You may remember this post about Mat and I planning a trip to Jamaica. A couple of weeks, we finally made our trip and the whole left me speechless.
Mat and I didn't really care where we ended up, we just knew we wanted to go somewhere. After 3 deployments completed in 3 years and another one only a year away, plus our 7 year anniversary (the itch!) coming up later this year, we knew that we need to take some time away, just us, and make sure that we hadn't lost that loving feeling.
Know what I mean?
I spent weeks researching and finding the perfect resort. This trip wasn't about where we went or what we did, we didn't really care to leave the comforts of our resort, we just wanted to get away.
I finally came across Sunset at the Palms and I knew it was perfect, he knew it was perfect, and we booked it.
The night before, we headed to San Antonio to stay with one of my longtime friends. We had an early flight (hello 7:25am!) and I was not looking forward to waking up early. I made sure we stayed as close to the airport as we could get! haha
|Good morning, San Antonio!|
|I am obsessed with cloud and wing photos... In case you were wondering.|
After getting through both and then picking up our luggage, we were greeted by our transportation company that would be taking us to our resort.
We got pretty lucky, a friend of mine works at our cell phone company and he hooked us up with unlimited texting and data while we were in Jamaica. I found quite the humor in the trip. Text messages during our hour and a half trip went something like:
"Just FYI... They drive on the opposite side of the road in Jamaica. Try to refrain from calling your driver an idiot."
"So far I have seen a store called "All The Tings" and a bar whose tagline is "Come in here and get drunk."
To say that my first taste of Jamaica was anything but less than humorous would be incorrect.
The trip to our resort wasn't exactly pretty. There was a ton of litter and the towns leave a lot to be desired.
Until you get to the resort areas.
We arrived at our resort and we were immediately greeted with cold towels (that smelled amazing!), tasty juice, and the friendliest staff ever.
They really go out of your way to wait on you.
Right before we had left, I had sent the resort a message to request a king bed. They had sent a message back and asked if we were celebrating anything and I had told them that we were celebrating the end of deployment #5 as well as what we were considering a late honeymoon. They remembered this and had champagne in our room.
Between this, and just how beautiful the resort was, Mat and I had already decided that we would have to come back. We hadn't even been there half an hour.
|1. Our room 2. The view from our front deck 3. The hammock on our deck 4. My day bed (where I spent a lot of time) 5. The little table on our front deck.|
|1. The daily activity board. You came here every morning to find out what excursions and classes were planned for that day as well as the theme for dinner. 2. Our cute little room key.|
|The cute little kittens were my morning entertainment|
|The resort was lush with flours and plants. I wish I had taken photos of all of the different ones but it would have filled an entire memory card. This place was gorgeous.|
|The pool and pool bar area. A lot of people wondered why I didn't have many photos. I just simply answered that I didn't want to bore people with hundreds of photos of my legs. We literally lounged and relaxed the whole time we were there.|
|The beach. I told you. We lounged.|
|My handsome breakfast buddy our first morning in Jamaica|
Believe it or not, Mat and I actually did a few things. Xtabi is a cliffside resort not far from where we were staying. The plans were to snorkel and they had some you could rent, but we didn't realize it was cash only. We enjoyed the view and explored the caves.
|He did get tired of me taking random photos of him but he loves me.|
After a morning of paddle boating, we took the cooking class. We learned to make smoked salmon... Not that we eat smoked salmon, but the show was entertaining and the company was great!
Yea. Wing it.
I'm glad that we did it, I'm glad that we made it back to shore in one piece and didn't have to have the rescue boat come tow us back to shore.
On our last night, we made reservations at the Chef's Table. I was entirely fond of the food, it's not stuff I am used to, but it was nice to get dressed up and experience it.
The soup and the chicken were my favorite part!
The next morning, we had to leave. Again. Bright and early.
Atlanta at night.
We got into San Antonio at 1030pm even though our day had started at 750am. We went back to my friends house and woke up the next morning to pick up our littles from my parents.
I know we missed them, but I think they were pretty happy to see us.
Don't let the boy fool you, he's in one of those phases where he hates photos!
So. That was our trip. We are definitely planning on finding a way to go back in the next few years. I would like to go back next year but I suppose we should do a family trip then... Le sigh!