Today was the kind of day that, when the sun pouring in from your windows wakes you up at 7 AM, you don’t get mad – you just wake up, go on the balcony, and write a little. It was he kind of day where you don’t put on makeup until right before dinner. The kind where you have breakfast and then you go back for seconds, which I like to call “breakfast dessert” (you can’t miss this becaues Viceroy has a CREPE STATION with NUTELLA!). It was the kind of day where you nearly pass out from exhaustion after you’ve ran two miles in flip flops following Josh Alexander as he tries so desperately to win the Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt that he steals a resort golf cart and makes you do laps in a swimming pool.
What? That last thing didn’t quite go with the rest of the relaxation, did it?
While my day started off as described (up at 7, blogging on the balcony, enjoying breakfast dessert, etc.), it also ended as described. We began with such a serene morning. We met up for breakfast, which I really enjoyed if you couldn’t already tell. The breakfast buffet here is amazing; I’d even rank it among the top breakfast buffets I’ve had.
Then, we then did a site inspection of the property, starting at the top with the 5 bedroom beachfront villas. During the holiday season, these villas go for a mere $18,000 a night and require a minimum of 10 nights. They have 11 of them and last year’s season was completely. sold. out.
The villas are not usually quite that pricey and, when you consider renting them with family members or multiple couples, it becomes much more manageable. My personal favorite part was the kitchen, which had an island with the most counter space I’ve ever seen. I added that to the list of things I want in my dream kitchen.
The Viceroy actually has some fantastic pricing considering how spacious the rooms are (all but one category come with a private plunge pool!) and the fact that we can get additional amenities, like complimentary breakfast, an upgrade if available, and more (shameless plug for the perks of using a travel agent!).
Also, after going on a trip like this, I’ve been able to form friendships with multiple reps, the hotel manager, and the general manager, ensuring that clients will definitely be taken care of. I love being able to experience the properties firsthand because it gives me such a better idea of who it’ll be a good fit for. At dinner last night, Jeff, the general manager, explained the hotel’s priorities when it comes to brand and service. He noted how they are focused on fitness and music – how they love being on the cutting edge while appealing to the audience who stays here. Every morning, the staff has a meeting and review their upcoming guests and they discuss how to go above and beyond for each. For a resort this size, their passion, attention to detail, and creativity are really something to be admired.
That last part – the creativity – is really shining through with the itinerary they’ve put together for us. I didn’t think much could top yesterday’s Iron Chef Cocktail Challenge – until today’s Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt (or, as Beatrice and I have affecionately dubbed it, the Hunger Games). After some beach time and lunch at the Mediterranean-inspired Half Shell restaurant, we were given instructions on the game.
Using QR Codes to deliver clues, our hosts came up with a scavenger hunt where we had to complete activities around the resort, from climbing a rock wall (which I didn’t do) to swimming a lap in the pool (which I did do).
The odds were ever in our favor (nerdy Hunger Games reference!): we were in the lead the entire time since Josh is easily the most competitive person here.
I, on the other hand, am the least competitive. I managed the scanning the QR codes while he took off to find each clue – sprinting as fast as he could across the entire resort. I was pretty unaware at what an athletic event this would be, so I was dressed in flip flops, a bikini, and a coverup. I had several Baywatch moments (MUCH less graceful or sexy than the moments Pam Anderson once had) while running to chase after him. Looking back, running is a pretty liberal term for what I was actually doing – speed walking while suffering from a heat stroke might be a more accurate description.
We held our lead until the very last clue, where we were told to dress up as tourists. We got confused and designed our own tourist outfits:
However, we got confused and missed part of the clue while another team completed it correctly. Our overthinking made us lose. Still, even the losers got the sweet treat at the end (frozen mojitos), plus a decent amount of pool time, so I was a happy camper.
The day wrapped with plenty of free time and a fantastic massage before an incredible dinner at Coba, where we were served multiple courses and some amazing dessert (even better than breakfast dessert). Tomorrow’s filled with site inspections of the other Virtuoso properties in Anguilla (I’ll be honest – I might have a hard time finding one I like more than the Viceroy; I’ve really fallen in love with this resort), some more beach time, spa time, and hopefully less physical exertion.