Imagine the stillness of an early morning at North to South in Barbados. You can hear the faint rhythmic sound of waves crashing on a beach far away. A lone rooster crows and then another further away answers back. The bed feels warm and cozy, but curiosity pulls at you. You get up, still impressed by the level of elegance and intuitiveness put into the design of the permanent tent you are staying in. No need to use the air conditioning during the night, as the open screen windows let in a cool breeze. A thick bathrobe hangs just inside the closet and the polished wood floors are smooth and cool beneath your feet. You brew a cup of coffee, hoping not to wake your partner, and take it outside.
The deck is damp with dew, but you pull your feet up beside you in a large comfortable chair. A few stars are still in the sky, and you can make out the fields and gullies rolling down to the ocean below. There is a faint sweet smell of smoke from burning palm fronds. The sky brightens, and the ocean changes from dark grey to steel blue. You remember the aqua blue colour it had the previous afternoon.
The sun finally breaks the horizon and a bird sings from a tree above. You listen and wait with him, he calls out again, sharing your anticipation for the day ahead. His call is answered from the gully below, and as the sun touches the ridges and tree tops the birds seem to wake up together, their calls turning to chatter that fills the early morning stillness. You can hear your partner getting up, and the smell of fresh bread floats in from the plantation house like a beacon calling you to breakfast.
You decide to find out what activities North to South is offering, the wifi works well and you log on to the handy app – a calendar that shows all the days free activities. You have trouble choosing between, the painting classes at 10am, or the gully hike, or the discussion on world finance with special keynote speaker. There is a pilates work out at 9:00am you just might make, and at 1pm there is a master chef cooking with organics class that might be fun. The beach shuttle (electric of course) runs every 10 minutes and you might want to go for a swim in the ocean later in the afternoon, but you’ll want to be back for the cocktail reception at the sunset bar as there will be a famous author giving a short reading. Later in the evening there is movie night for the kids down in the eco-lodge, and a “bridge battle” on the plantation terrace. And then you notice that you can sign up to help release turtle hatchlings the next morning, or help at the organic farm. So many options, but perhaps you’ll just take a morning swim, have breakfast and then spend the day in the hammock reading a book.
North to South Plantation ~ hear the stillness, touch the moments.
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