Can't wait to get to Bermuda
Trip Start Apr 11, 2008
6Trip End Apr 15, 2008
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We arrive in plenty of time to enjoy a beverage from Starbuck's before boarding our 2 ½-hour flight to Bermuda. The L.F. Wade International Airport is colorful, bright, and clean and we're greeted by a trio of "musicians" singing and playing instruments along to pre-recorded music featuring oldies, but goodies. Easy going through customs, then out to our awaiting shuttle van, which we arranged days earlier. 9 Beaches Resort.
The drive through the island reveals some beautiful scenery, reminiscent of the Bahamas or Jamaica, with lovely views of the beaches along the highway, colorful houses of aqua blue, lime green, lemon yellow, lavender, peach and orange. I'm checking my watch to ensure we get to our destination by 5:30 p.m. because unbeknownst to Michael, I've scheduled a very special surprise for his birthday and timing is critical.
As we drive onto the grounds of
Bermuda rum swizzle drink as we check in. She gives us our personal cell phone, one of the unique items at 9 Beaches. All of the necessary numbers are programmed into the phone-front desk, concierge, mini bus, water sports, emergency, etc. All calls on the island are free of charge and we can get free incoming calls from anywhere. We debate on whether to email our families to let them know about this. We think not!
The bathroom is small-slightly larger than on a cruise ship-and has a tiny shower and all of the usual amenities. The canvas ceiling inside the cabana droops lightly to resemble the puffiness of a down comforter. The windows and the doors leading onto the deck allow the natural light into the quaint cabana, and the colorful bedspread, furnishings and window coverings add to the brightness of the room. We are loving this place!
Right away, our cell phone rings. I take the call outside on the deck because I know it is regarding the big surprise. Meanwhile, Michael discovers a lovely fruit basket on the coffee table with a note wishing him a happy birthday from the staff at 9 Beaches. He is surprised, but little does he know this is only the beginning. We unpack a few things and Michael is ready to explore the grounds, but we can't leave now. I'm awaiting further instructions from my co-conspirators.
Nonetheless, we arrive at Snuggler's Cove on the other side of the resort and are greeted by Paul and Anna Maria, then escorted down the steps to a table for two on the secluded beach. Michael is speechless, totally surprised and absolutely ecstatic. I love this. Our dinner is delightful, the service is top notch, and to top it all off,
With tiki torches lighted, the sun completely gone and no sign of Paul or Anna Maria (it's been about an hour since we last saw those two), we decide to head up the steps to let them know we're done for the night so they can show us the way back to our cabana. Much to our surprise, our friendly wait staff has gone away. We have no idea how to get back, but luckily we come upon another couple and they kindly lead us in the direction of the reception area, from which we make our way back to cabana #18 in the dark. What a day; what a surprise. We are definitely looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.