Wine Tasting

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After lunch we decide to go sit by the pool. They are doing something with the chefs. I think they are presenting the chefs from each of the restaurants.


One of them comes around with some sushi. I eat it, but it seems kind of warm and I wonder if I will regret this later. It was all good though.

The pool is nice and it really is the centerpiece of this hotel.  I am laying there, enjoying the pool and the buzz of conversation around us. Then they start playing live music, and it is loud. If that wasn’t enough, there are people near us and they keep saying the name Theo. Again and again and again. I am no longer enjoying being by the pool.

At four o’clock there is a wine tasting in the wine room, which is in the Italian restaurant, Portofino. We ask one of the activity team members where it is and he advises us to get there early because there are only 12 spots available. We do as we are told and get there early. As there only ended up being six of us, it seemed a bit amusing to be told to get there early. The wine room is very nicely done.



They have a lot of wines. I am excited about getting to taste some of them.


They have some fancy wines that I am pretty sure we will not get to taste.


There are wines everywhere!


The chairs are nice, but they didn’t do a very good job of removing the plastic from them.



We take pictures and sit there alone, and then right before it starts two other couples show up. Ketley and Marshall on the left, and I didn’t write down the names of the couple on the right. They were from Australia though, I believe. Both couples are very nice.


The sommelier shows up and I am wondering which wines we will get to taste. He pours the house white and then the house red. He explains what you should look for when tasting wine, how it looks and smells and tastes. It was more of a “how to taste wine” as opposed to a wine tasting.

The wine tasting at the Grand is not as fancy, but they have all the included wines available to taste and there are quite a few.

I am a bit disappointed and feel like Secrets has missed an opportunity to showcase the wines that are an upcharge. If someone gets a taste of these, they are probably more likely to purchase them.

After the wine tasting we go back to our room to rest and get ready for dinner. The room has been cleaned, but they have left the dirty champagne glasses from yesterday. Unfortunately, they have not left any champagne to put in them.


The glasses, the plastic on the chairs, it may all sounds nit-picky. But it’s the attention to detail that sets a resort apart. I am not seeing attention to detail. What I am seeing are crabs, all over the place!

They are in the swim-out pool outside of our room, they are up against the sliding door out to the swim-out, they are up against people’s doors, they are on the stairs, they are everywhere. I start opening our door very carefully and looking out. One place I don’t want them is in our room.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. I love the chef parade. They did this at Secrets The Vine as well and we looked forward to this every day. We also did a wine tasting similar to what you described. It wasn’t the best wine tasting but it was a great way to get out of the heat so I was fine with it. I cant get over the crabs. That would have ruined the trip for me. Lol

  2. Holy cow, not sure what is worse, the crabs at Secrets or the coatis at the Ibetostar ! Haha..

    1. Iberostar ! Sheesh !

  3. I would rather deal with the crabs than coatis. At least you don’t have to worry about the crabs bugging you for food.

  4. 😂😂…. True enough Monica !

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