It was a double whammy that my mom's birthday falls on the eve of Labor Day, so it didn't take much more convincing than a simple text that said "you don't REALLY want to spend your birthday stateside, do you?!"
A few days later we decided on the Now Larimar in Punta Cana. I'm a big fan of the Dominican Republic. I always tell everyone, Australia aside, Punta Cana has some of the most gorgeous beaches I have ever seen.
Per my usual routine, I religiously scoured TripAdvisor before booking the resort. Much to my surprise the negative comments were few and far between, which actually made me slightly hesitant. No resort can be THAT good, can it?!
The verdict? It can.
After a slightly rough 5am flight (it seemed like a good idea at the time of booking) out of Indy we were wheels down on the island by noon. Truth be told, we did a whole lot of NOTHING the entire time, and it was amazing.
Laying by the pool, enjoying the beach, reading books, soaking up the sunshine, people watching, eating copious amounts of delicious food and indulging on all the fruity libations... it was pure bliss.
Being able to escape reality for any amount of time is always fantastic, being able to escape it and have some girly bonding time with your mama is even better!
And even though I'm a loyal Riu Resorts gal, I was pleasantly surprised by Now and would definitely go back!
(No affiliation with any resorts listed, not a sponsored post, just my honest opinion.)