With our birthdays only 4 days apart, Mr O’T and I have an unwritten rule where, every year, we alternate whose birthday we go away for. If Easter falls in between the two birthdays then we’re usually away for both but as Easter fluctuates between mid-March and mid-April, this rarely happens. This year, it was my turn and I couldn’t have wished for a better birthday surprise than a luxurious stay at Hotel Villa Honegg. Sipping Champagne whilst sat in one of the most breathtaking infinity pools in the world overlooking Lake Lucerne, really was one of those pinch-me moments.
Now excuse the pun but, because Mr O’T went OTT on the generosity scale, I was left feeling pretty guilty about what to buy him for his birthday. The reason being that I hadn’t planned very much. Struggling to think of something tangible to buy, I decided to put our British Airways Avios and one of our companion vouchers to good use and plan a trip to somewhere he’s always wanted to go. I told him in advance that it was going to be a belated birthday surprise because we already had too many weekend breaks and other trips booked in until the end of August. And because I like to travel somewhere at least once a month and we had nothing else in the diary, September seemed like the ideal time for a getaway. The only aspect that I did let him in on was that we were travelling in style. The big issue now was keeping our destination a secret right until we boarded!
I have no idea how, but I managed to keep the whole belated birthday surprise trip a secret for 5 whole months. Fast forward to September 7th and I was keeping everything crossed that our destination wouldn’t be revealed by someone at the airport other than yours truly. There were a few nerve wracking moments, the biggest being when we entered The Concorde Room in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 where the welcome steward wished us a pleasant First Class flight to New York.
The colour literally drained from my face as I’d gotten so far and my cover was about to be blown at the last hurdle by someone else. Thankfully, the gods were shining down on me that afternoon because the expression on Mr O’Ts face was blank and I quickly realised that he’d been out of earshot. Thanking my lucky stars, I hurried us into the Concorde Lounge before the steward said anything more. By this point, my nerves were well and truly ready for some R&R so I escorted Mr O’T over to the main bar and informed him that I had pre-booked myself at massage at The Elemis Travel Spa (priorities!) and off I dashed.
My pre-flight massage was exactly the tonic I needed to calm my nerves and you can read all about my experience here. Twenty minutes later I whizzed back into the lounge to find Mr O’T and suggested that we go for a bite to eat in the Concorde private dining room.
It was at this point that I decided to do the reveal all. As much as I wanted him to find out about our destination on the plane, this would probably be quite tricky plus deep down, I knew he was slightly frustrated at not being able to look forward to a trip when he didn’t know where we going. Once we’d received our Rosé champagne it was time for a toast, a toast to an indirect trip to Boston via First Class flights to New York!
From there on in it was bubbles, vino, port, water and relaxation aplenty so that we could feel as fresh as possible on arrival into New York before heading up to Boston.
To be continued…..
Have you ever kept a birthday surprise before?
Please note that I have no affiliation to British Airways. I used 118,000 Avios along with my British Airways Companion Voucher and paid £960.30 in total for the two tickets to travel outbound in First Class and inbound in Club World. For more information on how you could earn yourself a companion voucher please refer to the following link.