When you are young and in love you go out your way to be romantic. Flowers, movies, open the door, whispers in the ear, special dinners and and and. When you get slightly older and have kids, just spending a little time together on your own without the kids is seen as romantic. For us it is anyway. Now when you get to combine both of these, you know you have a winner on your hands. And a winner I was at the first #ECMeetUp a little while ago when I won an evening at The Plantation here in Port Elizabeth. Just the fact that the Damselfly and I could spend some "us" time was enough, but little did we know what Sarah and Ralph has in store for us.
The Plantation is a wedding and conference venue just off Sardinia Bay Road which means that it is surrounded by indigenous coastal bush giving it a real romantic forest feel. As there was no wedding on the weekend we chose to stay, we were given the honeymoon suite in all it's stunning splendor. Iffy weather that weekend meant that we could only go for a short walk through the bush before the skies opened up again. It did mean though an evening of snuggling up under the duvet in front of the television (also romantic in mu book) just chilling away from the KidZ in each other's company.
On arrival our picnic dinner was waiting for us already and if the weather played along we would have been able to throw the blanket open in the garden and enjoyed it there. Instead we threw the blanket open on the bed which, as it turned out, was a good second option.
Sarah and Ralph really went all the way with cold meats, cheeses, biscuits, breads, pates, salads and more along with a bottle of chilled sparkling wine. This was followed by not one, not two, but three different desserts. Everything nicely presented and tasting divine. Now that is how you spend a romantic evening with a loved one. BUT... that wasn't all...
We didn't even have to get up to go for breakfast the next morning.
Breakfast came to us, delivered to the room in two sessions.
The first "course" consisted of crumpets with strawberries, syrup and cream along with our coffee which was followed fifteen minutes later by a warm breakfast and a message of "Take your time. No need to rush and check out." Just what we wanted to hear although the KidZ had phoned already to hear when we would be home...
Disclosure: I won the evening at The Plantation as a prize in a competition at the #ECMeetUp bloggers event so I didn't pay to stay. There was absolutely no expectation from them for me to write a blog post, but how can I not after enjoying our stay so much?