* Thank you everybody for all the birthday wishes yesterday. I had a great day and I'll tell you all about it soon. (Tequila might have been VERY involved!) *
Today I'm having Car Accident Surgery #8. While you go about your day, I'll be getting sliced open at 6 a.m. this morning. (Why do they always schedule surgeries for so damn early in the morning?) The good thing about an early surgery is that it will also be over early in the day. I'll put an update out on Twitter later today when I'm able. If you don't follow me on Twitter but want to hear how I'm doing, you can come here to 24, click on the "Follow Me on Twitter" button in my sidebar and read my tweets without having to sign up for Twitter.
While I'm hanging out on a hospital gurney today, I'll be imagining I'm back at the Surf & Sand Resort. (If you missed it, you can read about my birthday weekend in Laguna Beach by clicking here.) I thought I'd share with you a little about this beautiful hotel today. If you ever have the opportunity to stay there, I think you'll love it. (No, this isn't a sponsored post. This is, however, a hotel I love and wanted to share with you!)
I've been to the Surf & Sand in the past, and it's always a joy to return. Here's what I saw upon first entering my room last weekend:
Pretty nice, don't ya think?
Looking back at the bed area:
The little lights on each side of the bed are on dimmers so you can turn them down to make the ambiance instantly romantic. I didn't take any photos of the bathroom, but it was big, beautifully – and tastefully done with a full tub, separate shower, double sinks, etc.
As you can (hopefully) see in the next photo, the ocean is fully visible from the bed.
We slept with the balcony doors open and listened to the waves crashing under our room all night. By the way, some people find the ocean too loud and can't sleep. The hotel provides ear plugs in every room just in case. (For me, the ocean sounds are the most relaxing thing in the world and I can't imagine using ear plugs to avoid hearing it!)
When we returned to our room in the evening, the hotel had provided turn down service. There were chocolates waiting for us, the bed was turned down, two robes were laid out for us, the room was lit romantically and soft music was playing.
Can you say heaven?
Here's a look at the resort's pool area:
I've never used the pool. I have a pool at home and when I'm at the beach I like to be on the beach, but I'm sure it's as wonderful as everything else at this hotel.
The Surf & Sand also has a spa which I've heard is fabulous. Again, I've never tried it. I'm always too busy doing what I love … hitting up the beach and practicing my photography. I've had friends use the Surf & Sand spa though and they rave about it.
I have, however, spent time here:
The above photo is the outdoor seating area where you can relax with a cocktail, or enjoy your morning coffee. There are outdoor heaters, firepits, and an outdoor fireplace also. I love hanging out here at the beginning or end of the day.
The Surf & Sand also offers a restaurant and (my favorite) a bar called Splashes Lounge with a full ocean view. Sometimes Briefcase and I will stop into Splashes for a drink before heading out to one of Laguna's many excellent restaurants. That's right, you don't have to be a hotel guest to visit the restaurant and/or bar. Splashes is a very romantic way to begin or end a date night.
Before I close for the day, I wanted to share with you the view from our hotel room. From our balcony, looking straight out ahead we saw Catalina Island.
From our balcony, looking towards the right/north up the beach we saw this:
Looking south, to the left, our view was like this:
When the tide was out, we saw things like this when we looked straight down from our fourth floor balcony:
At night, the most wonderful thing imaginable happens at the Surf & Sand.
The hotel lights up the beach in front of it. As it gets darker and the tide comes up, the waves crash under your balcony. The waves are lit up by the moon and the stars and the soft flood lights from the hotel. It's a beautiful sight to see. I think I could pretty much live on one of the Surf & Sand's balconies forever.
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