I was the recipient of the most marvelous random act of Christmas kindness... this parcel arrived from Karen, a fellow Canadian blogger. Loopy and I were thrilled to cuddle up with a cup of Rudolph cocoa and watch Elf last night. Karen is a Club Little House participant who also took part in my Zombie Jar Swap in October. How gorgeous is that dragonfly pendant? I am totally going to wear it to Antigua in January.

Make that, not Antigua in January. The next part of my post is going to sound feeble, ungrateful and spoiled. You might want to avert your eyes if you think I am above such things.

The annual trip that we take with Veto's clients is not to Antigua as of today. It is to Jamaica. Ocho Rios. To be more precise, to the exact same resort we stayed at in 2004 where our room was broken into and ransacked. I think maybe by hotel employees who knew precisely when we would be out of the room and for exactly how long because we were there for a wedding.

And it wasn't a very nice resort. We didn't pick it, then or now. Today the airline announced it isn't flying to Antigua during the specified dates of this year's trip and in order to keep the dates of travel the same because too many people have had to make arrangments, now the only resort left open during those dates is...

... you guessed it. The downtrodden, long-drive-from-the-airport, cosmetics bag thieving resort.

I keep telling myself that it couldn't possibly still be such a dive, five years later. I should suck.it.up. It's a tropical destination, after all. What could be so bad about that? You tell me. Have you ever stayed at a bad resort? You are also allowed to tell me to suck it up if you think need be.

27 comments:

Laura said...

I see the family has turned into Gingerbread people - LOL! I think if it was a dive 5 years ago, it is still a dive, and no matter how tropical, all you'll be thinking about is whether it is safe to leave the room! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

MaryCatherine said...

That must have been scary! I would have been so mad! Trust me, I'll be the first to say, coming from Hawaii, that just because they claim it is a tropical "paradise" doesn't mean it is a paradise for all. I remember when I first got to Hawaii somebody kept trying to break into my house...they even went as far as to cut through my screen door...I've hated Hawaii ever since!

I hope that all goes well...be safe! I hope for your sake that they have turned things around over there and you have a wonderful trip...maybe you could booby trap your room :)

Amy said...

I haven't stayed at a bad resort but we stayed at a bad hotel once that was the world's biggest dive, we were up for a NICU followup clinic for my youngest and I would not let him take off his socks, I stood on a towel to shower and I could not wait to get out of there. I would much rather pay extra for cleanliness and safety. I don't think you are at all whiny.

Yummers! said...

Your life is a sit-com!! But I love your stories... keep sharing them. Maybe it has a new owner and it is all renovated. Think positive... or stamp your feet and have a hissy fit.

I had to do an inservice for a school district up North and they booked me into 'the Bates Motel'. Looked just like it!! It was so close to the road that at night the trucks going by made the bed shake. The only chair in the room had duct tape across the seat. NICE! But I did get a hefty sum for the all-day inservice. It was like a bribe not to tell my cutting-edge district where they had me stay.

Merry Christmas Saucy!
Joni

Katie said...

No, I have never been anywhere tropical or a resort either...I would be worried too, if I were you. I hope things work out.

That dragonfly is gorgeous!

Brigg and Dianne said...

Oh, you have every right to be upset about that sort of news! I would have been beyond upset if I had to go back to a place that left me with a bad experience. Keep up your optimism, and maybe bring strong locks for your luggage? Or mention something at the front desk when checking in. Anyway, have a very Merry Christmas!

Sara said...

It may pay to invest in some travel security. A few mouse traps left in your suitcases when you have to be away from your room. Maybe a bullhorn alarm that sounds off when an intruder enters the room.
All kidding aside there are security alarms that can be hung on your door and are activated by remote. The alarm would at least draw attention to other guest. Hopefully that would scare the staff enough to detour them.
Sweet Christmas Wishes,
Sara

tidymom said...

I hope it all works out this time!!

Have a VERY MERRY Christmas Saucy!!
~Tidymom

Legallyblondemel said...

You're not being selfish at all; personal security for you & your loved ones is very important.

Is there another resort in Ocho Rios you can stay at? If not, I'd use my usual travel guideline, which is that I don't travel with any jewelry/ technology/ clothes/ makeup that are irreplaceable or that might draw unwanted attention. Easier said that done, certainly, but worth giving a critical eye when packing, particularly when traveling to a known tourist (ergo, likely to attract thieves) destination.

Marie Antionette said...

