At the end of February, Chris and I went on our very first kid-free vacation to the Dominican Republic. As young parents, it’s so easy to become completely focused on the roles of mom and dad. Parenthood becomes all-consuming, and you forget to prioritize being a married couple as well. And while we’ve been making sure we have a date night once or twice a month since the summer, we haven’t been away as a couple for more than a night since before Isabelle was born. We also haven’t gone on a true, relaxing (aka do nothing, worry about nothing) vacation since Isabelle was born and we were definitely feeling the need for a break.
We’re super lucky in that we live close to my parents and they help a lot every single week, so the kids are happy being looked after by their grandparents. We’d never done more than an overnight stay before, but they both did great! So much so that, whenever we called, Isabelle was usually too busy to bother coming over to the phone to chat. So we were truly able to relax and enjoy our week and not worry about the kids at all. Amazing!
We took about a million and one photos, but I still wasn’t able to narrow it down into a single post (what else is new). The second half of the photos will be posted shortly, along with a little video of our time there. Stay tuned!
We stayed at the Luxury Bahia Principe Samana. It’s an adult-only hotel in the wild Samaná province, a peninsula along the north-eastern coast known for its lush, mountainous terrain and white-sand beaches. We wanted something a little different from the big resorts and flat terrain of Punta Cana and were immediately drawn to the hilly, rainforest feel of the resort’s surroundings.
Our resort was fantastic in so many ways. The rugged scenery was stunning, the food was amazing (for an all-inclusive resort), and every single spot was beautifully furnished and decorated. Our only complaint was how loud it was at night. It’s touted as “no noise, no stress” on the hotel website (which was one of the main reasons we chose it) and one Trip Advisor reviewer even gave it a 1-star rating because he wanted more going on at night (which basically sealed the deal for us lol). So we were surprised that there was nightly entertainment that runs until at last 11pm and it was L-O-U-D. Since it’s a smaller resort, you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear it from your room. Most of the other resort goers were clearly not young parents who didn’t just want to go to sleep at 9pm and sleep for 12 hours. Lol. If you’re okay with going to bed at 11pm like normal adults, this is really a great option in the Dominican Republic. Like I said, we loved absolutely everything about it save for the loud music at night.
We brought my dad’s GoPro and had so much fun experimenting in the water. I did learn that I am generally not a very graceful swimmer, lol. Also, for anyone well-versed in under-water photography, what’s your trick for clarity? We found our ocean shots to be pretty mucky and hard to clear up in Photoshop. Not sure if we needed to head out further into the water or we need to have the GoPro further in the water? Super fun to do though, regardless. Love how accessible speciality photography gear is these days. (We brought our drone too but forgot to check permit regulations beforehand. Turns out, you need a permit. Oops.)
Watching the nightly sunsets was definitely a highlight. With a Piña Colada in hand, always.
We also had some fun trying our hand at night photography. The sand was maybe not the best place for my tripod since it kept slipping ever so slightly while the shutter was open. Lesson for next time.
Another highlight? The beach just before sunset. With everyone gone to get ready for dinner, we had it all to ourselves.
The second half of our pics (and hopefully a video!) coming soon.
In this post:
- Tofino Towel Co. Chesterman round towel
- Lands End reversible bikini top
- Lands End reversible bikini bottoms
- Lands End dolman-sleeve cover-up
- ASOS tie-leg sandals
- H&M striped balconette bikini
- H&M striped bikini bottoms
- ASOS printed maxi dress
- Lands End Gatas sandals
- Asymmetrical Frilled Bodysuit
- High Waist Jacquard Shorts
- GAP t-strap sandals