Wifi to go! (no more complaints from teenagers!)

We were planning our trip to Aruba so I called Verizon to inquire about using our phones there. "sure" they said. "$10 per line per day." Cha ching! 5 phones, 7 days, $350 for them to play on Snapchat? No way! Then I found this gem. 

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I rented two of them thinking that when the kids went on excursions, they could take one and I would also have one so we can stay in touch. It worked perfectly! Actually better than I had anticipated. No one wants their kids to be sick on vacation. My son got sick on the second day. All he wanted to do was sleep. So, we left him in the room (He's 13, I'm not leaving babies in the room!) with his wireless unit (yes there was wifi at the hotel but it was terrible!) and I took one to the beach with me. We were able to stay connected. Priceless! 

Here's the link if you are interested GET YOUR TEPPY HERE (and yes, I get a commission if you rent or buy one but I wouldn't pitch it if I didn't believe in the product.) Feel free to email or message me with any questions.

 

"Vidantahhhhh"

This was our second stay at Vidanta property. The first was Nuevo Vallarta. This time we were in Riviera Maya.  I rented through VRBO from an owner who had platinum status. Platinum status is the way to go! Regardless of which status you have, the rooms at the Grand Luxxe are like luxury condos. We were in a master villat wo-bedroom with two-and-a-half baths. It had two king-size beds, two Jacuzzi tubs, sprawling terrace with a plunge pool, a separate private deck, gourmet kitchen, two living areas with sleeper sofas, and four LCD TVs!

 

Or platinum status gave us access to the private beach as well as VIP golf cart transportation. Basically, the platinum wristband gives you VIP access to anything and everything you could imagine.

The beach sand itself is not rocky but the entrance to the water is. Another guest told us that the beaches near the other buildings are much smoother. However, I wouldn't trade the beach beds, lounge chairs and platinum beach service!

Grand Luxxe Riviera Mayo Platinum Beach

Grand Luxxe Riviera Mayo Platinum Beach

Adults Only: Miami

Where we slept:

Fountainbleau

Where we ate:

Scarpetta - Fontainebleau Miami Beach
A Fish Called Avalon

Where I Yoga'd:

Yoga Journal Live
 

 

We live in a small-town in Southeast Minnesota. Well, I guess it's not a small town to sound but to me, having lived in New York city, it's a small town. It's small, and it's cold, and there are certainly no Yoga Journal conferences here! One of the perks of my husband's job is that he can pretty much select where in the world he wants to go for a business conference. So, when I saw the Yoga Journal Live event in Miami I asked if he could find a meeting to go to at the same time and we could go for the weekend. The plan was that he would go to his conference and I will go to mine. It was a win win!  We stayed at the Fountainbleu in Miami where his meeting was. The yoga Journal event was about 30 minutes north in Hollywood.

I love the history of the Fountainbleu. My husband's parents had stayed there in the 50's. It's very glamourous!  This hotel is located in the quiet end of Miami Beach but still a short taxi ride from the action in South Beach. We had an ocean view room with a king bed (320 sq. ft.). The hotel has everything; fine dining, various pools to choose from and a beautiful staffed beach. I think my only complaint is that the pool (and the pool bar!) closed at sundown. I asked for a drink about 15 minutes before they were closing and the server never came back!

Scarpetta: Overall, this was an impressive meal with attentive service - and a gorgeous setting!

A Fish Called Avalon: If you want to feel like you have stepped back into the art-deco era and dine on fabulous food while watching vintage cars go by this is the place! We arrived slightly before our reservation and started on a bottle of wine at the bar. The bar is tucked into a corner but still comfortable. I had reserved a table outside (when you live in Minnesota you ALWAYS reserve a table outside when traveling somewhere warm!) and while it was a bit crowded, the service was excellent and the food superb!