We spent the weekend at the Ritz, it was an extremely special treat for the family and the children loved every minute of it. I made the booking directly with the hotel who were ever so helpful. They noted our request for a crib and children ameneties . When the kids walked into the room they were delighted to find little gifts for them.
Ally wanted to go swimming IMMEDIATELY, even before we had unpacked the bags. We changed the kids and headed down to the pool.
Despite it being a weekend, the pool was empty. It was also COLD! The children didn’t seem to mind and were happily playing. This is when my worst nightmare nearly happened. I had gone to pick up some swim toys and the next thing I knew, I saw one of the staff about to jump into the pool fully clothed. Turns out Ally swam too far out and couldn’t reach the steps. She had misjudged the depth of the step, found that she couldn’t reach it and started to panic. Matt turned around in time to fish her out. The poor girl was very shaken, her eyes had that look of fear and desperation. As I hugged her close to me, I could feel her heart beat racing. The scariest part for me was the fact that it happened so quickly and quietly. You always read about drowning being quiet and yes, it’s true. In Ally’s own words ” I wanted to shout for help but I couldn’t because I couldn’t get my head out of the water” Matt and I remained calm after the incident and Ally continued to swim, this time, she asked for arm bands and a float. I didn’t want to let my true feelings show but the thought of what could have happened shook me to the core.
The staff stayed close to our kids thereafter. He definitely went above and beyond for us, for that we are truly thankful.
The kids love staying in hotels because they can splash about in a bath tub. We only have a standing shower at home so a bath tub is a great novelty for them. The bathroom has the signature Ritz octogon windows which gives you a stunning view of the city.
Our stay ended all too quickly and the children, especially Ally were reluctant to leave. All 3 fell asleep in the car on the way home.