Picture this: Spectacular ocean views, beautiful sandy beaches, villas with private pools, and thirteen inspired divas from metro Atlanta and Alabama. From the prayer on the plane as the flight attendant patiently waits, to the first view of the Sandals Resort in Ohio Rios, strangers became almost instant friends and began a unique brand of sizzle in a Jamaican paradise.
This girlfriend trip which kicked off September 21st, quickly evolved into great camaraderie, hot nights, even hotter entertainment and these divas were up to it all. The beach party that first night instantly morphed into dancing under the stars, lobster and champagne, and yes who can forget the fire dances. It was a time to bring the heat.
There is nothing to compare to island revelry, abundance of food, drink, and as with the divas, new friendships and stronger bonds in already established friendships. Eyes were opened to receive new impressions and fresh delights. The divas became aware, perhaps supernaturally, that the capacity to wonder could be renewed.
The stay in Ohio Rios was a timeout but also a dialing in before going back to “real” life. The head diva, Janine Lock, owner of Your Door To The World Travel, left nothing on the table; every wish was her command. With Janine’s expertise and that of Concierge Manager, Jason Lynch, Sandals Grande Riviera was indeed the girlfriends’ temporary Caribbean paradise.
These Atlanta and Alabama divas were fired up under the Jamaican sun. Just imagine island adventures such as zip lines, ATV and shopping excursions, state of the art spa, and luxury accommodations, well they made for a lively experience. But more than that, the getaway formed some lasting bonds and established some future traveling buddies. And lastly, the divas were able to bring the sizzle in a positive way. “Girls just want to have fun,” a laughingly but apropos quote by the vivacious diva Dee Dee.
The divas final act as a group on the airplane back to Atlanta was to join hands across the aisle in prayer.
Ocho Rios Roll call: Freda, Marjie, Cassandra, Delawna (Dee Dee), Alice, Jill, Valerie, La’Shara, Stephanie (prayer leader), Shereaka (DrHavok), Tasha, Essie, and Janine (Travel Agent)