Seems the word must be getting out about our favourite resort as it's becoming increasingly popular. This year was odd in that 85-90% of the people at the resort were Canadian, it felt like we were in Cuba instead of the DR! We heard similar percentages about neighbouring resorts from others on our plane.
Being our 6th time to the Dominican Republic, this was strictly a holiday to relax. Terry golfed almost every day while I stretched out by the pool or beach with a good book, swam or walked the grounds or beach. This resort has 9 a la carte restaurants of which several are top notch so we had some really fabulous meals. The Dominican people are really friendly and that goes a long way to making the holiday enjoyable as well.
I found it a great trip to regroup by getting completely away from everything, e-mail, computer, telephone, house, housework, shopping, cooking meals, even the dogs - put it all aside completely so that I can really think unencumbered. This is a better renewal for me than any New Year's resolutions or such like. When we arrived, it was early on the Saturday of final judging of ASSA. I had been following the judging on the days leading up to our trip. I tried to follow it on Saturday in the DR on Terry's blackberry but for the first and only time, we lost connectivity. That was the real start to the holiday and although I did get to see the results eventually the next day, by that time I was in another zone.
Bavaro beach, a long stretch of white sand, clear blue water, no weeds or rocks on the bottom, about as good as it gets.
Part of the pool. At this resort (Paradisus Punta Cana) they took extreme care to keep it very lushly landscaped with lots of trees, shrubs and plants, the grounds are gorgeous. There is lots of shade everywhere, no bare pool in the hot sun surrounded by concrete.
The view from our patio. Beautiful, mature palms. There is a path there but it's not evident.
You don't realize you are flower-starved until you see all of them. (Hibiscus)
My favourite. Bougainvillea.
Odd and interesting critters to come.