Happy Birthday Jennifer, @ Punta Cana

I haven’t posted in a while, and for good reason. Last Wednesday afternoon, six of us woke up early and made our way to Dominican Republic’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate Jennifer’s 40th birthday.

To get to the resort, we had to fly around a still developing Hurricane Irene. The flight was a little bumpy, but we made it, albeit about five hours late. No matter.

I can’t express how big this joint is. From what I could tell, the place offers over 2,000 rooms. BIG rooms, with a hot tub in the center of each one. There are pools everywhere, of every shape and size. The casino rivals many that Vegas offers, and the spa… Oooh, the spa.

The beach is wide and expansive with soft powder sand, which of course led to clear, cool water (Not blue… but clear water, which was Jennifer’s only prerequisite when planning for the trip).

I have to admit, I was impressed. Is it a 5 Star, 5 Diamond venue? Perhaps not, but it’s not supposed to be. This is an all-out, all-inclusive, fun-filled, never-run-out-of-anything-to-do place to relax, at your own personal pace.

I can’t reiterate enough the sheer size of, well, everything. Many of the restaurants were as big as I’ve ever seen. The spa seemed endless (and I only saw the boys side, of course). The bedrooms were ginormo, complete with bathrooms that would make anyone want one in their home. The shower felt more like a car wash. So good.

I’ll post more pics later, but so far I’ve been ordered by our fellow travelers to hold back, and can’t poach off our our Shutterfly account (I can’t remember my dang password). The pics above are off of my phone.

In all, it was a great trip. From breakfast, beach, pools, spa, & “casino time,” I’d go back to Hard Rock-Punta Cana anytime.


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  2. This is just one of MANY things I miss about liinvg on the East coast. The great Buckeye state where I live doesn’t have spa week! 🙁 Maybe if I’m in the DMV, I can go w/ you! I need a hot stone massage like NOW! lol

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