Our wedding anniversary was a few weeks ago but with everything going on, travel, work, selling the house, the holidays, daily life, we didn’t stop to breathe, let alone celebrate. Besides, we had bigger fish in our sights – our trip to Marriott Grand Cayman. We’re more about celebrating life rather than specific days anyway. We opted for a more romantic vacation than our typical go, go, go adventures and planned an entire relaxing day together. We booked a couples massage at La Mer Spa followed by a Jacuzzi bath and we learned that sometimes, even if life as close to perfect as you can imagine, you just need to breathe.
We arrived at La Mer Spa at 1 pm to a soothing room with low lighting and relaxing music. The beds, side-by-side, allowed us to enjoy the pleasures of a massage at the same time. It was a unique experience, to be massaged with someone else in the room, but it was oddly calming at the same time. There was something about being fully engaged in an activity together that helped us reconnect. It was like skydiving together. Although we don’t actually jump out of the plane together, knowing that we’re both having this amazing experience at relatively the same time was invigorating.
Near the end of the massage, the masseuse started to fill the Jacuzzi. It was the perfect temperature by the time we got in and the candles and champagne made it look like the set from a movie. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, minus the whole prostitute part.
We relaxed in the bubbling Jacuzzi for twenty minus, sometimes chatting and other times just enjoying the moment together. The hour and a half time period did more to help us share, connect, and feel “in love” than all of the time in the last month combined.
Life is busy and relationships are hard. Darren and I have very little time together during a regular week and it usually involves cooking meals, running errands, playing with Athena (not that that is a negative), and maintaining a household. The only time we spend alone together is in bed and between 8-10 pm when Athena has gone to sleep. That’s not enough. Our time at Marriott Grand Cayman has allowed us to reconnect in a way not possible at home. I often hear, “How can you afford to travel so often?” But I think the question really is, “Can you afford not to travel?”
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