A few weeks ago, my colleague (curator of HDYTI ) and I, were invited to cover an event on behalf of the House of Coco. Our hosts for this event was Ushma and Silvia from Aviareps agency. It was an intimate gathering for five bloggers and photographers to experience "A Taste Of Idaho" in the heart of London.
The venue was a plush hotel, K West Hotel & Spa. On arrival, they put on a warm reception for us and soon after we were whisked away and given our own robes and slippers. We were then invited down to the spa area, Oh wow! I could hear Gene Wilder singing ..."come with me....."
Everything looked so inviting, we all ended up heading to the hydrotherapy pool first. Then we decided from there we would do a round trip: the steam room, the two saunas (which were at different temperatures, the hottest one was just right for me).
We were told the hotel was chosen because it has London's first "snow paradise cabin", which replicates the temperatures in winter months in Idaho. However, Idaho is home to many outdoor natural hot springs, the hot/cold experience is what makes it unique. Going into the cabin I thought it was going to be really cold and unpleasant, but it was the opposite! The air in the cabin reminded me of a cold mist on a mountain. We were advised to stay in there for up to a minute, but when we got in, it felt so refreshing and you feel you can stay in there longer. After a minute, you take their advice, because you begin to feel the cold! That incorporated with the hot rooms made me feel so invigorated and my mind lighter and clearer.
After the "spa experience", our hosts Ushma and Silvia gave an enlightening presentation of Idaho as an attractive travel destination. They then treated us to a feast of different platters of food. A cooking class with foods native to Idaho followed our feast.
The hotel chef made for us Idaho's traditional chocolate potatoe doughnut. It's darker in colour like a brownie - and wasn't sugar coated like I've known doughnuts to be, it was soft, fluffy and chocolatey. The K West chef also made the Idaho popular hashbrowns which were the size of a saucer and quite thick. Frying them in delicious butter produced a wonderful golden texture.
The reception from our hosts Ushma and Silvia and the staff at K West Spa was wonderful. I felt as if for a day I had escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. The hosts represented their company and Idaho outstandingly and the K West staff were warm and attentive throughout our stay.
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