I must have been very good in a previous life to get to wake up to this every morning for a week for my birthday.
Off to breakfast.
One day I got a scrambled egg (made at the omelet station) and one day I got some french toast. There was the day I had the lobster. The other days I had the croissant, bacon and fruit. I really do need to branch out more for breakfast. Alex always brought us our coffee and tea without even asking us after confirming it that first day.
We walked around the pool to go back to our room and stopped and briefly chatted with Donna and Keith. They had come close to not coming because they were worried about rain. They were loving the Grand and really glad they hadn’t cancelled. I have to say that when I am foolish enough to check the weather before a vacation, it usually says rain. If you look closer you will see that it usually says intermittent showers or occasional showers. We have been down here a total of 109 days and we have had continuous rain only 1 1/2 of those days. We have come in the months of April (just the last day), May, june, July, August, October, November (late), December (early). Obviously, if there is a hurricane headed towards the area, it deserves a little more attention. But hurricanes are rare and this one was a complete no-show. People tend to stress a lot about the weather. Most of the time it is beautiful and it is really hard to predict.
We did the same thing today we had done every other day. Gone to the beach! I love the ocean. I live with the mountains, and I love them too. But I think I love the ocean more. I don’t ever park my butt in a lounge chair and stare at the mountains for hours on end, but I can do that with the ocean. And the mountains don’t make any noise. I love the sound of an ocean front room as much, if not more, than the view.
We were ready to enjoy our fourth day on the beach.
We gazed at the beautiful ocean, which looked like it was covered in diamonds today.
Carlos was always around early with his smiling face. he would bring cold water on his first round. I asked for a mimosa. Boy, did he bring me a mimosa.
We decided to do something we’ve never done before. We were going to walk the grounds of the Beach and Del Mar. Can you believe that in eight visits to the Grand, Lindo and Maya, we had never walked around the Beach and Del Mar. I would this time. I had a blog to take pictures for!
And take pictures we did. Well, mostly Zung did. We walked on the beach until we came to a boardwalk path back in to the Beach and Del Mar properties. I had heard it was very jungle-ly and it was, which helps keep it nice and cool. I took my mimosa, which helped keep me hydrated.
Those concrete loungers look like “it sounded like a good idea” type of thing. Talk about a torture-lounger!
We walked by the buffet (which is outdoors, I imagine this can be quite hot in the summer months).
As we were walking along the path, we passed a family (mom, dad, kid and grandma). Right as they passed us I heard, “Andrea and Zung.” I wasn’t expecting to hear our names and at first it didn’t register. I stopped and looked back at them and the dad said, “Iberostarrocks. We read your blog.” Oh my! Now, I really feel like a rock star. The other people who had come up to me, I’d had some communication with via private messages on trip advisor. We stopped and chatted a few minutes with them. I kept laughing out loud as we continued our walk every time I thought about it. I was recognized! I felt famous!
There was all kinds of wild life along the way.
We came to the lobby, which is outdoors also.
We stopped at the lobby bar and got some water. If you are a guest of the Grand, you can eat and drink at any of the bars and restaurants of the other four hotels. Ala carte restaurants require reservations.
We continued our walkabout in the common areas of the complex and then made our way back through the Lindo property. Those picture will be in my next post.
If you stay at the Grand, Maya or Lindo, do take a walk through the grounds of the Beach and Del Mar. It is really very nice.