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WIAW: All-Inclusive Mexican Resort Edition

by Courtney on February 22, 2012

Alright, I just had to participate in this week’s WIAW. I have way too much good stuff to share!

This week, we’re staying at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico which means, amongst many other things, all you can eat and drink. We have been eating a TON of good food down here, and have been enjoying plenty of delicious drinks. I’ve only taken photos of a few meals, and to be honest, it’s actually been pretty nice to take a break and just eat this week. BUT, I did manage to snap a few photos over the past few days to give you an idea of what I’ve been stuffing my face with.

All I can say is…it’s a darn good thing I don’t live “all-inclusive” all the time. I think you’ll probably see why here. Winking smile

Breakfast – 9:00am-ish

After finishing my workout for the morning (usually 30-40 minutes at the resort gym – nothing crazy, but it feels good to sweat) it’s time for breakfast. Three out of four breakfasts that we’ve had here have looked very similar to this spread here: fresh fruit, some sort of carb-y side with peanut butter and jelly, and an egg white omelet.

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Our resort offers buffets for both breakfast and lunch, which also includes a create-your-own omelet station. I’m basically in love. I’ve been loading up my egg white omelets with TONS of fresh veggies and they.are.awesome.

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On the one morning I decided to pass on the omelet, I went to the other create-your-own station…but THIS station is all about crepes.

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That baby right there is filled up with peanut butter, Nutella, bananas, and strawberries, all topped off with some sliced almonds, caramel sauce, and cinnamon-sugar. Holy moly. This thing was unreal.

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But no matter which breakfast I have, there’s always the same three beverages: water, coffee, and mimosas. Yum.

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After breakfast, it’s time to head to our spots at the pool, and at 10:00am, the swim up bar opens…

10:00am – First Pool Drink of the Day

I’ve been making an effort to try a bunch of them off the menu…I’m doing a pretty decent job.

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11:00ish – Second Pool Drink of the Day

Sometimes, the frozen drinks get a little heavy, so I switch to the fruity punch-like drinks. It’s a tough life.

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12:00pm-ish – Third Pool Drink of the Day

This one wasn’t my favorite…but I couldn’t let it go to waste.

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Lunch – Anywhere Between 1:30 – 2:30

We’ve all been having so much fun by the pool that we don’t even realize what time it is. Eventually somebody decides they’re hungry, and by the time we get to the buffet, we all realize we’re a lot hungrier than we thought.

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All eight of us usually hit up the buffet for lunch, just because there are so many options and it’s quick and easy to please everyone. Most of my lunches have been looking something like this: veggies, salads, fresh fish from the grill, and lots of tortilla chips with guacamole.

Then, of course, there’s the lunch time dessert buffet. Good freakin’ lord…

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Here’s an example of my plate from the other day. The ice cream is the bomb.

3:30-ish – Time for Another Pool Drink!

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4:30ish – Last Pool Drink of the Day

Hey, when in Rome, right? Don’t judge me.

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*Water bottles have also been chugged non-stop throughout the days. Gotta break up those alcoholic bevvies, plus that sun is a scorcher! Gotta keep hydrated!

Dinner – Anywhere between 7:00 – 8:00pm

Dinners have been a bit later since our lunches have been later. So far, we’ve enjoyed Mexican, Italian, Seafood, and on this particular night, Japanese/Hibachi.

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Our waiter that evening was fantastic entertainment. Combine that with a table-full of amazing friends, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a night.

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Our hibachi dinner started our with a sushi sampler. All four of those rolls were incredible.

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Next was soup – I went for the seafood soup, while just about everyone else went for miso.

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Up next came the fried rice, which was actually made with what we believe was Coca Cola instead of soy sauce. Interesting, right?

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My hibachi combo for the evening was chicken + sea bass, which also came with veggies and shrimp. Everything tasted delicious.

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And for dessert? Lychee ice cream. So unique and tasty.

