A Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf Weekend

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I don’t know about you guys, but I always associate January with heavy workloads and new deadlines. We’ve only barely just survived the holidays and already we’re thrown into projects that demand more from us than we can give. While most people spend the beginning of the year planning their next vacation, I say it’s better to have a vacation at the beginning of the year. Or a little getaway at least. And here’s why:

1. Setting goals Now is a great time to take some time off to think about how you, your goals and how you want to design your life. Where do you want to be in five years? Two years? And what do you need to do this year to get there? When you do this at year’s end you are more likely to list your goals as future. Because you’re in the new year, you are able to think about your goals with a more hands-on approach.

2. Winter Blues In my previous article I talked about ways to fight the Winter Blues. Planning a holiday at the beginning of the year will give you the chance to cross off a majority of the items on the list. A getaway means doing outdoor activities, enjoying the sun to boost your Vitamin D levels if you’re going to more tropical locations and breaking cycles. You’ll start the year well-rested and energetic!

3. Treat yo self This seems to be a popular item on my lists. But especially in dreadful times, it’s important to treat yourself to the one thing you really need!

We decided to take a little trip of our own the other day, to Dusseldorf no less. We spent the night at the Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf, a luxurious hotel by the Rhine embankment. The hotel is located in a 19-storey building at the tip of a peninsula directly on the Rhine with a stunning view of the Media Harbour, the Rhine Tower and the skyline of Dusseldorf. We enjoyed a much needed spa treatment at Rive Spa in the evening, after which we dozed off almost completely after. In the morning we arranged a test-drive in the hotel’s Range Rover, available for all guests at the hotel. Cars aren’t really my cup of tea, but K was all smiles behind the wheels.

K and I drive all the way to Dusseldorf regularly, and we always start our day the same way. We start shopping at Königsallee (or, the Kö) where we make a stop at Muji, a favorite (we need one in Amsterdam, asap!) and wander endlessly from one home interior store to another. After shopping, we’ll walk up to the Rheinuferpromenade and admire the urban and contemporary architecture designs by Frank O. Gehry (always a sight to see). At this point we’re usually starving. Which makes it the perfect time for a bowl of ramen and Calpico (or Asahi for your loved one) at Takumi II and the best matcha frappuccino in town at Ten Ten CafeWe’ve tried several ramen places in the area but it was Takumi II that turned us into regular Dusseldorf visitors.

Where would you guys go on a new year’s getaway?