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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Norefjell Spa Resort - A Hidden Gem (for now) / En skjult skatt! (inntil videre)

I helgen dro vi til Norefjell Spa og Resort, og det skuffet virkelig ikke. Her får du en full evaluering av interiør, spa, service og omgivelser.

This weekend, we went to the Norwegian mountain spa; Norefjell Spa & Resort (Estatia). I'm giving a full review on the decor, spa, service and surroundings.


Interiøret skiller seg mye fra typiske norske hoteller, og må nesten betraktes som et designhotell. Det er klart inspirert av norsk natur og kultur, både med mønstre og store bilder. Du finner stramme, maskuline farger kombinert med feminine og nesten boudoiraktige detaljer. Interiøret er fullt av kontraster, og med mange spennende detaljer.

The decor is very different from the typical Norwegian hotel, and is almost to be considered as a design hotel. It's clearly inspired by Norwegian nature and culture, both with patterns and images. But the interpretation is far from Norwegian. There's nods towards both the arab and asian architecture. There's a fusion between masculine, strong, dark colors combined with feminine, boudoirish details. It's full of contrasts, and there's so many interesting details.


Disse skilleveggene med trellismønsteret finner du blant annet i lobbyen. Mønsteret i veggen er inspirert av den ultranorske Mariusgenseren og du vil finne det i både små og store detaljer gjennom hele hotellet.

These separating trellis walls were found in the lobby. The pattern and the whole decor is inspired by the very familiar and traditional Norwegian "Marius Sweater" (image below). You will find this pattern in various places throughout the hotel.



Resepsjonen. Resepsjonisten var superkoselig og utrolig serviceminded. Hun var definitivt et catch for hotellet! De fører både Dermalogica og Bare Escentuals (I.D.), som er tilgjengelige i resepsjonen og i spa-avdelingen.

The reception area. The receptionist was super sweet and extremely service minded. She's definitely a catch for the hotel! The hotel carries the Dermalogica and Bare Escentual product lines, which are available both in the reception as well as in the spa.


Dette er utsikten fra resepsjonen. En 12 meter høy klatrevegg! Veggen er åpen hver dag med instruktør. Det så helt og utrolig fantastisk ut.

This is the view from the reception. They have this 40 foot (!) tall inside climbing wall which is open every day with an instructor. It looked completely amazing.

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Dette er en annen vinkel av lobbyen (utsikten fra sofaen på det første bildet). Kjempeelgen er et eksempel på norske inspirasjonskilder, og du finner flere lignende kunstverk i hotellet.

A different view of the lobby (this is the view from the couch in the first pic). The giant moose picture is an example of the typical Norwegian images you'll find throughout the hotel. There's loads!


En spesiallaget benk med det berømte Marius-mønsteret i ryggen.

Custom made bench (as almost everything else) with the famous Marius pattern.


Inngangsdøren til rommet. Under romnummeret står det "Det er aldri for sent å snu!" (digger det! ;))

This is the entrance to our room. Under the room number, there's a saying "It's never to late to turn around!" (definitely brings out the LOLs!)

Jeg ELSKER denne chaisen!

I'm loving this chaise!!

Rommene er små, men inneholder det mest nødvendige. Det er rimelig å oppgradere til en suite som også er mye større. Skulle jeg vært her om vinteren, ville jeg leid en av hyttene i hyttelandsbyen som er tilknyttet hotellet (ligger på området)

The rooms are small (like they usually are in Europe). You can upgrade to a suite for next to nothing. If I were staying here during the winter, I would have rented a hotel cottage in the resort village (they're fab!)

Definitivt ikke for ekstra store mennesker, men perfekt størrelse for oss. :) Badene var gjennomførte, og med god kvalitet i alle ledd.

Mitt eneste minus vedr rommene er belysningen. Den er definitivt estetisk vakker, men ikke praktisk. Det er bare downlights, som virkelig ikke passer for å legge sminke.

Definitely not for the XL sized man, but perfect for us. :) The bathrooms were well thought out, with good quality in every detail.

My only complaint about the rooms is the lighting. It's definitely aesthetically pleasing, but not very practical. There's only downlights, and they're horrible for putting on makeup.




Spaet var virkelig nydelig. Dette er min gode venninne og jeg på inneområdet. Det er også et fantastisk uteområde med boblebad og bassenger.

Jeg angrer virkelig for at jeg ikke tok bilde av behandlingsområdet, det var helt av en annen verden. Mørk sjokoladefargede vegger og tak, dempet belysning, og massevis av fantastiske detaljer. Jeg hadde en barn-i-magen-behandling som var veldig god og avslappende, men ikke veldig spennende. Det er jo så mange begrensninger på spa når man er gravid, så det var jo egentlig bare å forvente.

The spa was just beautiful. This is me and my best friend in the inside pool area (there's also a stunning outside area with several jacuzzis and pools - all heated (and beyond).

