I have an embarrassing confession. The Mister and I were alarmingly young when we married (that’s not the embarrassing confession) and didn’t have the time or money for a traditional honeymoon getaway. The Mister graduated and became the property of the US Navy Submarine Service, reporting immediately for his first duty station.
Fourteen moves, endless deployments, work and 3 children put any thought of romantic weekends on the back burner for…26 years. Yes. It’s true. We never had a weekend away without children in 26 years.
That is my embarrassing confession.
That said, I love traveling with my children, but they are off at university and graduate school and we are now empty nesters in our 40s. Hehe. 🙂 If my children are reading this, I miss you…I truly do.
The Mister and I decided that we would absolutely make the most of our London location to travel as much as possible in the next 2 years. An extended honeymoon period per se to make up for lost time.
To do this, of course, requires a keen eye for bargains or deep pockets. I subscribe to a stunning number of travel sites that offer flash travel sales and auctions. A personal favorite is Luxury Link which offers a changing selection of high-end hotels and packages through either a “buy now” or “auction” model. I purchased our Prague weekend through Luxury Link, which included a 3 night stay at the
I bought our Prague weekend through Luxury Link, which included a 3 night stay at the Aria Hotel (you can read my review here), car service to and from the airport, 3 course dinner in the hotel, welcome drinks, champagne and strawberries, daily breakfast and daily afternoon tea , free internet, tax inclusive for an outstanding auction rate. I always check ratings and amenities independently before considering a purchase. Aria Hotel was highly rated. Booked. Done. We’re going to Prague.
Our hotel, The Aria, is located on a quiet street below Prague Castle and a short walk from the Charles Bridge. Merek was waiting at the desk, greeted us warmly, wished us a happy honeymoon and walked us to our room.
The hotel has a musical theme and we booked into the Kansas City suite, complete with blues playlist on the iPod dock. The bell staff arrived shortly after we did, with strawberries and chilled champagne in hand. Bless them.
We ditched the luggage and wandered back downstairs for Merek’s tour of the hotel and our welcome drinks (champagne for me, Czech beer for the Mister). The public spaces of the hotel have a lovely, classy art deco vibe.
It has an incredible art collection (originals!), a music library, spectacular gardens, a rooftop terrace, reading library and a lovely area for breakfast, afternoon tea and lounging about.
We sat in the atrium dining area to enjoy our drinks with Merek as he gave us an overview of the city, a nice walking map and a few ideas for the evening.
My idea for the evening, as usual, involved eating. The Aria has an excellent restaurant,Coda, frequented by locals and guests alike.
We had early reservations and had our choice of tables in the cozy, romantic seating area adjacent to the piano bar. The atmosphere was sublime, the menu was innovative, the service impeccable. Honestly, the whole experience brought me to tears. It was perfection.
We finished the meal with a lovely and thoughtful surprise from the kitchen…
and an evening walk in the gardens, complete with fireworks over the river.
Like what you read? Here’s our Day Two write-up!
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