A year ago today the hubs and I were spending a night in Chicago, Illinois awaiting to leave for our honeymoon to Punta Cana. After almost a year of marriage we were finally taking one. We were so excited to be together and get to spend a week on the beach!!
We should have known that the perfect getaway we had planned was not to be. We left Chicago bright and early on the 17th. We were supposed to fly in to Charlotte, NC and then fly to Punta Cana arriving there around 3:30pm. Well our plane ended up circling the charlotte airport for an hour and a half due to fog and ground delays. Which meant we missed our connecting flight. So away we went to wait in a long line to be rebooked on another flight. What bothers me the most is that our plane to Punta Cana left with more than 15 seats open. Anyway we finally made it up to the ticket counter and the news wasn't good. The only option was to fly to Atlanta that night and leave for Punta Cana the following afternoon putting us in the DR around 5pm. I immediately started crying. It had been almost a year since we had seen each other and already things were going wrong. We took the flight since that was our only option, called the hotel in Punta Cana to explain we would be delayed and also called our travel agent who also needed to call our hotel and send them a statement saying we would be there the following day so the hotel would hold our room.
Luck was with us the following morning in Atlanta. We got on a 7am flight to Punta Cana. We were smiling and happy
We arrived in Punta Cana ready to enjoy our trip. We arrived at the hotel and waited in line to check in. Well the hotel had canceled our reservations and was going to transfer us to another hotel. We didn't want to transfer since we had no idea where the hotel was or for that matter if it was even a nice hotel. Finally they found a room for us. It was not the honeymoon suite we had booked but a room with two twin beds. Perfect for a newly reunited couple on their honeymoon. We would have made the best of it if it weren't for the fact that our room smelled like must and the ceiling leaked. It was going to be a long week.
The following morning we got up early, determined to hit the beach and just focus on the reason we were there, to spend time with each other. We met up with a couple that had been transferred to the other hotel and they told us the hotel they were put up at was much nicer and we should volunteer to leave. So we went back to our room, changed and noticed there was a note under our door asking if we wanted to volunteer to leave and go to the hotel the couple mentioned. Along with going to the other hotel we would receive a free week's stay at our current hotel valid for the next year. Off we went to volunteer. When we got up to the front desk, they said they weren't taking any more volunteer's. Since we wanted to spend the day at the back we didn't want to argue and instead asked to move to the room we had originally paid for. They explained they had none available but could push our beds together for us. Wow thanks!
Despite this we had a great time. We went horse back riding along the beach, parasailing and just enjoyed laying out, reading books and relaxing. And I should mention that every night under our door was a letter asking us to volunteer to leave and go to a different hotel. So needless to say we will never go back to this resort again and I'm thinking to Punta Cana again. It was beautiful but I think I liked Riveria Maya in Mexico alot better as a vacation spot.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed our trip. Here are some pics from our honeymoon
The Punta Cana Airport
Our Lovely Hotel Room
First day there-Walking around the resort
Our lovely hotel
Heading to dinner on our first night
Our 2nd day- Enjoying the beach
Shops along the beach
Horse Back Riding
Another one of us on the beach
View of the beach on our last day
Dinner on our last night
Waiting for our taxi to take us to the airport
Even though our honeymoon wasn't exactly what we had planned I would never take it back. We had an amazing time and even though we were sad to see it end, we were heading back to Wisconsin to spend some time with our families before packing up our cars and moving me down to NC. We were on our way to start a new chapter of our lives. After almost a year of being apart we were finally together again!!