Staying at the 5 star all inclusive Dreams resort, we stepped off the plane and as soon as the hot breeze hit us we knew we were in the Caribbean heat, and it was going to be factor 30 all the way!
The resort had a beautiful private beach with magnificent palm trees, the sea was glistening and the temperature of a warm bath. Listening to "Jammin" by Bob Marley on my I pod I was in a great place, and even managed to squeeze in some yoga poses on the white sandy beach.
We received a leaflet from the airport with some handy tips about the country. One of them said if a Dominican local tells you to wait 5 minutes, a Dominican 5 minutes translates into half an hour. This isn't out of laziness but just due to the laid back atmosphere. We certainly embraced this during our stay.
I have decided to write about our last meal of the holiday which was in the beach side restaurant called "Side Grill". This was the only restaurant out of the other 4 which had a relaxed dress code and Ad was dying to wear his shorts.
A perfect evening with sea breeze, moon lit sky, a warm and fuzzy feeling in the air. The palm trees at night look especially beautiful- I looked around and I was one happy girlie.
Back to the food - to start I chose creamed corn soup which was delicious and Adam had minestrone.
Main course- Grilled breast of chicken and Herb crusted Salmon both served with mashed potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables.
I am not raving about the food as with an all inclusive holiday you are constantly eating and drinking day and night. (Local Presidente beer during the day and cosmopolitans at night if you want specifics). To be honest we were both looking forward to going back to New York to have a jacket potato with cheese and baked beans, as sometimes home comforts are just what you crave after endless amounts of eating rich unfamiliar foods until you are full to capacity. I will say that the food was lovely and it was just what it was and we both enjoyed eating here. The best part is after you have cleared your plate of course there is no bill to pay!
The exotic fruit that is available on the resort is delicious and I definitely took advantage of this by having daily helpings of juicy mango's, papaya, passions fruit, star fruit, melon and I even had a freshly sheared coconut from the palm tree where one of the locals had hacked the top off for me. I drank the fresh thirst quenching coconut water from the shell through a straw. A guest of the hotel sat behind me offered a little white rum poured inside, will chilled me out Dominican style.
We didn't leave the resort apart from a short walk to the local "shops" and were both amused by a shop sign owned my a man that named it "Costco 27". We of course came home with a few unnecessary trinkets but one always does.
A holiday I will always remember