It’s a never-ending dilemma of hotel rooms with our family: what do we do after the kids go to sleep? We’ve sat on bathroom floors. We’ve sat in hallways. We’ve given up and gone to bed. (But where’s the fun in that?) And it’s never been that much fun.
The setting: Room 423. The time: 9:01pm. The place: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies.
“Thomas, I just don’t know. The balcony is so dark. What if a monkey jumps down on my head?”
“If only!” my husband replied. I wasn’t sure what that meant. Thomas, who has an intense fear of super-large, eight-legged creatures, wasn’t put off by darkness and wild jungle creatures.
“No, let’s go. Really. We should go out and have a glass of wine.”
With the white noise machine cranked up to 11 (a necessary travel companion to ensure everyone under the age of five sleeps through the night), we carefully slipped the sliding glass door open and stepped outside.
It was dark all right—but beautiful. Orion came into view over our heads. Palm trees lit from the base dotted the landscape. The pool glowed purplish-blue. The crickets sang their endless refrain. One glass wasn’t going to be enough. So we had another, and started talking about our boys. And then our parents. And the unexpected developments in life that turn out to be better than you could have hoped. And then about how lucky we are to have each other and our lovely kids. We hugged, we kissed, we laughed… we drank two bottles of wine.
Tonight, still in room 423, we’re planning on doing it again (only with a little less wine and perhaps more snacks). There’s no TV, no light for reading. We only have one device connected for WiFi, so we can’t even bring out our computer and iPad. It’s decadent: unplugged time together in a setting that is one of the most magical we’ve ever seen.
Sure, we could hire a sitter to stay in the dark room while we go out to dinner. But then we’d have distractions. These evenings are going to be all about us—and totally fun.
Read more about Nevis in Four Seasons Magazine.
Read Sarah’s post on her family’s stay at Four Seasons Nevis Resort Nevis in HITC Life.
Sarah Western Balzer is the editor of the Life section of London-based Here Is The City (HITC), a global financial news website. She grew up in Tampa, Florida, and spent time in Washington, DC and New York before moving to London, where she lived for seven years. Sarah now lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two sons.
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