Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Kingfisher Resort and Spa

Gary and I are back from our 4 day vacation. We feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It was the perfect amount of time away, in my opinion. We left the kids on Sunday afternoon, and then had 2 complete days to ourselves, and then picked up our kids on Wednesday. The kids had a blast at auntie Maria's, Gramma and Grandpa's (most time spent there) and Opi and Joanne's.
We went to the Kingfisher Resort and Spa (in Courtenay) for two reasons; it was where we went for our honeymoon 5 years ago AND they had a `Winter Getaway' package deal:) For less than $400.00 each, we got our 3 nights stay plus a $150.00 restaurant credit and $100.00 spa credit. If you ever think of going, I would recommend getting a package!

(Deer in Comox)
The first two days had beautiful weather so we could walk around a lot and explore.
(I am wearing a bathing suit under there so don't be scared)
We went in the heated mineral pool and hot tub, did a yoga class, had a hydrotherapy treatment and full body massage, explored Cumberland, Comox and Courtenay, went shopping, ate a lot of good food, walked along the ocean, read books, and watched tv and movies in bed. Sound good? It was.
We skyped with the kids each night and because I could see that they were doing well, I didn't miss them too much. Kai would've loved it if we were gone longer! Koen did not seem super excited to see me, kind of indifferent. Somehow in the last couple of days, he has starting trying to say so many more words like birdies (he says `babies') and apples (`appies'). I do feel that Koen may have been a bit too young to leave but he did totally fine. I think it would be really easy to leave if Koen was Kai's age.
The pictures above are from Filberg park in would be a great location for a wedding or a photo shoot:) There were deer walking around all over the park!
We had a breakfast and dinner with Mark and Maria who were also vacationing there!
This was Gary's chocolate lava cake...
I had the chocolate mousse the first night....
and a berry cobbler the last night. My favourite meal was the smoked salmon eggs Benedict for breakfast. Yum yum.
This place was great for Gary and I; food and spa. Ahhhh. I would say the majority of individuals there are 60 year old women. Gary and I were trying to figure out if we would go back there for our 10 year anniversary but I think we may try something different next time.

It was so nice to just sit and eat our meal at a leisurely pace and not have to run around the restaurant with Koen or talk about diggers the whole time:)

I felt really relaxed. The hydrotherapy and hot tub were really bad for my thyroid but now I know:) I'm glad that Gary and I took the opportunity to get away, just the two of us. It was a great way for me to be able to focus all of my attention on him and myself, rather than on the two monkeys. I felt like we were dating again and it was just really nice and healthy for us.

We are so excited to have another week off for our family...we went swimming this morning and the kids LOVED it. I hope the pool doesn't cause a flare up of Koen's eczema or his ear infection. Koen was fearless in there, it was awesome to see. Well, Kokies is crying, nap time is over already.......have a great weekend!!

Love, Louise


  1. Nice pics. The one of you guys in the housecoats - Gary's expression is soooo Gary. Glad you guys had fun. Nice to have some time where you guys can be carefree and relax!

  2. Looks awesome!!! I may need to convince Erik to go there. So glad you and Gary had fun - it's good to have time to focus on just each other (coming from a non-mother... what do I know?)

    And. I love the last picture of you. You definitely look relaxed. And beautiful.

  3. Anonymous5:39 PM

    A great tradition to keep your flame burning esp as it can so easily go out with all the business of family etc. Now you know the kids will survive without their parents.
    So happy you had a good time.

  4. i'm jealous. that place looks AMAZING. the pictures are just gorgeous.
    why did the hydrotherapy and hot tub affect your thyroid?

  5. Kelly-you're actually not allowed to do the hydrotherapy if you are hyperthyroid but I just didn't tell them:) The high temperatures raise your blood pressure and heart rate which is not good when mine is already elevated....

  6. Sounds like you had a great time!

  7. I would like a dinner when we don't walk about diggers. But it looks like Piper and I will have to go on a getaway on our own to do that.

    So glad you guys enjoyed yourselves!

  8. This looks like it was heavenly. Love all the photos...even the risque one! How great to be able to have some one on one time?'re right...SO healthy for us parents of young kids!

  9. Catherine Tucker9:45 PM

    Looks so amazing and relaxing glad you guys got the chance to put your feet up :)

  10. So glad to see you two had a great time getting away. Keep smiling: it looks good on you.

  11. Yay! How awesome is that! I'm so happy for you that you had such a wonderful time. Loved your pics, as usual. Happy early anniversary! I teared up a bit with happiness for you as I read your post. I think it's so important for married couples, esp with kids, to do things like this. Fantastic!