Some of the best Hotels in the world have the Best Feng Shui design – dont you agree? Hotels are plentiful throughout the major cities in India – all exhibiting various levels of splendour.
I know India uses their own philsophical perspective of environmental design known as Vastu Shastra but as I was travelling there recently I took the opportunity to photograph some of the feng shui features the hotels had implemented in their design.
There are a variety of hotels dependent on the environment in which I stayed. For example, the hotel on the houseboat; the hotel in the Tea Plantation the hotel by the seaside and the Privately owned family Hotel. Lets look at the Feng Shui of each of these four hotels:
The Houseboat Hotel Many years ago I had the priveldege of staying on a houseboat in Lake Dal up in Kashmir.
It was the most elabourate quintessential Victorian interior decoration I had ever seen outside of the UK. Much of its magnificience still existed despite a war torn Kashmir.
The houseboats in Kerala did not have the same magnifience about them. The splendour was waning and the decor looked somewhat saddened. But, remember, that the Feng Shui is not all about what is visible and what you can see. People and their energy are also what make up the vibration of any space in which we inhabit. In this space, the driver of the boat had such a happy spirit that it filled the boat with more great energy making up for the tiredness of the design, colour and arrangement of furniture.
No matter that the prinicples of Feng Shui were lacking the energy of the people driving the boat were charismatic.
The Tea Plantation Hotel An amazing layout of small bungalows strategically positioned between some tea plantations hills.
Very well manicured gardens, the paths flowed towards all of the doorways-great lights at the entrances but one of the things I really noticed specifically significant regarding the feng shui of this hotel was the pots!
Yes, that is right I said Pots! We can see a black empty pot at the entrance to the reception. And, on my sojourn I began to realise the apparent mystery of the empty pot. I began to realise how much space that empty pots reftlected back to us. It was almost symbolic of inviting something or being open to receiving; almost anticipating something being invited into the pot.
You see, I began to realise that Feng Shui is not just about what you can physically, tangibly move and re-arrange around your home, business but its about managing the space where there is nothing in it at all! What is the magic of that space?
Throughout our lives we fill our spaces with material goods, people, stuff and then we wonder why we are stuck or frozen at times? That is the question I started to ask – what is the space reflecting back to us that has nothing in it at all?
Ever heard of the Zen story where the monk is trying to teach the student by explaining that if his cup his constantly overflowing what new things can ever come into the student’s life? Well, its a similar idea here; no space for new things to enter in and the freezing over of energetic debris and habitual patterns of living.
It often has a vibration of its own and equally influencing how we feel. But Pots with plenty of space were significant in and around this hotel. Once again, the carefully manicured tea plantations and gardens created a geometry all of its own – creating a space in which you dont want to leave.
The Family Hotel This hotel had an amazing Feng Shui Design. The main reception area had a square design with an open space in the centre. It had a water feature with goldfish providing movement and a healthy supply of water complimenting the wood element in the many pots of plants leading to the entrance. Another property with an amazing manicured garden.
The whole focus of the reception is drawn towards the open space in the centre of the building. This hotel lies on the edge of a river – and, its not a great stream of clean water and this does not appear to be significant when the advertising of this hotel is concerned.
Water is important for all establishments but if its not good in terms of cleanliness then it distorts the energy of the locaiton and the establishment.
The Seaside Hotel This Hotel was an oasis amongst a desert of chaos. It offered a welcome symmetry in its entrance; interesting textures and textiles to greet the wearisome client; an amazing infinity pool, glass elevators giving panoramic access to the coastline and beautiful stained glass decor for the ayurvedic medicine treatment rooms. There was an amazing view of the whole beach from the bedroom giving the impression that you were almost on the beach yourself.
The magic of the infinity pool was one of the best features of the hotel. When the design of the hotel has many different textures,
forms, and colours to it and the orientation is facing the sea there is a healthy combinations of all the 5 elements significant in feng shui; earth, water, fire, metal and wood. A recommended oasis in a desert of chaos and confusion.
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