Hope you enjoy this very carefully, very tastefully written review of our first couples massage experience. Hopefully I will not end up sleeping on the couch … again, when the incredibly lovely Carol stumbles across this post and discovers I shared an semi-intimate moment solely as a way to promote tourism to the Dominican Republic.
OK … and for the laughs.
As I see it … at my age … any day that starts off in a pool with a naked female is a Very, Very Good Day!
When it comes to the massage, one must acknowledge that the ability to render a proper massage is an Art! The techniques are to be admired and enjoyed, but require training and experience. Although many an intimate couple will play at the Art of Massage, without the proper knowledge and experience, the massage is just a means to an end.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that ….
I will be the first to admit my skills at massage never advanced beyond the clumsy basics. After this experience while in Punta Cana, I can honestly state that I had no idea just how inexperienced I was.
The Couples Massage package was an extra to the all-inclusive concept at Barceló Bávaro Beach. But it’s worth every penny! The spa is located within the Palace Deluxe Hotel complex. and is accessible at any time by Premium Club members. Besides the quiet, fragrant massage rooms, the spa includes a large outdoor pool and jacuzzi, indoor jacuzzi and small pool, but no drink service. (You can bring in adult libations if you so desire.)
The experience begins in the gender-specific locker rooms where one can shed all the decorative physical trappings of modest society … at least on the female side. The men however were encouraged to keep their swimsuits or shorts on …
Bummer … Completely understandable, I guess … Still a bummer …
Once ensconced in a fluffy terry cloth robe, Carol and I met up in the couples suite. Quiet, dimly lit by candles, with a romantic arrangement of towels in the shape of a heart and two obviously smitten terrycloth swans, richly appointed with fragrant flower petals. The atmosphere exudes everything you need to slowly slip into a coma of complete relaxation.
What caught me off guard was finding Carol sans ALL Decorative Trappings of Modest Society, while I was still in a swimsuit. WTF?!?
But I guess the presence of two female masseuse explains the discrimination to which I was unexposed. Not that I’m complaining … At least one of us was completely stripped of all Decorative Trappings of Modest Society!
Even funnier was the experience of the male-half of the couple who accompanied us to the DR. He was instructed to shed his swimwear and sling his … uh … male-hood in the proverbial “banana hammock”!
When I heard this, I was much relieved that I was not required to don The Hammock! Otherwise Carol would have been laughing throughout the entire massage!
The massage itself starts with an exfoliation, cleaning and massage of the lower legs and feet while reclining peacefully and blindfolded, which simply makes the experience a bit more mysteriously unsettling.
“What the heck is she doing? What’s that stuff?? Oh, that’s nice …”
Next comes the main massage event, complete with security-inducing sheet and coverlet on the traditional massage table. It was during this transition that I noticed Carol and I were differently dressed.
Have I mentioned that already???
To make a long post shorter, I will not go into a detailed playback of the massage itself. Rest assured it was expertly applied and deeply relaxing. This being my first professional massage experience, I can say without reservation that the good masseur at Barceló know what they are doing!
Once the experts were done, the drapes to our private couples room were thrown open to reveal a small pool set off in an equally private walled-off courtyard. And when we slipped out the door, we were surprised by the presence of two lounge chairs, a bottle of champagne and two glasses!
As one masseuse bid us farewell and drew closed the drapery, she made a very clear pronouncement, “I will be back in 20 minutes!”
That’s when the light went on!
Hmmmm … Carol still au naturel … champagne … massage oils … a pool and complete privacy … for 20 minutes!?!
Well, I appreciated the optimism, especially as to my personal stamina, but that maneuver would have been a bridge too far. We did however enjoy the personal intimacy of being secluded in an extremely relaxed state in a very cold pool, and enough bubbly to liberate one’s inhibitions.
But that water might have been a bit too cold …
As it turned out, it was one of the best days of the vacation. The couples massage is definitely worth the price of admission, assuming of course you get a masseuse who knows what they’re doing!
For me … I hit the daily Double the next day with ANOTHER naked female in the pool. But it was a dolphin …