Are you looking for a different kind of stay other than the classic accommodation proposed usually? Welcome aboard the historical sailing vessel Hawila, an 80 year old wooden ship of 25 meters long !
This overnight experience is for those slightly more adventurous who would enjoy something new, in the way of truly unique lodging. Also, to assure we will have a nice time together, please take a minute to read our HOUSE RULES before booking a night with us.
Guests are free to use the kitchen, the bathroom with warm shower and the two toilets. The whole ship is heated, cabins and common spaces are cosy and warm and we offer a small breakfast in the morning with coffee and tea.
Discover our Messroom, the heart of the ship, made of 20 wooden bunk beds. Transformed into a cosy space, it is the collective sleeping and living room where our guests can rest at night, meet their bunk neighboors in the morning and share together their travel tips and stories in the day. Booking a night in the Messroom is the best way to meet people from all around the world and to live a particular experience among a crew of enthusiastic sea lovers. You will feel like being part of the ship for the time of your stay, a warm journey you won’t forget! If you look for more privacy, check out the availability of our 2 cabins (Forward & Starboard).
Hawila has two cabins below deck available for guests (Forward cabin & Starboard cabin) located in the separated cabin area at the front of the ship. They are accessible by walking through the common area (Messroom). Both cabins have opening ports on the roof (windows) and electric lightning. There are clean, comfortable and supplied with fresh linens. Even though you booked a cabin, you are free to hang out in the Messroom with the other guests and welcome to use all the common facilitites. You can choose to rent part of the beds or even one bed only and be alone in the cabins. Being considered private, you would never have to share them with unknown guests.
- Cabin 1: The starboard cabin The starboard cabin is made of 2 built-in single wooden bunks. It has a personal sink with a big mirror, a bench made of two large trunks for storage and an old fashioned skylight on the roof. It is a good accommodation for a lonely traveler to rest or for a couple to have some privacy.
- Cabin 2: The forward cabin
The forward cabin is equipped with 4 wooden bunk beds and 2 trunks to store personal belongings. It has a small private sink with a mirror and a cosy sofa corner with a table, benches and comfy pillows. This cabin suits perfectly groups or families with children. The cabin can be turned into a 5 persons room, if one of the guest is willing to sleep on the bench/couch. It has been done in the past but the comfort being very limited in this case, we would not recommend it.
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Hawila’s Messroom is about 10 meters long and 5 meters wide. Every guest gets his own bunk bed, with a private wooden trunk (65 cm x 35 cm x 45 cm). A curtain can be closed for more privacy and head torches can be provided if the guest wishes to read before sleeping. All guests have to bring their own shower items (towels, soap, etc.) but do not need to bring a sleeping bag as sheets, pillows and warm blankets are provided. For more comfort, and because we do not wear shoes inside the boat, we encourage you to bring a pair of slippers or flip-flops.
For health and safety, our oven is not available for guest use but you are otherwise free to use the fires and the kitchen-space to prepare your own food. A shelf is at your disposal in our fridge and you are welcome to use all the kitchen utensils and plates if cleaning after you. There are some shops in the neighbourhood and a night-shop 5 min. walk from the ship if you need to buy anything. Also, the charming Kirstens Perle café-restaurant lays in the harbour, if you seek for a nice place closeby to eat or drink.
Shower and toilet facilities can surprise some of our guests even though they are quite classical for ships. Their comfort is limited, as they are small and watered by pump systems. The toilets are only accessible from outside and is activated with a manual hand pump.
Check-in and –out :
There is no proper reception and the entrance of the ship is on deck, in the middle of the boat. Ask for a crew member to be checked-in. Somebody will then explain to you what you need to know and answer your questions. If needed, we are always available to help with organising your stay and to give you a hand carrying your luggage. If coming with big luggages, appropriate place for storage will try to be found but it is good to remember that space is not the first quality of boats in general and that the smaller your bags are, the easier your stay will be. You are welcome to leave your luggages onboard after check-out until 9 PM. Late check-ins (arrival times after 11 PM) can be arranged with advanced notice. We will then send you instructions for self check-in.
As we are ongoing with restoration, it is sometimes difficult to keep everything perfectly clean but we are working hard to bring you the comfort you need. For the same reason, we can not guarante that the exterior of the ship will look exactly like the pictures you have seen on internet. Also, because the systems in the ship are old, some of the material may be out of use during regular maintenance. In any case, please let us know if you see anything unpleasant, and feel very welcome to give us your feedback directly, to let us know about your ideas, tips and advices.
- Silence and noise on board: With respect to our guests and volunteers, we ask for silence aboard the ship from 10 PM to 8:00 AM on weekdays and from 12 PM to 10 AM in the weekends. This means : whispers in the messroom and above deck, night phone calls in the parking area, quiet talking into the harbor area and early organization with our crew for late check-ins. Sound on all electronic devices should be muted at these times (exept for wake-up alarms). Between 8 and 10 AM, our team of volunteers may start to live and work on board.
- Children and minors: We welcome well behaved children but please note that we can not assure full silence while they are sleeping as we are all sharing one same old wooden “house”. Children under 13 years old must be in the company of an adult at all times when on our property and minors are not allowed to make any bookings for themselves.
- Handicap and restricted mobility:
Because of the steep stairs and gaps/obstacle to step over, our boat is not accessible for people with a disability.
- Smoking / Incense / Candles:
The interior of the boat is smoke-free and indoor open flames are strictly prohibited, including incense and candles. Smokers are invited to smoke on deck using appropriate ashtrays or containers.
- Lost & Found: Due to the lack of space onboard, please understand we can not keep your forgotten belongings for an extend period of time. Contact us as soon as possible if you happen to lose something.
- Locks and safety:
You can leave your personal belongings onboard, the ship being very safe. But for more safety, and because we do not give keys to the cabins, we can also provide you a safe drawer in the private crew cabins if you want to secure small things.
- Pets: AirBnB guests are not allowed to bring animals on our property to accomodate for those who are afraid or allergic, please note there might be some dogs onboard as some volunteers could bring their pet with them while working.
DO NOT CLIMB THE MASTS. The rigging is ongoing restoration and is not safe to climb in.