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    After being in Berlin for a few days, I find myself needing to retreat from the city’s bustling centre. Whether it’s the jet lag finally catching up with me or the knowledge I’ll soon be surrounded more by nature than people, I feel a sleepy smile creep across my face as the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann comes into view. I have found my oasis.

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    Welcome to Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann

    Welcomed by Didy Didy, who is probably the happiest and most well-dressed man in Berlin, I enter the hotel and check in. Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann has been designed with the love and precision one would expect in a personally tailored suit. It’s sleek and sharp, not too flashy; the perfect balance of luxury and refinement. As we walk toward the elevator, I notice a smart grey suit to the right encased in glass.

    The Premium Suite

    I’m staying in the premium suite. Didy Didy shows me the room, which has an elegant black and gold palette. Above the bed, and throughout the room and bathroom, are photographs and images of gentlemen and women in suits, of accessories, and even a picture of a tiger. It evokes the hotel’s ‘high-end fashion’ interior design expertly. Before Didy Didy departs, he mentions the pool and sauna. My plans are made.

    The hotel is located on the outskirts of the Ring (which encircles Berlin’s centre) and close enough to travel into the city – but I have no desire to leave. Guests wishing to explore Berlin can organise a city tour, tennis, golf, yoga and other sporting activities, as well as shopping at the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann and the iconic shopping street Kurfürstendamm. Instead, I opt for a full rejuvenation, starting with the sauna.

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    Sauna, Rinse, Repeat

    I’ll openly admit: I’m not a regular sauna user. In Australia, we don’t have the same sauna culture as Europe. I was so excited to try it that I walked right passed the instructions. Thankfully, my instincts were on par – I rinsed, and waltzed into the wet sauna with confidence. It was hot. Once the initial shock wore off, I started to relax… and sweat. Boy, did I sweat. After fifteen minutes, I step out of the wet sauna, rinse, dip into the cold (very cold) plunge pool. Then I try the dry sauna. Having grown up in the Australian tropics where humidity can reach 90% or more, I discover I enjoy the wet sauna the most.

    Next stop – the pool. The pool is beautiful. There are white pillars with elegant black tiles decorating their base along the sides of the pool. Looking through the floor to ceiling open glass doors, you can see lush greenery and to the side, some stairs which lead to a nice spot to relax in the sun. The atmosphere is one of pure indulgence. There’s no one around as I

    walk into the inviting water. I love to swim but rarely do so in my busy, ‘on the go’ life. Even in the world of luxury hotels, there are few places that remind you to slow down and indulge yourself like Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann does. I remind myself, a holiday (even a working one) is a chance to reconnect, relax and reflect.

    Sauna, rinse, swim, repeat – my new mantra, thanks to the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann.

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    Breakfast and Bees

    The weather has been stunning in Berlin, so I take my breakfast to the outdoor terrace rather than staying inside. Bossa Nova cafe music plays softly in the background and bees dance in and out of some nearby flowers. After a few minutes enjoying the view, the bees become interested in my very large fruit bowl, but it’s too good to share. I enjoy a cup of tea, which is expertly chosen for me by the hotel staff, before wandering through the garden.

    The hotel is luxurious but also child- and pet-friendly. On my garden walk, I notice a trampoline. Fighting my urge to jump on the trampoline, instead I settle on the outdoor lounges, to soak in the sun, read my book and watch as the day goes by.

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    Mahala Wallace stayed as a guest of Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann.

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