Pools in paradise, does it really get much better than that? One might think not, but with the opening of Aruba Marriott Resort’s new adults-only H2Oasis pool it’s about to. I’m gonna be really honest with you guys for a second. When I’m on vacation in some tropical country, relaxing in a pool, sipping on a delicious cocktail do you know what really irks me? When little, five-year-old Billy throws an inflatable volleyball at my head. Definitely a mood killer. Kids are cool, but there’s certain environments where it’s nice to just be with yur fellow adults. H2Oasis is exactly that. It’s an adults-only pool where you won’t have to worry about Billy flicking a booger into your mojito. And from what I’ve heard they’re also serving up some killer cocktails. Here’s a little more information on H2Oasis:
“The new 10,000 square foot adults-only pool and lounge area offers adult guests of the Aruba Marriott Resort respite from ‘family time.’ The area features private cabanas for lounging or receiving professional massages, and supplies plentiful adult libations as well as the occasional DJ party.”
The drink recipe below is just a small sample of what you can expect at H2Oasis.
Sorry I wasn’t able to get a better picture of this magnificent pina colada, but as you can imagine I was too busy drinking it. But man was it delicious. And the best part is it was served right at the restaurant in our hotel, Hotel La Playa. The restaurant is called La Playita and on top of serving up great food and drinks it’s right on the beach and features amazing views of the ocean. Unlike most restaurants La Playita doesn’t use any pre-mixed concoctions to make their pina coladas instead their drink is made in a blender using fresh ingredients. And I’m about 95% sure they use Coco Lopez a.k.a. the key ingredient in the best pina coladas to make their drinks. So tasty.
Now I hate to do it, but I feel obligated to tell you about the worst pina colada I had in Puerto Rico. It was in the casino at the Ritz Carlton in Isla Verde. Have you ever had a pina colada that tasted like what sunblock smells like? Well, the Ritz Carlton pina colada is exactly that. I’ll give them a pass since it was one of those free casino drinks, but something that nasty shouldn’t even be given out for free.
Of course I would find the cheapest rum and Coke’s in Puerto Rico on my last night there. Then again maybe it was for the better. While walking around the streets of Isla Verde at night I stumbled across Billiard Palace and their magnificent $3.50 rum and Coke’s. The liquor they used to make my drink was Bacardi which I was somewhat surprised at because of the low price. The drinks were pretty strong too. So if you ever find yourself in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico on one of those “I really want to hang, but my spending money is looking quite famished nights” then Billiard Palace is the spot for you.
Now when you’ve spent a full day walking around the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and you’re trying to find a restaurant to fill your empty stomach the first thing you notice when checking out a restaurants menu is the food, right? Well if you’re the Lushworthy type like myself you probably can’t help but check out their drink menu first. So when we found Jamaican restaurant Blessed Cafe my eyes immediately went to their drink menu, their rum punch menu in particular. And there were quite a few Lushworthy choices to choose from.
I ended up getting the “Caribbean Splash” which was both tasty and potent, my kind of drink. And I had a Corona with dinner which consisted of curry chicken, rice & beans, and a side salad. It was all just as delicious as the drink. Blessed Cafe was an all around amazing experience. The owner Tony was super friendly, I was loving the Bob Marley they were playing, and they were showing “Cool Runnings” on the TV above the bar! Looove that movie!
While writing up that Renaissance Hotel opening celebration story I remembered a trip to Aruba I took a few years ago. And while reminiscing on this lovely trip the first thing that came to mind was this amaaaaazing frozen drink I had while there. It was at a cute little outdoor bar and grill at the Renaissance Aruba’s private island. Now it took a great deal of Googling to find the name of this particular restaurant and the name of the drink but I’m about 85 percent sure that I was able to find the correct name of the The Best Drink I Ever Had.
It’s called the “Banana Jammer” and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’m pretty much sold on any frozen drink that has “banana” in the name but to be quite frank a lot of them suck. They all seem to taste like cheap liquor, ice, and banana flavored Now N’ Laters. But the “Banana Jammer” was perfect! Imagine an absolutely amazing banana milkshake with liquor in it. It’s like that but 10 times better. So needless to say if you’re ever in Aruba you have to check out Papagayo Bar & Grill and order yourself a “Banana Jammer.”