Submitted: March 29, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
First, where are all the chickens? There were no chickens roaming anywhere! For that matter, unlike many of our previous Caribbean stops, there were no packs of stray dogs, no wild horses, and no cannon-volley wake up calls at 4:45am. Without cannon blasts or cock-a-doodles at first light we dedicated our early morning hours to REM sleep and stayed that way until we got a whiff of breakfast or heard the clang of Bloody Mary's being stirred. On the equinox however, we did manage an early morning rally to greet the sunrise and welcome Spring. We gathered at the Myan temple just down the street and arrived early thinking there would be a crowd. Seems that without chickens or cannons the island population remains horizontal until 7-8 and we had the temple to ourselves. I had my camera in the event a flotilla of women showed up for some pagan ritual, but apparently the tradition has fallen to the wayside. It's good that our nights were restful because our days were full of activity. We were constantly moving...from the dining table, to the patio, to the pool, to a lounge chair, to the swinging bed (what a great idea), and each new adventure often involved a detour past the frige. It's hard to imagine, but by the time evening rolled around we were pretty worn out from all the moving around during the day. By evening, the best we could muster was to change out of our bathing suits and drive a golf cart to some place where we could just sit and pay someone else to bring us food and drink.This was a very nice option after a long day at the Villa and luckily the island is full of places that specialize in such treatment. On a few occasions we did break away from our daily focus on sloth and gluttony and we golf carted into town or some nearby attraction. The Villa is a fabulous place! Architecturally it boast clean lines, a great floor plan, impressive craftsmanship and choice of materials, tasteful decorations, and it shows great pride in ownership. Functionally, everything worked flawlessly, which means I wasted suitcase space on my multi-tool, flashlight, and duct tape. Our only issue was learning to work the satellite TV, but the antics surrounding our efforts were more entertaining than most programs..2500 words is not enough to tell our happy stories, but we only need two words to describe our one issue with this vacation; too short. My wife and I and the other three couples that shared this vacation all hope to return, but for longer next time...
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