This afternoon Derek and I said “adios” to the beautiful Dominican Republic.
*sniff *sniff we’re going to miss that gorgeous beach!
As all good things do, our honeymoon flew by. It was one of the shortest weeks of my life, but also one of the best. Derek and I had a blast doing absolutely nothing and we loved every minute of it.
We definitely took the casual, no thrills approach to our honeymoon. I left my make-up bag, curling iron, and high heels at home, and lived in sandals and sundresses all week. I still got up and ran or lifted weights every morning, but it was completely on my terms. I was able to sleep in and still get a good run in before the rest of the resort started to stir.
I should probably note that we stayed at the Royal Catalonia Bavaro Resort, a gorgeous all-inclusive adults only resort in Punta Cana. Though we enjoyed our stay immensely, I’m not sure it’s a resort we would return to again or recommend to anyone. The resort itself was gorgeous, the beach was amazing, and we loved the quiet laid back feel of the place (HUGE bonus points for being adult only!!), but the food wasn’t great and it lacked any sort of entertainment. We’d love to return to the Dominican Republic someday, we’ll just opt to stay at another resort.
Since our days were sort of repetitive (minus our ziplining excursion) I’ll spare you the day-by-day recaps and instead do a general recap of what our days usually looked like.
Between 7:30 and 8:00am I would generally wake up (the DR is an hour ahead of Florida) and head for my morning run or the gym.
Funny story, I stepped on the treadmill the first day and cranked it up to “7.” I felt great, barely breaking a sweat, but was really questioning why this pace felt so easy. Then it hit me that the treadmills were “kmh” instead of “mph” and I was actually running an equivalent of “4.something.” Whoops. Well that explains it.
There was a hidden road by the beach that was perfect for a good run. I would often run into other resort guests who were out enjoying a morning stroll on the road, which was comforting knowing I wasn’t alone.
After my run I would wake Derek and we would head to the buffet for breakfast.
It was the same ole, same ole every day. We were presented with a menu for the egg dishes, then told to help ourselves to the buffet which consisted of pastries, yogurt, breakfast meats, and fresh fruits. I tried just about everything on the egg menu (omelets, scrambles, fried eggs, hard boiled, etc.), I had to keep it interesting.
I was a little disappointed their “fresh fruit” only consisted of watermelon, pineapple, and cantaloupe – I was hoping for something a little more exotic. However, I did enjoy the unlimited supply of nutella on the condiment bar. I’m going to miss my daily nutella fix every morning! The donuts were good as well… and the chocolate pastry knots. I’m not going to lie, I was a total carb junkie on my honeymoon. mmmm… sugary carbs. Breakfast was easily my favorite meal of the day – I have the nutella to thank for that. 😉
After breakfast we would transition to the beach and read while soaking up the sun.
Unlimited Pina Coladas were also consumed.
It wasn’t until the second-to-last day that I discovered the “Coco Loco” which is essentially a pina colada minus the pineapple. I highly recommend it if you’re heading to the Caribbean anytime soon. 😉
The beach was pretty to look at, but damn that water was cold! I guess that’s the price you pay for being in the caribbean in January. However, the cold water was a small price to pay since the weather was generally awesome. We had highs in the low 80s the entire time we were there and enjoyed a cool breeze when ever we were near the water. It was a welcomed change to lay out in the sun and not worry about sweating up a storm.
We tried a couple of places for lunch, but our favorite was the snack bar by the beach.
It was an open-air restaurant that had a basic menu of burgers, salads, and other predictable beach food.
My favorite meal of the week (which I had twice) was the chicken burger with blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, and a side of potato wedges.
I tried a few other items and they were just okay.
Ordering an extra side of the potato wedges always helped. 😉
As did a Presidente.
The afternoons were generally spent napping, reading, enjoying a cappuccino, or just hanging out in the pool.
We had a couple’s massage one day, which was a nice treat.
Dinner was “dress-up” time.
We ventured to the resort next door one night to try the Japanese Steakhouse on property.
The hibachi show was entertaining, but the food was overcooked and simply “meh.”
The Tapas restaurant was just okay as well.
The food had no seasoning, no pizzazz.
At least the coconut ice cream with the fried donut was good.
It took us a while to discover that our favorite lunchtime restaurant by the ocean served dinner as well.
Not just any dinner either, fresh lobster grilled right in front of us – score!
We had fresh grilled lobster the last two nights, hands down our favorite meals of the trip. The steak I had with the surf ‘n’ turf the last night was pretty decent as well.
There wasn’t much else to do after dinner each night but head back to the room. The bars at our hotel closed early and the only entertainment we caught at the sister hotel next door wasn’t in english. Can’t say we complained about that too much, it was really nice to be in the room by 10:00pm each night.
Especially with a nice jacuzzi tub to keep us entertained.
Like I said above, the week really did fly by. Derek and I had an amazing honeymoon and I’m so grateful I had the chance to just sit back and relax with my new hubby. It’s so cliche, but I really do fall more in love with him with each passing day and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him as husband and wife.