Your Valencia bed and breakfast concept adds up to a synergy of our four basic beliefs, in personal daily practice;
as well as in our ideas on hospitality. This is what makes your Bed and Breakfast in Valencia Center
'Mindfulness', 'Wellness', 'Quality' and 'Personal Care'. For those who would like to know a little bit more about our ideas and values - before applying to become our guest - we would briefly like to outline each of these vital aspects whith a short description.
A MINDFULNESS B & B: After years of yoga and meditation practice, we have embraced the idea of Mindfulness, first coming to us by the writings of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn P.H.D. (founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusets Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine.) To us, Mindfulness has nothing to do with alternative spirituality; nor does it recognize any leaders or cult-like organizations. One may be Christian, Jewish, Atheist or Agnostic; and still believe that a Mindful approach to life can make this hectic world a better place. Some people have described Mindfulness as a western way of interpreting Buddhism, but apart from introspection by self-contemplation and paying full attention to the present, we think there is nothing Buddhist, nor 'alternative new-age' about taking a Mindful approach to life. This is what we try to incorporate in our central Valencia Bed and Breakfast.
"Mindfulness is a moment-to-moment nonjudgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention". Mindfulness arises naturally from living. It can be strengthened trough practice. This practice is sometimes called meditation. But meditation is not what you might think. Meditation is really about paying attention, and the only way in which we can pay attention is through our senses, all of them, including the mind. Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience. Of course, our experience is vast, and includes our own body, our mind, our heart, and the entire world.", Dr. Kabat-Zinn says. In our point of view, a 'Mindful way' of looking at the world - and guidance in how to relate to others - 'paying attention' is key. This does not mean you have to be Mindful to be a guest at our Bed and Breakfast in Valencia, nor does it imply you should share this belief (or even know what it means !) to enjoy the carefully chosen surroundings during your city-trip or holidays to Valencia. It just means we care; we care for you to have a memorable experience in a relaxing setting, where eye for detail and aesthetic quality in your Valencia Bed and Breakfast are an important factor in making your stay as relaxing and welcoming as possible.
For an untrained eye, this Valencia Bed and Breakfast might just be another quality Bed and Breakfast, a safe and very central location where one may feel at home from where to explore vibrant Valencia. Yes, some guests may enjoy the Early Bird Meditation room or book a massage in our in-house massage room, or even sign up for a Pilates or Yoga session in our neighboring Yoga-Studio. But others just enjoy the decor of the lounge rooms, cosy private bedrooms and the delicious five star breakfast, without any interest in the extra services we offer. And why not? In this way, anybody may feel at home in a way that best fits their personality and interests. We invite you to experience a central Bed and Breakfast in Valencia where it is all about you.
WELLNESS AT YOUR BED AND BREAKFAST: As fun and exciting a city-trip or short holiday might be, did you know that 'vacation' is actually on the top-ten list of stressful activities in current society? For this reason we believe that stimulating new impressions of visiting another country need time to 'settle in' after a day out and about, exploring a new city. As we believe your unusual Bed and Breakfast in Valencia should offer a tranquil and relaxing environment - to be able to absorb everything you see and do during the day - we take the utmost care in making your home base in Valencia as welcoming and peaceful as we can. For this reason we offer the opportunity to meet other guests during the extensive breakfast, or during a pre-dinner drink in one of our two comfortable, inviting lounge rooms. On your well deserved vacation, there is no need for speed when coming home after a full day of new impressions. This is why we have incorporated possibilities to make your stay as relaxed as possible, where quality-time and a personal approach are extended with numerous relaxing extra options, to be captured under the now so popular concept of wellness. For some, wellness could be defined as a state of serenity and inner happiness, and is often described as a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.
For others, wellness is nothing more than one or two glasses of good local wine, followed by a deep tissue massage and reading a 'pass the suntan lotion'-bestseller while cuddling up to your partner and slowly drifting away in a peaceful sleep. Whatever your personal definition of wellness might consist of, be sure to find it at Valencia Mindfulness Retreat. As in these hectic times wellness and wellbeing seem more or less considered a 'luxury', implying a conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential, why not indulge while being on your hard-earned vacation? Apart from a selection of relaxing expert in-house massages (individual massages and 'quatre mains'- couple massages) we offer an Early Bird Meditation Room, and a wide variety of Yoga-classes, Pilates-classes and Mindful-Meditation sessions at our neighboring Yoga-center, located at less than 25 steps from your front door of your Bed and Breakfast in Valencia.
B & B QUALITY: Quality seems to be a perceptual, and somewhat subjective attribute, and may be understood differently by different people. With our Mindful approach - and therefore paying attention to detail - we have tried to take the utmost care in creating your surroundings while being our guest. Some people might fall in love with the original artworks of bi-monthly changing expositions by local artists; others recognize the quality of our Egyptian cotton bedding's fine bone China teacups or even the original antiques or Saloon Shampoos and other rich grooming products offered for your convenience. While decorating your Valencia Bed and Breakfast, we have made an effort to pay attention to detail, while trying to a create comfortable - yet stimulating - environment in a way we would hope to encounter ourselves while traveling abroad. From the selection of freshly chopped - in season - fruits from the local central market for breakfast, to the extended library, and the eclectic decor of the sun-filled lounge-rooms, we promise you a relaxing - yet inspiring - completely 'Ikea- and plastics-free' home.
PERSONAL CARE: As much as we understand the need for privacy, we strongly believe in 'personal care'. One of the basic Mindful-beliefs is that your awareness is a very important and big space within to reside. We realize this fact, and try to incorporate this in all our offerings. This means that upon arrival at your Bed and Breakfast in the City Center of Valencia, you will be greeted with a 'Welcome to Valencia'-pack, would you be in the mood for a personalized city-introduction highlighting everything Valencia has to offer, from well know 'must-sees', to more local locations off the beaten track. With some local treats and Cava-Champagne or organic fruit-juices we will take the time to help you plan your daily schedule - would you like to have one - based on our local knowledge of the city, combined with your personal interests. Our effort to offer personal care also means your Valencia Bed and Breakfast will provide opportunities for you to share your experiences with others, and therefore make them more memorable.
As we are not a hotel, nor would we like to be one, you will probably meet other guests during our award winning five star breakfast, or during pre-dinner drinks in one of our two comfortable lounge rooms. Please note that all services and opportunities to share stories are of course an optional possibility, and it is up to you to either partake or recline to the privacy or your own bedroom. In this way, we try to ensure all our guests feel at home at our bed and breakfast in a way that best reflects their own personality and mood. (For further information about what to expect while being our guest, we invite you to take a look at our 'Frequently Asked Questions' brochure.)