The story behind NIKSA Serviced Accommodation

We all love to read stories. It makes us understand the motivation and reason behind anyone’s ‘why?’. So today we thought we will share the story behind NIKSA Serviced Accommodation. What made Nila start NIKSA?

In Nila’s own words:

“I love travelling and it is something I have got from my parents. I was born and brought up in India and I can remember my travel adventures from an early age of four. I believe my first memory of travelling was to Kashmir and then Nepal, and oh my, it was love at first sight with the Himalayas. Since then, I could never stop. I have travelled a lot in India and we mostly used to visit the rural parts of the Himalayas. My parents were not a big fan of visiting cities as we used to live in one, Kolkata, then called Calcutta. But we still did manage to visit some great cultural and historical places like Agra, Benares, Puri, Jaipur, Hyderabad, and some very pretty places like Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Since I have moved to UK and settled here almost 14 years ago, I have visited many exciting places within UK. To name a few I have been to Lake District, Peak District, Cornwall, Dorset, Highlands and Locks of Scotland, extensive beaches of southern Wales. I have also been to some of the world’s famous cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Belgium, Copenhagen, Berlin, Barcelona, Stockholm, Milan, Florence, Rome, Prague, Valetta to as far as New York City.

In my whole journey as a traveller, I was always very keen to experience how the locals live. And hence I try not to stay luxury hotels and eat at Michellin Star restaurants. I get more excited to eat where the locals are eating and absolutely love visiting the farmers’ markets to get a little taste of their lives. To maximise my experience, I always prefer staying in local self-catering apartments or cottages where I can stay in a set up like home. Let me share an event to explain what I really mean by that. I remember when we were in Florence, I got up a bit early one morning while my family was still sleeping. I walked down to the local farmers’ market and bought some fresh produce of that day. I also took their advice on how to cook them. That day I cooked one of the most memorable meal of my life. I have many experiences like this of connecting with people and their culture.

These memories are priceless and can only be created when we are living local; a bit away from the beaten tourist trails. Especially when we have a whole home to ourselves to cook and take the wine glass to sit at the balcony. For me, that is the true luxury.

I have felt very passionately about this sort of travel experiences and always believed that whether you are travelling for leisure or for business, you should have an option for a home-like stay wherever you go. Hence, I started NIKSA Serviced Accommodation. I live in Welwyn Garden City and absolutely love this town. It’s beautiful with amazing people in the neighbourhood. It is also very well connected to London within 20 minutes and also the lush green countryside within 5 mins. So, to share my pride and my love for this town to all our visitors, we started NIKSA end of 2018. And until now I have loved every bit of it. I meet with visitors from all over the world and when they say to me – ‘oh this is such a beautiful place!’; my drive to grow our business gets even stronger. NIKSA Serviced Accommodation has a growing portfolio of properties of different sizes to cater to every need – whether someone is a solo traveller or a big family visiting their grandparents, we promise we will look after them as our extended family.”

To plan your next stay at NIKSA, click here to book

What is Staycation?

Staycation is the new trend which everyone is talking about. The new hashtag to follow in 2020 and beyond. But before we dive into further on why everyone is talking about staycation this year, let’s first find out what staycation really means.

Google dictionary and other experts say that ‘staycation’ means going for a vacation in your home country rather than abroad or stay at home and go for day trips.

This is a very old concept, but why is it trending now? This probably is because our travel plans to abroad is not going to be an easy option for the next few months. Some of the reasons being:

Have you received your cancelled holiday refunds? For a lot of us, we are still waiting for our refunds from the cancelled holidays. Some of us may have received a voucher to rebook but with most of the countries including ours are still under lockdown, we are unsure when and where we can plan a safe vacation again. The money has been invested and most of us are wary about investing further without knowing when the new norm will start.

Do you know where you can travel to now? Most of the world are still under lockdown or just started to open up cautiously towards recovery. Therefore, it has become very challenging to decide where and when we can travel for our next holidays.

How many days will I need to take time off for my next holiday? Recently, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced that anyone returning from abroad will require to stay under quarantine for 14 days. This means we will have to take 14 days’ time-off from work on top of our holidays which may result in almost a month’s time-off from work. This is very unlikely a feasible option for most of us.

