Crackling log fire, soft fabrics, warm drinks and the easy company of loved ones: since early 2016 we’ve been told what hygge is and why we should all be seeking it.
For the uninitiated, hygge originates in Norway but the concept is familiar in most Scandinavian countries. It has no direct translation in English, but it goes something like this – a contented sense of wellbeing, taking joy from small, understated moments of happiness, with an emphasis on cosiness and self-care. It’s an antidote to hectic modern life.
And that got us thinking about hygge at Center Parcs. Our Villages are designed, down to the smallest detail, to allow you to spend quality family time together, to take your break at your own pace, and to relax and unwind.
But how do you hygge at Center Parcs? Here are a few of our ideas…
Whichever Lodge you choose, you’ll enjoy a wood-burning fire, cozy sofas and open-plan living. They’re perfect for a quiet evening in – cook something special together (or order Dining In, we don’t judge) and really catch up. For top hygge marks, make a batch of ultimate hot chocolate and enjoy them in your pyjamas in front of that crackling fire.
Hygge might seem synonymous with cosiness, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Wrap up in your softest scarf, pull on your wellies and go for a real romp around our hundreds of acres of forest. You can look out for some of our resident wildlife on your own, or book a place on a Ranger’s Walk to learn from an expert. They’ll take you to all the best spots for the best chance to find squirrels, rabbits, badgers, deer, birds and more.
When was the last time you had nothing on your mind? That’s the aim of the game at Aqua Sana, where our carefully curated experience rooms will guide you from stress to serenity. Bring out the hygge by attempting a spot of mindfulness – settle back in a steam room and focus on nothing but relaxing your muscles, the warmth of the air and your own breathing.
One of our favourite ways to leave the outside world behind us is to step into the Pottery Painting Studio. Pick your pottery, choose your colours and close your mind to everything except your brush strokes. It’s a powerfully relaxing, almost meditative activity. We love the quiet, idle chatter as you really focus on creating something.
In a world that keeps us racing at a million miles an hour, seeking a moment’s hygge is soothing and restorative. If you and your family could do with some a break from it all in the heart of the forest this year, book a Center Parcs break.