Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beach Baby

I apologize for the week long hiatus. We took our first family vacation to Varadero, Cuba and returned home yesterday evening.

We stayed at the Paradisus Varadero, the city's only 5 start hotel resort. And it truly was a wonderful experience. Aside from the weather, that is. From Monday to Friday we had cool, albeit sunny days, dressed in sweatshirts as we let Hannah sample the beach. From sand in her mouth to building castles, she had a ball.

Then the weather picked up for the last few days allowing us to spend time in the pool and the ocean.
Our flight to Cuba had us a bit concerned as Hannah was overtired, cranky and wouldn't let herself fall asleep. My husband stood in the gally, talking to the flight attendants (a ski instructor and aspiring dog walker) while she swished and swayed with the movement of the plan. But she amazed us the rest of the trip. Two naps a day and reasonably easy bedtimes made the trip a pleasure and she even managed to stay up until 8:30 some nights to accommodate our dinners.

So would we go back? Definitely! Here is my roundup of Paradisus Varadero:

Beautiful beach within steps of your villa
Huge pool with super shallow sections for the kids
Amazing food at a buffet and 5 a la carte restaurants (including a Japanese steakhouse)
Baby Club for 0-4 year olds and babysitting
Huge junior suite with ample room for a crib
Potential to upgrade to beautiful new section which opened in December. Picture marble bathroom, outdoor shower, a pool and restaurant for these elite customers
Mini bar stocked daily with water and soft drinks

Dinner only starts at 6:30 - when Hannah is normally asleep
No proper high chairs - bring your own clip on seat
Snacks are hard to come by. There is a formal pool restaurant and a beach salad bar but no where to really pick up a snack

So now we are home and my mat leave is officially over. Back to reality. Unfortunately, it got kick started by coming home to a house with no heat and just getting an unexpectedly large quote from the repair man. Guess my year of guilty pleasures has come to an end!

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