World Happiness Report – where to stay in the top 10 happiest countries in the world

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This week, the World Happiness Report 2017 issue was published.  It lists the top 10 happiest countries in the world, ranking highly for factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

It is very interesting to read the exec summary (and to delve deeper in the report and data if you’re interested).  It reminds us of the privileges that many of us have and that we should really be celebrating every day.

In the meantime, if you want to experience a bit of happiness, here are my recommendations for hotels to try in each one of the happiest countries!

Norway

Juvet Hotel

Juvet hotel in Norway, one of the world's happiest countries.
Juvet Hotel

The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmstead of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee amongst birch, aspen, pine and age-old boulders.  The architecture blends effortlessly with nature and there are wonderful views from the rooms. The hotel consists of nine detached rooms that are sited separately, each with a unique perspective on the rugged landscape. In addition, there is the opportunity to stay in the old buildings on the farm – the mill house, the barn and the authentically restored farmhouse – while meals are served communally in the old barn.

Denmark

Central Hotel Log Cafe, Copenhagen

  • One room
  • 280 Euros
  • http://www.centralhotelogcafe.dk/
Central Hotel Log Cafe in Copenhangen, in Denmark, one of hte happiest countries in the world.
Central Hotel Log Cafe

Central Hotel Log Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is a hotel with only one room, but what a room! Located on top of a small café in the Vesterbro neighbourhood, the double room of Central Hotel has a unique interior design with beautiful handcrafted details that will make even the pickiest boutique hotel aficionado feel right at home.

Iceland

Ion Hotel

Ion Adventure Hotel in Iceland, one of the happiest countries in the world.
Ion adventure Hotel

Less than an hour’s drive from  Reykjavík, Ioan Adventure Hotel gives you a unique location to view the Northern Lights.  It is set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, and the pool itself is just fantastic. Imagine yourself looking at nature from there.

Switzerland

 Spannort Inn

  • 19 bedrooms and 5 apartments
  • From 125 Euros
  • Book it*
Spannort Inn, a stylish ski b&b in Switzerland, one of the happiest countries in the world.

There are a lot of luxury hotels in Switzerland but I chose this more traditional Alpine boutique hotel set amongst the Swiss mountains.  They are a bit different as they aim to stand out from the crowd with stylish design features, friendly yet highly professional service and culinary excellence. The rooms are confortable and have modern decor and you can relax in the vast lounge or the sauna.

Finland

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

  • Glass and snow igloos, chalets and rooms
  • From 425 Euros
  • Book it*
Kakslauttanen Igloos,a dream hotel in Finland, one of the happiest countries in the world.
© Kakslauttanen

Now, looking at the green sky of the Northern Lights surely should make you happy and if you do it from an igloo, it’s even more magical. That’s what you get at this fantastic place. You can also stay in more traditional wood chalets. Plus it has the world’s largest smoke sauna.  It’s not cheap but again, it’s an experience quite unique.

Netherlands

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Pulitzer Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, one of the happiest countries in the world
© Pulitzer Amsterdam

I have listed several B&Bs and smaller hotels in Amsterdam before.  So this time, I’m pointing you in the direction of a bigger hotel whose extensive refurbishing last year has earned the hotel a lot of praises  The hotel is made of several interlinked 17th and 18th century canal houses, which ensures a bit more of an intimate feel. You can get some fabulous Labo toiletries in the room, as well as a vintage telephone and a bike repair set !

Canada

Casa Bianca

Casa Bianca, a stunning B&B in Montreal, Canada, one of the happiest countries in the world
© Casa Bianca

I haven’t done extensive research on Canada but I found this lovely B&B which seems to tick a lot of boxes. It is set in a heritage house dating back to more than a century. The design lets the architecture of the building take center stage with wooden floors, white walls, high ceilings, and a minimalist but warm interior design. You can also relax in the garden, on the terrace or even enjoy a game of tennis in the tennis court!

New Zealand

Hotel de Brett

Hotel deBrett, Auckland in New Zealand, one of the happiest countries in the world. Read the blog post to find out which other countries are in the list
© Hotel deBrett

There are some fabulous properties in New Zealand but the prices are also quite high.  So this boutique hotel in xxx is much more affordable. It also has a true sense of fun with bespoke colourful carpets,an atrium, courtyard and buzzing house bar. All of this within one of the most popular neighborhoods of Auckland.

Sweden

Ett Hem

Ett Hom, Stockholm, a luxury boutique hotel in one of the happiest countries in the world. Read the blog post to discover the top 10 countries and where to stay.
© Ett Hom

This one is easy. I’ve known for a while that if we ever go to Stockholm (which is a very romantic city actually, I visited before and I really want to go back with Mr Big), we would stay at Ett Hem. It has all the touches we like: a cozy and very tasty decor, a sense of great service, an old building sympathetically refurbished and this little “je ne sais quoi” that we are so fond of.  Basically the Swedish version of our much loved Endsleigh!

So which ones of these happiest countries do you want to try first?  And do you think that your country is actually a happier one than those?  I would love to know in the comments below!

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