I have a great group of travel friends. We keep in touch constantly via WhatsApp, are we’re often booking 5 or 6 trips at a time while simultaneously talking about banter. Now I understand the reason why my phone battery is always red.
An interesting comment was made during a discussion about one of my travel friend’s upcoming trip to Taipei. He was asking if anyone had stayed at the Grand Hyatt Taipei before, and he was reluctant to stay there because of the multiple reports claiming it was haunted.
I was naturally intrigued, so the first thing I did was turn to Google. One of the first results that showed up was a post from fellow BoardingArea blogger, Lucky, who was faced with the same dilemma last year (does anyone know if he actually ended up staying there?).
Underneath Lucky’s post were several TripAdvisor reviews backing up the claims that the property is indeed haunted. Reading these encounters reminded me of an encounter I had a few years ago.
I rarely share this story because 1.) not everyone believes in the supernatural, and 2.) I don’t want to get thrown in the looney-bin, but what I experienced back in 2011 when I stayed at a newer (and beautiful) resort in Palawan, an island of the Philippines, was absolutely 100% real.
Mr. Points Traveler and I decided to escape busy Manila and have a remote, romantic weekend together. We decided the island Palawan would be a great option since we craved serene beaches, so we booked ourselves a few nights at this brand new beach resort that was still under construction. The place was beautiful, quiet, and we lived like kings as we felt like we had the whole resort to ourselves.
After enjoying a nice sunset dinner, we headed back to our room. Mr. Points Traveler and I started to feel “heavy” if that makes any sense, and we both were coming on with a bit of a headache. No, we weren’t drinking heavily.
He decided to plug in his computer to do some work, but the wifi connection kept fading in and out, so he went down the hallway where we had a better connection earlier that day. I stayed in the room. He came back to the room in minutes and said “Ang, this is going to sound weird, but I just have a feeling that the lights are going to blow out”. After he said that, I kid you not, within minutes the entire wing of our hotel blew out. I’m not talking flickering… the blow out was so bad that some of the light bulbs actually shattered outside. Ok, freaky…
So then we sat in the room… in the dark. Kevin started feeling sick, and out of the corner of my eye I see an apparition manifesting. I was too afraid to turn towards it, but telepathically I was able to know that it was of a young 20-something girl. At that moment Kevin and I decided it was time to peace-out. We legitimately hung out in the outside lobby until the sun came out.
While lightly sleeping on an outdoor couch, I abruptly woke up from a bad dream of me drowning and coughing up tons of seawater. It was very bizarre, but in my dream I saw a dead girl being carried out of the sea. The next morning, we knew we weren’t crazy, and someone at the property had to know something. I was determined to ask the first person I saw. The first person I saw was our housekeeper.
“I have an odd question for you… did something recently happen at this resort?”
She looked at me in a way like she knew where I was going, but didn’t say anything.
“Did someone die here?”
She paused, and then all she said was, “She drowned.”
I can’t make this up.
After that closure, things felt more peaceful for the rest of our stay, and I kid you not, our room smelled like a church blessing when we returned to it.
I have always been a believer in the supernatural, and I have had several spiritual encounters throughout my whole life (outside of hotels), including one recently where an angel came to me and told me the height and weight of baby points traveler over 100 days before he was born!
Now going back to the Grand Hyatt TPE. Has anyone stayed there? Apparently from what I read, the employees know what rooms are haunted, so talk about an interesting way to ask for an “upgrade”!
Has anyone else had any supernatural experiences while traveling? I’d love to hear your stories!