Barbiemania is sweeping the world right now – and if you’re as excited as we are to go full HAM on the pink pomp and paraphernalia of Greta Gerwig’s highly-anticipated doll movie, you’ll want to read on. Barbie Land may or may not exist IRL (sorry), but if ‘Barbie’ leaves you hungry for more pink in your life, here’s the travel list you need.
—-The pinkest places in the world—-
1. The Gallery at Sketch, London
The Gallery at Sketch takes the crown when it comes to lavish tea rooms. As soon you walk in, you’re immersed in pink, from the high, brightly lit ceilings to the pink velvet furniture with gold accents. The walls, meanwhile, are covered with over 200 prints and cartoon drawings by the artist David Shrigley. The Gallery has long been a draw for its outstanding service and afternoon tea menus featuring an array of finger sandwiches, scones, and sweet pastries. Naturally, it’s an Instagram hotspot, too, so you’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time to guarantee a table.
2. Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Located off the coast of Western Australia, Lake Hillier is the country’s only pink lake. Scientists suspect the strawberry-bubblegum color comes from a reaction between the high level of salt and sodium bicarbonate in the water. And while the water is safe to swim in, you’ll still have to stick to taking photos as it’s a protected nature reserve. The best way to get a view? From the air, where you can see the dramatic contrasts between the forest and the Indian ocean that surround this beautiful pink lake.
3. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Known as the ‘Palace of Winds’, the Hawa Mahal is one of the most recognisable palaces in Jaipur, India’s pink city. Built from red and pink sandstone in 1799, this majestic pile is a fine example of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles – and perfect for the ’gram, naturally.
4. Takinoue Park, Japan
Nature has a magical way of surpassing its own masterpieces. Just when we were beginning to think that Lake Hillier is the best naturally pink place in the world, pictures of Takinoue Park in Japan left us open mouthed. It may not stay like that for whole year, but the months of May and June, when pink moss is in full bloom, this park turns all pink and is second to none it terms of beauty.
5. Lake Nakuru, Kenya
No, it’s not really a pink lake, but it turns pink; thanks to the visiting flamingos who show up in large numbers during the migration period. They simply shadow the blue of the Lake Nakuru with their own pretty pink. What a sight it would be to see thousands of flamingos on the lake shores!
6. La Muralla Roja, Spain
The name of this postmodern apartment complex in Spain’s Alicante region means ‘the red wall’. But who are they kidding? This place is as pink as it gets. With magnificent panoramic views and direct access to the Costa Blanca coves, the private housing estate contains 50 properties – some of which are on Airbnb.