I may have forgotten to mention that we took a little vacation almost a month ago. With the frenzy of work and house projects, the vacation literally snuck up on me and my lovely husband whisked me away to a tropical location. We spent five days in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at the Riu Pacifico Palace. Seth scored quite the deal even at the last minute so our whole trip was ridiculously inexpensive.
When it comes to vacations, we are pretty lazy. All we really wanted was ocean, food, beer and quiet. We aren’t really the type that does crazy excursions, etc. We live in Colorado and spend out time hiking, camping, golfing, snowboarding, running, white water rafting, etc. We don’t feel the need to “do” all that stuff on vacation. I’d rather sleep, read and go for a walk on the beach.
And that is just what we did!
The resort was all inclusive so we never really had to make any decisions about where or what to eat – there were five on-site restaurants and a sports bar. We had two options for breakfast and lunch buffets which both had an amazing array of food -and it was all really good! I definitely felt like a fat American though – a full breakfast of waffles, fruit, omelets, coffee and mimosas followed by a huge lunch of more fruit, an Italian buffet or hamburger station or fabulous Mexican dishes and then a gourmet dinner! I’m sure I gained at least 10 lbs while we were there!
There was a giant pool – and while people got down there early to reserve their chair with their towel, there was always a spot on the beach available. The pool area was great – they had activities all day long including zumba, water aerobics, sand volleyball and other entertainment. The pool was never crowded and even though it was a family friendly resort I never felt overwhelmed with kids. All the kids there were well behaved and parents were close by at all times. On the beach there were jet ski’s for rent as well as parasailing. Boogie boards and kayaks were free for our use and there was a great roped off swim area with an expansive shallow area.
After a few days Seth got the wild hair to ask about upgrading to the end suite. Turns out it was quite a good deal to upgrade! So we spent the last few days in this amazing suite. We had two private balconies that were HUGE, including our own sunbathing chairs and chaises, an indoor jacuzzi and an outdoor hot tub on the balcony overlooking the ocean. It was incredible. Spoiled much? Yes – I was!
Five days was plenty of relaxation for us, though, and we were ready to get back home to our little fur babies.
It’s nice to get away and have absolutely nothing to do and nothing to worry about. Our biggest concern each day was waking up in time to get to breakfast before the buffet closed at 11am! And while it was just what we needed, I’m excited to hopefully spend a week in South Carolina later this summer visiting my parents and hopefully having a few adventures on the lake and touring Charleston!