A typical day started around 7 a.m. when my dad headed out for a 1 hour hike and I did an exercise DVD in the room (except for Thursday when I went to the fitness centre for TnT).
When my dad returned from his hike, he showered and we went to breakfast at the buffet restaurant. My typical breakfast was an omelette with green pepper, onions, ham and a little cheese plus 2 slices of French toast, a little bit of extra crispy bacon and fresh fruit.
After breakfast, we went back to the room to get "slathered up" as my dad would say and put our bathing suits on. During the day, he hung out on the beach, which was cooler than the pool as it was breezier and I hung out at the pool so that I could do my laps and because it was closer to the restrooms.
Between 11:30 a.m. and noon, I would go and get my laptop and head to the lobby to enjoy the free Wi-Fi so that I could log my exercise and touch base with family by email and my Warrior team. Between 1:30 and 2:00, I would meet my dad at the buffet restaurant for lunch. After lunch, he would head back to the beach and I would head back to the pool for a couple of hours. Around 4 p.m., I would head to the room for my shower and change for dinner. My dad would arrive around 4:30 and have his shower and change for dinner.
Dinner was usually between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. so between 5 and 6:30, he would have a cup of coffee and I would have a Diet Coke and we would play Scrabble. He's much better this year than in past years. He's finally learned that Scrabble isn't just about words but it's also about strategy. After the game was done, we would go to dinner.
We ate dinner at 4 of the specialty restaurants and the other nights were at the buffet restaurant.
My favourite specialty restaurant was Le Chanterelle, the French restaurant.
However, there's a funny story about it. My dad and I arrived at the restaurant and the maitre'd showed us to our table. We were told to help ourselves to the salad bar after we had placed our orders. I had French onion soup as my appetizer and my dad had mushroom soup. For our mains, I had Chicken Provencal and my dad had Coquille St. Jacque au Gratin. And, for dessert, I had Crepes Suzette and my dad had Creme Brulee.
After we had finished our soups, the waiter came over and told us that we had to leave. I asked why and he said we weren't allowed to be there so I said but you've already served our food and taken our orders so we weren't leaving. He kept insisting so I finally asked to speak to his boss but he said no one was around to speak with so we just ignored him until he went away. My dad and I sat there for awhile wondering if we were going to be served our main courses or if we would be forced to leave. Finally, the waiter came back and told us we had to take our wristbands off and hide them, which we did. They served us our mains and dessert and so were able to finish our meals.
It turned out that Le Chanterelle was only available to guests who were staying at the Royal Suites Turquesa next door to the Grand Palladium and our wristbands were the wrong colour.
But, it was their fault; they let us in without checking our wristband colour!
My dad's favourite specialty restaurant was Rodizio, the Brazilian restaurant. If you like meat, this is the restaurant for you. First of all, the waiter directed us to the salad buffet. After the salad course is done, the waiter pointed out the card on the table which was green on one side and red on the other. We were told that lots of meat would be coming out of the kitchen and as long as we wanted more meat, to leave the card on the green side. When we'd had our fill of meat, turn the card over to the red side and she would bring us the dessert menu.
The meat comes out on large kebobs. There was chicken, beef, lamb, pork and sausage. There was also a vegetable skewer. I tried everything except the sausage as I don't usually like sausage. It was good and the meats were really tender.
Another specialty restaurant we tried was the Japanese restaurant. The tripadvisor.com website said that this restaurant was a must try especially because of the show that the chefs put on. There were 3 square cooking stations with approximately 12 seats around them for the diners and then there was around 10 tables placed along the window and wall of the restaurant. We asked for seats at the cooking table but were denied even though most of the seats were empty. Language was a barrier and so we have no idea why we weren't allowed to sit there so we made do with a table by the window.
My dad insisted on ordering hot sake wine for both of us even though I didn't want any but he wanted me to try it. I did try it and honestly, it just tasted like hot white wine, in my opinion and since I don't like white wine, I didn't drink mine even though the waiter kept adding more to my glass each time he came over.
My dad had tempura vegetables and shrimp as an appetizer but I passed on the appetizer since what my dad had and miso soup were the only two options and I don't like tempura or miso.
For our mains, my dad had Chicken, Beef and Pork Kebab marinated with sake, honey and ginger and served with vegetables and I had Grilled Salmon filet with teriyaki sauce and sautéed vegetables. For dessert, my dad and I both had chocolate mousse. The food was good and I tried to eat a lot of it with my chopsticks.
And, the only other specialty restaurant we went to was Mare Nostrum, the seafood restaurant. Once again there was a salad buffet for the start and then my dad had the Cod Fish Portuguese Style and I had Sea Bass Filet Meuniere Style. My dad's entree came with potatoes and veggies and my Sea Bass came with rice and veggies. This was the only specialty restaurant dish that I didn't enjoy as the sea bass was overcooked and mushy. For dessert, I had ice cream and my dad had fresh fruit.
After dinner, we'd go back to the room and read until bedtime, which was usually between 9:30 and 10.