One year ago I’ve spent the best two weeks of my life (in terms of vacation, of course), with my fiancé, and without our then 6-months old baby. I’d call it a kids-less getaway slash bachelors’ party slash retreat, in one of the most whimsical places on earth – La Côte d’Azur. I still don’t know how we made it to be apart of the baby and still enjoy it so freaking much, but we did, and I would do it again a million times. Yes, the same coast, same places, same hotels. We LOVED it.
So, traveling with kids. That’s the equivalent of a full-time adventure, to not call it challenge. But traveling sans-kids? That’s even a bigger challenge. Your every sense is being put to test, and you expect a million things from yourself : you think you’ll be so relieved and excited when you board the plane with a new destination and a whole week or two ahead of you; you think you’ll have the best honeymoon with your husband and act like to lovers who are just discovering the world together and not having a care in the world; you promise yourself you won’t FaceTime your kids three times a day and just trust your parents or nanny that they can handle things; you tell yourself you won’t cry every night, you won’t obsess over whether your kids are fine or not, you will take millions of pictures to frame back home, you’ll be skinny-dipping with your hubby, and the list could go on for another hour.
But we haven’t been anywhere that amazing ever since, and I’m now thinking, it’s time. However, I’d love to try out something new, especially since I came across one magical hotel situated in Saint-Raphaël. Les Roches Rouges is a some sort of combination between Eden Roc and the typical mediterranean boutique- hotels, that exhales magic through every window. Especially considering that infinity pool high on the rocks and the seaside views from the rooms.
The hotel enjoys a late 50’s modernist design, scattered among pines and tamarisk, 2 swimming pools – including a large natural sea-water pool -, beach bars, Mediterranean gardens and two restaurants. How could you not picture yourself on this little balcony sipping your morning espresso and some large croissants while listening to the Med waves crashing the coast? As cheesy as that sounded, I can. And so I did, when I was in a similar place to this one.
Are you with me? Or should I mention hours-long breakfasts with French toast and fresh orange juice served by the Mediterranean Sea or even better, in bed? Should I mention waking up whenever you feel like, without an alarm or…kids crying? Date nights every night?
Leaving without your kids will be hard, very hard, especially if it’s your first time. Even if it’s not, the feeling is the same. There will be plenty of #MomGuilt (even more so when you’ll see all those families traveling with their 3 kids in exotic places and acting as if it’s so easy breezy and normal – it’s not!), there will be endless phone calls back home with the fam and complaining to your husband about not taking the kids with you and being a bad mom. Well, listen to me: it all goes away. You’ll relax, you’ll get used to the feeling of freedom and you’ll remember the times before you had kids. Take it as just a short getaway from which you’ll return sooner than you think.
One thing is for sure: with no kids, there will be no schedule. And with no schedule, there will be no worries or stress – and that’s exactly what every mom/ dad needs after entering this whole new parenting stage, where things get monitored by the hour, and a 5 minutes delay of your order in the restaurant might result in the breakdown of the whole day’s planning. So once you’ve made up your mind that you two need a getaway in order to come back relaxed and re-charged, then it means you’re on the right path. Because as the saying goes, happy mom (and dad, in this case), happy child! And this couldn’t be closer to the truth!! You have my word for his.
You can find the Hôtel Les Roches Rouges here.