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Escape to a ‘secret garden’

THERE is one secret spot which I consider a refuge whenever I want to get away from it all and just forget everything without driving far or spending anything.

Photos by Raquel C. BagnolPhotos by Raquel C. BagnolTime and again, I find myself heading toward this spot in Garapan — at the Club Elan of the Hyatt — just to listen to the relaxing sound of the splashing water cascading from the artificial falls and flowing into the swimming pool.

The way to the water falls through the reception area is an adventure by itself. It is like venturing into a dimly lit stone cave which forks into two directions — one leads to the bar and the other to the pool.

Here is one place where you can sit and daydream while staring at the cascading waters and listening to soothing, therapeutic sounds for hours. This is where you can forget about daily deadlines, pressures and the routine of work.  It is one place where you can have a mini-vacation for an hour or two without having to go far. You can watch butterflies flitting among the flowers and birds flying around unafraid of people. The cool breeze from the lush gardens will caress you and bring you to a state of bliss.

If you want, you can also sit at the bar and order your favorite drink or take it to one of the tables by the poolside where you can relax and while away the time.

I call it a secret spot because it is not visible to anyone who visits or passes by the hotel gardens. I have been one of the frequent visitors of the hotel gardens for the past four years and although I didn’t discover the waterfalls until late last year, the spot is now one of my favorite destinations for taking pictures.

When you’re feeling down, try to plot an escape to this secret garden to unwind and experience what wonders an hour or two will do for you. You’ll come back to work refreshed.