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    On my last trip I discover I like the Chill at 10am at the beach.

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    Nice report. I am not a beer drinker. But might have to try one .

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    Sounds like a great trip so far !! Gets me more excited as we are less than two weeks away now !!

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    Nice, relaxing vacation. Love your trip to the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge!

    I'm not a beer drinker, either. But would try both of them. Then water them down with some lemonade to make a "Radler" of it. That way, I would last longer sitting at a table instead of laying under it.

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    Amstel, no, wait, Balashi

    no, Amstel

    Wait, Balashi

    OK, both

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    Counting down til I can start a countdown
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    Love that.....!

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    Balashi Chill for me.

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    All this talk, I was I had a balashi chill right now !

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    End of Trip Report
    It is amazing how fast a week in paradise can go. We are recovering from the long trip back to So Cal and have vowed to do at least 2 weeks next time. This trip was mostly about relaxing on the beach, a bit of touring around the island, some gambling, lots of food and drink so I'll summarize in sections.

    Dinner- We had 4 outstanding dinners, with the best being a sunset dinner at Barefoot. Barefoot never disappoints and I wish we could have gotten to their new restaurant, Quinta del Carmen which looks really nice. The service, atmosphere, food and drinks at Barefoot are all top notch and it has far surpassed Flying Fishbone as our dining in the sand favorite. Madame Janette's was also as good as ever and a bit less crowded in early June than we are accustomed to in July. They still had the white asparagus menu, so Almond Grouper with white asparagus was an added treat- not to mention the amazing chocolate souffle for desert.
    Our dinner at 2 Fools & a Bull was exceptional, although I did enjoy the food a bit more on previous visits when Fred was the chef. The new chef, Bas, is also quite good but I thought the meal was a bit "heavier". Paul Faas is his usual funny and crazy host making the evening a real treat- more like eating at a dinner party than in a restaurant. The meal is basically from 7pm to 10:30 and expensive so not a night to spend with the kids. And as I previously mentioned, Wacky Wahoo continues to amaze us with how fresh and creative their seafood is, probably the best value for a quality meal. Our last night was at Moomba Beach for some lighter food as were we stuffed from our big dinners and the bar was hopping with some really good live music. It was a fun way to finish up the trip.

    We did gamble a few nights and I really enjoyed the casino at the Ritz. It isn't as rowdy as some of the others but definitely the cleanest and least smokey on the island and plenty of low stakes tables. Maybe I was influenced that I had a really good run at the blackjack table as well. We also gambled at the Marriott on Saturday night and had fun although I did give back some of our Ritz winnings.

    We stayed at he Marriott Surf club and really enjoyed the late May-early June vibe. the Northeast kids were still in school so not a lot of teenagers running around and much less crowded at the beach and pool. Our room is in the Lighthouse Tower (the one closest to the beach) and the building has been completely refurbished even though it is only 10 years old. The replaced all of the carpeting, bedding, furniture, appliance and repainted all of the rooms and did a great job. The grounds are so well maintained that it is a pleasure being there. The also now allow you to check in at a satellite desk in each building, so no more lines in the main building. Our check in took less than 5 minutes! I think I'm ready to go back and it has only been 3 days.

    We has an interesting airport experience, which I will write about separately for those wondering how much time to leave. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed experiencing.

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    well, i was beginning to think that you were kidnapped by the gypsies!
    glad that you posted

    absolutely...a trip of 4000+ miles needs more than 1 week.

    your meals sound fabulous..your black jack gambling terrific.
    i too like the ritz as it is easy to breathe in there!
    some other casinos....one needs to leave their clothes outside to air out before they go into the wash!

    welcome home to so cal and enjoy the beaches there!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffnev View Post
    End of Trip Report
    It is amazing how fast a week in paradise can go. We are recovering from the long trip back to So Cal and have vowed to do at least 2 weeks next time. This trip was mostly about relaxing on the beach, a bit of touring around the island, some gambling, lots of food and drink so I'll summarize in sections.

    Dinner- We had 4 outstanding dinners, with the best being a sunset dinner at Barefoot. Barefoot never disappoints and I wish we could have gotten to their new restaurant, Quinta del Carmen which looks really nice. The service, atmosphere, food and drinks at Barefoot are all top notch and it has far surpassed Flying Fishbone as our dining in the sand favorite. Madame Janette's was also as good as ever and a bit less crowded in early June than we are accustomed to in July. They still had the white asparagus menu, so Almond Grouper with white asparagus was an added treat- not to mention the amazing chocolate souffle for desert.
    Our dinner at 2 Fools & a Bull was exceptional, although I did enjoy the food a bit more on previous visits when Fred was the chef. The new chef, Bas, is also quite good but I thought the meal was a bit "heavier". Paul Faas is his usual funny and crazy host making the evening a real treat- more like eating at a dinner party than in a restaurant. The meal is basically from 7pm to 10:30 and expensive so not a night to spend with the kids. And as I previously mentioned, Wacky Wahoo continues to amaze us with how fresh and creative their seafood is, probably the best value for a quality meal. Our last night was at Moomba Beach for some lighter food as were we stuffed from our big dinners and the bar was hopping with some really good live music. It was a fun way to finish up the trip.

    We did gamble a few nights and I really enjoyed the casino at the Ritz. It isn't as rowdy as some of the others but definitely the cleanest and least smokey on the island and plenty of low stakes tables. Maybe I was influenced that I had a really good run at the blackjack table as well. We also gambled at the Marriott on Saturday night and had fun although I did give back some of our Ritz winnings.

    We stayed at he Marriott Surf club and really enjoyed the late May-early June vibe. the Northeast kids were still in school so not a lot of teenagers running around and much less crowded at the beach and pool. Our room is in the Lighthouse Tower (the one closest to the beach) and the building has been completely refurbished even though it is only 10 years old. The replaced all of the carpeting, bedding, furniture, appliance and repainted all of the rooms and did a great job. The grounds are so well maintained that it is a pleasure being there. The also now allow you to check in at a satellite desk in each building, so no more lines in the main building. Our check in took less than 5 minutes! I think I'm ready to go back and it has only been 3 days.

    We has an interesting airport experience, which I will write about separately for those wondering how much time to leave. Hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed experiencing.

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