Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ishigaki Island (Day 1)

This past weekend, we visited Ishigaki island, a neighboring Ryukan island only a 45 minute flight away from Okinawa. It rained nonstop for much of our stay, but we made the best of it as always and had so much fun. Mostly, we were just excited to be out of our little apartment and having a change of scene.

The weather did change for the better to the glorious perfect island kind the day we were leaving, so we did get to experience a little of it.
We stayed at a Club Med Kabira Bay Resort, which was a first for us, and now we are hooked. Normally we prefer to travel off the beaten track, but there were lots of benefits to this kind of vacation.

First off, the resort is a perfect, if not a little strange self-sustaining world. It's the kind of place where the person who is the receptionist is also the bartender and the trapeze artist and the magician and head of the breakfast clean-up crew and if you were getting married, would also be the officiant performing the ceremony. It was hilarious actually to see what new role that person would pop out as next.

Second, if you have children, the staff whisks them away from you and entertains the little munchkins for hours, which if I were a parent, I can imagine would be heaven. You might even forget that you have them...

Next, the resort is all-inclusive with free-flowing drinks and food all day long. As much as I love seeking out tiny hole in the wall dives, I have to admit sometimes it's nice just to have all that choice at my fingertips whenever I want it.

So the beer flow did stop at breakfast, but the bar opened at 11:00 for all those lushes out there.

In addition, Club Med Resorts revolve around all kinds of sports and other activities, including none other than the trapeze. Sean, the show off, was lucky to perform the trapeze that first day while the weather was still dry.
As for me, just as I got strapped up and ready to climb that ladder, it started to rain and did not stop for about 36 hours. My trapeze stint happened indoors the next day after a few drinks in the bar.

We have video footage of this which we will edit and post soon. Basically, here is drunken trapeze in 3, 2, 1...

During the thunderstorm, we ran around in the rain and played a little Let's-pretend-Mary's-head -is-the-bull's-eye...
But once the weather got nice, we were able to do it for real. My husband, the show off AGAIN

Overall the trip was a great success, and it did recharge our batteries as we were hoping. Stay tuned for more of our Ishigaki trip to come. Day 2 includes Monkeys and Ryukan royalty. We also have fabulous video footage that will be posted soon!


Reese said...

I agree with you about all inclusive holidays, but you guys look like you had a blast and that's all that matters.

p.s. the trapeze looks like a lot of fun!

Abi King said...

I'd love to have a go on a trapeze!


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