It was really windy today so we thought we would go downtown to do some shopping but when I asked the concierge about the bus, I was told it was a holiday in the Bahamas and most of the shops would be closed. We hung out at the hotel at the pool as it was too windy to be on the beach. Rod made me a reservation for a Tropical Bliss massage at the Red Lane Spa for tomorrow! 🙂
Speedboat Adventure to the Exumas; what an amazing day. The speed boat took us to the Exuma Islands, it was about an hour long trip. The speedboat went really fast and we got really wet lol. The island we went to was the most incredible I have ever been on. The sand was white powder and the water crystal clear. The water had sharks and stingrays swimming around right where we were swimming and they didn’t bother us. I couldn’t believe we were in water waist deep with sharks swimming around us! Lunch was served on the island and included salads, mahi mahi, sirloin steak, pasta — they even had hot dogs ( the kids on the trip loved them). I talked to the people that live on the island and they said they have a overnight house for guest. Mona is going to send me the information and pictures ( I think it would be awesome to stay there!) We were picked up at 8 a.m. and dropped off at 6 p.m. We had lots of sun and fun and were really tired so we had a shower and went to the Cricketers Pub for something to eat. We had Jalapeno Poppers, Deep Fried Mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings and a beer (gym starts as soon as we get home!) 🙂
We made it for breakfast today. Mimosas and omelets….AWESOME! We hung out by the pool for a bit and went the beach…the sand here is just the flour! I am just writing this while we are getting ready to go to Atlantis. Tomorrow we are doing the Exuma Speedboat Adventure so I will have an update on Tuesday… Have a good weekend everyone!!!!
Slept in and missed breakfast, (ends at 11) so we went and had another pizza for lunch! After lunch we took the boat over to Sandals Cay which is the private island owned by Sandals. There is a pool with a swim up bar, restaurant and it set on an amazing beach. We hung out there for about three hours. We watched the sunset from our balcony again and then went for dinner at the Casanova Italian restaurant. The food and service was really good but the highlight for me was seeing Mr. Butch Stewart who is the founder and chairman for Sandals & Beaches resort sitting a few tables down from us 🙂 . After dinner we decided to take a taxi to the Wyndham Casino. There was a Cadillac parked right in front of the entrance and I asked the bellman if it was his and he said it was…I took a couple pictures and touched it (lightly so I wouldn’t set the alarm off, lol) We had a good time at the casino, Rod won at Roulette so that was awesome!
We flew with Westjet from Saskatoon to Calgary and then took the overnight flight from Calgary to Toronto. We had a 5 hour layover in Toronto so I had purchased lounge passes for the Plaza Premier Lounge. The lounge was awesome. We arrived at 6:15 am and they had a full buffet breakfast setup along with soup, sandwiches and salads. We had a bite to eat and then went to sleep. I have flown the overnight flight to Toronto before and walked around the airport killing time and this is definitely what I will do from now one (the lounge pass was $30 and if you arrive after 11 am it is $5 more but includes a self service full bar)
We arrived in the Bahamas at 2:10 pm on May 19. It was pouring rain and there was lots of thunder and lightning. I WAS AWESOME!!! By the time we checked into the hotel it was almost done. Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa is by far the best resort I have been to in the Caribbean. We checked into our room and could not believe how awesome it was. Four poster king size bed, separate area with a fully stocked bar including wine and champagne. Two closets with a sink between them and a full bathroom with a shower, tub and another sink. Our balcony was huge and had a view of the pools and the beach. We watched the sunset out there with a glass of wine. The door bell rang (yup we have a door bell!) and we received a fruit and cheese plate with a welcome letter from the hotel. We were not really hungry after that snack so we went to the pizzeria for a fire grilled pizza (awesome!) .
Yesterday was our last full day in Maui and we thoughouly enjoyed it (again!). We were up at 6am to head out and meet our Catamaran, The Pride of Maui, for a snorkeling tour to Molokini and Turtle Town. There were about 90 ppl on board and she could take up to 140, so it wasn’t overly crowded, which was nice. It was $79 US per person for a 5 hour tour, included snorkel gear, breakfast, lunch and an open bar (once you were done snorkeling). Despite feeling a bit seasick on the ride out there, I managed to pull it together (thanks to a gravol!) and enjoy the rest of the time. It was a nice day – a bit of cloud cover at the first snorkling stop (Molokini) and the water is colder than I was expecting. The nice thing on this ship is they have a warm fresh water shower to rinse off when you’re done, which felt wonderful! There were a few different kinds of colorful fish and coral here, and we saw a huge Manta Ray from the boat, just as we were pulling away.
In Turtle Town, we got to snorkel with Green Sea Turtles, which was pretty cool! There were more kinds of fish and coral here as well. The lunch was really good – bbq’d burgers and hot dogs and chicken, plus some salads. The Mai Tai’s were ok too 🙂
We tried out a Sushi restaurant for dinner last night, called Sensai. We went to the one in Kihei, which was close to us, but I think they have three locations on the island. It was really good – sushi with a bit of an island fusion. We really enjoyed it – particularly the Hawaiian Ahi Carpaccio. Highly recommended!
The nice thing about the Fairmont Kea Lani is that the pools are open 24 hours. We went for a nice swim last night and then had a last glass of wine on our patio. We slept with all the patio doors wide open so we could feel the ocean breeze and listen to the water. I wish I could do that at home! We have a couple hours left here to pack up before heading to the airport for our long trip home via Honolulu and Vancouver.
Aloha – it’s been a wonderful trip!