Last year for Spring Break, my family and I headed to London, Paris and Antwerp for the holiday. You can read about our magical time in Paris HERE. This year with the winter cold and drearier than ever, we decided we were in desperate need of a Tropical holiday. A first for us, going on holiday with another family. It sounds perfect in theory , the kids get to have an amazing time together and the grown ups have buddies to do an assortment of adventures. In reality , a joint family vacation can end up disastrous if the families don’t have similar traveling agendas. My dear friend Tamara and her family, which consisted of her Hubby S, teenage son C and seven year old daughter A, invited us to join them for Spring Break in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for eight glorious days. Also joining them were Tamara’s brother B and cousins H and A. I am sure Tamara and her family were also a bit nervous about going on holiday with us as well. We did not hesitate to say yes, since I knew they would be the perfect family to holiday with. Like minded to Joe, Jaden and I … not needy, independent, full of energy, and up to an adventure any day.
I am the one who normally spends months deciding and investigating our holiday vacation. It felt strange having a holiday destination planned already by someone else but I was super excited to surrender to the adventure. I also knew Tamara had almost identical tastes to mine when it came to style, decor and what we want out of a vacation. It was done, we were heading to Punta Cana for Spring Break. I had never been to a Spanish speaking country before, nor did Jaden, we were both thrilled at the idea of being exposed to yet another language. Last year in Antwerp and Paris, Jaden loved using the French words he learned. Our main objective in Punta Cana, was to spend every day on a beautiful beach, relax, eat , visit a different town, see some architecture and art and most importantly have major fun with our friends. We accomplished it all, we stayed in a magnificent villa that Tamara booked via HomeAway . Besides it being gorgeous and spacious for a group of 10 people, it came with an in house staff of three, the personal chef Millie and villa attendants Willie and Benny. Located seconds from a picture perfect beach, the villa had all the components needed to maximize the insane fun we had. Private and secluded, everyone spent lazy idle days at the pool, Millie cooked the yummiest meals and I personally played bartender , whipping up cocktails daily with the Brugal rum I bought at the supermarket, the day we arrived.
We made sure to relax and take it slow, enjoying the Tropical surroundings, we also were able to go on a few adventures. Tamara’s Hubby S, rented a boat for us all to go fishing and snorkeling. The guys caught a jack mackerel, which Millie prepared and cooked for us later that night. Another day we got Willie the villa attendant to take us into the local village to take photographs. A few days later, he drove Tamara, myself and the kids to La Romana , a couple of hours away to visit Altos de Chavon. While there we went to a few art galleries, The Church of St Stanislaus, and the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater. Our last major adventure in Punta Cana was to a wildlife reserve , and the kids enjoyed jumping into a natural spring. Jaden and A were the best of playmates in Punta Cana and as you can see I enjoyed tremendously taking beautiful pictures of them . I hope you all enjoy my photo diary of our magical adventure in Punta Cana. The very last picture was taken by adorable A with my iPhone.