And I don't wanna go home!
We had the best experience at The Gardens Hotel. We stayed at the Eyebrow Cottage for our honeymoon and we were greeted by the fabulous Jim. Just Jim. It was great as he regaled us of stories of Key West while we sipped on Prosecco. Great first step into our vacation.
As we toured the grounds with Jim and my new Husband, I could almost hear the soundtrack of some rom-com adventure movie, as the cameras sweep up to see Dylan and I in a paradise of beautiful flowers, pools, fountains, turtles, lizards and the cutest cottages. We were even greeted by an old cat named Little Girl. Jim told us that sometimes she likes vodka and Dylan says she looked a little like Judi Dench. I knew I was at home.
It was nice to be off of my diet and eat the cute breakfasts they provided poolside. And the wine tasting machines in the main house were so much fun. I'd recommend just staying in one night and trying all the wines, stumble back to your room and enjoy the most comfortable beds I've ever been on.
The staff was so nice and also friendly, but not in a "it's my pleasure" sort of way, more like your favorite Aunt who knows what you like and will do whatever it takes to make you comfortable, but with some sass and a wink. Jim, Erika, Tippy, Alicia, Joel are now friends. That doesn't happen at the Marriott.
Overall, it was an amazing experience for the close proximity, the friendliness of the team, the cleanliness and comfort and the one thing you can't recreate at any other hotel: the energy of the people and the magic in the air.