We started another late morning off with an amazing brunch at Bela Vista — eggs benedict, fresh fruit, and fresh squeezed juices. And then we set off for a walk down the beach. We started at Praia da Rocha just by our hotel and walked up the beach and to Praia de Tres Castelos, named for three rock formations that look like sand castles jutting out of the serene blue water.
Walking along the beach felt like the most relaxing thing we had done so far. The sand was warm, the water was pleasantly warm, we could see for a few miles along the beach, and we didn’t have a care in the world. We picked up shells and stones as a momento — I’ll probably add them to our terrarium at home, so I can recollect our walk down the beach when I look at it.
Once we got to the end of the beach, we went for a dip in the cool, blue water. We walked back toward the hotel to lay out by the pool again for a few hours before our spa appointment. We had made appointments to go to the spa at Bela Vista for some much needed massages. Cliff was booked at 4:00pm and me at 5:00pm. We went in together and were shown the spa room, complete with mineral baths, a sauna, and a steam room. We tried out the mineral bath and the sauna before Cliff was called in for his appointment. Another dip in the mineral pool and a cool, fragranced shower later, I was called in for my massage. It felt so nice to unwind and be pampered and truly relaxed after all the craziness leading up to the wedding and then last minute preparations for our honeymoon.
When I emerged from the spa, I wasn’t sure where Cliff was and checked in with the woman at the front desk. “Did my husband already take care of everything?” I asked. I think it was the first time I had said the words “my husband” out loud to anyone besides Cliff. “Oh, yes,” she said. “He already checked out and wanted me to tell you he’ll be by the pool.” I walked up to the pool and we ordered champagne and enjoyed the last hours of sunshine before it disappeared behind the sea.
Then, we went back to the room and dressed for dinner at Vista. When we were seated, we were the only people in the room at 8:00pm, but soon it filled up with other couples. We ordered the five course pre-fixed menu. First up was an amuse-bouche fo gazpacho, then goat cheese with tangy apple and fruit, then grilled fish, duck, and a chocolate dessert. The food was beautifully prepared and was equally delicious.