In a few hours, we were able to get more family time in at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarata than an entire week at home. We arrived at the Hard Rock at 1:20 pm today and we already enjoyed lunch and dinner together, went for a swim in the pool, walked along the beach, and relaxed on the balcony. Now that Athena has gone to bed, we’re hanging out in the room with a handful of drinks and unlimited room service. I think we’re in for a great week!
We enjoyed a crisp, freshly baked pizza for lunch at Pizzeto’s restaurant when we arrived at the hotel. We each ordered our own, personal toppings and ate next to the pool. It was just a pizza, but we instantly felt the all-inclusive resort lifestyle melt away any stress. How could you feel worried about anything when sitting by the pool in the warm, Mexican sun with a drink in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other?
As soon as we finished our lunch, it was time to jump in the pool. Athena had been saying “pool” over and over again all day. She knew what was in store.
The pool is Athena’s happy place. She’s always smiling and happy but it seems to show just a little bit more when we’re playing in the pool.
It was only after hours of swimming that Athena was ready to explore the beach. We changed into dry clothes and strolled along the ocean together. Darren and I haven’t had a lot of time together lately since I’d be out of the country more than I was in it so it was the perfect time to stroll hand-in-hand and share a quiet moment together. Athena was winding down from the excitement of the day; she was happy to join in our relaxing walk as a family.
It was almost 7 pm before we knew it; the day had flown by. Rather than tiring ourselves out the first day, we decided to head back to the room for room service. With 7 main entree choices available from 11 am to 10:30 pm, we didn’t feel restricted at all. I ordered mixed fajitas served with guacamole and tortillas and Darren ordered enchiladas filled with chicken, covered in green sauce, and served with fried beans. It was enough to share and feed Athena too.
Since Athena went to bed, I only had one worry… how was I going to get the six pina coladas that I ordered up to the room?
Can I order them for room service? I’ll let you know tomorrow. As for tonight, I’ll make do with my 6 that I managed to get up here.
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