Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Nowlin Honeymoon!

The honeymoon was one for the books! Amazing, relaxing and wonderful are the words I would use to describe it. We enjoyed being able to escape reality and REALLY spend time together with no outside distractions. It was hard when Zach first came back because life still felt as though it was pulling at us.

 The Excellence El Carmen is the resort we stayed at. We had a very positive experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great honeymoon spot. It's very humid there but the temps were in the high 80's and the skies were clear every single day. The only downside to the beach was the crazy amount of seaweed. The resort told us August and September are the worst for this because the winds are changing as the seasons do..

Zach and I's favorite thing to do was head to the beach every morning and enjoy the sound of the waves under an umbrella with a book in hand. (One thing that we will do during future vacations that my aunt and uncle do is get the same book that's spiritually encouraging and read it together. It prompts great conversation and really helps foster your marriage.) After a few hours at the beach, we'd head to lunch. We personally loved The Kitchen's buffet, Oregano, and The Lobster house. The attire is casual and they have great food. After that, we would head back to the room, take a nap or just relax and then walk out to our pool right off of our room. We personally loved this luxury because it gave us the ability to be away from the crowds and enjoy a quiet atmosphere. The main pool was great but we weren't feeling social and wanted to just spend time together. If you're considering whether to get the Swim Up Suite, I HIGHLY recommend it if you want a more relaxed (non-party) atmosphere. After that, we'd shower and clean up and then head to dinner. We tried almost all 12 of the restaurants except The Flavor Market which is Spanish food and Basmati which is Indian. Our personal favorite was The Grill and Chez Isabelle. After dinner, we'd go to the balcony over the pool and sit and listen to the waves before heading back to the room and getting room service. 😂 It was amazing! We basically repeated this routine every day. LOL 

My Recommendations:
  • Get the Junior Swim Up Suite if you want a calm, more private atmosphere for swimming
  • Bring long pants for the guys so you can go to the restaurants. There is a dress code. Girls, you need at least capris in length for bottoms. Dresses are obviously acceptable too.
  • Go to The Grill. Get the Rib Eye or New York Steak and be sure to get the mashed potatoes too as your side.
  • I loved the Strawberry Frozen Margarita, The Pineapple Martini, and The Kiwi Mojito. 
  • Definitely go on the Bike Tour at 9 am one morning so you can go off of the resort and explore a little. 
  • I definitely would say that our excursion was not a great experience and I wouldn't recommend it. It was a waste of money and we didn't feel that we were given what was advertised. The excursion we did was to Catalina Island. The way that the country does tours and excursions is a little nerve-wracking and the language barrier was very difficult making it not as enjoyable. (This is obviously just our experience and my opinion. I know other people have gone on them and had a fine experience.)

All in all the trip was amazing and we absolutely loved our time together!! Share where you honeymooned/favorite vacation spot below! I'm curious. 👇

Thanks for reading friends! Have an amazing day! 

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