The Pleasure Principle

No 3: The Morning Dip

Issue 9 - 2018
Words by Charlotte Hogarth-Jones · Images Getty Images

Bracing, invigorating and guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs, an early-morning swim is the perfect way to start the day

Issue 9 - 2018
By Charlotte Hogarth-Jones · Images Getty Images

Bracing, invigorating and guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs, an early-morning swim is the perfect way to start the day

You venture out of your villa, bleary-eyed and blinded by the morning light. It’s hot, but not too hot. And while sleeping bodies begin to stir inside, you seize a rare, precious moment to enjoy that ultimate holiday pleasure alone: the early-morning dip. The journey to the beach is a tricky one. You make your way down to the sea over uneven cobbled steps, rocky paths and sand strewn with chips of shell and seagrass. It’s all worth it. There it is – a perfect horizon and a patch of water, as still as a millpond, inviting you in. Towel flung aside, you dip a tentative toe – or, more daringly, plunge straight in. Whatever the approach, the hard part is over. Now you can revel in the cold water, soothing yesterday’s sunburn, the splashes of saltwater washing sleep from your eyes. Awake at last, you choose a spot to investigate – an island, perhaps, an intriguing- looking rock pool, or a yacht moored just that bit too far away. Or you simply flop back and bob about in the water. It doesn’t matter either way – no one is watching. Back home, others are up and you share your VIP preview of the day ahead. Yes, it’s warm outside, going to be hotter than yesterday, and yes, the snorkelling to the left of the bay looks particularly promising. While you dry off in the sun, others hang off your every word, and you try to resist muttering the smuggest of phrases. Yes, it really is the best part of the day...

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