I was deathly sick with a fever, runny nose, watery eyes, headache, ringing ears (made excessively worse by the flight), and sore throat, yet I was grateful to be sick during my four day trip to Panama and Westin Playa Bonita. Why would anyone want to have the flu on vacation? The answer is simple; I was traveling alone and I have a toddler daughter at home.
The room, with its black-out curtains, crisp whit linens on a king-sized bed, and huge soaking tub was just what the doctor ordered. I laid in a hot bubble bath for at least thirty minutes before climbing into bed and listening to the sound of the waves below.
The next morning, I ordered room service and quietly ate on my own in the Westin’s robe and slippers. Everything was on my own schedule and calming. I was stuffed up and groggy; the rest was critical.
Peppermint tea was my only company on the private balcony that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It was warm enough outside that even though I had a chill, I still felt comforted. I relaxed there, drinking the throat-soothing tea, for an hour while I waited for the medication to kick in.
Activities were planned for me, but nothing too extreme and a spa treatment was part of my package. Sensory Spa’s Vitality Pool was like a mother’s love, warm and soothing and the massage loosened up my aching muscles.
My all-inclusive package included several restaurant choices for dinner. With Minestrone Soup as a starter option, I opted for the Starfish Grill on the night that I felt most sick. There’s nothing like soup to help fight a cold.
No one wants to be sick. It’s miserable, but if I have to be sick somewhere, it might as well be a place that offers comfort foods like soup that are prepared for me, hot bubble baths, room-service, massages, a huge bed, and fluffy robes. I hate being away from Athena, but being the mother of a toddler is demanding. There’s no time to be sick; there’s usually not even time to shower. Forget being sick! I was grateful to get the worst of it over before returning home to my beautiful, happy, loving (yet very active) daughter. Sometimes being sick on vacation isn’t that bad.