Sleepless nights, endless dirty diapers, heaping piles of laundry and a fussy baby can make it hard to find the time or energy for a date night as new parents. Having a bit of “adult time” however allows moms and dads – first-timers and the experienced – a moment to reconnect and keep the spark alive. Here are a few date night ideas that are out-of-the-ordinary and can fit most schedules.
Rekindle the Romance
Take a new twist on a time-honoured dinner-and-a-movie date night with a guided Flavour Tour through the restaurants of Camana Bay followed by a 3D movie experience at the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas. Or, opt for a more simplistic approach; pack a picnic basket with your loved one’s favourite bites, visit a nearby park – or even your backyard – and stream a movie while lying on a blanket under the stars.
Trot side-by-side along Barker’s Beach when you book a horseback ride withPampered Ponies or Cayman Horse Riding. Each stable offers well-kept and trained horses suitable for the experienced and first-time rider. Tours include morning, afternoon, sunset and full moon beach rides to suit any schedule.
Caribbean-style barbequed fares with colourful picnic benches, a canopy of twinkling lights and dining with your toes in the sand awaits at the Rum Point Club. This festive evening occurs every Monday and often includes live music and other entertainment. Hop aboard the catamaran from the Red Sail Sports dock in Safehaven for a ride that is both romantic and convenient.
Every month on the Friday closest to the full moon a unique dining experience occurs at Kaibo Beach Bar and Grill. The exquisite Luna del Mar menu is served on the water’s edge and is accompanied by lounge music, flickering tiki torches and sky lanterns to complete the night. Skip the lengthy drive and shuttle over the North Sound via the Kaibo Express water taxi for a nominal charge.
Spend an afternoon unwinding together with a relaxing couples massage when you step into restorative spas such as the Silver Rain, Hibiscus Spa, Touch of Thai or one of the four La Mer Spa locations in Grand Cayman. If you’re really crunched for time or unable to get away for long, Spa-to-Go can set up a massage table right in your home for a quick break.
Just Plain Fun
Dance the night away at The Wharf every Tuesday evening with free Salsa classes. Experience isn’t necessary and laughs are positively guaranteed. Jig and jive on the last Friday of every month at their Boogie Nights 70s and 80s disco hits too. And while you’re stepping back in time, consider an afternoon or night of roller skating to the best 80s records – complete with a disco light! – or a round or two of glo-bowl, both at King’s Sports Centre.
Enjoy the almost childlike fun of a new toy when you ride on a Segway personal transporter with Cayman Segway Tours. Offering a new and creative way to see the sights of Grand Cayman, Cayman Segway Tours is breathing new life into exploring Seven Mile Beach and sunset watching.
Revel in Asian cuisine at Mizu and watch a master chef prepare your meal at the outdoor Teppanyaki grill. The five-course dinner is served twice nightly. You can also add a little spice to your night with a cooking class at Bon Vivant. After, you can both reminisce on the joy and love of your special evening for years to come every time you make the same meal.
Go on an Adventure
If you’re seeking a bit of thrill during your time away from the children, take flight with Cayman Islands Helicopters and enjoy the beauty of island life from a new viewpoint. Soar above Stingray City for a chance spotting of a nearby reef shark or fly around the entire island tip-to-tip for a scenic date unlike any other.
During the day, explore the Wreck of the Cali with SNUBA – a cross between effortless snorkelling and deep diving, but without the scuba gear – or literally walk along the seabed at Soto’s Reef with Sea Trek. After the sun sets, the underwater world is teeming with curious fish and wildlife that are not commonly seen during daylight. Take an underwater adventure through Grand Cayman’s Hog Sty Bay with the Atlantis Submarine Night Dive and observe an array of colourful sea creatures and coral, or book a bioluminescent kayak tour with Cayman Kayaks or The Sweet Spot. Both tours will take you through the bio bay in North Side where glowing organisms light up the water for a magical experience.
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Published: Cayman Parent magazine, Spring 2016