So does staycation look like the best option now?

Britain is a beautiful country and has attracted tourists from the rest of the world for years. During the gorgeous British summer who will not like a day or a few days’ break in the sprawling green countryside of England, Lake district, Peak district, gorgeous stately homes, Roman Bath, stunning sandy beaches in Wales and the adventure of highlands in Scotland? The list is limitless.

It can also be the best time to visit and discover the hidden gems of our home country.

We are based in Hertfordshire and are always a walk away from the stunning countryside or within a short driving distance of the greatest cities of the world, London and Cambridge.

How about for your next break, try a staycation in Welwyn Garden City?

If you haven’t visited us in Welwyn Garden City yet, let us inspire you with some ideas!

Stay at NIKSA Serviced accommodation in Welwyn Garden City. Get up in the morning and enjoy a beautiful long walk on our popular public footpath through Brocket Hall Golf Club. Return to the apartment for a delicious breakfast cooked at your own kitchen. Don’t fancy cooking? No problem at all. A lot of cafés have opened up their takeaway services. Pick up a lovely breakfast and enjoying it in front of our town centre fountain.

Then you can visit the beautiful and historical town of Cambridge, just 40 miles away from Welwyn Garden City. Fancy something local? How about fishing at Stanbourough Lakes in Welwyn Garden City or a stroll down the road at the historic town of St Albans. Come back in the evening to cook your favourite dinner while enjoying your glass of Chardonnay and watching your favourite show in Netflix. Does it sound relaxing and refreshing? A break we all need, a break we all deserve.

Planning to give staycation a try at NIKSA Serviced Accommodation? To plan your next trip with us, click here to book

Is serviced accommodation same as hotel?

Serviced accommodation very similar to a hotel in terms of how long you can stay in the property, how you book your stay, how you pay, refunds, cancellations and certain amenities.

However the features in a serviced accommodation are lot different from what a hotel usually offer. Let’s see what these are.

  1. Space – Professionally run serviced accommodations like NIKSA Serviced Accommodation are fully self-contained properties. They are not just a room with a bed and a bathroom like hotels. Hence when you stay in a serviced accommodation property, you enjoy the kitchen, living space and sometimes garden too! Exactly what we call it – a home away from home.
  2. Privacy and Freedom – In hotels you share the communal spaces with other guests. The entrance, the lobby, lifts, restaurants, bar, outside space etc. This is great and very enjoyable for some of us who love human interaction. However, many of us prefer a bit of privacy and freedom. Staying in a serviced accommodation can be an ideal solution for that. After a whole day of work or sightseeing, you can kick off your shoes in middle of the room and doze off on the sofa while watching your favourite series on Netflix! No need to sit at the bar area to unwind at the end of the day and having to watch your favourite series on your mobile phone.
  3. Cost – A hotel room can sometimes sound a cheaper option compared to Serviced Accommodation. But if you consider the length of stay in a room and cost of two to three meals a day on top of that, the cost of staying in a hotel can very quickly go over budget. Also, if you need accommodation for a group or your family, you will need to book for more than one room in a hotel. Whereas, when you book a serviced accommodation property with 2 or 3 bedrooms, it satisfies the need of your whole family, both in terms of space and number of meals to be eaten on a day. Does that sound like a deal? Yes, it is!
  4. Comfort and Health – Does this sound familiar to you? When you look at that restaurant meal and secretly miss your home cooked favourites? That fluffy pancake or that chicken noodles from your kitchen? You may also look at the menu card and wonder how you are going to keep up with your dietary requirements or healthy meal targets? Serviced Accommodations have the perfect answer for these questions. Serviced Accommodation properties come with a fully equipped kitchen where everything is provided – pots, pans, chopping board, knives and more. You can make your favourite meal or toss last night’s leftover in the oven or just heat up the takeaway. And the best part is, you will never miss that midnight snack again as the kitchen is yours and you are the chef! Just like home.
  5. Hotel amenities – House Keeping! White fresh towels! Free toiletries! Yes, we all love that about hotels. And yes, we get them in Serviced Accommodation too! The best of 2 worlds – a marriage of home and hotel.

If all of the above reasons sound attractive to you, give NIKSA Serviced Accommodation a try for your next stay. To stay with us…click here to book

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