We have been coming here for over ten years and we just love it. Over the years we have brought family and friends down to share time with us and they love it too.
This past year has been fraught with family and physical stress so we decided to come down by ourselves.
Coconut Plantation is only a four hour drive from our home but from the moment I step onto the property all stress and worry evaporates and I find myself wrapped in a cocoon of serene relaxation. At this point there are three buildings, three pools, a lazy river, clubhouse, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball court and access to a private beach island, game room, fitness center, children’s camp and a restaurant/bar on the premises and many other amenities.
We arrived on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised to see that the first of the renovations had begun inside the units. The living room furniture, rug, drapes, decorative pillows, painting, TV stand and a brand new 55” TV had been added.
We walked out onto the balcony and noticed that the chairs and tables had been upgraded too.
The only change we noticed in the bedroom was the new, white bed linens and pillows. Gone were the annoying decorative pillows that we were always piling on the chair.
We unpacked and, per usual, we headed out for a bite of dinner at Panera Bread at the Coconut Point mall followed by a shopping trip to the local Publix for food supplies.
The new linens and pillows proved to be wonderful as we passed the night in utter comfort.
Our first full day would not be spent poolside. A cold front rolled in during the night bringing with it temperatures and winds that made us think of alterative activities.
Randy loves to walk so I proposed that we spend some time walking around Coconut Point. It is a beautiful outdoor mall filled with many wonderful stores and restaurants. So, off we went. Randy and I enjoy many activities together but we have never really shopped together over the years. So today would be interesting, I thought.
Randy needed a new pair of tennis shoes and I was on the hunt for a pair of dress shoes for the holidays. We parked the car at the very end of the mall on one side of the street stopping at Dillard’s and then walked down the opposite side of the street. On our walk we stopped in the DSW Shoes, Pier 1, Dillard’s, Clark’s, Chico’s, Champs Sports, Teavana, PacSun and Barnes & Noble and stopped at the movie theater to see what was playing.
This little walk took us about 2 ½ hours and was just wonderful as we slowly walked past each store hand-in-hand, talking quietly, laughing and just enjoying the sun-filled, brisk day. Unfortunately, Randy was unable to find a pair of shoes but I, on the other hand, was very successful. It was fun to have Randy watch as I tried on shoes giving his opinion and watching his eyes light up when I found a pair he loved. Of course, I bought that pair.
We decided to stay at the mall at grab a bite to eat. We walked across the long pedestrian bridge at the far end of the mall and made our way to Five Guys. We both love the little hamburgers there. We sat outside and while enjoying our food, Randy called a friend and chatted a bit.
We returned home a little tired but satisfied with our day and settled down to watch a movie. The clubhouse has movies to borrow so we chose two. Tonight we watched Independence Day: Resurgence. We enjoyed the movie but agreed that the first Independence Day was much more exciting.
We woke up today to another day with a beautiful blue sky absent of clouds and crisp air. Our day began with an owner’s meeting at the clubhouse where we learned about all the upgrades and improvements that had already taken place over the past two years and the future changes coming in the next two not only here but at the Hyatt Regency hotel at the top of the hill.
We decided to make the ¾ mile walk up the hill to see the changes at the hotel. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and we love to walk around the grounds and have eaten at the Tarpon Bay Restaurant the last night of every visit.
The biggest addition to the hotel is the new water park that includes a lazy river and three water slides. We will definitey had to try these out!
On our walk back we decided to have lunch at The Veranda serves a variety of foods and cocktails at the bar and poolside. After the walk we decided I wanted to try something new from the cocktail menu and ordered Mojitos. I found mine to be a bit too tart. The bartender sweetened it up a little and it was perfect.
Tired and sated, we made our way back to our unit and settled down to watch another movie. We both loved the first Ghostbusters but the new one left us disappointed. We stopped the movie and returned it to the clubhouse.
The rest of our day was spent in blissful relaxation.
The weather tomorrow promises to be more conducive to spend the entire day at the pool and so I have packed my beach bag with my kindle, crossword puzzles and a new Southern Living cookbook. I am so stoked.