I think you are right ,You should not be subject to crappy treatment at a resort of any kind.I would also make it known when you get their what happened the first time,and if it happened again you will spread it though the internet what lousy treatment they would suffer if they visit there,and see how many reservations they recieved after that.
Besides all that,i hope you really do enjoy your trip.Merry Christmas Hon..Marie Antionette

AwtemNymf said...

Merry Christmas sweetie & family! I'll take that paraffin and spa any day now! I'll probably fall asleep with my feet pruned *lol*
Hugs & Faerie Dust!

Oliver Rain said...

When I was a travel agent I had a chance to tour some of the really nice hotels in South Beach Miami. I mean, the rooms were gorgeous. Six months later when I planned my own getaway, I contacted the hotel manager for a room at a discounted rate and was given one of the "regular rooms". Someone had used the toilet in my room and didn't flush. We found this after we checked in. There was garbage in the hallways and it was just nasty, nasty, nasty. We checked out right away and found another hotel. How disappointing. You can bet I never recommended that hotel.

As for your upcoming holiday, do they sell travel room safes?

Rue said...

I'm so sorry Saucy :(

I hope you have fun anyway and that your stuff doesn't get taken again.

I came by to say Merry Christmas to you and your whole sweet family and I hope your New Year is very Blessed. Thank you for being so sweet to me. Please give The Fan a great big hug and kiss and the same for you too!!!

Merry Christmas!
love,
rue

alittlebitofscrap said...

Nope, never stayed at a bad resort, but I can just imagine how scary and how violated you must have felt. And now you are going back... Keep all your good stuff at home! I hope your tropical trip is more enjoyable than last time. Merry Christmas :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Safe travels. And Merry Canadian Christmas;)

Mrs. G. said...

Merry Christmas to you Saucy!

MJ said...

I've never stayed at a disgusting resort but have a few stories of disgusting places when travelling! I always envy those who look well-accessorized and/or well-endowed with cameras etc because I'm not one of those travellers. After having had my backpack stolen from between my legs in London UK, I have learned to leave the things I love at home and take those things I don't mind being lost/stolen when I travel. I don't look chic but they'll never see me again!

Saucy said...

Well what really killed me was that we were out of the room with our camera (because I was photographing the wedding) and I was wearing my rings and such, what they stole was cosmetics, my cosmetics bag included my medications! I spent a whole week without my meds :( all because someone wanted nice shampoo.

J.G. said...

What an unpleasant experience. At least it doesn't sound like your personal safety was involved. (Would you rather they break in while you were there???)

This time you may want to take along:

1. Attitude of serenity ("It's just stuff.")

2. Sacrificial decoy products (so you can hide the others?)

3. Willingness to carry true essentials (like medications) on your person at all times.

Just my thoughts! Hope your mind is changed this time and you have a lovely trip.

scrappaleica said...

Saucy, I know how you feel! I went on a fantastic annual ski trip to a very nice resort, however while we were gone they took lot's of our stuff; money, clothes, jewelery, etc. We raised such a fuss that the hotel actually reimbursed us back. which was nice of them. however, I have never went back. good luck. But for the location where you are going, friends of ours always take extra "nice"things like soap, clothes, jewelery and leave it everyday on the bed with a note saying for the wonderful person who cleans my room. I guess it is a bribe but they seem to never have troubles. give that a try! we leave for Hawaii in 3 weeks trying a different place than where we stayed last time, hope it is good!

Jen Anderson said...

Bring a padlock and put whatever you don't want stolen in a bag. Use the lock to close the bag and attach it to a leg of the bed or something similar. That;'s what they suggest when you stay in a hostel and unfortunately, it sounds necessary for this resort.

And complain all you like--you're paying money to stay in this place. Getting robbed shouldn't be part of the package.

Gabriela said...

Happy New Year!

~ Gabriela ~

The Shabby Princess said...

Eww, make up bag stealers? That's the worst!! I so wish you were going to Antigua. I'm no the biggest fan or Jamaica, for, the reasons you mentioned. You should absolutley be allowed to whine about such things. Ladies like us deserve only the best!

Helena said...

I can't blame you for feeling that way about the thieving, crappy resort. On a positive note it can hopefully not get much worse this time around (if that's positive.. don't know?).

michelleb. said...

Your'e bathing suits looked great in Jamaica, but you never mentioned how the resort was? Did it improve?

mblaise29@yahoo.com

blaze said...

yess in virgina we got a horrible suite!

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

Oooooo. I was going to say. JAMAICA! I went there with my mom two years ago and we had a blast but we stayed at an amazing resort near Montego Bay. It seems like you had fun from your pictures in later posts though so hopefully everything turned out ok!

Christine Bruce
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