Kids Life Tuscaloosa January/February 2022 - Page 9

The Grand - Honeymoon Suite
The signature Bucky ’ s Lounge is where the talented pianist ’ s tunes waft throughout the entire building . Pure romance ! Bucky ’ s is also a great outdoor venue where couples gather to witness the sunset along Mobile Bay . The ringing of the sunset bell 30 minutes before sunset celebrates the end of the day and the beginning of night . Guests can be found along brick paths and swings which are positioned perfectly for the big event . The waterfront ambiance is enhanced with 8 huge fire pits sprinkled along the expansive lawn complete with sofa chairs and cozy blankets .
SPA AT THE GRAND : Spa-visiting has become a vital part of travel , and the Spa at the Grand does not disappoint . For the ultimate in relaxation , make an appointment prior to your visit . This 20,000 square-foot European-inspired spa features an array of services including the must-have Couples Massage . There is something special about taking a journey to relaxation and renewed energy together .
The Quiet Room is my favorite of all spas I have experienced . Here , the dimly lit lanterns emphasize the sparkling mosaic panels flanking the room . The hotel ’ s indoor pool is steps from the spa , and couples can wait there as well . For an unusual treatment , ask about the Ashiathu -Asian Barefoot Massage . The spa offers exceptional specialty products , and my favorite is the Support Equilibrium Bath and Shower Oil . Set an alarm , because a few drops in your bath will put you to sleep .
GOLFING , ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING : Golfing couples will enjoy the Lakewood Club at the Grand , a sparkling resort member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail . The Dogwood course renovation was completed in 2018 , and the Azalea course renovations are now complete after the 18-month transformation . Both courses are renowned and meticulously maintained . The Dogwood course wanders through pines , magnolias and ancient oaks , which are indigenous to the beauty of the region .
Dip into year-round fun at one of the Grand pools . Ask about the adult pool for peak season , and rent a private beach or pool cabana . The two outdoor whirlpools are popular spots for couples , or enjoy the heated indoor lap pool . Hop on a bike to witness the breathtaking coastal scenery . Bring your tennis rackets , the Lakewood Club ’ s tennis facility is designed for all skill levels .
Honoring its ties to American freedom , the Grand ’ s history is celebrated each day at 3:45 p . m . with a procession that begins by the Main Lobby fireplace and culminates with a cannon firing on the edge of Mobile Bay . Here , Military men and women ,
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veterans and their families are recognized . If you want to know more details , there is an on-site historian who gives daily tours .
Shop in the nearby town of Fairhope — named one of the very best small towns in the South by Southern Living magazine . The famous town attracts and celebrates artistic diversity . The people are friendly , and the boutique shops and restaurants are unique . We stopped by shops including , In the Company of Angels , Melt & More — Alabama Artisans Shoppe , and the Happy Olive that has an assortment of oils and balsamic vinegars from Italy .
Before you leave the Grand , walk down the pier for viewing the sun sink one more time . The sunsets here are legendary but fleeting . Your relationship will continue to flourish after your “ escape ” to the Grand Hotel — a place where beauty reigns and romance lives .

For more information , call the Grand Hotel Golf Resort and Spa 251- 928-9201 or visit www . Grand1847 . com www . kidslifemagazine . com