It’s been a long time coming (ok…since January), but boy was I ready for this holiday. After weeks of searching, we stumbled upon the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (I literally still can’t remember the full name without googling it) in the Dominican Republic. It seemed to have everything we wanted for a do-nothing holiday, plus as we booked through Thomson, I could finally take a flight on the Dreamliner for the first time.
We arrived by plane, car and boat to Cayo Levantado in the dark, where we were greeted with a thunder storm, but low and behold woke up to this…
Our villa was so close to the beach we could fall asleep listening to the waves crashing to the shore. Roooooomantic or what? We had a little hot tub on our terrace, perfect in the evenings, which the butler (oh, yeh we had a butler) scattered with rose petals! He also left a different scent in our room each night (the cinnamon was dreamy).
This adults-only hotel is the only thing on Cayo Levantado, which is also known as the Bacardi Island as Bacardi have filmed their adverts there. It’s also famous for whale-watching at certain times of the year. There is a public beach too, which other holiday-makers can take a little boat ride from the main land to. It was a selfie-stick heaven and a little too crowded for me, so I stuck to the private beaches, where I drank Pina Coladas until my little heart was content.
It was an all-inclusive affair, which included dining at the the four a-la carte restaurants and well as the main one. When I wasn’t eating and drinking, I’d wile the afternoon away reading, playing scrabble (I’m that cool) or having a dip in one of the pools, followed by sundowners (oh sorry back to drink), and a massage in the spa.
As absolutely jaw-droppingly wonderful as it was, I can never go somewhere without seeing at least some of the country. So back on the boat to the mainland, we went on two excursions, one was horse-riding through a forest and arriving at the highest waterfall in the Dominican Republic where you could go and jump in to cool down. The second was a trip to an Iguana farm, a swim in a mangrove and a visit to Playa Rincon, dubbed one of the best beaches in the world!
Of course, after any holiday like this it’s pretty hard to leave – cue me holding on to the four-poster bed whilst Mr Five O’Clock has to drag me away. But I’ve left feeling oh-so relaxed and ready to take on the world!
Photos by moi and by Stuart Jackson