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February 2nd 2023
Published: February 5th 2023
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Today for breakfast….the buffet! Once again the mango juice was delicious. And we were treated to a little rainbow!

The only thing on the agenda today was relaxation. The company pays for one spa appointment for each person at the Mandara Spa here at the resort. This was my first time at a real spa and it was so nice. After we checked in we were taken to the locker room to change into robes and then led to the relaxation area. Our individual therapists came and greeted us with Namaste and led us to our destinations. For Renee, that was a mani/pedi, which she says is the best she has ever had and so relaxing! I had the Aruba massage. This involved some aromatherapy, hot stones, warm towels and, at some points, firm pressure. She placed a weighted eye mask on me once I flipped on to my back. That was really nice! The face and scalp portion of the massage was a highlight for me. I have never had my face included as part of a massage so that was neat. After you could sit in the sauna, relaxation room or take a shower. I figured Renee was
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Removing shells and sand is prohibited on the island. No putting them in your suitcase to bring home.
done so I changed and went back to the front. She was not done! So I waited for her and enjoyed the sounds of the spa.

After a quick shower and change we headed down to the beach. No palapas available but we did find a shady spot on the beach for two chairs. We sat, went in the water, sat some more and then wandered over to grab lunch. Today I had the lobster roll and Renee had the chicken sandwich. Both were delicious. Sat by the beach some more, went in the water again and then dried off and headed back to the room.

Tonight was the last required dinner, this one to honor the sales people and whatever they did to get into the circle of excellence for the year. The dinner was good but probably our least favorite of the 3 buffets. And the award ceremony for sales was a lot of nonsense.

After the ceremony I got gelato and ate it by the pool while Renee said goodnight to her kids. That was a great way to end the day!

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They had these for the POY dinner too. They came out with a drum line to play everyone in to the ballroom. It was real annoying!

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