scents.
2. Create a Luxurious Atmosphere in the Bedroom.
Your bedrooms should also reflect the luxury that your bed offers. To do so, think about introducing mood lighting through lamps or LED lights. Consider also installing a glamorous light fixture like a small chandelier as your main lighting.
For the resort experience, introduce local, refined home decor like a cotton macrame wall hanging where the head of your bed is oriented. For a refreshing twist, add small tropical plants, or a vase of freshly cut flowers on your side table.
Change your bedroom’s curtains by installing a two-curtain rod or coupler so you can hang light, see-through curtains for the day, and blackout curtains when you need to sleep. A luxurious bedroom should also have stylish seating. Add a bench or a loveseat at the foot of your bed or near the window for you to use as a reading and relaxation nook.
Also, there’s nothing more luxurious than being able to access snacks inside your bedroom. If you do not have a personal cooler or refrigerator, you can turn your bedside drawer into small storage for your snacks and other goodies.
Recreate a luxury resort spa in your very own bathroom with scents, glass containers, and plants.
3. Turn Your Bathroom Into Your Very Own Spa.
A resort experience should also be felt in the bathroom. As such, turn your own bathroom into an unusually spacious, exquisitely decorated spa that’s filled with light and an abundance of fresh towels and all the toiletries you would ever need.
So how should you go about it? Start by replacing your faucet handle and shower fixtures with ornate ones in brass or sleek finish. Organize all of your toiletries by using glass, crystal, or clear plastic holders or boxes. If your bathroom cannot accommodate a shelf, try to install some floating shelves so as to not claim more space but still provide the storage you need.
A luxurious bathroom also has touches of beautiful furnishings. But you can totally cheat on that by adding spa elements such as house plants, wooden or straw mats, and even a strategically placed Himalayan salt lamp.
What’s a spa without its fluffy bath towels and bathrobes, essential oils, top-of-the-line bath soaps, bath bombs, scented candles, and a bathtub? Stock up on these toiletries with similar or complementary scents so they don’t clash. If you do not have a bathtub, there are standalone portable bathtubs and soaking tubs in the market today, with some even foldable so you can tuck them away if you don’t need them.
Aside from your scented candles, make sure that you introduce lots of moods and accent lighting. If your bathroom’s windows are oriented in a way that doesn’t get much light, you can always use overhead lamps and LED light strips.
Moreover, make sure that your bathroom is the spotless day today. A clean functional bathroom, well-organized vanities, and perfect lighting will go a long way towards getting the resort spa experience you want in your own home.
Your goal now is to spend time during your staycation availing of luxury services you’d never splurge on or try otherwise.
4. Schedule and Splurge on Services.
It’s not a resort experience if you do everything on your own. To get the best resort experience, you need to make a list of splurges you wanted to do at home, or at the very least within your community while complying with social distancing policies.
For example, you can schedule professional at-home services such as massages, grooming, detox, and even catering by a personal chef. These at-home professional services already offer packages that cover everything so you wouldn’t have to worry about anything. To find the best one, a great tip is to get a celebrity-approved professional services company. More often than not, these celebrities choose them not only for their exemplary services but also for their professional staff and strict compliance to health and safety protocols.
Explore your community and take in new sights, sounds, and cultures as if you are truly on a luxury vacation.
5. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone.
A Twitter study revealed that vacationers are actually much happier when they travel farther from home. While it may not be possible for now because of the tight mobility restrictions, you can still recreate the feeling of traveling far away by exploring your very own neighborhood.
And if you are one of the busy types, you probably have not taken the time to take in the sights, sounds, and cultures in your neighborhood. Take a walk through the neighborhood and rediscover new shops, eateries, and even food stalls. Order food from these newly-discovered places for take-out so you can try new food in the comforts of your home. Check out your neighborhood’s common areas like pocket gardens and local parks that could be new places for you to do some outdoor exercises or for meditation. Rediscover new walking or biking routes, and even modern conveniences like ATMs, convenience stores, or supermarkets that you can consider next time.
Turn yourself off from the rigors of your daily routine by spending time outdoors in a luxury home.
6. Forget About The Time.
One common thing in a resort vacation is that time doesn’t matter. You can recreate this feeling at home by turning off your phone (or put it on silent), and then hide all of the clocks in the house. This way, you wouldn’t instinctively look at the time.
Limit also the amount of television you watch. If possible, schedule your idle time with activities like meditation, yoga, and reading a new book. It can be surprisingly liberating to go without watching television, especially the news.
Do the same thing as well with social media. If you cannot resist taking pictures of yourself during your staycation, grab a digital camera instead or disable the social media apps on your smartphone. This way, you won’t have the motivation to check your feeds so many times in a day.
Also, do not forget to let everyone know that you are taking time away for a staycation. This way, your acquaintances and contacts wouldn’t bother reaching out to you via phone, text, or email.
7. Indulge at the Grocery Store.
Naturally, you can’t afford to keep a personal chef on retainer. But the next best thing is to indulge yourself in international food and beverages you normally do not partake in every day. Come up with a menu of international recipes (or even family favorites) you’d like to try during the week and write these top-quality ingredients down on your grocery list. Whether that is Australian wagyu, salmon fillet, scallops, or even some laksa seasoning and high-end wine and spritzers, it’s really up to you.
And don’t forget the fancy desserts. You can either buy these from your local bakery or pastries. Enjoy them with a good cup of roasted coffee or hot tea.
We are all spending way more time at home than we normally would, so why not try to make your current accommodations feel more staycation-like permanently? Whether you’re a frequent traveler or an occasional wanderer, it makes sense to search and invest in luxury homes that also offer your favorite hotel features and integrate them into your daily routine.
Luxury homes in the Philippines are often located in exclusive, residential communities that offer high-end, luxury amenities. While some people prefer to build and develop their luxury home from the ground up in a prime location that provides a lot of breathing room, say a Tagaytay lot for sale, luxury residential developments are master-planned, emphasizing beauty in each and every detail.
Brittany Corporation offers luxury homes for sale in the premium real estate market that are looking beyond the resort experience and exclusivity. Property seekers who are looking for a luxury house and lot in Daang Hari, luxury house and lot in Sta. Rosa, luxury house and lot in Sucat, or luxury house and lot in Tagaytay can expect top-of-the-line amenities and services offered by the distinctive themed communities and an ample variety of designs available for Brittany luxury homes for sale.
The luxury homes for sale offered by Brittany Corporation is by Vista Land, the largest and most accomplished homebuilder in the Philippines. Vista Land has been unparalleled in delivering real estate projects, including luxury homes in the Philippines with exceptional retail components, in both scale and achievement. Brittany’s luxury homes for sale in Sta. Rosa, for example, is located in Promenade, a master-planned community nestled within the thriving 300-hectare of Brittany Sta. Rosa with luxury amenities including the Clubhouse, with function halls, a basketball court, and a secret garden nearby, and at least three top-tier golf courses in the Philippines.
Each luxury house and lot at the Promenade projects the image of the quaint English countryside manor or estate, where cozy, state-like properties are hedged between cobbled paths and lush greens.
So if you are looking to live in a home that feels like a permanent staycation, investing in a luxury house and lot is not such a bad idea.
You can invest in upgrading your luxury home into a resort paradise or invest in a property nestled in a community that can help integrate the vacation experience into your everyday life.
Get the Best Resort Experience in Your Luxury Home
A staycation can be far more relaxing, and less cumbersome than planning a vacation to your favorite destination. Take the time to think about the factors that would make your vacation at home feel special and relaxing. Or better yet, consider investing in a luxury home to make your staycation more permanent.