Travel and Days Out

Our Holiday In Dominican Republic

I was very lucky to travel to the Dominican Republic with my husband and our friends. To celebrate our friends milestone birthday.  The best and hardest part was there was no children. We travelled as two couples and had a week off from everything.

Our First Holiday With No Kids

This was our first ‘proper’ holiday with no children coming with us. Although we felt guilty and bad for going away to paradise while we left our daughter at home with her grandparents. We did not feel too bad as she goes away every year with my parents for a week. Plus has weekends away with my in-laws, and she does not give us a second thought.

Our friend, whose birthday we were celebrating, had no idea we were going with them. He knew he was going away, and where he was going. But only found out we were going when they got to the airport.

Our journey began at Gatwick Airport one miserable May morning. We arrived before our friends so that we could keep the surprise going a little longer. And not risk the chance of checking in at the same time.  We then made our way to My Lounge, here you get to sit in comfort while helping yourself, to tea, coffee, hot chocolate, wine, beer, spirits and snacks. Our friends met us in there and we enjoyed coffee and snacks while chatting waiting for our departure.

Arriving At Dominican Republic

Our holiday in Dominican Republic

We flew with First Choice, to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  From the minute,  we landed you could see we had reached the Caribbean. The airport was not your usual concrete building. The buildings were made of wood and stone and had thatched roofs made from palm leaves, it was just beautiful.  Once out of the airport we were shown which coach,  to get for our transfer to our home for the next week The Grand Bahia Principe, on the coach we were handed an envelope with our room keys and all the information needed, so that once we reached where we were staying, we could just go straight to our rooms, which after the long flight was very welcome.

At The Hotel

Once we reached the Grand Bahia Principe we were looked after, our cases were put onto a little buggy and we were delivered to our suite (all rooms are suites), where we could unpack and freshen up, before exploring and having that much-needed cocktail to cool down and get us in the holiday mood even more.

The resort was huge, you had 6 pools, 1 being a family pool, 3 pools with pool bars you could swim up too. And then 3 normal pools, a lovely beach with white sand and clear blue sea water. Activities daily around the pool for those who were more energetic. The food was amazing, and caters for everyone. I honestly think no one would be able to go home and say they could not eat the food. The main restaurants had themes every night, as long as a huge variety of starters, mains and desserts.  The bars would serve daily cocktails as well as a long list of other cocktails, I can recommend the CocoLoco.

You had early evening entertainment in the main section, and then it would move to the main square, where you would also find a pub bar, shops, market stalls casino and nightclub.

We went along to the welcome meeting, which I would recommend everyone to do, there is so much to see and do and so many wonderful trips to choose from, and you get to try their local drink Mamajuana, I would recommend everyone tries this.

A Day Trip Out

The beach on our resort in Dominican Republic

We chose to do the trip to Saona Island, I would recommend this trip to everyone, it was amazing.  You start off your trip paddling to get onto your boat. You are then given drinks and snacks, before the anchor goes down and you get a chance to snorkel. I stayed on board as I really am not a sea person.  Then you set sail again and they stop on a sand bank, in the middle of the sea where you can get out and hold starfish. I was brave and ventured off the boat into the middle of the sea, it was a magical experience.

Once everyone was on board again, we set sail and then got to the Island, it was pure paradise, I am not a beach person but I could have honestly stayed here forever.  We had lunch of barbecued lobster and chicken, salads, fresh fruit. Before having time to sunbathe, swim, paddle, before setting off back home again. It was breathtaking and something I will remember forever.

One tip I would give, is take a lot of £1 notes, to tip the staff.

Would I return to the Dominican Republic, yes I would, I now want to return with my daughter as she would love it.

Everyone is very friendly, everywhere is very clean, this is one of the best and most relaxing holidays we have been on.

Have a look at a small gallery of our photos and you will see that it is just pure paradise


Our Holiday In Dominican Republic Pinterest Pin

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  • Jo (A Rose Tinted World)
    19 May 2020 at 3:35 pm

    It is not somewhere I have ever been, but WOW it looks so stunning. What a paradise. And thank you for some great tips.

    • admin
      19 May 2020 at 3:52 pm

      It really was an amazing holiday and somewhere we would love to return to one day

  • Beth Sachs
    19 May 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I’ve never been but the photo’s look amazing. A holiday without the kids is very appealing at the moment, as we’re all together 24/7!

    • admin
      20 May 2020 at 9:45 am

      It is a lovely place to visit everything about the holiday was amazing, I bet there is a lot of parents saying the same at the moment as well x

  • Rebecca Smith
    19 May 2020 at 10:21 pm

    It sounds like such an incredible holiday! I would love to visit one day – I have friends that have been and constantly go back as they love the place so much.

    • admin
      20 May 2020 at 9:43 am

      It was amazing our friemds have been back and were due to go again this year but that has been cancelled now

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    20 May 2020 at 4:11 am

    My husband and I have not had a vacation alone. We always have the kids with us. It would be lovely to have just a couples’ getaway. The Dominican Republic is a great pick for a vacation! Maybe someday, we can have our dream holiday there.

    • admin
      20 May 2020 at 9:41 am

      It did feel strange going away with no kids but was a lovely change an a great destination x

  • Liam | Whatthedadsaid
    20 May 2020 at 9:29 am

    This looks amazing, my wife and I haven’t had a holiday alone together in nearly 20 years, we are looking forward to one hopefully one day soon

    • admin
      20 May 2020 at 9:40 am

      This was a first for us and our friends we went with an only because it was a special birthday celebration x

  • Melanie williams
    20 May 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Ooo I could just do with a family fun filled break right now…This looks fab and I love your piccys too…Ah I wish and dream for now x

    • admin
      21 May 2020 at 10:04 am

      I could do with one as well, all we can do is dream that one day we can go on holiday again x

  • Sarah Bailey
    20 May 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding holiday – I have to admit right now perhaps more than ever I would just love to take off on holiday and have some time away.

    • admin
      21 May 2020 at 10:01 am

      It was a lovely holiday and an amazing place to visit, I would love to be back there right now x

  • Lyanna Soria
    21 May 2020 at 5:22 pm

    The Dominican Republic sounds like a great place to visit soemday. And looks like you guys had a wonderful time there.

    • admin
      22 May 2020 at 10:08 am

      We had an amazing holiday there would love to go back again soon x

  • Jess Howliston
    22 May 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Oh wow what a beautiful place and it sounds like you had an amazing time too! I would love to visit myself some day it really does look like paradise, as hard as it was to leave the kids I bet it was nice to relax without having to always worry about them too!

    • admin
      22 May 2020 at 2:55 pm

      It was an amazing holiday and we all got used to not having kids with us quite quickly haha, would love to return one day x


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