The next few days...
The next few days were all about the same besides a few extra things here and there. We literally woke up every morning around 6am or so (how can anyone sleep in paradise?!) and immediately brushed our teeth and threw on our beachwear. We grabbed everything we thought we would need for the day including cameras, snorkel gear, sunblock, etc. and threw it all in our beach bag and headed in--it is a FAR walk from our bungalow to the beach or main area of the hotel so you didn't ever want to forget anything!
We would head in to breakfast that was waterside. It was an "American Buffet Breakfast" that was absolutely awesome. It literally had every single kind of breakfast food you can think of: waffles, french toast, bacon, sausage, breads and cheeses, cereals, fruits, and even a chef to make you eggs or omelets or whatever else your little heart desired. And they had juices, lots and lots of juices! My favorite and something my mouth has been watering for ever since was banana juice! I drank soooo much of it. So all of this breakfast business was definitely a highlight of the trip. We are not even normally breakfast eaters besides a granola bar or something but we looked forward to it each day and would tease each other about what we were going to eat the next day!
After being completely stuffed from breakfast we would head to the beach, put down our things and lather up with sunblock, then head to the beach shack to get beach towels and flippers for snorkeling. We would then spend our entire morning snorkeling in the inner lagoon of the hotel. There were coral gardens, small fish, big fish, sea turtles, sea urchins, so many neat things to look at!
Once we got tired of that after a few hours, we would lay out in a hammock or lawn chair and just soak in the sun.
Eventually lunch would hit (about 6 hours or 7 hours after getting in) and we would head back to our room and share a fruit from breakfast, usually an orange or apple we had brought with, and then each eat something small we brought from home. Cue groceries here. It was great to have small things with us (tuna packets, cheese and cracker packets, skinny cow chocolates, Pringles) and ended up saving us a lot of money not having to buy lunch at the hotel or anything! Plus it was kinda nice to be able to have food from home anyway.
So after lunch we would do it all over again...head back into the beach and layout, swim, snorkel, get in the pool, or whatever.
Sometimes we would choose to swim off our deck instead and would have fun jumping over each other or seeing how far out we could get. We also had brought some rafts from home and blew them up and would float on them off our bungalow deck a lot of times. It was fun but a lot of times it was exhausting not being able to touch for long periods of time and Ryan can't float as well as I can :)
|Some creep I caught trying to look up my sundress :)|
We also choose to kayak a couple of times in the afternoon. The water is so smooth it is soooo easy to do and so fun! The first time I got freaked out because we saw a whole pod (?) of stingrays swim beneath us in really shallow water but after getting used to seeing them so often it was second nature and I wasn't as scared of them.
Here is a video of Ryan trying to scare one away from our bungalow for us :) Below it are pictures...
By night fall we would usually head back to our room and order room service while showering off for the day and getting ready for bed. We literally did this all but two nights--it was so relaxing to be able to eat on our deck instead of getting ready and heading the restaurant and also romantic!
|It's really hard to tell how little this guy is b/c it's zoomed in so far but he was literally like 1/2 the size of my pinky from head to tail! He came to visit us one evening after dinner on our deck :)|
We would then set the trays outside the room and turn down our sheets for sleep! We went to bed ridiculously early every night but we were also getting up ridiculously early every morning. Plus, there isn't much to do after nightfall anyway...it isn't party central by any means!
I will tell you all about a few activities we did while there in my next post, but for the most part, the above scenario is how we spent every single day there. We loved every single minute of doing nothing! We had even planned to do several excursions before we got there but once there,we didn't even want to leave...it was heaven! The hotel was sooo empty (it was their down season) and we felt like the only ones there most days! Most of the time we wouldn't even see another person on the beach the entire day; now tell me that isn't ideal?!
Until next time...enjoy the rest of your weekends!!