A Day to Kick Back

26 Apr

Our impromptu trip was relaxed enough with just a few excursions, but we were ready for a day of relaxing!

Thanks to the resort loosing our reservations, we received some great benefits. Since they were so nice and took a night off of our bill, we decided to put the money back into the resort and treat ourselves at the spa!

Saturday morning we woke up nice and early and headed over to the cafe for some coffee and donuts. The spa was located next door. Phil and I decided on a couples sea shell massage. Much like a hot-stone massage, the sea shells are warmed and used to apply pressure and work out kinks.

Following the massage, we talked to the massuers who said they prefer the shells because they are smoother and keep the heat in better. I really enjoyed the shells and almost purchased some to bring home.

Following the massage, I sat down for a mani, Charelston Miami Beat.

While I was finishing up, Phil went to grab some seats down at the pool. There were serveral pools on the resort property (even a private one for our condo), but we decided to sit by the pool on the ocean. One of the reasons I loved this pool was the walk-way was made to replicate a boardwalk.

We spent the entire day reading our books (I finally finished Sarah’s Key that was fantastic), catching up on magazines, chatting, napping….it was glorious. ANNND, the weather cooperated (despite the slightly overcast pics)!

After several hours, we headed back to our condo to get ready for the evening.

For dinner, the manager from the hotel made a reservation at the Lettered Olive, a wonderful restaurant located on site. Their specialty is local, fresh seafood. It sounded delicious and did not disappoint!

We started with a shrimp cocktail and ahi-tuna that was out of this world. I’m not sure what type of sauce they drizzled on the plate, but it was a bit sweet and spicy – totally made the dish.

One of the highlights (believe it or not) was the bread. The restaurant sent out homemade, fresh-from-the-oven, warm bread with homemade red pepper hummus. Oh man this stuff good, I wanted to take it home with me.

For dinner, I tried the sea bass. I kept it simple as I wanted a good, light meal that would hit the spot.  Phil got adventurous and tried blue-corn chip crusted haddock on top of shrimp and grits. The chips gave the flaky fish a nice salty crunch – it was so, so good!

(Apologies for the crappy fo-tos, when it comes to food, I have to snap quickly before someone digs in!)

And as though that wasn’t enough, we were sent home with a double chocolate cake (much like the great wall of China from P.F. Changs) and a second bottle of wine….ALL ON THE HOUSE. It was a wonderfully, incredible dinner and evening.

In fact, the whole day was so relaxing and peaceful. I was able to let my mind be quiet and be at peace, which is just what my soul needed.




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