Last week was the annual company trip for my husband’s employer – Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Travel went smoothly for the trip there, although we had to be at the airport at 3:30 a.m. to check in. Once we arrived, there were buses to take us to the Riu resort. We arrived before check-in time, so our group was escorted to a lounge area to fill out the necessary paperwork and sign into the hotel’s wi-fi. Bartenders greeted us with tall glasses of tropical drinks (orange juice, pineapple juice, rum, vodka). Then we were shown the dining room for the lunch buffet and instructed to return after 3 p.m. to officially check in.
Unfortunately, the guests in our assigned room still had not checked out, so we waited another hour to get into our room. In the meantime, we used the hotel’s app to check out the dining options for dinner. Everything was booked up, but the concierge felt bad that we were waiting so long, so she got us a reservation to the Bahamas Steakhouse.
Finally we made it to the room and took a short nap before showering and changing for dinner. The steakhouse was so nice! There are several entree selections on the menu, and we both picked the surf & turf. The salad course is chicken Caesar salad, and the appetizer course is crab cakes. I was already getting full, and then our main course arrived. It was a large plate with a beef filet, shrimp, and grilled vegetables. Then the waiter brought two baskets of fried potato wedges and dinner rolls. Dessert also had 3 options. So much food!
The next day was a company excursion – 100 of us on a 65′ catamaran party boat. The boat went out a few miles to a reef for snorkeling. I’m not much of a water person, so I stayed on the boat, but everyone who got in the water really enjoyed themselves. Then another few miles out to the small island that was the location for filming Gilligan’s Island.
We spent about an hour there so the passengers could get off enjoy the beach. They even had a floating bar!! Then it was time to head back to the marina, and that’s when the party got started. The DJ turned up the volume, and the crew started to dance. It ended in a conga line going around the boat, then upstairs to make a circle around the top deck. Such a beautiful day!
I didn’t realize that shoes aren’t allowed on the boat, so I didn’t think to put sunscreen on my feet. My new hat came in very handy, though.
Pride Floppy Hat Crochet Pattern
That evening was the company dinner at Viola’s Bar and Grill. Again, the food was excellent and plentiful. Appetizers were conch ceviche, chicken wings, and bruschetta. Then we got in the serving line where the cook was grilling steaks and corn on the cob and had baked potatoes and lobster macaroni and cheese in a warmer. The next table was full of all sorts of side dishes along with conch tacos, then a table full of desserts. It seems like Bahamians love to feed people!
There was a calypso band playing throughout dinner and a man who played the saw. He made the rounds of the tables making the men play his saw. Next was a group of Junkanoo dancers. Words just can’t describe how beautiful!
Then came the fire dancer!!
The next two days we were on our own to enjoy the island in our own way. We did a little bit of exploring, but there are many more sites I would love to see if I ever get a chance to go back to Nassau.
The Bahamian people are simply lovely! Everywhere we went, we were greeted as though we were their neighbors. Conversation is easy, and they love to brag on their island. It was an incredible vacation that I feel so fortunate to have experienced.
Mae’s Flowers Blog Hop
Crafty Patti – Sunflower Summer Crochet Pattern
This lovely sunflower is perfect for home decor or without the stem that can be used as an applique.
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C2C Creations Blog Hop
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Day 2 – Potted Blooms Wall Hanging
by Amelia Makes
This is a C2C wall hanging of pink and blue flowers growing in a pot. You can customize the flowers as you’d like (maybe use yellow yarn if you’re a sunflower fan or red for roses?). If you’ve got a green thumb, you’ll love adding this hanging to your plants corner!
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Hope you enjoy!
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