Unique Accommodation: A stay for all your senses at Valguma Pasaule in Latvia
During my many trips throughout the past few years, I have gotten the chance to stay at a number of unique forms of accommodation – from backpacker hostels to luxury hotel suites. I have enjoyed each type for different reasons.
Then last year, as I was travelling in Latvia to write about Kemeri National Park, I found myself at an especially unique place, when I checked in at Valguma Pasaule. A hotel that is located in the Tukums region and within the national park itself. It is nestled in stunning natural surroundings near the spot where the small river of Slocene runs into Lake Valgums. That sort of place where you really feel disconnected from the rest of the world, despite being just a 50-minute drive from the airport in Riga.
Valguma Pasaula translates to ‘The World of Light’ and it’s been functioning as a hotel since 2005. It was an autumn afternoon when I checked in, and the place was extra peaceful out of the main season. So I settled into my large and comfortable room before going out for a stroll to check out the area.
The hotel is run by a former sports journalist who is also an art-lover with a special interest in mazes, which is why you can find several mazes around the hotel grounds. But there are more things to discover and experience like a boardwalk along the lake and barefoot trails where you can lower your stress-levels on surfaces like pebbles, white clay and moss – just to mention a few.
A highlight though is the open-air gallery with some amazing landscape photos from New Zealand by Andris Apse. They are strung up between the trees in the forest nearby. It makes a trail through an outdoor gallery that can also be admired by night due to some well-directed spotlights. This brings another dimension to the whole viewing-experience.
The hotel is welcoming everyone but seems especially great for group-stays or events like team-building trips or wedding celebrations. The building has a distinctly homely feel throughout the different types of suites (from single/double rooms to family suites) and the common areas.
And the restaurant is cosy yet elegant and offers a lovely panoramic view of the surrounding nature. And most importantly the food I got was delicious!
I only had one night there but the location alone would have been worth a much longer stay. Just like Kemeri National Park, Valguma Pasaule is a place for treating all your senses.
Find more info at Valgumapasaule.lv