Travels in Aruba 2016 – part two

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort is our home away from home in Aruba.  An adults-only resort, they truly cater towards couples and a romantic, care-free experience.  This year we were ready to experience something unique – a movie under the starlit sky.  Each Sunday and Wednesday, they select a movie and this time was An Officer and a Gentleman, a movie I hadn’t seen in years and Spence had never seen.  With front row seats, we lounged on the beach on a balmy night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Very romantic!

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Projected on a large white wall, a very young Debra Winger and Richard Gere, wonderful performances. So enjoyable.

Lou Gossett Jr is wonderful in his role

Travels in Aruba 2016 – part one

Spence and I got home a week ago from a return trip to our beloved Aruba.  Last October we travelled there and had so much fun that four days later, we booked two weeks in May to coincide with my 60th birthday.

Those who’ve followed this blog may recall my 15 part series, Travels in Aruba from 2015.  Hands down, it collectively brought the most activity to Spence’s Girl since it’s launch. I’m hopeful that you’ll enjoy this series as well.

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Starting the trip with an airport mimosa as we traveled Flint to Atlanta to Aruba.
We awoke well before the crack of dawn to arrive at the airport to check our bags by 4:00 a.m. and took off shortly after 6:00.

Arriving at our final destination around 2:30, we picked up our rental car and headed a short distance to Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort.  Having stayed there last trip, there was no question that we’d return there, we’d even requested and got the same room.

Upon our arrival, we were offered cool, lavender scented cloths to wipe away the travel grime – and a glass of ice cold champagne.  Nicole, who we’d met last year at check-in, took care of the formalities this year and got us settled in.  As always, they’d provided lovely welcome gifts.

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Chilled wine, gouda, crackers, cookies & Aruba Aloe lotion!

Knowing that the first of two daily cocktail hours commences at 4:00, we scooted down to the Sand Bar for drinks and our first sunset of the trip.  Life is good!

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A little Prosecco

Exhausted but we made it! 
We opted for night one to have dinner at Elements, the restaurant at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort, which we think is the best on Aruba.  The menu is creative, food delicious, presented beautifully and excellent service guaranteed.

For our first night, we opted for a light meal and the selection of appetizers was very appealing…..what to choose???

Stay tuned for more in this new series……








59 Candles, 59 Things – part forty nine

Fifty seventh thing:  Today I celebrate my 60th birthday and that makes me happy.

There are still two posts remaining in this series started one year ago on my 59th birthday.  I’m enjoying my second week in Aruba with Spence, back at our beloved Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort.  This is my view this morning.

And these two visitors stopped by to sing Happy Birthday!


We’re off to enjoy a fabulous breakfast, a walk on the beach and a lazy day lounging and reading as they bring us cold adult beverages.

And while I don’t feel any older as I start this new decade, I do feel lucky to have made it and am very happy indeed.

Travels in Aruba – part three

After a fabulous nights sleep in the best hotel bed, we awoke after 12 hours.  While Aruba is the same time zone as Michigan, we were zapped after a long day of travel.

The view from our balcony.

Out to the balcony to enjoy my tea, Spence joined me wearing one of the robes provided by the hotel.  What a view.


Breakfast is included at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort and for late risers such as Spence and myself, runs till 11:00. And what a breakfast.

You can sit inside Elements Restaurant with floor to ceiling, spotless windows and a view of the beach and ocean, or outside on the deck.  The breakfast has more choices than I could list and needless to say, we indulged.  Not unusual for me but Spence rarely eats breakfast and he made up for a lifetime of missed morning meals. Here’s just a small sample:

Spence enjoying fresh pineapple, melon and fresh orange juice along with his bagel, lox, cream cheese, onion and capers….I think he had an omelet, bacon and sausage before this plate. Seriously.
The papaya was the best I’ve had since our years spent in Costa Rica and yes, that is Eggs Benedict, one of the daily special treats found at the breakfast buffet.