My birthday this year happened to fall on a Wednesday. Without wanting to use up all my days off, I decided to go somewhere not as far. I started looking for a place to spend the night away from Taipei at the beginning of the year. Then I realised that place was a bit too far from anywhere. So I started looking for an alternative, and came across this place. It looked really nice! I booked the room a month in advance, quite confident that my choice was right. Then a week before the actual trip, I saw another blogger's review of the place, and confirmed that I had made a right decision in coming here. You know how pictures on official websites can be deceiving... So it was a lot more practical to see another blogger's review. I had so much confidence with the decision because the place was quite new. At least the facilities would be pretty new! And reading the review basically reassured me.
The entrance of Pokara at night.
The place isn't that hard to find. There happens to be a school nearby. Except, there weren't many signs around, so we still ended up going round a couple of times before finally arriving...
The place was surrounded by rice paddies.
Although the resort was quite well equipped, there is still that pastoral feeling.
The lobby/lounge. It was low season, so I didn't have to worry about having to avoid crowds (there were no crowds)
That black flowery cushion seems to be their feature fabric.
Standing at the corner of the lounge is a piano. I wanted to try and play, but I just started learning, and I didn't feel like embarrassing myself.
The dining area looked really relaxing. I couldn't wait to have breakfast here the next morning!
If you feel bored in your room, you might as well come out here and chat, or read a book.
Apparently, we were the only ones staying there that night. When I saw the cabin, I thought, I had the choice of the entire resort to choose from, why in the world did I choose the smallest sized room?
Bu then, as I saw the inside, I was again reassured that I had made the right choice!
As you open the door, you'll catch this slight fragrance of jasmin.
The look outside the window.
The curtain blocks off the light outside completely.
And here's the bathroom.
This was another aspect that attracted me: they provided L'Occitane toiletries.
Though small, they still found a way so you could enjoy a bath if you wanted to.
Of course, towels are also provided.
And other necessities.
London bear can't wait for his shower!
Real orchid plant by the window.
Twinnings tea bags and all-in-one coffee.
Wow! How thoughtful! They even provided us with wine! (Just kidding, we brought the wine!)
鑰匙放這裡。Insert the key here.
這是我們的幸福小島！The name of our cabin was called "Content Island"!
In the afternoon, they'll play soft music to help you relax yourself.
What a lovely place to spend the entire afternoon! That is, if the weather is nice!
We could've just stayed there, but seeing it wasn't raining, we decided to go exploring anyway. The hosts here were having some pumpkin milk. They happily offered us some. I've never been a big fan of pumpkins, but I thought the drink was filled with their hospitality and kindness!
Every corner of the place was suitable for a shot!
But let's go explore the city before it starts pouring...
After we returned at night, we saw a completely different Pokara in the dark. But since they were making some reinforcements during this low season, I didn't linger very long for more photos.
The next morning, I thought the rain was going to completely ruin my day. But then when I opened the door and saw Pokara in the rain, I realised that this place was even more romantic in the rain!
Look at how the colors stand out, compared to the ones I took yesterday!
When we checked in, I told them they didn't have to prepare an entire breakfast if we were the only ones there. But they insisted that they had to do their best, no matter now many guests were staying. This was their breakfast!
配著的是地瓜稀飯。 Sweet potato porridge to go with the other dishes. Very Taiwanese style.
早餐很重要！一定要吃喔！London bear reminds you: breakfast is very important!
Because of the rain, we stayed in our room even longer than anticipated.
But in the end, we still had to check out.
We left our backpacks there, and went off exploring some more before coming back to get our stuff to go back home.
Before we left, they gave usu a bag of some local goodies.
Although I stayed for just one night, it was yet another unforgettable birthday!