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Saturday, March 22, 2008

I'm Baaaack!

Posted by Seeking Solace |

We arrived home yesterday around 6 PM. We picked up the Boy this morning. He came racing out, making these howling "WHERE WERE YOU?!?" noises. It's great to be home.

Our trip was fantastic. We stayed here, which a lovely all-inclusive resort. (Thanks GML for the tip on this place!) The place is awesome. First, the all-inclusive includes all food AND ALCOHOL. Plus, you don't need to tip anyone, since it is included in the price. Husband and I took turns getting each other drinks from the pool bar. The food was great too. Three restaurants on site, plus a snack shack at the pool. No need to go hungry!!!

What I really liked about this place is that there were no children. I mean no disrespect to my readers with kids. The resort required that persons be over the age of 14 to stay. So, I did not have anyone splashing me while I was in the jacuzzi or hear "Marco", "Polo" incessantly. We even met couples who were on vacation, sans children, who were grateful for the break.

But, what shocked me at first were the number of college kids who chose to stay at this resort for spring break. WTF, was my first thought. I figured that I would not see many, if any, college kids at this resort because of the cost. But sure enough, they were there. Which begged the question?

Where in the hell do these kids get the money to go to a place like this???

When I was in college, I didn't have money to spend on a spring break vacation. My parents would not have funded such a venture, and even if they could, they would never have let me go. Husband and I saved for a six months to pay for this trip, so it kind of chapped my ass that there were college kids there.

But, except for a few minor incidents, like the girls banging on the door to the room next to us at midnight and screaming for their friend to let them in and the person across the hall getting up close and personal with the toilet at 4 AM, they behaved relatively well.

We also went to a lovely restaurant on Paradise Island on the grounds of Atlantis. Atlantis is phenomenal. They have these aquariums and underwater tunnels throughout the hotel area. It was cool to set the sea creatures, up close and personal! There is also a great casino there. (Just for you, Weezy!). We didn't get a chance to gamble, though. There is also phenomenal shopping too. I did stop in a couple of jewelry stores and found some very nice pieces. But plopping down $9,000.00 for a pair of ear rings just did sit well with me or Husband. (Although, the sales clerk tried to entice us by saying that they were reduced from $11,000.00!)

All and all, a phenomenal trip. But, it is good to be home.


Weezy said... I have been in the one at Atlantis and remember not winning crap! What was the restaurant? (Carmines is one of my faves---was wondering if you went there??)

Anastasia said...

the presence of families with young children would change the whole dynamic of a resort. I totally get specifying an age. That seems preferable to technically allowing children and then sneering in annoyance at people who bring them.

Anastasia said...

oh! and I'm glad you had a restful stay!

New Kid on the Hallway said...

There are some VERY RICH college kids out there whose parents would definitely pay for such a vacation (after all, the darlings have been working so hard at school!). It's amazing to me.

Addy N. said...

Oh god- I would not be surprised if you had kids from my MY school there- they are so gross about money and trips like that. I think I would rather have screaming kids than have to see my students (or some just like them) on vacation! Glad you had fun!

M in my diary said...

Glad you're back and had a great time.

I'm w/you on the kid thing. I've thought about planning a vacation to a resort that is specifically a family resort, but the truth is I don't want to be around that many children either.

Mad Hatter said...

That sounds amazing! Welcome back.

Seeking Solace said...

Weezy: We ate at the Blue Lagoon which is next to the shopping center. It's not on Atlantis per se, but it is close.

RageyOne said...

Glad you had a good time!

Personally, I never really went anywhere on spring break but home. I didn't have a job during the college, going to class was my job, according to my parents. Therefore, there was no way I was going on some extravagant trip during spring break.

Joy said...

Welcome home! Glad you had a lovely time. A warm, lovely time! :-))

Did you arrive home to snow on the ground, like we had yesterday? The nice thing about March snows, is they don't last. Already the roads are almost clear of snow.

Now, if we could do something about those snow banks! But that is Wisconsin during a big snow season (You've had a big winter too, right?).

Prisca said...

I can absolutely appreciate your delight at having a child-free vacation!! Good for you!

Stranger still is the whole Spring Break thing -- I stayed in the cheapest place I could on mine and we drove down there etc. Times do change, don't they?

Abbey said...

Oddly enough, we stayed in the same chain in Jamaica and it was HORRIBLE. Horrible. I mean it. I totally voted it for it because of the no kids rule as well.

Glad you had a good time and that you are back though!