That's how my April birthday retreat became an autumn getaway at Estérel Resort.
A luxury hotel and spa in the Laurentian mountains just north of Montreal, Estérel offered the perfect setting to relax, unwind, enjoy gourmet meals and bask in the sun as summer gently turns into fall.
Although the three saunas are temporarily closed to prevent outbreaks, visitors can still enjoy several hot tubs, the polar bath and two outdoor pools, in addition to the three lakes: Lac Dupuis, Lac Masson and Lac du Nord.
I really did feel a bit like royalty, sitting in my suite facing a see-through fireplace, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the spa, the lake and the surrounding countryside.
I do recommend having breakfast in bed at least once, though. Early in the morning, the setting becomes all the more enchanting. I woke up with the sunrise and my senses were overwhelmed by the fiery colors, the mystical fog on the lake and the cacophony of geese, ducks and crows.
And I'm beginning to think that coffee tastes better in the countryside.