The Art Of Hygge & How We’re Bringing It To Life
With winter on the horizon in Banff National Park, the need to find a cozy spot with a good book, a fluffy robe and the perfect warm beverage is becoming stronger with each passing day.
Pronounced “hue-guh,” this Danish concept can’t necessarily be translated to a word or the perfect English phrase. Still, it encompasses the feeling of coziness and intimacy by enjoying the simple things in life. Since making its way across the Atlantic, hygge has been the ultimate buzzword the last couple of years and shows no signs of slowing down.
At the hotel, hygge is a part of our everyday fabric – from cozy spots on Fairmont Gold to pampering yourself in our Willow Stream Spa, achieving and mastering hygge in Banff National Park is easy, and we’ve got the top 5 ways on how to do it!
1. Heat Things Up
The warmth of a flickering fire can instantly make any space feel more intimate, and boy do we have the ultimate spot. Not only known for its seclusion and privacy, this space boasts not one but two giant fireplaces. The place? Fairmont Gold. Cozily tucked away on the 4th and 5th floors of the hotel, Fairmont Gold drips in all things hygge. From the private check-in experience, continental breakfasts, full-service bar, evening canapes to private guest lounges that overlook the stunning Rocky Mountains, Fairmont Gold is known as a hotel within a hotel and is the place that brings hygge to life.
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2. ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
While staying inside and enjoying a hot tea and a book is hygge, getting outside to enjoy the fresh air and a long walk is also an essential part of hygge. The art of hygge is not about hibernating and self-isolating; it’s about appreciating things in life that give you comfort. The great outdoors can provide just that and has been scientifically proven to lower stress and blood pressure.
Lucky for you, Banff National Park is flush with lovely hiking trails available all season long. So don’t spend the winter hibernating, learn to enjoy both parts of hygge – indoors and the great outdoors.
3. Hot drinks & comfort food
What you eat is also essential to creating those hygge vibes, and the Danish practise this in moderation! The art of hygge and eating is about indulging in what brings you comfort and familiarity. While in some countries this means pastries, carbs and more, it really is different for everyone.
Here at the hotel, we’re lucky to have 13 outlets that serve indulgent comfort food, fantastic drinks and intimate atmospheres that will give you cozy vibes all year round. From homemade sweets and pastries found in our Afternoon Tea towers to hot beverages served at our beloved STOCK Food & Drink to soothing cocktails in the Sidecar Room in our famed Rundle Bar – you’ll be able to enjoy those delights here.
4. PAMPER YOURSELF
We can’t think of a better place than the Willow Stream Spa to bring you comfort and coziness! Whether it’s taking a moment for yourself in our quiet meditation lounge or being wrapped up in cozy blankets while experiencing a facial, our spa lets you find your bliss in the middle of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
5. surround yourself with objects that tell a story
The Castle holds a plethora of stories, as does Canada’s first national park, Banff. From its historical roots to welcoming Marilyn Monroe while she filmed the River Of No Return, they would share so many memories throughout its decades if our walls could talk.
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