Nothing underscored our return to reality like waking up this morning and wearing three layers on top and two pairs of tights to go running. That and the fact that we actually had to make our own breakfast, wash dishes, and go back to our man-to-man kid coverage. Finnegan wasn’t the only one that wished Roanna, our nanny for the week, could come back to NJ with us. Sadly it seems that all good things really do have to come to an end.
We had a great week in Jamaica at the Bluefields Bay Villas. While you can opt for total seclusion while you’re there, I’m glad we didn’t because I feel like we truly made new friends on this trip. Every week, management hosts a cocktail hour on Monday night and a jerk chicken lunch (or jerk tofu for the vegetarians) on Wednesday. At these events, we met the three other couples that were staying in some of the other villas. There were two couples from Kansas staying in the Hermitage. They invited us to tour the house and it was fabulous in person – although probably not the best house for kids because of the stairs and pool layout. We had a great time chatting with them and learning a bit about their lives and families.
The other couple staying at the resort was from North Carolina and they had a daughter the same age as Declan. We had a great time hanging out on the beach almost every day, and even got together our last night so the kids could play while we had drinks and actual adult conversation. We even got some tips on new destinations to check out. We have never been to Santa Fe, but it’s very high on our list now!
This fortunate couple had the great luxury of staying at the Cottonwood Cottage. If you go to Bluefields as a couple, with a small family, or even two couples – this should be your first choice for lodging. The cottage is next to the large sandy beach, has amazing views from both bedrooms, and the Treehouse is a great place to eat your meals. To Finnegan’s delight, they also have a tangerine tree. If we stayed at the Cottonwood, that tree would have been bare by the end of the week!
We had a great time and would highly recommend this ‘resort’ to other couples and families looking for a week of pampering and relaxation. The staff (butler, nanny, housekeeper, and your own personal chef) are so attentive that you really feel spoiled – like nothing is too much trouble. If you’re interested in staying busy, there are plenty of activities as well. They have snorkeling gear you can borrow and each villa has kayaks that you can take out any time. Bluefields also offers a guided hike that I’m sorry to say we never tried since we only brought one infant carrier and the hike would have been a bit too much for Finnegan on his own. Could we have left him with the nanny and gone by ourselves? Of course, but that’s not why we travel with our kids. Roanna really helped us entertain the kids and play with them at the beach so we had a chance to relax a bit, but we didn’t jet off and do our own excursions.
I feel like the most common question we get asked when we talk about a vacations is, “Would you go back?” In short, absolutely. However, if the question is, “Will we go back?” then I’m not so sure. There are still so many other places we want to visit and we have so little vacation time. For our next trip to the Caribbean, I would really like to visit one of the out islands of the Bahamas. I must see these swimming pigs in person. They are high on my travel bucket list.