This time last week Adam and I were jumping on a jet and making our way down to La Romana in the Dominican Republic! We had a short layover in Puerto Rico and then it was on to my new favorite Caribbean island where the sun is just as strong as the Piña Coladas are!
We arrived to our new home at around 1pm and were completely taken aback by how beautiful the resort is. We ended up staying at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville Don Pablo Collection which is an adults only resort nestled within the exclusive Playa Neuva Romana property.
Adam and I have never stayed at an all-inclusive resort before and we have never vacationed in the Caribbean (with the exception of cruises) so we weren’t sure what to expect. I had read a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor before we left, but I was still really impressed with the property and amenities. The water at the pool was sparkling and warm – the perfect temperature for diving right in at 8am (which I did every single day).
There was a lovely pool bar that you could swim right up to, and all of the drinks were included. I’m not much of a drinker, but I had my fair share of Piña Coladas to stay cool and refreshed!
Our resort was adults only which meant the pool was always a really calm and relaxing place to be. One afternoon Adam and I wandered over to the sister resort (the Grand Bahia Principe) which was kid-friendly and there was way too much jumping and splashing for my grumpy old lady taste :). I like to float around with no one bothering me!
Around noon each day Adam and I would walk a few steps over to the outdoor lunch buffet before strolling down to the beach to catch some afternoon rays.
I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the beach. I have never in my life seen sand so perfectly smooth. I am actually embarrassed to tell you how many pictures of the sand I took!
We had planned to go on a couple of excursions and do some snorkeling while we were in La Romana, but Adam ended up getting a little bit of sunburn and had to stay under the umbrellas and canopies after day two. Both his mom and dad have had skin cancer so we take sunburn very seriously. If we had done all of those things though I doubt we would have had such a relaxing time!
I am now feeling so refreshed and ready to go! There are seven weeks until the Chicago Marathon and I am EXCITED! My legs felt good the entire trip. I’m not sure if it had to do with the extra rest or just that I had the perfect running route along the beach that included this pier. Because the sand was tightly packed I was even able to get in some miles right along the ocean which I hardly ever do here in Fort Lauderdale!
The plane rides did leave me with a tight right hip, but I’ve been diligent about deep stretching and that has been my savior!
As soon as we got home Cecil jumped into my lap and begged to see what we were up to so I shared one of our vlogs with him:
You can watch the video, too!
I promised Cecil I will try to make more money to afford a private jet so that he can fly with us next time. If you know of any jobs that pay millions of dollars annually please give me the hookup so that my cat doesn’t have to stay home while I vacation. Thank you in advance!
(Actually, I was surprised by how pet friendly JetBlue is now! I saw a handful of people traveling with their dogs right in the cabin…. Hmmm.)
Before I end today’s post I thought I would just be totally upfront about the one thing I HATED about this trip: the mosquitos! Those damn bugs were everywhere and I returned home looking like I have chicken pox.
I was disappointed that the resort didn’t seem to have any process in place for shielding guests from getting bitten (and the gift shop didn’t offer bug spray). The resort is in a really remote location so it’s not like I could just pop out to Walgreens and go buy some spray on my own. I bet the resort would make a fortune off of selling bug spray! This was my one major complain from the trip, and it’s the most common complaint I heard others talking about. The other frequent complaint I heard was that the employees of the resort didn’t speak English well… but by dusting off my old high school spanish I was able to survive!
PS: To all of my teacher friends who are going back to school today I hope you have a great first day!