Author: bluechairtravels

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Breathless left us Breathless

I started my search in December looking for the perfect “getaway” resort. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the concierge reached out to me, after liking the Breathless Facebook page. Thank you, Martin Juarez! The resort is broken into 3 different sections. Section 1- Xhale, which is labeled as the Luxury section of the resort. This part of the resort offers an exclusive restaurant for Xhale club members only, and also comes with free access to the hydrotherapy in the spa (depending availability). Section 2- Allure. In this section you will find all the restaurants, main bars, gift shops and the large entertainment activity pool. The difference in the rooms from the Xhale and Allure sections: Xhale offers a Jacuzzi in the rooms, and Allure offers the swim up rooms. Also with booking the Allure you will only have access to this section along with access to Xcelerate. Section 3- Xcelerate. I was told this is the section where all the BIG parties take place. They offer Champagne and foam parties. I am unsure of the rooms for Xcelerate, but do believe they offer garden view swim up rooms.

Now that you know a little about how the resort is laid out, let me jump right into why I LOVE this resort. You are greeted upon arrival with a cool, damp cloth that smells of eucalyptus and mint. The resort colors are purple and silver and you will see that scheme throughout the resort…but enough about colors. This resort has impeccable service. The staff are all attentive, the food is DELICIOUS. You know if you go to the buffet and they have great food, that the restaurants will not disappoint. I can say hands down this resort has the best food selection, freshness, and variety I have seen. The room was chic and fun, also very clean (which is a plus) offered breathtaking views; we did get an upgrade to an ocean front swim up suite…totally worth it, and was not expecting the resort to offer the free upgrade. I can’t mention the room and not mention the shower (total SEX shower) Go there and you will see what I mean.

I know when reading reviews, people will tell you this resort is a party resort only. PLEASE…do not listen. This resort has something to offer  everyone. There was no music blaring until 4am, in fact, half the time I was wondering when the music would start up.

If you are looking for an Adults ONLY get away, this is a great place to start. The Breathless team will spoil you, and make sure that your every whim is met. I look forward to returning and being waited on hand and foot.

Sedona, AZ 9/24-9/30/17

Our last night in Sedona, and here I sit in bed working on our blog. I normally wait until I get home so I can collect all my thoughts, but this trip has been so different. I always thought we were beach people and all our blogs would be about the Caribbean, so you can imagine how stunned I am at this particular moment. I was told that you do not come to Sedona just once, and just like you, I thought the same thing…Yeah right!!
Anyone that knows us as a couple, knows our vacation normally consists of lounging on the beach with a drink in our hand. We are by far active people, and this trip took us off the couch to hiking almost daily. Day one we thought we were going to take a little walk and ended up doing a 6.2-mile hike on Cathedral Rock Trail. I am not sure if any you know about Vortices, I sure as heck did not (and when I was told, I thought it was a bunch of crap). I am not sure what happened hiking our first trail, I reached a point where I was literally scared to death, hanging on to the large rock I was sitting on with tears in my eyes. I turned to Jamie and he told me…” You got this!!” He and I both knew if I did not finish the climb, I would hate myself. I mustered up enough courage and started the climb to the top. I reached the next plateau and felt emotionally overwhelmed. I took a seat and immediately started to weep. Not out of fear, or sadness…it’s a feeling I am still unable to explain. I think at this point I realized, we as humans are so small and the world is so BIG!! I reflected a lot on life and relationships…huge eye opener!! I am not trying to be all sappy, but Sedona is a must on the Bucket list. Even if you are not an avid climber, get out and hike the trails. The views are like nothing you have ever seen before. Like I have said before, we are by far great hikers, but here is some of the trails that we enjoyed during our stay in Sedona:
1. Cathedral Rock Trail
2. Doe Mountain Trail
3. Wilson Mountain Trail
4. Pyramid/Scorpion Trail
5. Devils Bridge Trail
I would also recommend booking an excursion with Pink Jeep Tours. We did the Broken Arrow tour. It is a 2-hour tour off-roading tour. Great way to explore and get some really nice pictures. Another tour that I recommend doing is the Sedona Trolley tour; very informational and full of recommendations for visitors. Now for the most important food!! After a day of hiking you will be starving, so here are some places we recommend that you try while in Sedona. Tortas De Fuego is a little place, nothing fancy but good Mexican food. We recommend the chorizo tacos. If you are wanting a burger you must visit Dellepiane. It is a Brazilian burger joint excellent food. I must recommend the Smokin’ Mac & Cheese…talk about delicious!! We also heard great reviews about Mariposa, which is a Latin inspired grill. I was unable to give this restaurant a try but it is on my list for my next visit, along with Dahl and Diluca. I cannot tell you how many times I heard excellent reviews for Dahl and Diluca. We actually had reservations, but due to getting lost on a trail, did not get back in time.
There is so much I want to say about Sedona, but it is one of those places you need to visit in order to experience the true beauty it has to offer. If Sedona is not on your bucket list, you need to add it on there. I am already looking forward to my next trip back to this beautiful place. I miss the red rock and all the gorgeous views. I was told that GOD built the Grand Canyon, but lives in Sedona, maybe that explains all the beauty found there.

