The World's First Happiness-Themed Hotel Opens in 2018

Because happy is just hard to come by these days.


( Hotels and resorts around the world offer various kinds of experiences. There are a few that are fully automated, letting you enjoy the wonders of technology; others that are furnished with urban comforts—high-speed WiFi, Smart TV, and more; and those that let you escape to a tropical paradise, but still have the conveniences of a nice shower with a tub and a comfortable king-sized bed. Awakening, a soon-to-open luxury hotel on the shores of the Laguna Nopalitos on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, gives a different meaning to a beach getaway.


"Awakening means to wake up, wake up what is dormant inside of you, or wake up something that you had forgotten aboutsomething that you enjoy but that you are not doing any longer. Awakening is to awaken your desires; to be conscious, present, and happy in this world," narrates co-owner Martin Loeffler in the promo video of Awakening through crowdfunding site Indiegogo.




The idea started in 2015 when Loeffler had the dream to create a hotel experience that combines sports, adventure, and nature. But it's not just any other amazing getaway because his concept of travel results to a holistic personal development. More importantly, this can make you happy; and we do need a heavy dose of happy in these challenging times.


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"By being close to nature, we are part of it, and in some way it lets us breathe, it lets us smell, it lets us connect with ourselves. And in that moment, when one is able to connect with oneself, he automatically disconnects from everything else," explains co-owner and his partner Adriana Chardí, a Mexican hotelier. "Sometimes we just forget to connect with the people around us, and actually also connect with ourselves," Loeffler adds.






To achieve this so-called reconnection with nature, they came up with the design of "Human Cocoons" for their accommodation instead of the usual rooms and cabins. From the inside, guests can easily listen to the rain, see the stars from while lying in bed, and smell the scents surrounding the cocoon. Even the restaurant, spa, and reception areas follow the sacred geometry and natural patterns of nature, such as those of a snail, a tortoise's shell, and a bird's nest. These are, of course, made from low-impact building materials, such as palm, bamboo, and clay. The resort also promotes walking around barefoot so you can always feel the warmth of the Earth.


The project is still raising funds but it has already met 88% of its goal. By December 2018, this unusual way to travel will definitely awaken the nature-lover in all of us. (Pun intended!)


Awakening is at Laguna Nopalitos, Km 10. Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. For more information, visit Awakening's website and Indiegogo page.



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