As I continue to travel and explore I want to be able to share my experiences with you. Before I begin with where I am going I want to share with you where I have been starting with the Dominican Republic.
My first trip outside of the U.S and the first stamp that I got on my passport was from the Dominican Republic. After four months of dating, Dorian and I planned a vacation to the Dominican Republic at an all inclusive resort in Punta Cana called the Paradisus. As we were planning this trip I didn’t realize all of what was included until we got there. We basically went on a honeymoon.
The resort was a huge campus that had an area for families called “The Reserve” and an area for adults. The adult area had an upgrade called the “Royal Service” which is what Dorian and I had booked for ourselves. The royal service came with a butler, additional credits that we could put towards the resort and we had access to secluded areas and beaches within the resort.
Once we arrived we were greeted in the main lobby where we were given champagne and a dessert. We went through a short orientation with one of their associates and then we were free to roam and enjoy the resort.
The resort had a lot of amenities they had a business center, theatre, gym, spa, adventure park, water sports center, casino, and nine restaurants. All throughout the resort they had golf carts that would take you to and from areas within the resort. All you had to do was wait outside of wherever you were for a few minutes and a golf cart would be by shortly to pick you up.
Our suite was on the second floor right on the beach. We had a huge bedroom that included a king sized bed, a nook for eating and a modern living room. We had a balcony that over looked the beach that also had a Jacuzzi. The bathroom was absolutely beautiful. It had a big closet and all the fixtures were updated and modern. The shower was a big couples shower that had two shower heads at either end.
We had our own personal butler whose name was Juan, he was at our beck and call. I mean literally he was at our beck and CALL, they provided us with a cell phone so we could reach him at all times if we needed anything. Every day he would leave us a delicacy from the Dominican in our room waiting for us with a note. One night without me knowing Dorian requested for the Jacuzzi be ready for us to use that evening. When we arrived back to our room that night Dorian scared me and asked what was that on the floor. As I was taking off my heels, I turned around and saw red on the floor. I switched on the light gasped and jumped back thinking it was blood or something (you know the normal response) and it ended up being a trail of roses that lead to our bed where there were two towels folded in the shape of a heart with rose pedals in the center. The trail then led from our bed out to our balcony where the Jacuzzi was decorated in rose pedals everywhere and had lit candles along the stairs leading into the Jacuzzi. It was the perfect setting.
Every day they had a list of activities available for you throughout the day starting at 9am until 5pm. The activities included work out classes, dance lessons, wine tastings and pool parties. Dorian and I took advantage of salsa and bachata classes, finger painting, candle making, and some of the pool parties. Dorian and I each made a finger painting of the beach that turned our pretty awesome if I do say so myself. I’ll post a photo on here somewhere. In the candle making class we were able to use a tube of sugar cane as the holder and put coffee means mixed in with the wax for the insides. On the outside we painted Dominican Republic 2013 to remember the trip.
The resort also had an adventure park where Dorian and I learned archery. Dorian got the bulls eye right on the first try where as I was trying not to smack my arm with the string from the bow. Along the beach they had all sorts of water sports you could do, Dorian and I went kayaking. This was a work out in it of itself but totally worth it. Out in the ocean looking back at the beach was definitely a sight to see. All in all the activities were a lot of fun and we got some really good photos.
Every night they held a show and right after had live music and a party either on the beach, at the pool, or in the club. The shows consisted of Le Cirque, Dominican Paradise, Retro, Urbano, Paris Las Vegas, Fire Desire, and a Pop Tribute. There was a group of individuals that were in charge of the entertainment. You would see them throughout the day as they held activities. You would see them perform at the shows every night after dinner. This was a close nit group that was full of fun and excitement that was contagious. You could tell that they really enjoyed what they did and that they loved interacting with the guests. They made the trip that much more fun. By the end of the trip we felt like family.
They had a plethora of excursions that you could choose from, Dorian and I choose to go swimming with Dolphins. A group of us met early one morning and a bus took us to the dolphin beach where we took a boat out to the ocean to an area where they housed the dolphins along with some nurse sharks. Once we were all given instructions and had our safety vests on they separated us in the water by group/couple. The dolphins swam in front of everyone and they were given instructions to do different tricks and they were absolutely amazing.
As they took pictures of us we were also given instructions as to when we could touch the dolphin, swim with the dolphin, and or kiss so that the pictures would turn out great. They also had us stand individually and the dolphin would come up to you and kiss you on the cheek and on the lips. Ah! I was so excited! Overall it was a fun experience. Once we were done swimming with the dolphins we had the opportunity to snorkel and swim with the nurse sharks. As we were getting ready to leave we purchased pictures of us swimming with the dolphins (I have some of them posted on my Facebook).
If you ever get the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic, I highly recommend the Paradisus Resort and be sure to book the “Royal Service.” Stay tuned for my next blog post where I recap a trip to Chicago.