Friday, December 21, 2007

Natasha - Caneel Bay Resort on St.John

A trip to the US Virgin Islands would not be complete without a visit to the Caneel Bay Resort on St.John. And where better to show off sexy Malibu Strings bikinis?

The property offers 7 beautiful beaches, each offering a different view of the Caribbean Sea and soft white sand to work on a beautiful tan. Some have a rugged coastline that you have to hike down to and a couple of the beaches are right outside your room! Don't be surprised if a herd of wild donkeys or deer decide to follow you around the 170 acres of national park which surround the property. These animals are tame and very beautiful to look at, though the resort does ask that you do not feed them.

Don't pass up an elegant dinner at the Turtle Bay Estate House on the property. The restaurant offers a very romantic atmosphere with panoramic views of the waters around St.John. I do remember that a jacket was required

for my husband, and a summer dress and sandals was all I needed. Just remember they do run the air conditioning inside so it can get a little cool.

For a more casual dinner try the Equator Restaurant on top of an old sugar mill. It's outdoor dining with another amazing view of the sea. Even though it's casual, they still offer a complete bar and wine list..what's dinner without and amazing bottle of wine? It was our favorite restaurant on the property.

For breakfast we were at the Caneel Beach Terrace..actually, that's not true. We were right next door at the at the Breezeway Bar getting the day started right with Devon's special Bloody Mary's! They actually sold the special hot sauce at the gift shop. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of it because it was taken from me at the airport...don't forget you can no longer take over 3 ounces of liquid in a carry on bag! Oh well, just another reason to go back to St. John!

The property also offered day trips over to St. Thomas for shopping, and a trip to their sister property Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Lucky for us, we spent another 3 nights there. But I'll save that story for another day.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Daly - Mai Tais or Margaritas?

When it comes to nice places to get away, Hawaii usually comes to mind but for a change, my husband and I headed South to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just a couple hours away from the Southwest, this popular destination on the Baja Peninsula has something for everyone.
We stayed at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo. This 28-acre resort with its cobblestone lanes, fountains, private gardens, restaurants, and shops has all the amenities that you will need from luxurious spa treatments to tee time at the nearby 18-hole golf courses. We're not golfers but sure wished we were!
If we weren't soaking in the main infinity pool overlooking the resort's private beach and Sea of Cortez, or playing on the sandy beach, we were frolicking at the Delfines swim-up pool overlooking the Cabo del Sol Golf Course. Even during the last week of November, the temperatures were perfect--in the high 70s, low 80s; so wearing Malibu Strings was definitely not a problem.

There's not a shortage of places to eat at the resort. Our favorites are:

  • Sirenas - casual bar and grill near the main infinity pool with a panoramic view of the Sea of Cortez

  • Pitahayas - enjoy a romantic dinner of Pacific Rim cuisine underneath the canopy of giant palapas

  • Girasoles de la Hacienda - dine at the highest point of the resort overlooking the ocean

  • Tomatoes - great place for breakfast and themed buffets
In town you'll find La Golondrinas (seafood and steaks), Romeo and Julieta (Italian), Margaritavilla (go for the mega margarita) and Taco Loco (by far the best build-your-own taco bar). Other days we walked along the Marina Cabo San Lucas browsing the street vendors and stopped to have an ice cold beer with lunch at Baja Cantina. But at the end of the day, nothing was better than lounging on the wide open beach sipping margaritas and watching the gorgeous sun set over the horizon.

What about the night life, you ask? Well there is definitely plenty of night life but you'll need to head to downtown Cabo to El Squid Roe or Cabo Wabo and immerse yourself in the lights and sounds into the late night. Don't forget to stop by the world's smallest bar, Slim Elbow Room, and catch a seat on one of the four barstools.
Before our trip was over, we took a guided ATV tour through hills and valleys to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula. We did donuts with our ATVs and, when we were tired of riding, listened to the waves crash as we watched the sun set over a stretch of beach that looked virtually untouched by man. This excursion was a lot of fun and well worth eating dust during the ride! ;) We felt like little campers as we puttered back through the dark dirt trails towards our bunks.
We'll always remember the fishing trip where we caught an 8'5" marlin. It was such a beauty, we made sure to release it back into the ocean before passing by the infamous El Arco on our return to the dock. (You can catch a glass bottom boat to be dropped off at the beach of El Arco and have a little picnic.)
Of all our days spent in Cabo, our best memories are of the times we spent by the pool and on the sandy beach where I can wear my Malibu Strings. (I think my husband enjoyed it the most!)

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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