Last month I turned “old”. I was born in a year that ended in an “8”. With the coming of this birthday I could no longer pretend to be a youngster. I don’t feel “old” or think of myself that way, but the # tells me I had better finally admit I’m not a “young adult” or a “young lady”. I have definitely passed the half way point in my life. When I think of it that way, though, it means I still have a lot of living to do. It’s like the old question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?”, but there is a difference. I’ve always been a half full type of person, but thinking about my life, I’m not sure the analogy applies. Being half empty is not pessimistic when it comes to how old one is. One good thing is that since hubby is older than I am (more than 5 years, less than 10 years), I will always seem “young” to him.
In preparing for this “event”, hubby decided we should go somewhere. I never went “away” for my birthday before. There was no reason to do so. I was born at the Jersey Shore and lived in New Jersey almost my entire life. My husband and I met there. We were married there. Most of my family still lives there. It’s the “season” in August. Why would I go somewhere else? Things do change, though. A little over a year ago, hubby and I moved out of NJ permanently. It was a great decision. Our only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner, but that is another story.
Hubby’s first idea was to go to Vegas for my celebration. I wasn’t thrilled with that idea. We’ve been before, more than once. It’s not a short flight. We have casinos in our new “backyard”. We’ve been to Atlantic City casinos since they opened. We even had an earlier birthday party for me with our families in one of those casinos. There’s a lot of entertainment in Vegas, but nothing we haven’t seen before or can’t see elsewhere. I suggested we look at something different. It was my birthday, after all.
We live in Palm Beach County, Florida now. They have cruises to The Bahamas that leave from Palm Beach. We looked into it. We’ve done a lot of cruising and the short cruises on this route are not on ships that would appeal to us and they are very short in duration. Then we found that you can put the round trip cruise together with a stay at an all-inclusive resort. That sounded interesting until we did our research. It did not sound like fun to pack up, get on a cruise ship for a night or two, pack up again to transfer to a resort, and then pack up again to cruise back home for another night or two. The convenience of both cruising and AI resorts is that you aren’t packing and unpacking. So began the next round of investigation.
We’ve been to many AI beach resorts, including in The Bahamas, so we thought about nixing the cruise part and found it was easier and less expensive to take a ferry or a plane to the Bahamas. At this stage of the planning, we decided we were crazy. The resorts we were looking at were not as nice as Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana, where we have been going for years. Where we had been before in The Bahamas was much more expensive than Majestic and we liked Majestic better. You have figured out where this is going, haven’t you? Of course you did.
We’ve been going to Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for 10 years. We have always had a blast there and have so many happy memories. We had hubby’s “old” birthday there with family from both sides. We had hubby’s Mom’s very very “old” birthday there with family. Why were we trying to re-invent the wheel? And so it was that I wanted to spend my birthday at Majestic. (There are three of them and we’ve been to all of them.)
One of the things we pre-planned before going off to Punta Cana was that I wanted to have my birthday lunch at Majestic Colonial in its Le Gourmet restaurant. Of all of the three sister resorts’ restaurants, this is my favorite for lunch. You have to be staying in their “Club” level, which is Adults Only to have access for lunch. It is a lovely room and is air conditioned! It is an a la carte luncheon with really good food and wonderful service. It is greatly underutilized by guests. Most people eat elsewhere such as at the beachside, more casual, partially open air, quasi-buffet restaurant. I dreamt of having the clams in brodo as an appetizer. I did and it did not disappoint.
It was as if the room was just for us. We had a long, leisurely lunch, with multiple courses, wine, and, of course, cappuccino (with Kahlua). The entire time we were there only two other tables were ever occupied. Pleasantly, right after we were seated, the two Assistant Managers at the resort appeared to personally wish me a Happy Birthday. How nice is that? Without us knowing, they had arranged a little surprise for me for the end of our meal.
At desert time multiple restaurant staff appeared with a cake…..a whole cake, not a slice. The cake had a giant sparkler in it, They all sang Happy Birthday to me. They even had a “picture frame” for Happy Birthday photos of me and the cake. Of course I have a few photos to share with you. I acted like a “ham” and pretended I was trying to blow out the sparkler. When I was leaving I had a photo taken of me again acting like a “ham”. I loved the lights in the ceiling here. The entire room is so nice.
Thank you Majestic Resorts, Majestic Colonial, Juan Roncero, Linda Bauer, and the entire staff at Le Gourmet for making my birthday luncheon all I dreamed it would be. Thank you for making me feel a part of the “Majestic Family”.
Enjoy the photos.