Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 2 - Moving to Hotel La Palmeraie

This morning we slept in and then went to breakfast. This was the first of our many days of having omelets (or fried eggs), fruit, bacon and sausage, and pasteries (which included brownies and banana bread). I must mention how delicious the pineapple was. YUMMY!! Compared to the pineapple that we are used to seeing, they are much smaller in size but they are much sweeter in taste. We couldn’t get enough of them.

Later that morning, we gathered our stuff together and had a taxi drive us to La Palmeraie—the resort that we would spend our R&R at.
Front and back of La Palmaraie
Lounging area views
Once again, the staff was very friendly and made us feel at home. After confirming our registration information, we took us to our room. Jared thought he was in Paradise! A living area with a comfy bed, television, toilet, shower, sink, running water, and air conditioning all in one little place is something he hasn’t experienced in 7+ months.
Our room!
After lunch, we me with our travel agent (that we didn’t know we had) and booked all of the excursions that we wanted to do while visiting the island. Some of our trips included the undersea walk, parasailing, walk with the lions, the north, south, east, and west tours, etc. And last but not least—relaxing time on the beach with my husband.
Dining area and ocean view
Jared and I discovered that dinner was not our favorite meal of the day. While there were only two meals that Jared didn’t care for, I—being the picky eater—didn’t get excited about most of the meals. First of all, dinner wasn’t served until 7:30 p.m. So we were always starving since we are used to eating between 5-6 p.m. Second, every night was a different cuisine—Maurician, Indian, Chinese, Italian, European, etc. While you may not think that sounds so bad, it just wasn’t cooked the way we were used to nor did it taste like we expected it to. Needless to say, I ate many tiny dinner rolls during the course of our two weeks there. However, on the flip side, we were always pampered. The waiters would pour our water, carry our food to our table, and push our chair in and out.
Every night after dinner, we stayed down by the pool to enjoy the entertainment. They had three different entertainers (plus dancers) that would frequent the resort on different nights and sing a variety of music—some in English, some in French, and some in Creole. It was a great way to wind down each night and take in the beauty of the island.
Entertainers and dancers
More dancing!

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