Tommy and I were fortunate enough to sneak away for a short, but amazing stay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel last weekend for a Babymoon before little Luke arrives. Our good friend Christina generously offered to watch Ava and Violet beginning Saturday afternoon through Sunday at noon so Tommy and I could get a little R&R time. And R&R time we got!
I had been hoping for the chance to either go to the spa at the Mandarin Oriental, eat a meal at one of their restaurants, or even stay at the hotel for awhile now, and our Babymoon was the perfect excuse to do all three!
Due to a work commitment Tommy couldn’t get out of (even though we had booked our Babymoon first), he had to meet me at the hotel around 7pm on Saturday from Dulles as he was coming off a week- work trip in San Francisco. While yours truly, checked herself into the spa at 3:30pm for my scheduled 80-minute prenatal massage. (I had been hoping to check into our room first at 3pm, but the lines were so long, I ended up going straight to the spa upon arrival).
My prenatal massage was wonderful. Not only was I due for a massage (especially after taking care of a 3-year-old by myself for the past week!), but my massage therapist was incredibly attentive, accommodating, and pleasant. I definitely passed out sleeping for part of my massage. 🙂
Once my massage was done, I checked myself into our Water View room and it was something to see!
I spent the next couple of hours waiting for Tommy and doing nothing – which is exactly how I envisioned our hotel stay. I watched some TV, got some non-work work done on the computer, and snoozed for a bit, before hopping in the shower about 15 minutes before Tommy arrived at our room. I also took advantage of room service and ordered some crab dip with bread to curb my hunger pains before dinner. It was really good.
Once we were both showered and ready, we headed downstairs for dinner at Muze, a restaurant in the hotel that serves Southeast Asian-inspired American fare. For the next hour and a half Tommy and I enjoyed delicious dishes from the kitchen and good conversation while looking out at the D.C. Wharf from our table.
For our appetizers we chose the Mandarin Shrimp Scampi and Roasted Cauliflower Hummus. Both dishes were so, so, so good. What surprised me was how much I liked the hummus, since I’m not the biggest fan of cauliflower, but I really liked it.
For my entree, I chose the Vegetable Lo Mein, while Tommy got the Grilled Verlasso Salmon. Both dishes didn’t disappoint and we definitely enjoyed sharing our dishes with each other too.
After our appetizers and meals, we were absolutely stuffed and didn’t plan on eating any dessert, but the kitchen surprised us by bringing out a complimentary dessert for us as a “best wishes” for our new baby.
Of course we had to document this lovely stay, so we asked the hostess to take some photos of us in the restaurant before we headed back up to our room.
When we made it back to our room after dinner, we had a couple more surprises in store for us – our room had been turned down (curtains drawn, bed prepped for sleep, complete with his/her slippers by each side of our bed) and chocolate covered strawberries and champagne!
It was the perfect way to end a perfect day with Tommy!
The next morning Tommy had his 80-minute massage at 9am, so before he left for that, we enjoyed a lovely breakfast in our hotel room.
While Tommy got his massage and spent some time in the sauna and jacuzzi (two things I couldn’t do unfortunately), I did more of the same of what I did the day before – watched TV, read, did some non-work work, and took a little catnap.r
Pretty soon it was time to pack up, check out and head home to our babies.
While this Babymoon was a little shorter than the one we took before we had Ava, it was fantastic and just what we both needed to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Big thanks to Christina again for making this happen for us!