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I love how dessert is offered after every dinner. My favorite, by far, has been the tiramisu from the Italian restaurant. It was to.die.for.

That particular evening after our Hibachi dinner was probably the most fun and spontaneous night we’ve had so far on this vacation, if not ever. But this post is already wayyy too long, so I’ll save that story for another time. Winking smile

Happy WIAWednesday!

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1 Nicole February 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

um yumm! so jealous of your getaway and those drinks! :)
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2 Brigid February 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

Yum! It all looks delicious! I’m so jealous of your vacation. I’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort. Some day!
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3 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

Wow! All of those drinks and eats look delicious! I love that there is so much variety. It seems like there really is something for everyone! I’ve never been to all-inclusive resort before but that is what we are planning to do for our honeymoon. I can’t wait! :)
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4 Khushboo Thadani February 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

Love everything about the post: that crepe combo is a work of art and way to make happy hour start as early as possible- I like your style ;)!
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5 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life February 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

I’m so jealous of your vacay. There is nothing better than an all inclusive resort with good weather, good friends and good food. Will you be doing a review of the resort your staying at? My bf and I are looking for a resort for this summer and with so many out there, its nice to have the input of someone who’s been there.

My trick for those buffets is I go and make myself a salad or plate of veggies first and then I let myself go back for the other good stuff. This way I get my veggies in and I’m not ravenous attacking the soft serve ice cream machine.
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6 Kristin @ FoodFash February 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time! Oh and those crepes… Wow, yum!
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7 Melissa February 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

Is it crazy that I didn’t think this post seemed long at all?!? I applaud and admire your commitment to trying all the different pool drinks. Well played, ma’am. Aaaaand now I want to go on vacation! Super envious! You’ll have to share the details of where you went when you get back! :)
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8 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

This trip looks absolutely amazing!!
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9 briana February 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

AHHH reminds me of my St Lucia all inclusive honeymoon and my days looked awfully similar except I cannot drink frozen drinks my belly bloats up like crazy lol :)

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10 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

I went to an all inclusive for my honeymoon and my day looked a lot like that! It was a very indulgent week, but worth every calorie! :-) sometimes you just have to let go and live a little! I realized I would regret not having those fruity cocktails a lot more than I would having them!
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11 Brittney @ Brittney Breathing February 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

All of that looks SO GOOD! You’re making me want to plan a trip!
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12 Josie @ happycorrdora.com February 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

All that food looks delicious! I would probably go a little crazy with so many buffets- especially the breakfast and dessert ones: yum!! I have never been to an all inclusive but it looks like a lot of fun.
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13 Blog is the New Black February 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

I have to assume you were drunk when you wrote this after all those pool drinks! ;) Kidding, obviously you wrote is this morning because you were too drunk to type it last night… ha! ;) Looks like a GREAT vaca!
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14 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

You could have written a 30 page post about the food and drinks and it still wouldn’t have been too long- it all looks and sounds amazing! I need to book a vacation for next summer ASAP!!!! (not this summer- but the next) We’re going to go allllll out!
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15 Nicole February 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

We stayed there last year! We had so much fun! Enjoy!

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16 Yellow Haired Girl February 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

Oh my heavens. So jealous wow wow wow. I need to go on vacation just for the food ;) looks like you’re having a wonderful time…enjoy the rest of your trip!
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17 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 22, 2012 at 9:10 am

holy moly talk about some awesome eats! those crepes sound and look amazing! we went to an all inclusive resort for our honeymoon, and it was SO great. i loved it. like you said though, good thing we don’t live all inclusive all the time! ;) you’re lookin tan – jealous!
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18 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction February 22, 2012 at 9:18 am

I love vacation breakfast! It’s so nice to have someone make you an omelet everyday! And those, pool drinks WOW I want one now!
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19 Morgan February 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

These posts are all TOO relavant since my own Mexico vacation is just 2.5 short weeks away :D I love love love my Mexico vacations. I hope you have a wonderful tome and enjoy those bfast buffets for me! 