Breezes- Nassau Bahamas
August 2017

Where do I even begin? Like everyone, I read the reviews on Breezes and was unsure of what to expect. Thank goodness I went for it and booked our little stay. This was a surprise trip for my husband, Jamie to celebrate his birthday.
The drive to the resort was only 15 mins, so it gives you plenty of time to spend your day out in the sun! We arrived around 1130 and were unable to check in the room until 3:30-4:00. They greeted us with their signature drink (Bahama Mama) while discussing the check in process. The front desk staff are exceptional! They gave us our arm bands and directed us to the shower/changing room, so we could start enjoying our stay.
The resort is older and was built in the 70’s with the last renovation completed in 2011. You will see some areas that need paint, or cracks that need to be fixed…but that is all aesthetic. The resort sits on a wonderful stretch of Nassau’s Cable Beach, with white sands and clear blue waters. The views on the beach are breath taking!! You can rent a cabana on the beach for $50.00 and it comes with a cabana boy/girl. Great investment if your skin is pale like mine. The pool did have some cracked tiles, but nothing unsightly. They have a pool bar and activities going on. The staff at the bar, one word…AMAZING!!!! I want to give a shout out to Trenise, Michelle and Brittany. It is not often you go to a resort and they make you several drinks to try until you find the right one. I must say it is nice to start your day off with a “Yellow Bird”. They also have a Beach Grill by the pool and we recommend the jerk chicken.
We stayed in the upgraded ocean view room. Rooms are a decent size, but I have two complaints: They do not have a refrigerator (you can get one for $10.00 per day), and there is NO balcony as listed. The balcony is not even big enough to stand on. Housekeeping staff made sure we had clean towels and our room was kept very clean. They even gave us two t-shirts on the bed our first day along with rose petals. Bathroom was nicely sized and we loved the shower…great water pressure!
As far as food goes. We did have the buffet our first night there, mainly because I thought reservations were needed for the restaurants (they are not). Restaurants are first come first served basis. The buffet food was good, they did not have much to choose from and the presentation could have been more upscale. The Japanese restaurant, Munasan had excellent food. I will let you know, it is not Hibachi like most of the resorts offer. Servers were attentive and took great care of us. Our last night there we ate at the Garden of Eden. You can sit in or outside, of course we chose outside. I would say this place is mediocre. Food, blah and they really need to amp up the atmosphere. Oh, almost forgot…every night they offer “Snack Attack”!! Starts at midnight and they have a bunch of tasty treats.
Entertainment: The band did the same show every night in the main gathering area. They do offer entertainment in other parts of the resort and you definitely need to check that out. The club offered lip sync karaoke, sumo wrestling and many other activities to get the guest involved. I recommend that you participate and have fun, after all that is what being on vacation is about.
I hope I did not leave anything out. I am overall pleased with this resort. Breezes, has exceptional staff and I would recommend staying here. Kudos again to the whole Breezes staff for making this a great mini getaway.

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Coral Costa Caribe Resort and Spa, Dominican Republic

Writing this first review we wanted to take our time and actually reflect on the resort and our time spent there. We did not want to write out of haste, just to have a blog posted. As many of you are aware, this whole blogging thing is new to us. With that being said, here it goes.

We arrived in the Dominican and once again Cheap Caribbean out did themselves. They were waiting on us to arrive and eager to get us to our resort. We stayed in Juan Dolio and the drive to the resort was about 25 minutes…which is a pretty short in our book.

Upon arrival the resort definitely could use some TLC to the exterior, nothing horrible…just not a jaw dropper. I will say this is the first resort that we have stayed that we were not met at the front with a cold drink to greet us…BOO!!! With an older resort, I expected outstanding customer service skills. Maybe we have become spoiled, but it is something that you look forward to…I mean we are on vacation!

I knew we would be unable to check in, since we arrived fairly early in the day and normal check in hours are around 3pm. After a short tour Jamie and I decided to change into our swimwear and check out the beach that got all the rave reviews (basically why we chose this resort).  The beach was gorgeous. No need for water shoes here!! The sand was soft and there was no rocky terrain lurking below the waters. I will say there was quite a bit of seaweed…so if you hate seaweed, you have been warned.

Let’s get to the rooms…our room left a lot to be desired. It had a smell of must at times and the air never seemed to get cold. My mom on the other hand had an updated room, which stayed very cool. They definitely need to update the sleeping quarters and the amenities in the room. Our shower door was off track and you had to actually lift the door to be able to move it. There is no refrigerator in the rooms, unless you pay for an upgrade, and even they are tiny and sit in the middle of the room. Housekeeping did a good job of cleaning the rooms and giving you fresh towels daily.

 

Food at the resort was a hit or miss, but that is mainly at the buffet. The first day we arrived we had lunch at the buffet. Flies were all over the food, and there was not much to pick from. Most resorts will also bring water to your table once you are seated…NOT HERE! You basically will need to find where they keep the water and serve yourself. Again, I may be a little spoiled. The specialty restaurants on the other hand were spectacular.  My favorite was definitely the Mexican restaurant (Santa Fe Grill), we actually ate there twice. We did try El Fogon on my birthday, they serve traditional Dominican food. We ordered the goat…I loved it, Jamie thought it had too many bones. (He’s afraid to get his hands dirty). I on the other hand just picked it up like ribs…no shame in my game.

Overall this trip was about spending time with my mother and for that I am very thankful. Would I recommend this resort to friends or family?? I would say that depends on what you want in your vacation. If you are staying for the beach, then yes! If you are more concerned about being waited on hand and foot and being treated like a celebrity, NOPE…this is not the resort for you.

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