Sometimes life is unpredictable in the best ways. The absolute best ways.
I’ll explain. Back in April, when I spontaneously went to Key West for 24 hours with my roommate Lindsay, we stood in Mallory Square watching the sunset. I pointed across the water at an island just in the distance which looked to have a bunch of cottages on it. “Imagine living over there,” I said dreamily. “Yeah, there’s a Westin over there,” Lindsay informed me, adding that she had thought about taking her mom to stay there before. “It’s a private island. The hotel rooms are basically little houses.”
The irony of this conversation is that neither of us had any idea that about a month later, we would be staying on that island.
Last month, I got the opportunity to stay at the Westin in my own cottage on my own private island. And of course, I brought my roommate with me. It was only the right thing to do, given our previous conversation. It was an I-can’t-believe-I’m-here kind of weekend.
Here’s a look at our accommodations:
I went to the beach every day in Sunset Key, and each time this adorable 20-something waiter would trudge through the sand in his long pants to take the orders of his guests. He was so genuinely eager to be accommodating and I immediately fell in love with his sweetness. He would always emphasize that anything we wanted, he would get for us. So the last day I was there, he offered me “anything” again, and I had an idea.
“This is going to send weird, but can you take a picture of me?” I asked him, explaining that I needed it for work. I warned him I was very picky about pictures of myself and it would probably take several shots. Without hesitation, he agreed. Then we spent the next 30 minutes taking pictures, and he instructed me to do all kinds of model poses, which I awkwardly attempted. It was a real testament to the staff as a whole at the Westin at Sunset Key, and how devoted they were to making the stay perfect, just like a private-island getaway should be. Even when I went to the spa, my aesthetician told me all of her favorite spots in Key West, giving me tons of ideas for things to check out on the island (which I’ll write about in another post). After the treatment, she went and wrote down the list, which contained at least 10 shops, restaurants and bars. The experience definitely made me realize that no matter how private a vacation may be, it’s those added little touches from contact with people that make the trip.