One recent Friday night my husband and I headed to Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Connecticut for a night without the kids. It had been many years since we had been away on our own and we both craved some time away. Life gets so busy sometimes and as much as we love traveling with our kids, sometimes we just need a break from the daily chaos and time to reconnect with each other.
Water’s Edge is located on the Long Island Sound, about two hours from NYC. The hotel offers a full-service spa, an elegant restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and best of all, it’s located near a few very quaint towns on the coastline including Old Saybrook, Essex and Ivoryton. It’s got charm, scenic views and best of all, tranquility, which was exactly what the two were after.
We arrived at the hotel late and headed right to their restaurant. We were seated immediately at a table directly facing the water, with superb views of the sea. Relaxation kicked in as we happily drank pomegranate martinis and ate seafood fresh from the sea. We both indulged food prepared by Chef Joe Vitti.
Our room was surprisingly oversized with a view of the ocean. Complete with a flat panel TV, free high-speed Internet and a big bathroom with a powerful hot shower, we were set. We spent the evening watching Netflix programming on our iPad. In the morning, we lazed in bed, pleased that we didn’t have kids jumping on top of us waking us up at an ungodly hour. We were feeling the pleasure of getting away…really away, and I say that as a big fan of family travel.
After a morning walk on the beach, we returned to the hotel – me to the spa for a treatment, my husband for relaxation in the pool area. I tried something new, a hot stone massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones, either as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body while they massage other parts of the body. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly. It was the perfect end to our stay.
If you’re interested in the same kind of getaway this winter, the hotel has a special available November 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 for what they’re terming the Retail Therapy package. It’s based on double occupancy and starts at $299 per night on weekdays and at $339 per night on weekends, plus tax and a service charge, and includes:
- Overnight accommodations
- A discount coupon book to the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
- A snack-to-go for shopping
- A couple’s massage
- A late checkout of 1:00 pm.
For more information or to book, visit www.watersedgeresortandspa.com or call 1-800-222-5901.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary stay and meals to facilitate this review but as always, all opinions are my own.