Last day at 9 Beaches

Trip Start Apr 11, 2008
Trip End Apr 15, 2008

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

On our final morning, we awake to the sound of torrential rain and wind, and it is a most romantic and relaxing sound to my ears. So heavy is the rain that I wonder if our flight is still on schedule to depart at 4:30 p.m. I call the airline, half hoping they will say the airport is rained in and all flights have been canceled (what a great excuse to stay another day). Unfortunately, everything is on schedule despite the rain. So I reluctantly hang up and snuggle further into the cozy bed for just five more minutes of paradise.

I'm amazed at how sturdy the cabana is. The canvas walls rustle gently as the wind caresses the cabana, but not a hint of a breeze enters the tent-like structure, nor do we notice even the slightest amount of leakage inside. I want this moment to last forever, but I know we have to get up and get moving because the van will be here at 1:00 to shuttle us to the airport, and we want to enjoy one last walk around the grounds before we leave.

At breakfast, James, a waiter from Jamaica, shares some of his experiences with the inclement weather in Bermuda, which hasn't seemed to be too harsh in the nearly three years he has worked at 9 Beaches.

Later, we enjoy a leisurely stroll over to Snuggler's Cover for one last view of our romantic hideaway (yes, we've adopted it as our very own). Then we climb atop a rock formation to get a fantastic view of a great little snorkeling spot we'll have to explore when we come back. Time is ticking away too quickly now, and we must get back to cabana #15 to finish packing before the airport shuttle arrives.

Over at the lobby, we spend some time relaxing and uploading photos to the travel journal. We're greeted by Robin, the general manager at 9 Beaches. He is very pleasant to talk with and gives us a br ief history of the facility. The previous resort was called Daniel's Head, and was intended as an eco-friendly retreat for the backpacker travelers. However, they were ahead of their time and found that eco-friendly, or what we now call "green," was a bit costly almost two decades ago. Now, 9 Beaches does its best to conserve water and energy and to recycle. Robin is a gracious host, yet we must bid him and the rest of the 9 Beaches family farewell as the shuttle arrives. It has been an enjoyable and memorable visit. We will definitely return.

Back at home, we realize the truth of the statement we made in our second entry when we mentioned that good deeds and kindness to others goes a long way. Michael picked up Cleo from "the spa" as we call it when we board her. And what a surprise to find that the woman whose dog we helped catch the day we left for Bermuda so appreciated our taking the time to do so, that she left two $5 gift cards to Starbucks (one of our favorite international coffee spots). How nice is that? Let this be a lesson to all Globetrotters wanna-bees. Be nice to people out of the kindness of your heart and you will always be rewarded one way or another.

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