They say a change is as good as a rest. Sometimes, a change (of location/scenery) and a rest come together and it is simply blissful. I had to go to Mombasa for a meeting last Saturday and I decided to make a daycation of the trip as well, which was much needed and appreciated. In and out in 24 hours meant I had to be very time conscious and keep a schedule so I decided to keep everything around the same area in order to make the most of my time there. I got to Mombasa at 7:30 am, checked into English Point Hotel for a quick freshening up and headed off to my meeting. I was done by noon and it was time for the daycation to begin.
I opted to have lunch in my room because I was feeling quite knackered and it was rainy in Mombasa. The room was quite beautiful and well put together and the room service menu was well endowed so I was happy to stay in. Of course I had to have seafood because I was at the coast and so I ordered the Thai prawn curry with couscous and steamed vegetables. It honestly wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be but I was famished and wolfed it all down within a few minutes.
After lunch and some down time watching a couple of episodes of Insecure, I treated myself to the hotel’s spa for a good ol’ body scrub and massage. While waiting for my masseuse to be ready I took to the Jacuzzi for a few minutes. It was such a wonder to be in there enjoying the hot bubbling water with the view of Old Town Mombasa through the wide windows. My God. I fell into a sort of trance just staring out at the view while all my thoughts just melted away. My coconut and sea salt scrub was absolutely amazing! Desiccated coconut, sea salt, coconut oil and water. Yummy combination. Best scrub I’ve had in a while. The lady was so thorough and my skin was left soft, smooth and silky. The massage was so good and relaxing I actually nodded off, which rarely happens. My spa treatment was exactly what my body and mind needed.
The beach was too gloomy and murky looking so I skipped that and went straight to the pool. The very beautiful pool. My zen from the spa was still in full effect so I really didn’t swim much but just luxuriated in the water, lost in my thoughts,marveling at the Old Town view yet again.
After getting back to my room to freshen up for the evening, I took a stroll on the wet deck and enjoyed some sundowner time with a shisha in hand. I enjoy and treasure such alone time. It really is vital for the soul to just take some time off once in a while to be by yourself, I believe. But it is equally important to catch up with friends so I did just that over a barbecue dinner on the deck with a couple of friends, one who recently relocated to Mombasa and one who was in for the day as well. We had meaningful and shallow conversation alike, enjoyed the food and sounds of the waves until late into the night when we had to retire.
I woke up bright and early for my flight back to Nairobi and came back home feeling refreshed, renewed and tired all at the same time. It was a good daycation and I actually quite loved that Mombasa was rainy as there is a calm that only rain gives to me. I wish you all a fabulous week.