MANNAT'S MODE || FAIRMONT HOTEL MACDONALD || ROOM

Location:  Fairmont Hotel Macdonald ( http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton/ )     Photography:  Terolenn Mykitiuk  ( http://www.terolenn.com/photography )     Hair and Makeup:  Reema Aulakh (instagram:  @reemakestudio ) 

Location: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (http://www.fairmont.com/macdonald-edmonton/)

Photography: Terolenn Mykitiuk  (http://www.terolenn.com/photography)

Hair and Makeup: Reema Aulakh (instagram: @reemakestudio

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

A brand name that is enough in itself to give you all the luxury getaway
and staycation feels at once. 

Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
Mannat's Mode and Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

I have had a keen interest in hospitality from a young age. I have seen and admired my uncle, Jagan Lacsher go from strength to strength in the hospitality industry with Accor Hotels in Australia, India and Thailand.

At the age of 17, he gave me an opportunity to intern at an Accor hotel in Bangkok. So here I was… underage and moving to Thailand for the summer. Hotels are such a magical world to me. Its ultimate luxury. Everything is pristine, glamourous and inspiring. An escapist’s heaven so to say. When you are tired of the redundancy or routine of your regular life, hotels are a great place to go un-wind. For me, a ‘break’ is incomplete without a great hotel experience. If you are lucky enough to stay in a tropical location, you have pool parties or pool afternoons you could just spend your day at. For us here in the winter stricken countries, we need to take our breaks indoors.

I have been lucky enough to have experienced a lot of Fairmont’s properties over the years. One of my favourites even till date is the gem in my very own city. Perched up perfectly over-looking the Edmonton River Valley. It is everything regal, luxury and comfort. I was lucky enough to get the ‘Fairmont Hotel MacDonald Experience’ a few weekends ago. Tired from work, chores, wedding planning, other work (I work a lot), the winter, any excuse to complain etc… a self-care experience is exactly what I needed.

As soon as you pull up to the hotel, you are in the lap of luxury. You are greeted warmly at the door and made feel important, warm and welcome. So I took a deep breath and walked into my weekend of bliss.

The room: A room with the best River Valley view in town. For me, experiencing a hotel starts with the room. If the room is comfortable, it automatically becomes a safe haven for relaxation. Now since this was a staycation in my own city in the winter– I knew I wouldn’t be venturing out too much. So it was very important for me to have a space that can make me feel like I’m on vacation. The room definitely became that comfy space for me. With a breakfast platter to die for, I dove into the bed with my watermelon! If I ignored the snow out of my window, it almost felt like I was transported to another city. The vintage room furniture added to the old world European charm.

Its so important to take out time from your regular life, popularly known as ‘self-care’. Mental health is at the forefront of all discussion these days, and I feel like being a mentally healthy individual begins with having healthy relationships and lifestyle. Knowing when you need a break and taking it. I am guilty of procrastinating break days. I like to function in super speed and take on one too many things. But this was my active effort to take charge of my mental health at a time when I was starting to feel overwhelmed due to many reasons. Taking time to do things that make you happy is a need, not a luxury. These activities actually add so much more to your day. It makes you pause and value special moments with your loved ones. It also helps your mind rejuvenate and recharge before the next work/ personal deadline comes along.

So come on. Take on the self-care challenge with me and devote atleast one day every month to your own wellbeing. The healthier your mind and body is, the better you will be able to perform at work and in your personal life. 

Here is a list self-care ideas and activities:

  1. Staycation at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (Highly recommended)
  2. Go for a Spa Day (Massage, manicures or pedicures are some options)
  3. If the weather allows for it – a walk outside without your phone (Keyword: without your phone)
  4. Spend time cultivating your hobbies (What do you like doing? Does it make you happy? Dancing, painting, drawing, photography? Do more of that)
  5. Go paint some pottery at the local pottery store 
  6. Take a cooking class with your loved one (Or if they are annoying you… on your own)
  7. 4 things: Bubble bath, face mask, candles and a book (Cliché but effective)
  8. Take your nieces and nephews out for a play date (Unless you are parent… in which case – maybe opt for a childless activity)
  9. Go to a board game café with friends (Impose a no-phone rule at the table)
  10.  If all else fails… there is always Netfix and your couch. (Maybe add a do-not-disturb
    sign on the door)

I have tried many of the above 10 ideas in the recent past. I am so excited to share with you all a lot more of my Fairmont Hotel Macdonald experience over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Love and light,
Mannat