Dedicated my last day in Vegas to the spa and started with trying out a pedi at @GarraLasVegas This spot was a lot more fun & low-key than I expected & the fish were as good at their job as they are said to be. The customer service was worth mentioning; The girls who work the spa inject their fun & youthfulness into the business as they prep and inform you about everything you need & want to know. Not only are they kind, but incredibly informed about their job.
For the second part of my Puerto Rico trip, I stayed at a place in Hato Rey with a beautiful rooftop. While I loved the beaches, having a private pool was something I couldn’t pass up!
I ordered the “Popeye’s Scramble” which was basically their version of a Greek Omelete. It’s was actually a pretty big serving for only $8.99. I also has bacon 🥓 & bread 🥖 but I don’t remember if it came with the meal or was separate, sorry 🙁 of course, I had lattes at the beginning and end of my meal — the coffee was great, as expected.
The oddest thing you have to try in Chicago is popcorn. Apparently there are tons of places you can get it from but the Chicago natives I met swear by Garrett’s. I got my popcorn to-go at the airport, where I got to talking with the woman in line behind me. “Garrett’s is the only popcorn I eat” she told me, and if that’s so, she’s one lucky lady. While you can choose from regular buttered or cheese, I always go for the caramel.
At check in, I was greeted by the lovely smile of Martha who helped me pick my room. (Amber helped me later. Everyone was so nice.) I explained that my flight had been cancelled and that I might be sharing the room with 1 or 2 other people. After offering my enough Fiji water for all of us, Martha informed me that the room with two beds wouldn’t have the view I was looking for; the room overlooking the park would only have 1 bed. Because I was in a total mood & have some fancy friends, I chose the room with the view and couldn’t have been happier. Martha even called up to make sure I was happy with the room. What I loved about the service in this place is that they were always available if I needed them, but never overbearing.
We kinda got tricked into going to the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth, but it was all for the better. Right after Rafting at Martha Brea River, you’re driven to the luminous lagoon where the water magically” lights up when it moves. On this tour, you get to witness the beauty of bioluminescence micro-organisms first hand!
Although 56 Hope Road is not where Marley grew up, it has been gifted to us as to preserve music, much like how the house was given to him. Tours start every 30 minutes and last about 90 minutes total. Our host was incredibly knowledgeable and started the tour by asking us each where we were from, to which he was able to give a way in which Bob Marley was connected to all of us. Although Bob passed away at the young age of 36, the tour shows how much work he put in in his life & how his influence won over the entire globe, over time.
The parasails were taunting me every time I looked our onto the water. As it lingered on my list of goals, I kept watching people fly by, filling me with enough fomo to check parasailing off my list.
About a 30 minute ride from Iberostar in Montego Bay, we arrived at a clearing, a shot walk from the rivers edge. We were given life jackets & rum punch ($3 each), then lead to the river. The entire ride was more comfortable than I anticipated.
No lies, the infinity pool sold me. Iberostar’s all inclusive resort in Jamaica had everything I could ask for. From a shuttle for hotel pick up, to welcoming us with flower petals and towels folded in the shape of a kissing ducks, I truly enjoyed everything the resort had to offer.