Room With A View In Miami

The last time I was in Miami, it was to embark on a short cruise to visit a friend who was working on a ship as a dancer.  This time, the visit was also with a friend, but to help her out with an event.  Totally different experience!  Last time, I only had one short afternoon to walk around South Beach.  This time, I stayed right on it.  Last time, I was sharing a miniature mouse size crew room.  This time, I was in a glorious room with a spectacular view that played out many stories.

 

The View From My Room At The Westin Diplomat

The View From My Room At The Westin Diplomat

 

I managed to capture an extremely rare moment where the hotel pool area was empty.  This pool was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  During the day it was filled with families.  I would sit at my window and watch the faces of parents, worn with daily stress of work and life’s challenges, soften to sweet peace as the first minutes of vacation set in.  I could see children laughing and screaming, and of course, getting scolded for running on the deck.  The spirit was definitely lively down there!  Spontaneous games of water tag, races, and hilarious synchronized swimming routines would occur every so often as well.  It’s funny how well we can get along with strangers when we’re on vacation.  If only everyone could carry this same energy back home.

A little later in the afternoon, the hungover party crowd would start to emerge.  It’s not hard to miss them.  Pretty much anyone with a slow walk, head down because even with sunglasses it’s too bright, and looking lost and kind of angry that it’s taking so long to find an available chair to flop down, on fits the bill.  I understand why they feel the way they do.  At night I would see them in full force, hitting the pool after a crazy night in South Beach.  The people on the lower floors definitely got a good show!

Since I was in Miami to work, my own indulgence came from soaking in the tub.  I loved that there was a ‘window’ to the room and that I could still see the outside sky.  I could see a plane with a long banner flying by.  I wondered if it was a grand marriage proposal gesture for some lucky girl, or a sign beckoning visitors to happy hour somewhere.  I have to say, I don’t enjoy tubs that are confined to tiny bathrooms.  It leaves nothing to the imagination!

 

A Tub With A View

A Tub With A View

 

Snowy Canadian Flashbacks to the Tub at Le Chamois

What is life without indulgence from time to time.

Indulgence can come in many different forms ~ a glass of exquisite wine, a rather scrumptious piece of chocolate, or simply stealing a quiet moment in the sunshine.  For me, one of my favourite indulgences is a good soak.  I love relaxing in hot water and wallowing all my worries away.

 

Wallowing away my worries.

 

It is for this reason and the a bit of Whistler inspiration that encouraged me to indulge in the column ‘The World’s Best Soaks‘.

Tub Bliss at Le Chamois Whistler

The inspiration came in the form of the most incredible tub, and after a rather bruised tail bone from my first snowboarding lesson, I have got to say it was sent from the heavens.  The tub in question was this one at Le Chamois in Whistler, BC, Canada.  Pure blissful indulgence, that I’ve been having lovely flashbacks to all week, as the beautiful snow has been falling on Canada.

Hoping if I win the Whistler Sabbatical, that I get this tub in a cat friendly room.

For another indulgent Whistler, BC soak, check out Scandinave Spa. Pure bliss!

So curious, where’s your best soak been, whether in a tub, at a spa, or in some hot springs?

Kisses,

Emme xoxo

World Best Soaks: Inspired by Le Chamois Whistler and Scandinave Spa Whistler

It’s been an interesting year. One that has been presenting a lot of change, for the better I think.  You see both Brie and I got hit up in the Rat Race this Winter / Spring to a very unhealthy extent.  I don’t joke when I say that I think we were both heading to a nervous breakdown or a heart attack.

I think it was the idea of Roamancing that kept us hanging on by a thread to our sanity.  That idea of taking time for ourselves for an escape for a day or a full fledged holiday.  We have Whistler Tourism, Le Chamois Whistler, the Rocky Mountaineer and Scandinave Spa Whistler to thank for showing us the importance of slowing down for our sanity, creativity and our health.

Tub Bliss at Le Chamois Whistler

Really Le Chamois was the precursor with a weekend away in Whistler for the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival with Richard Yearwood.  No, not that sort of weekend.  Although I love Richard dearly and find him to be none too hard on the eyes, we are friends and colleagues, not lovers. Being the Easter Holiday and the last weekend that Whistler Mountain was open for skiing, not a room was to be had, until Le Chamois came to our rescue and provided a little inspiration for me for this column.  On a weekend that Richard and I were running all over the place, experiencing and covering this and that, Le Chamois provided us with a much needed piece of tranquility and bliss.  The piece de resistance being the tub!  Which I must say was sent from the heavens after I hobbled back to Le Chamois from my first ever snowboarding lesson (with the heavenly Sean Matthews).

For Brie the same tranquil escape and reminder of how desperately we both needed to slow down came a few weeks later, as the Rocky Mountaineer sent us on a day’s retreat to Whistler and the opportunity to visit the cell phone and speaking free oasis of the Scandinave Spa.

Brie unwinding at Scandinave Spa Whistler

These escapes were the wake up calls we needed to take a look at our lives, remind ourselves of the importance of taking time to smell the lavender, enjoy time with friends and family, and relish in the little adventures in life, as at the end of the day it is those moments that are really important.

To this end, we plan to continually remind ourselves of this with this column honouring the World’s Best Soaks – whether in the form of a tub, a spa, or a natural hot spring.  To all of you, we raise a glass in thanks.

Kisses,

Emme xoxo