Hello! Yes, I am back from holiday. It was a week of paradise; perfect weather with plenty of sexy sunshine and a completely relaxing itinerary make for the ideal getaway. I'm totally bummed to be back but I'm pretty excited to plan my next adventure. I'm thinking about three trips right now: one nature-filled trip (where my dog can come too), a trip to Italy (Positano is a must-see on my list), and a late summer trip to Greece (Mykonos and Santorini are on my bucket list). Don't worry, if anything comes to fruition, I'll share it right here. In the mean time, I'll be sharing bits and pieces of my trip to TCI.
This might've been the best tropical getaway yet (I say that every time I come back from a trip though so there might not be much merit to that statement). You might know that I'd visited Provo back in 2012. So, because I'd done it before, this time around I felt absolutely no pressure at all. I knew the island so driving around wasn't a pressure-filled anxiety attack with my sister and me yelling at each other to look at the map. I'd seen all there is to see so I didn't feel like I was "wasting" time by sitting and relaxing at the beach all day. And because it was the off-season, it was much less crowded (not that it gets v. crowded there in general) so it was extra relaxing.
We had a direct flight, via United, and it was a short three hour jaunt. The flight itinerary said four hours, but our pilot got us there in three.
Chalk Sound, where the water is pastel colored (we drove around there one morning so I'll be sharing more about it soon).
Avis. I booked with Avis last time (the Grace Bay location) and had a great experience. This time around, it wasn't as pleasant (at the airport location) but it wasn't miserable by any means. The staff was just slightly less friendly and they gave us a not-so-hot car. But hey, it was super affordable at about $35 per day.
Royal West Indies, which was a lovely experience but we wanted to try some place different. I booked our room through American Express, where I scored a decent deal, $310 per night (includes taxes and fees) vs. $365 per night (not sure about taxes and fees) through The Sands directly. If you're looking to go to TCI, I'd also recommend checking out Jetsetter, because they have a lot of good deals on several hotels, including fancy shmancy ones, like Seven Stars and the Gansevoort.
The Sands is pretty official, I'd say. Though, I did miss the personal touch of the RWI (where they lend out DVDs at the front desk) it was pretty awesome to be greeted by rum punch and a fancy computerized check in system that took just minutes to orchestrate. We'd arrived a little earlier than official check in time (which is 3PM) so we had to roam around a bit before we could settle into our room.
Graceway Gourmet) for some much-needed basics (bottled water) as well as ingredients for home-away-from-homemade meals, it was finally 3PM and we were able to check into our room. We were in Building 6, which is actually farthest from the beach, but closest to the parking lot.
Animal Crossing (my favorite obsession). It was our go-to spot for spraying ourselves with sunscreen. And we could do it all without worrying about bugs (namely mosquitos).