Dominican Republic

Last Saturday I got a phone call from my mom asking if I could go to the Dominican Republic with her on Wednesday. She had qualified to go to President’s Club through company. An all-expense paid vacation for two. People from the U.K., Singapore, and Brazil attend these trips. Her original guest was no longer able to make it. While I should always be on the top of her invite list, I don’t mind allowing others who don’t get to travel that often enjoy the perks of a trip like this.

I rummaged through the clean clothes I had in my closet and packed my carry-on. By Wednesday morning I was on my way to Central America!

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We stayed at the Excellence Punta Cana. It’s about 45 minutes away from the airport. As soon as we stepped off the plane, my hair was done for. The humidity index was at 101. While the weather changed more times throughout the day than Carrie Bradshaw in an episode of SATC, we got pretty lucky. Most of the morning it was sunny and 85 degrees. Then you would see the dark ominous clouds roll in and you knew it was time to run inside.

As you may recall, my mom and I love staying at the Excellence Playa Mujeres. It’s always been a great experience for us and we had high expectations for this property as well. The restaurants were the same but the quality of food was lacking. They didn’t have enough staff to maintain daily housekeeping. But everyone was extremely friendly and accommodating.

One of the best things we were able to do was meet the US Ambassador of the Dominican Republic. He is the first openly gay Ambassador ever to be appointed. We were fortunate enough to be invited to his and his husband’s summer home which looked like it was straight out of the movie Scarface. Stunning. Both gave a speech regarding how difficult it has been being gay and having the Cardinal go after them. But also stopping money laundering in the DR. It was so insightful and surreal listening to them speak. I feel very lucky to be given such opportunities. Afterwards we had a private dinner at the Eden Roc, which was fabulous!

If I had to do this trip again, I probably wouldn’t stay at the same resort. Maybe traipse near the northern part of the island where they have white sandy beaches and they catch the fish and cook it right in front of you. I want to learn more about the natives and their culture.

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