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20 Bridget February 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

wow! soooo jealous of your trip right now! for a real decadent drink (who r we kidding its basically a dessert with alcohol) you should try the “screaming orgasm” lol its an alcoholic oreo beverage. they r served at all the hawaiin resort so i bet they r served there
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21 Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud! February 22, 2012 at 9:30 am

That all looks amazing! And im glad you guys look like your having lots of fun in the sun!
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22 Lauren B. February 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

I have the same dress that you’re wearing at dinner. It’s so comfy and pretty and I love it! I’ve never done an all-inclusive thing before, but it looks fantastic!

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23 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

We’ve been dying to get away on a trip but can’t afford it right now – I’ll live vicariously through you instead!
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24 Caroline February 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

Isn’t it the best having someone else cook for you for a few days? It all looks pretty delicious too – sometimes you don’t get the best with resort food, but you lucked out!
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25 Meg February 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

What resort are you at??? I was looking at booking a trip to Mexico last year (well I did) but delta stopped flying to the location we had booked so we opted for a cruise since they gave us 50% off. Now you have me all Mexico’d up again!

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26 chelcie @ chelcie's food files February 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

I am so incredibly jealous of you right now!! all of your eats look SO good and if I were you I would be drinking by the pool all day long as well..no judgement here:)
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27 Cassie February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

Ok, forgive me if you have already said this, but which resort did you go to? It looks fantastic with really quality food. My husband and I have been wanting to go somewhere all inclusive but there are so many options we haven’t been able to decide!!

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28 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

So incredibly jealous of your eats, that pool, your tan, everything! Glad you guys are having fun. I want to go back to Mexico so badly, loved our time there last year!
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29 Steph @ StephSnacks February 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

Ohh this post has made me INSANELY jealous and INSANELY excited for my trip to Aruba! I can’t wait for pool drinks and yummy food! And sunshine and a tan!
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30 Courtney February 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Ah I’m dying that you mentioned Aruba! This is the first year my husband and I won’t be able to go.. we’ve been 4 times together!! We just bought a house so the budget will be too tight to go for a while. Where are you staying? I’m going to daydream vicariously through you!!

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31 Steph @ StephSnacks February 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I am staying at the Marriott Ocean Club — it’s through a time share :) I’m going with 5 of my close friends which is going to be a BLAST! I am sure the house is a fantastic investment, maybe you can go to Aruba next year :)
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32 Jane {In the Pink and Green} February 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

You look so tan, I’m jealous! Looks like you’re having a great time…enjoy it! xoxo
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33 Jolynn February 22, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love all-inclusive mexico trips! Looks like you’re having a blast! and cute swim suit!!
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34 Ruthie Hart February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

I want to be in Mexico so bad!!!!! I Have only been on one all inclusive vacation (our honeymoon) and it was GLORIOUS!!!!!!!
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35 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Yum! Everything looks fantastic! Have fun on your holiday!!
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36 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed February 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

is it weird that I can’t drink in the heat? I get nauseated. When I went to St Maarten, all I drank was coconut water and iced green tea.
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37 Carolyn February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

Wow – I’ve never done an all inclusive. It looks fantastic and very relaxing! I think I’ll have to look into one for our next vacation.
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38 Samantha February 22, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ahh, I love me some pool drinks!

That looks like a FAB vacation girl! All the food, drinks, sun, pool, and good friends! Awesome! :)

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39 Caitlin C. February 22, 2012 at 11:25 am

WOWW it looks like you’re having so much fun. POOL DRINKS are the best! I’m going on vacation next week and am considering in indulging in some myself. I too dislike frozen ones, on the rocks is refreshing without being heavy. Your usual resort bfast looks like my usual too, I love hotel omelet bars! But the crepes WOW I’d go for those too. HAVE FUN.
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40 Katie @ Plates and Paste February 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

Looks like you’re having an awesome time! I’m so jealous :P
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41 Brandi February 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

The crepe looks amazing! And delicious! It looks like you guys are eating really well ;) Yum!

