Monday, March 28, 2011

punta cana ~ day one

the first day started for us on sunday night. the mister and i took a red-eye to atlanta, and then hopped on a flight to punta cana, dominican republic. even though normally i am a little bit of a stressful traveler (i tend to forget things, book travel for the wrong days, go to the wrong airline, etc) this time i was so incredibly relaxed, and apparently the mister was too... the airline lady even mentioned how happy & relaxed we looked. boo yah :)

i made the mister break a little rule so he could catch an ariel shot for me as we were landing. not easy considering he was the middle seat, and we were still in the clouds. isn't it dreamy?


as soon as when we landed we were both in complete island mode. p.s. i ♥ the mister's hat, it's his first fedora and he totally pulls it off. (sorry he's hard to see!)


isn't the airport awesome? the perfect setting for starting our island getaway ~ 




it was a little chaotic when we arrived. there were a lot of people who sort of pretended they worked for the airport or the travel company we needed! i hate ignoring people so i had to respond nicely to all of them as they tried to tug my bags away. the mister was much better at breezing past them. :) it took about an hour to get our bags & finally make to where we needed to be... which was in a local mini van.


the ride to the airport was pretty funny. i noticed that our speedometer wasn't working. it said zero the whole time! he was a good driver though... very cautious, and probably because he had no idea how fast we were going!



finally we got to the hotel... which was beautiful.




i would love to say we checked in with ease and it was all grand, but honestly we had some issues. the people at the front desk refused to check us in or even talk to us for a full hour! they helped soo many families and couples in front of us, that it was a little heartbreaking. i was literally almost in tears. finally the mister and i pulled together & got them to speak to us. after all that, they informed us that we were at the wrong hotel. turns out we had been upgraded prior to arrival. the story is actually very frustrating and much longer than that... but i don't want to overshadow our good time with it. so i will just say... an hour and a half later we were finally checked into our suite.

our final hotel destination was the barcelo bavaro palace. i loved our room, and especially our hot tub on the balcony.



we had an amazing view of palm trees & the ocean. major swoon.


after getting settled we headed to pool bar to grab drinks. i pretty much drank mojitos the entire trip. :) yum yum yum. we did a little exploring and i was able to snap some pretty beach shots!





by the time we were ready to eat supper... the mister & i were still confused on where to go. we later learned there were many rules to each restaurant and it wasn't as simple as just going in and eating! another long story short, we ended up eating pizza & a weird cheese quesadilla at the resort's sports bar. we did see one of the members from LMFAO ~ all random and kind of funny looking back.

eventually we found some of my family (the other thirteen people were delayed due to ice back in the states) at the bar. they were a welcome sight that's for sure. :) when the night finally wound down, i was soo happy to climb in the hot tub w/my mister and just relax.

stay tuned for more punta cana photos & stories :)
all photos by jenna ♥ a little blue

36 comments:

Brooke said...

oh my goodness I hope you're having a blast!!! :D That resort looks beautiful :)

Monique said...

Gorgeous gorgeous photos lady. I'm sure it was tough to get back to work. The palm trees and the water make me miss the caribbean so much! Sorry to hear you had some complications..glad overall it was a good time looking forward to more pics.

Things to Do said...

These are amazing photos! I also love the way you displayed them with the text and arrows. Can't wait to read more.

...love Maegan said...

omg WOW ...those photos are UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING!!! What a trip that must have been.

Diana Mieczan said...

OMG that looks like such an amazing trip. I wish I could be there right now. Love all the photos! Kisses and hugs

Francesca said...

omgosh i'm so jealous of your trip! beautiful photos x

Megan said...

I am so jealous. I have always wanted to go there! Hope you had a blast!

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, I'm soooo jealous right now!! And that picture of you two... adorable!! You two really are such a beautiful couple. Have an amazing time and don't forget to post more pictures!! ;-)

PS Thank you for your kind words! You really have no idea how much that meant to me!!

xo

Jen

Petchie said...

Love all the pictures, it looks like you had an amazing time! New follower :)

xoxo
Petchie

Lisa Fergus said...

What beautiful pictures! Looks like so much fun!!

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Nicole said...

Hi friend! I wish I was on that vacation with you! Looked like so much fun!
Have a great week

Diana Smith said...

these pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I am so jealous that you were able to go!! But I am sure it was very much needed!! I love the picture of you guys in the flight about to land, its soooo pretty outside!

Livy Love

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

omg the photos are GORGEOUS! you and your hubby are TOO CUTE! love love all the bright blue ocean shots :) cant wait to see more.. xoxo jcd:: enter to win my jewelry giveaway !! open to international entries!

Nuha said...

these pictures are so dreamy! And the hotel looks amazing!

xoxo

Laura-Bear said...

Wow what a wonderful trip! Your pics are beautiful, can't wait to read more!

Chrissy said...

Wow, it looks amazing! Beautiful!!

-Kasey said...

Even though I live right by the Gulf of Mexico, in Florida... I am still going to sit back and live vicariously through you as I go over your post.... again :)

Miss K said...

i'm so jealous! it looks beautiful and you look gorgeous as always!

everyone calls me bon bon said...

We went to Punta Cana for our honeymoon:-) So fun and amazing weather! Paradise! xoxo

Nikki said...

Oh my, all I want to do is strap on some snorkel gear. Looks like a fabulous trip and you guys are adorable in your fedoras.

sealaura said...

oh my goodness! what beautiful shots you are sharing with us! can't wait to see more from the Dominican Republic, hablas espaƱol?

Glenda C said...

looks lovely!

Googlover/keishua said...

loving the hats. looks like all kinds of fun!so, glad you're sharing it with us.

la petite coquine said...

So glad that even though checking in was a bit of a nightmare that you guys ended up in such a gorgeous suite! What a divine vacation-can't wait to hear more!

Punctuation Mark said...

what an amazing trip... hope you're having a blast... the place is great for it!

heartsy said...

love the photos! That suite looks so stunning too.

NRC said...

Oh wow this looks so heavenly!!

Mango Gal said...

Such a beautiful resort! We went to Punta Cana last November and loved the island. Those beaches are gorgeous!

TheChambrayCountess said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I bet you are having a fantastic time! Love the pics!

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Kimbirdy said...

oh i'm so sorry there were some hardships on the trip, but i'm glad you had so many other wonderful things to make up for it.

BExCLUSIVE MAGAZINE said...

lovely photos!! :)

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Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Wow you guys look like you are movie stars love the island look

honey my heart said...

looks like such a great trip!! i love all of the palm trees.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Yay! Your hotel looks so nice! We also had issues with ours went we went in December. They tried to put three of us (my parenst and I) in a one bedroom - it was crazy. And ours was not as nice looking as yours. I blame AAA, becuase they booked it.

We stayed at a restort with 5 hotels, and were at the highest hotel, yet the rooms were still old looking and a bit dirty. I can't imagine the other places there.

The airport was crazy huh? So cool. Wished there were more than three bathroom stalls, but whatever hehe.

Although it's only been less than 4 months since my trip, it seems like forever. Glad to see your pics!

Villa Bisono said...

Wow, you went to my country! I hope you had an absolute amazing time! Punta Cana is so gorgeous and so much to see in DR, hope you had a chance to venture out of the resort and see more of what the country has. Absolutely fab. pics~~

xoxo from NYC
Maurenice

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Kristin B said...

Just GORGEOUS! I must add this place to my list... amazing.