The Sandals Emerald Bay
There are no kids anywhere.
They aren't building sandcastles on the mile-long Bahamian beach. They're not doing cannonballs in the
And that's just fine. Because when you are after an adult's getaway, you don't want a lot of kids around to spoil your tranquility or make you feel guilty for leaving yours kids behind.
So what if you missed the mark this past
"I like being the one to be taken care of, not doing the taking care of," said
Except here, instead of parents, butlers are taking care of us, catering to our every whim.
Did I mention when we arrived at our room that on our bed sat a pair of swans fashioned from towels and flower petals scattered around them? We indulged in a couples massage, though I confess my husband really isn't a massage kind of guy. Our second night, we returned from dinner to find a bubble bath drawn, candles lit and "love" spelled out on the bath mat. On our third night, we were served a private dinner at an elegantly set table in a "tower" overlooking the romantically lit
Believe me, you are never too old for romance and it doesn't have to be
Go someplace closer to home.
Cruise on a small ship without kids. This spring and summer,
We could have played beach volleyball, bocce ball, golf, tennis or joined in the "Name That Tune" games around the pool bar, but we were content to simply relax. (And though the 183-room resort is 80 percent full, there is no jockeying for beach chairs at any of the pools, an enterprise common at other resorts.
Truth be told, the food isn't terrific -- not terrible but not terrific -- but no one cares because they are all having such a good time and because it is all inclusive, they eat (and drink) what they want when they want (24-hour room service! Sunrise breakfast!) The best part: No one is worried about anyone else's happiness this trip -- namely his or her children.
"I love that I don't have to worry about the kids," says Lorry Gregoire. This trip is her first adult getaway with her husband Chris in more than a decade. "This is the best vacation!"
"It's nice to regroup as a couple," adds
Absolutely. Now where is our butler?
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