I am still trying to sort through over 500 pictures and several videos from our family vacation to the Dominican Republic and I do hope that you are enjoying each of the posts. If case you missed it, click here to read the post showing the food and drinks from the resort.
Today’s I have a short video with a few pictures of our our 2 bedroom at The Royals Suites at Lifestyles Holidays Vacation Resort. We arrived at the resort late and were extremely hungry so we went to dinner before checking in so the pictures of the room are a little dark.
The refrigerator was initially stocked with several bottles of water, soft drinks and beer then each day resort workers would come b
y with more to ensure no one would ever get thirsty! Their brand of beer is Presidente and it was great.
Unfortunately, the 2nd bedroom contained only 1 Queen Size bed which didn’t go over too well with my mini men. We called the front desk and they graciously and quickly brought up a twin bed for the living room where Malik slept.
Master Bathroom Shower
The bedrooms were spacious and each had a flat screen TV including in the living room which made my men extremely happy!
In each bathroom there was a basket containing several bottles of shower gels, shampoo/conditioners, soaps, lotions, a sewing kit, cotton swabs and other toiletries, however, it took several minutes for the water to heat up in both the sink and shower.
These pictures were taken from the balcony the following morning and as you can see we had a great view of a pool and that of a tennis court.
Father and Son on the balcony
me on the balcony
Tayair on the balcony
overlooking the pool
overlooking the tennis courts
There was a bar that opened from 10-6 and it was nice to sit poolside and have a drink while “lazing” the day away.
“Sex on the Beach” drink
As a VIP owner, a 2-bedroom is $299.00 per week plus travel and a meal plan and it is perfect for 2-6 people.
If you are interested in renting from us, please send an email to me @ email@example.com for availability and/or to get more information.
What type of view do you prefer at a hotel or resort pool or ocean?
The next post will be featuring pictures from around the resort.
Today I am going to show you just a few of the foods and drinks that we consumed while in the Dominican Republic. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed to find out that that spicy foods were not standard fare…who knew? The next time I’m going to have to do a “Patti Labelle” and bring my own little bottle of hot sauce!
Breakfast with Passion Fruit, tart and Mimosa
Despite not having any spicy foods, we did learn that chicken, rice, beans and salad were diet staples so we ate a lot of that as well as plenty of fresh fruits and according to hubby the sweetest Pineapple juice on earth.
Although I didn’t drink any of the Pineapple juice, I did indulge in plenty of other beverages including Coco Locos, Sex on the Beach, Presidente beer, Sangria, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s…notice a trend here?
While there we decided to purchase a unit in the Lifestyles Holidays Vacation Resorts so all of our dinners were then upgraded from the standard restaurants to those which were a bit more extravagant including at the Gourmet, Jazz, Trapiche and The Blue Lagoon.
BTW, talk to me if you want to spend a week or more in the DR, you can rent from us, starting at $199.00 per week plus travel and meal plan.
These two styles of Lamb Chops were the best that I had ever eaten and the Mexican chicken wings were normally sized and seasoned to perfection. We also ate a variety of seafood which included Rock Lobster however, I like Maine Lobster much better.
Most of these restaurants required men to wear trousers and since hubby and Tayair had only brought shorts, during our Tuesday tour with a driver we shopped to purchase a few pairs.
We also hit up one of the local eateries for lunch and their food was reasonably priced, served family style for 4 only cost us $15.00 and the food was awesome!
Travel Tip: when staying at a resort, try to leave and eat where the locals do as you will get a better taste of the culture.
We also ate sugar cane which was pulled directly from the side of the road which was an experience that I wanted my men to have.
Last week my family and I spent 8 wonderful days in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. When we arrived it was just after a quick rainstorm however, it was just in time to catch a beautiful sunset.
Wanting to wake up at least one day early to catch a sunrise was one of my goals and it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. Standing alone in the quiet stillness of the morning, watching a gato (cat) sleep and listening to the birds chirping was a blessed way in which to start a non-work day.
Sitting in silence watching resort employees preparing for their day knowing that my only commute would be a walk down to the beach was wonderful.
Despite the current political conditions in the Dominican Republic, I have to admit that not having been on a vacation since 2009, the DR was definitely a beautiful place to be.
After returning to the room I gathered my men and we walked over to the Casablanca restaurant where we ate from a breakfast buffet complete with Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s (for me).
This was just the beginning of what turned out to be a week long event of overeating and drinking, but thankfully I only gained 3 lbs!
After breakfast, we tried to walk off a few of the calories with a tour of the Lifestyles Holidays Vacation resort. My mini men returned to the room for a little R&R, then hubby and I walked to the VIP beach where we met another couple from Oklahoma at of all places “Wallmart”
Hubby and Tayair on the balcony
Beautiful view of the beach
After dinner there was Dominican entertainment followed by another beautiful sunset. Check back in on Friday to see some of the foods and flora in Puerto Plata.