National Plan for Vacation Day was earlier this week. But it's never too late to plan a vacation. Or given the current state of things, it's never too late to dream of planning a vacation.
Since we are very much still in the throes of a global pandemic, I haven't been on a flight and barely out of New York City for nearly a year. But with spring 2021 fast approaching, I've been reminiscing about the last trip I took. It was in March 2020 and after attending a film festival in Miami, I arranged a day of pampering at the fabulous Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
I miss spa days and tropical getaways.
|Me at the Carillon Miami spa. Photo credit: ESW|
But in compliance with CDC guidelines, the Thermal Hydrotherapy Experience and locker rooms are closed until further notice. That's a bummer since the Thermal Hydrotherapy Experience, which taps into the healing properties of water, was a highlight of my visit -- especially the tropical rain showers.
While chilling on a heated thermal lounger, I chatted with another Black woman. We expressed our growing anxiety about the coronavirus. I wondered to myself if I should be at a spa or even in Miami. But in hindsight I'm glad I was able to fit in this mini spring break escape just a week or two before the world turned upside down.
During my spa day, I was treated to a Rejuvenating Sea Wrap & Massage to detoxify and nourish my skin. As promised, I felt re-energized and refreshed. Next, a light and tasty lunch at The Strand, a bright and airy restaurant overlooking the pool. Lastly, I had a non traditional LightStim Therapy body treatment designed to wake up and regenerate cells.
I look forward to going back to the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, perhaps for more than a day, when the COVID-19 pandemic is a distant masked memory.