I really regret not taking pics of the treatment area, it was really out of this world. Dark chocolate colored walls and ceilings. Very dimmed lighting and exquisite details. I had a "baby in tummy" treatment (that's a direct translation, and it sounds corny. It's a full body treatment, with a light exfoliation, body masque and foot masque). It was wonderful, but a little boring. I guess that's to expect, there's so many restrictions when you're pregnant. My gal pal Martine had an 80 minute facial and she was super happy with it!


Er ikke utsikten utrolig?

Isn't the view just amazing?

Mr B og jeg nyter utsikten og det gode selskapet :)

Alt i alt - dette er et helårshotell som jeg garantert kommer tilbake til. Forholdene på Nordefjell om vinteren er virkelig fantastiske, og hotellet bygger nå en bakke som skal knyttes til resten av hovedanlegget. Det er også en helårs skøytebane foran after-skien, lekerom med fin størrelse, spa i 3 etasjer, god mat og god service. Og ikke minst et interiør som er inspirerende og spennende!

Mr B and I enjoying the view and the company of each other :)

All in all - this is a hotel I will definitely come back to, summer or winter. The skiing possibilities in Norefjell are really great, and the hotel is building a slope that's going to be connected to the excisting fantastic slopes. There's both cross country and alpine slopes. The alpine slopes are great with good possibilites og hitting powder. :D
There's also an outdoor all year ice skating rink outside the after ski, a descent sized playroom for kids, 3 floors of spa heaven, a great gym, great food and excellent service. And not to forget an inspiring, different and exciting decor!

To find out more about the hotel, click here.

17 comments:

Ninas Drops said...

Hei du=)

Så lekkert bordet ditt ble...virkelig til stolene blir dette smæshing.
Også den spahelgen på Norefjell da...ååå misunnelig ...bare litt..hihi..
Tror jeg skal se om jeg kan spare litt penger og overraske Hr Drops en vakker dag...for dette så virkelig flott ut. SÅ herlig med interiøret som virker så gjennomført..Og du har jo laget verdens største reklame for de her på bloggen da...Men maten da du...var den god??...

Å skal lille bolle (søtt=) i barnehagen i morgen...ååå det blir vel spesielt vel...det kommer sikkert til å gå sååå bra...bare veldig uvant. Barn er jo som regel så glad i andre barn. Og det er jo vanskelig nok å tilfredsstille en liten pode en hel dag alene spesielt når de er 1 år og fremover...

Stakkars lille pastill har hatt en vanskelig og litt rar dag på SFO i dag hun...hm...har visst grått mye og villet til pappa...ja ja...det er ikke lett...gruer meg litt til i morgen...men jeg vet jo at hun har mange å leke med og at hun har det bra der...Det er bare litt annerledes enn i barnehagen..færre voksne, mer unger og mer bråk...hm....
Nei nå ble jeg litt trist her ...får legge meg tror jeg.

Håper magen vokser og at du har det bra.
VI blogges.
Klem fra Drops

charm design said...

wowwww for et hotell.Her var det nok deilig og være.
Skulle gjerne lastet ned repotasjen,men hvet ikke helt hvordan jeg gjør det.Skal forhøre meg litt om noen kan hjelpe meg.

My Wonderworld said...

Dette spa-anlegget så lekkert ut! Det skal sjekkes opp. ;-)

design-shimmer said...

Hei, takk for hyggelig kommentar på bloggen min.
Spa er min favoritt hobby :)

Ninas Drops said...

Hei sveis.
Håper barnehage dagen gikk som smurt.
Her har dag to av SFO resultert i at min lille slett ikke ville hjem, men er hos naboen som hun har lekt med i hele dag...hihi..herlig.
Men du, takk for info om katalog. Det blir jo bare ytterlige mer inspirasjon ved at de har vist samme produkter i en annen setting evt.
Drops

Michelle said...

well, that looks like fun!! It's much like our style here on the west coast of Canada...I love the pic of the moose!!

Best,
Michelle

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Hi! This place looks amazing and it looks like you had a wonderful time. And what a coincidence, i just wrote a post about another hotel in Norway as a guest post for another blog. (It'll be posted later this month). I'm dying to go to Norway so I'll add this to my files! :)

Thanks so much for leaving me a comment to day so I could find your blog. It's just lovely!

My Wonderworld said...

Har nå booket meg og fem venniner inn på Dragonfly. Gleder meg!

Har du noen anbefalninger hva gjelder massasje?

My Wonderworld said...

Vi må absolutt ta en farge og mønster dag snart. Denne uken og neste uke er jeg åpen. Ellers begynner det å bli ganske fullbooket utover.

Angående krittmaling, så fikk jeg beskjed av min lokale forhandler (rett ovenfor Kvist) at jeg kunne velge akkurat den fargen jeg ville så skulle han gjøre om malingen til krittmaling. Det er vist ganske enkelt. De bare tilfører fargen et eller annet.

Terry said...

Thanks for the tour. What a beautiful place and location.

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