My favourite part of my week spent in the Dominican Republic was definitely the beach. We walked on the beach daily, swam in the sea, and had something to drink at the beach bar.
Often we would walk on the beach in the late afternoon. One evening we had early dinner reservations, so we had our walk a little earlier. It was for this reason that we discovered a bar on the beach which served drinks.
We first ask for a glass of cold water with a hint of line. Once we had swallowed the refreshing glass of water, we turned to the cocktail menu.
My husband and I are not big drinkers and we do not know too much about cocktails. We wanted something different from the usual pina colada and the water suggested a mudslide. I did not know what to expect with such a name, but I was pleasantly surprised.
We enjoyed our early evening cocktail on the beach before we left to get ready for dinner. We ordered the cocktail again but our first was definitely well-made and beautifully presented.
It has not been a week yet and I am already missing our vacation spot in the Dominican Republic. As I step out into the bracing wind each morning this week, I feel chilled and think longingly of the heat that I experienced outdoors while on holiday. My thoughts also turn to the barefoot walks we took along the beach in the late afternoons.
The roar of the sea as the waves crash upon the shore are certainly a more pleasant sound than the constant hum of cars and people in the city. And the salt air is definitely a more pleasant smell than that of carbon monoxide!
My memory of the week-long beach walks will sustain me until I am able to visit an island once again. The pristine sand and the clear blue skies are a sweet memory that I can turn to as the city I live in turns towards winter.
For our vacation in the Dominican Republic, my husband booked a room at the Bahai Principe Aquamarine hotel. This all inclusive hotel offers adult only accommodation s well as access to many activities within the resort. My husband and I had never stayed over at a 5 star hotel and we were curious to see the accommodations.
As soon as we stepped into the room, we liked what we saw. The bed was huge and I liked the canopy that had been created over it. On the opposite side of the room was a place to sit (where I would spend some time reading) as well as a table (which my husband would use to place his laptop).
On the dresser, a tray for coffee and tea had been placed. We did not use this tray at all as we preferred to go to the lobby to have our tea while enjoying the atmosphere.
The bathroom was also stunning and included a jacuzzi – which we did not have time to use. We did enjoy the spaciousness of the space – and I liked that there were two separate basins. 😀
We enjoyed our stay in the room. And the best part? I did not have to clean it or make up the bed!
The day of departure from the Dominican Republic arrived too soon. Before we knew it, my husband and I sat in the lobby of the hotel waiting for the bus to take us to the airport.
It was midday and the hot sun was causing a sheen of sweat to cover our bodies. Drinking an ice-cold glass of water, I savoured the heat with the knowledge that by the end of the day I would be experiencing the cool temperatures of a Canadian Fall.
A few hours later, we were airborne and bade our farewells to a country that had welcomed us with open arms. We had enjoyed our stay and looked forward to returning to the island with our children sometime in the future.
Once we had arrived at our hotel room, we spent some time unpacking and freshening up. A quick shower did wonders for our travel fatigue. We then set out to find a place to eat dinner as we were hungry. Our diet for the day of a sandwich, banana, mandarin and salted pretzels on the planet and not been a satisfying one.
We liked the ambience of the buffet restaurant we had found. We tried a little taste of many of the foods on offer and really enjoyed the pasta with its accompanying sauce. The dessert was a little blah and I am hoping that the place we try tonight will have a better offering.
We found the buffet restaurant we want to visit for tomorrow ‘s dinner. The place looks bigger and very appealing inside. While walking around the complex, we happened upon a show titled Broadway. It contained hits by Liza Minelli and from Broadway shows such as Chicago. The show ended with a bang with the songs from Grease. The show was fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they will offer tomorrow night.
Before heading off to bed, we wandered around a little more and had a drink while listening to some music. We enjoyed our first evening at the hotel and will set off to do some more exploring today.
This morning I am spending some time at the airport as I wait to board a plane to the Dominican Republic. The morning is grey and gloomy and I am looking forward to sunshine and walking on the beach.
My husband has surprised me with a trip to a place we have not yet visited to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It is unusual for us to be travelling sans famille but I am sure we soon get used to be on our own.