The photos above will largely speak for themselves, but I’ll include a short description too.
At the end of August, to thank my mom for helping us to settle into our new home and life, we took her on a weekend trip to a resort called Siete Mares (Seven Seas). It’s located only 55 miles from our part of Caracas, but with traffic and spotty roads outside of the city it took us about 3 hours to get there. Boy, was it worth it though! Compared to the honking and crowds of the city and the pressures of our new jobs, we felt like we were on another planet!
We rented a 4-bed suite, all 3 meals were provided each day, and we had access to unlimited coffee, beer, sodas, juices, and rum-drinks all day long. The resort spreads along the Caribbean shore, encompassing a total of 7 beaches, although only 4 are accessible right now because some of the trails are washed out. We ended up spending very little time on the beach, though, because the 2 pools were so amazing! Graham enjoyed both the 2-foot deep kiddie pool and the deeper infinity pool right next to it. Our little water baby spent most of each day in one or the other, happily splashing, kicking, and throwing balls.
Two of our favorite features of Siete Mares features were massages on the beach (the manager’s wife is a massage therapist and offers stress-relief or reflexology sessions in the shade, with the sound of the Caribbean waves washing away tension with each ebb and flow!), and the outdoor movies in the evening. The dining room transformed into a fresh-air theater with a film projected onto a large white screen. So relaxing and fun!
All in all, it was a very safe, clean, and family-friendly place to take a break from the city. Board games, pool noodles, bocce ball and volleyball, and thousands of DVDs in Spanish and English were all provided. The kitchen staff even made separate kids’ meals for lunch and dinner to accommodate picky little ones.
Siete Mares wasn’t cheap so unfortunately, we won’t be able to go back every weekend, but all three of us hope to return at some point this school year!