This past weekend, I got to be a bit of a lady of leisure. The Loews Regency Hotel invited me in for a night at their hotel in uptown Manhattan complete with spa treatments and dinner for two. Naturally, I invited one of my best girlfriends and we had the nicest time. I honestly don’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed – and pampered! I spent Saturday working (and at a brutal Core Fusion class) but as of 5:30pm when I checked in, the rest of my day was spent completely and utterly blissed out. Read on for the details… and thank you, Loews! This was such a treat.
…that bathtub tho…
I started my staycation at the spa… with an hour long massage that was borderline painful – in the best way possible. I’ve always carried a lot of tension in my shoulders and back and my therapist, King, got at all of my knots.. I felt like a new human afterward. After the massage, we had some tea + sat in the steam room. It was such a luxury to not feel like there was something I had to be doing (besides relaxing and just enjoying being pampered.)
And then (after a tiny nap) it was off to dinner at the I wore my fave Otte dress, these heels, and my new Brahmin bag. We’d both studied the menu at the hotel restaurant so we knew we were in for a treat.
It has to be said that the best part of dinner (though the food was out of this world amazing) was our sommelier, Chantelle. She. knows. wine. She started us out with a champagne toast (Billecart Salmon Champagne; Brut from Sous Bois, NV) found us the perfect white (Meursault, Clos du Domaine; Henry Dornat 2011 from Burgundy, France) <– maybe the best white wine I’ve ever had! and the yummiest red for dinner (Quinta Do Vallado, 2010 from the Druro Valley in Portugal. Note that I didn’t remember that all on my own; I just loved the wines so much that I asked if she could write them down for us.
We started our (feast) with oysters, crispy quail, and basil-grilled prawn. Death by appetizers!
For dinner, we really went for it… going for the ribeye for two. It was amazing. Quite possibly the best steak I’ve ever eaten. The spice rub = so good.
So, we ordered the trio of ice cream sandwiches because they sounded the most interesting (Bacon, Almond Joy, and Hawaiian Punch.) The Almond Joy was my fave of the ice cream sandwiches, but the Hawaiian Punch tasted exactly like the real deal. As if we could possibly eat anything else, the hotel also sent over the key lime pie and peach melba panna cotta. Both were so good, though at that point I could only eat a bite of each!
After all that food (and wine!) I curled up like a baby… I think I fell asleep 5 minutes after this photo was taken.
We ended our morning with breakfast in bed… and more lounging. I did not want to leave!