This was our first time to visit the Dominican Republic! When Nickelodeon reached out to us I was flooded with memories of all the 90’s nostalgia shows liked “All That” and “Hey Arnold” and “Rugrats” etc… And as a 90’s kid, it was a dream to get slimed! My siblings and I grew up watching our teen idols and other celebrities have that iconic lime green goop dumped on top of them! What did it feel like?! Was it gross? Was it fun?
More on that later. Keep scrolling, my friends.
We hopped on a flight before the crack of dawn. Since there weren’t any non-stop flights available we knew the journey might take a little longer and we wanted to get the party started early! Aaron could only take a few days off, so we packed as much fun as we could into the vacation. As soon as we arrived in the resort, we were greeted with green slime smoothies. The kids chugged them with the biggest gulps while the friendly staff member leaned over to whisper in my ear that they were simple banana smoothies.
Accommodations. We took a golf-cart ride to our room and unpacked in our 2 adjoining rooms. The 3 older kids stayed in one spacious room while we stayed in the room next door. This is our favorite way to vacation: the kids can go to sleep while we stay up and so the kids can wake up early while we sleep in. One of the suites is in the shape of a pineapple — Spongebob’s house!
The resort did a fantastic job at appealing to everyone! The Nickelodeon theme didn’t feel overly geared to kids unless you went looking for it. I was surprised by the adult OR kid-friendly vibes at the resort. A few characters came out to visit a couple times each day which made it feel exciting and magical to my believing kiddos. We could find a few yummy restaurants, a couple pools, and direct access to the beautiful beach with open cabanas and all the virgin margaritas we could’ve dreamed of on one side of the resort. If we hopped on a golf cart shuttle, we’d head to the opposite end to enjoy the lazy river, waterpark, and kids club.
Once a day, the large bucket at the top of the waterpark will fill up with “slime water” and dump over the entire splash area. It was wild and fun!
But getting “legit” slimed as a family was even more wild and fun. Tiny Avery had not idea what was coming for her. All she knew was her mama was living out her 90’s childhood dream and her entire posterity would feel it too. A giant wave of green slime slammed down on us. And each of us made the same shocked face that every slimed person makes. Y’all, now we understand. The slime is heavy, it’s slippery, it’s wet, it’s cold, it’s thick and goopy. And it still managed to slip down through my swimsuit as thin as water could. It is the craziest thing. And it was the most fun and grossest experience! Aaron and I felt like a kid again while our kids felt as alive as ever. Such a funky bucket list item that certainly lives up to the hype.
Unlimited Food. There was no shortage in food at this all-inclusive resort. They had lots of buffets, nice restaurants for dinner, coffee shop, and free 24-hr room service. The breakfast buffet was my favorite with dozens of choices including omelets, pastries, fruit, juices, pancakes, meats, and cheeses. I ate my weight in mangoes every breakfast. Basically, there were plenty of options for the pickiest kid or adult. The kids piled up french toast slathered with nutella and powdered sugar while guzzling orange juice. We especially love the soft serve ice cream and cookies at the Coffee Shop. The Burger Joint had the yummiest wings and a Machete Burger so big you needed a machete knife to slice it. If you followed along in my IG stories during the vacation, you saw what a crazy sight that was! For dinner, we also enjoyed the amazing Italian restaurant. The kids went wild over the astronaut-themed Spacewalker. So glad there were booster seats and highchairs in each restaurant for Avery. We scheduled reservations ahead of time for the sit-down restaurants and would definitely recommend this. They were also really good about getting the kids food out super fast.
The Character Breakfast. We had a reservation for breakfast and the kids were mesmerized by all the dancing characters and themed food!
Beach & Pools. This side of the world has the dreamiest sunsets. The kids ran straight out to the sandy beach to ride the ocean waves. Aaron and I had a great time watching them make up games to play in the crashing waves. They were perfectly in heaven and it was the sweetest thing to watch. Kids, you thirsty? Servers walked up and down the pools asking to bring free drinks and pina coladas. They loved it. I loved it. We lived in the water and had the wrinkliest fingers and toes to prove it.