January 04, 2017

Blessings for 2017

2016 blessed me with an abundance of love, incredible experiences, new opportunities, magical moments, fun adventures and wonderful new friendships made along the way. Every memory intricately woven into the tapestry of my life...



Everything that happens is part of the journey guiding us towards our destiny, so embrace all of it - the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. I promise there is a lesson in all of it, so graciously embrace what is and be grateful for the lessons so you can move powerfully into your future. Never lose hope. Find comfort in knowing that there is something wondrous awaiting us, because we have within us the power to alter the course of our lives and our futures. Take chances. Make changes. Open your heart to the infinite possibilities. Love fully and love deeply. Fearlessly pursue your dreams and passions. Don't let anyone tell you how to live your life because it is yours to live. Travel. Explore. Live each day to the fullest and on YOUR terms. Only you know the melody that makes your heart sing, so move to the beat of your own music and be happy. I promise that by taking a chance on YOU only happiness awaits.

There are many amazing things in store for 2017 that I look forward to sharing with all of you. Thank you for continuing to share my journey with me. I am eternally grateful and humbled by all the outpouring of love and support along the way. You are my spirit tribe, my soul-sisters and brothers, my fellow travellers on this journey called life. Let's continue to love, support and inspire one another in creating and living the life of our dreams. It IS possible!

Cheers to 2017 and living a life that supersedes our greatest hopes, dreams and desires!  

X, Travelista73




November 15, 2016

5 Reasons to Stay at Ocean Blue & Sand Resort!

Stroll along a powder white-sand beach. Swim in warm turquoise waters. Rejuvenate with a spa treatment. Refresh at the swim-up bar. Dine on savoury international cuisine. Enjoy a bowling match. Dance to the rhythm of bachata. The experiences are endless, but here are 5 reasons you should stay at Ocean Blue & Sand Resort by H10 Hotels in Punta Cana!



1|THE ROOMS 

Ocean Blue & Sand Resort is home to over 700 spacious suites that are tastefully decorated in a contemporary style and located in a series of three-story buildings, each encircling a charming Spanish-style courtyard. Rooms can accommodate up to 5 people (4 adults + 1 child), perfect for larger families who don’t want to book two separate rooms. There are also plenty of great toiletries should you forget something at home, as well as FREE Wi-Fi and room service from 11am to 11pm. Privilege guests can enjoy 24hr room service and private concierge.
  
The property was revamped in 2013 and will be refurbishing rooms throughout 2017. I stayed in a beautiful room in the Privilege section, which featured a separate Jacuzzi, living room area and inspiring pool and ocean views. 





2|DINING

The first property in the Dominican Republic to offer "No Reservation" dining, guests of Ocean Blue & Sand Resort can enjoy the freedom to dine wherever they want. And with nine speciality restaurants, the options are endless. Enjoy a night of Teppanyaki or opt for a romantic dinner at Bluemoon (there is a dress code here). The market style main buffet restaurant offers international cuisine and features 14 different theme nights, perfect for guests that enjoy long stays. Privilege guests can dine at the oceanfront Villa Marina for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  


A hotel favourite is Mikey's Coffee offering a selection of specialty drinks made using locally grown Dominican coffee beans, Stash teas and an array of delicious snacks in a café style setting.  It is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a fresh brew - in my case, with a little Rum! 


Sports lovers can grab a quick bite and wash it down with a cold beer at Overtime Sports Bar. If an important sporting event is taking place during your stay, let the hotel know in advance and they will make sure you don’t miss it! This is where I enjoyed eating French fries after the evening shows and a night of dancing at the onsite club.  



3|THE BEACH & POOLS  

The hotel’s pastel-hued buildings flank two large pools with beachfront access to the magical shores of Playa Bávaro, where you will discover endless ways to spend your days. Swim, kayak, snorkel or unwind under the shade of a palm tree. The choice is yours. To the left of the property find the picturesque beachfront market that sells an array of local goods. It is a great place to take a stroll, purchase keepsakes, or in my case, sit on the steps after closing to watch the sunset.  





Note: I should make mention that part of the beach underwent erosion during a major storm (it was rain season when I was there), but the property has been diligently working to return the beach to its former glory!
    


4|THE SPA 

While the kids bowl, play tennis, learn archery or participate in other fun activities under the watchful care of the Daisy mini and teen club, mom and dad can head over to the Despacio Spa Centre. Relax in the warm sauna before enjoying a restorative treatment. I had the "Tonque Hidratacion," a combination massage and facial using the exclusive Babor skin care line from Germany. Babor is one of the top 5 skincare lines in the world, and after my facial I can understand why! The spa offers an array of treatments and services, including the popular fish pedicure.   

For the couple who craves pure seclusion and pampering, the spa offers a private section where couples can enjoy a massage, hot tub and dinner under the stars. How's that for a truly memorable and romantic experience!


  

5|THE EXCURSIONS 

Enjoy an amazing day of fun with Runners Adventures. Go zip-lining, ride horseback in vibrant tropical landscapes, visit a local village, dine on a traditional Dominican meal, feed Squirrel Monkeys, and so much more!

At the spectacular Anamuya Mountain Range in Higuey, I visited the home of Maria to learn about the local production of chocolate (purchased by Nestle) and Arabica coffee beans, as well as locally grown fruits, fauna and flora. My favourite experience was hands down feeding the monkeys while they jumped on my head and arms. 





The amazing supermoon as seen in Punta Cana. The image on the left was captured by my friend Linda Morehouse - spectacular!



Look for H10 Hotels’ newest 5 star property, the Ocean Riviera Paradise that will be opening on December 15th, 2016, on the beachfront of Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya, Mexico. 


A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Ocean Blue & Sand Resort who made sure my stay there was a pleasurable one. Click on the link to book yours!