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42 Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection February 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

Seriously that crepe does sound unreal…Looks like you’re having a great time! I’m trying really hard not to be jealous of the gorgeous weather you get to be in : )
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43 Lee @ fit foodie finds February 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

You are so sun kissed and beautiful! I am going to an all inclusive for Easter, hopefully I can contain myself when it comes to food! …but it’s “free” right? HAHA!
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44 Katy @ HaveYouHurd February 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

You are making me miss my honeymoon SO BAD! All-inclusive is the way to go! Good for your for living it up with food and drinks :) You only live once!!!!

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45 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill February 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

The omelet station is the best while on vacation! If you haven’t had any yet, make sure you get some authentic churros while you are in Mexico–they’re the best!
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46 Alicia F. February 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

WOW! Talk about some amazing recent eats! :-) Looks like your having a fabulous time! Ahhh! Can’t wait for summer! :-) Enjoy your trip girl & all the yummy food too!
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47 clare @ fittingitallin February 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm

sounds like the perfect vacation meal plan to me! drink those zero calories pool drinks for free while you can!
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48 Carrie Purchase @ Myhealthyaddictions February 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

A vacation sounds so fun right now- Throwing the rule book out the window with no regrets for a week- count me in! Enjoy the rest of your vaca girl :)
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49 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm

My mouth was watering through the whole post…and THEN you had to cap it off with lychee ice cream?!?!?!
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50 Kim @ The Family Practice February 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Sushi on your mexican vacation? I love it!
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51 Julie February 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

looks delicious! glad you’re having a good trip :)

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52 Angie @ Losing It and Loving It February 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Looks and sounds like a great time! I wish I could get myself to like Lychee but it just hasn’t happened yet.

Need.a.vacation.ASAP
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53 Ali @ Around the VeggieTable February 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

This post is making me excited for my honeymoon…we are staying at an all-inclusive in DR. I have never been to one before but the food looks amazing! I am planning to eat the entire time since I have been working my butt off to get in shape for the wedding :)
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54 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com February 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

all i have to say is YUM! what the heck resort are you staying in because i need to go there!!! hibachi and sushi are my FAVE! have an amazing time girl!
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55 Alysha @shesontherun February 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

i so wish i were in Mexico right now. Everything looks gorgeous….including the drinks!
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56 Shannon February 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That looks like mighty tasty food! Have a great rest of your vacation. :)
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57 Lauren February 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm

What a fabulous vacation this is! I have never been to a resort but I would love to go just for the fact alone that you can drink and eat all day long. Gotta get your money’s worth!! ;)
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58 Amanda @RunToTheFinish February 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

that is absolutely what my breakfast looks like every all inclusive! yummy protein and little side of fun!
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59 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

So jealous! I definitely need to find a reason to book a trip to an all-inclusive resort!
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60 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Looks like you’re getting some delicious food (AND DRINKS!) on this vacay! Enjoy! :)
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61 michelle kim February 23, 2012 at 12:36 am

Wow! I am so jealous of these foods! They look amazing!
The breakfast omelet and crepe look amazing! And you should definitely enjoy those fun cocktails! They sound super yummy :)
Looks like it’s still pretty healthy while being decadent (got your exercise, veggies, and water in!)
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62 Annmarie February 23, 2012 at 10:52 pm

That resort looks fantastic! I would love for you to give a short review… We’re looking at all-inclusives for our honeymoon this fall and this one looks great! It’s so hard to decide!

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63 Laura@mypurposefullife February 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh wow, I am SO hungry (and thirsty, haha) after looking at all those pictures! I thought that egg white omelet was the best looking thing ever…until I saw the crepe. What a fabulous spread of food they had for you guys! And I love the way you took pictures of your drinks on the pool floaties, with the bright blue pool as a backdrop. So pretty!
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