Monday, May 23, 2011

Honeymoon of Paradise

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic by far exceeded all of our expectations!
We left Sunday morning at 5:40am from our hotel to head to the airport to begin our honeymoon! We were so excited to be on the beach, either one of us cared that it was soo early. We arrived to Punta Cana around 3pm in the pouring down rain. (In case you don't know, the airport in Punta Cana is all outdoors!) That meant we had to walk about 200 yards in the pouring down rain. The airport staff brought us umbrellas, however this rain was not going to be defeated. We were soaking wet! However, our luggage was there and we were in a taxi headed to the resort in no time. When we arrived at the Excellence Resort, they greeted us with champagne and an itinerary for the rest of the day. Once we got to our room, the resort had a "Honeymooners" banner on our door with Champagne and fruit basket in the room. All I wanted to do was eat!! After finding our room and dried off, we decided to try the Mexican restaurant. The resort had 8 restaurants and 10 bars, so it was a tough decision.

Champagne Greeting
Our Room

Every night at the resort, they had a show after dinner. We got to see several talents people. There was a Burlesque show, Michael Jackson Tribute, Circus and Acrobats, Game shows, and a Jazz/Blues singer. There were also activities all during the day at the beach, by the pool, and in the sports complex. We stayed on the beach most days. Steve played Beach Volleyball with some people we meet and I took dance lessons (while enjoying the sun bathing of course). The people there were all soo nice. They remembered our names and did a great job of customer service. We ended up finding a few favorites. We ate breakfast at The Lobster House every morning around 10:30. (Steve would sleep in, while I read on the baloney). It was an outdoor restaurant that was like a huge tiki hut. The beach was only a few yards away from our table. Our favorite dinner spot was The Grill. They had some of the best steak I have eaten. Not to mention their red skin mashed potatoes. =) For being on own honeymoon the resort step up a special dinner for us. We had rose petals on the table, a personalized menu with our names, and special food selections to choose from. We felt like royalty for a night.
Lovin the Sun
Breakfast Spot

Romantic Dinner with
Mr. and Mrs. Heet menus
Steve and I were lucky enough to enjoy two different excursions while in Punta Cana. First we went Zip Lining through the jungle. The bus picked us up at the hotel and drove us about 45 minutes into the jungle. The drive there was definitely an adventure. We were in an open bus and drove on roads that were more like dirt paths barely big enough. Several people had to duck from the trees above. We had no idea that when they told us to "Buckle Up" it meant Hold on for Dear Life!! However, once we got there it was so worth the ride! There were 15 different lines that we got to zip through. The mountains were so beautiful from away up there. We were is awe of God's work! We also got to swim with the dolphins!! This was the only excursion I knew I wanted to do better we left for our honeymoon. I was so looking forward to interacting with these wonderful creatures. The dolphin we swam with was named Dali. He was such a pretty animal. Steve and I learned the signs for the dolphin to kiss us, dance, jump over our heads, swim holding on to their dorsal fin, and swim holding on to their pectoral fins. If you have never swam with dolphins before, I highly recommend it! Knowing you are communicating with wild animals is amazing. The dolphins were kept in blocked off area in the natural ocean. This allows them to have the natural habitat they desire.

Amazing Ride
Steve is cruising

Ready to go Zip Lining!

Dorsal Swimming

Pectoral Swimming

Steve and I definitely did not want to come home after our amazing honeymoon! We decided we could definitely live at the beach forever. We finished the week with breakfast in bed. It was so nice to be waited on for a whole week. Resort life is the way to go. The best part about the whole thing was that the resort was all inclusive so we didn't have worry about spending all week. I am trying to convince Steve to join the Excellence Club. Our resort has several Caribbean locations, plus they have a private area for Excellence members where there are beds 20 yards from ocean with private canopies. Maybe next time....a girl can dream right?!?! =) I am so happy to be Mrs. Heet!

This is the wreath that was on our front door when we got home. Homemade by Grandma!

May the Bliss Continue....!!

1 comment:

  1. What a great recap of your honeymoon! It sounds wonderful and I am so happy for you!