After a short ride we checked into the excursions desk and they told us that the golf cart to the Cabanas was just behind the building. Unfortunately, the golf carts were a bit disorganized and we ended up having a few minutes wait. We drove 5 minutes away and arrived at the Cabana area. Ricardo along with another staff member we waiting to check us in. We were assigned Cabana 9 which was in the first row of Cabanas and we had a beautiful ocean view. Unfortunately, when we walked up to our Cabana it was filled with someone's belongings. Both staff members and ourselves asked who's items they were. 20 minutes later (after frustration and some laughs) someone finally came and collected their belongings once they saw the staff were removing them (the person happened to be someone that I asked if it was their belongings and they lied to my face). I don't fault the staff at all and were happy with the way they handled things.
Finally we could put our own stuff down, ask for fresh waters, and were able to relax. The cabanas are pricey but after a day at CocoCay we all agreed they were well worth it. The cabanas offer shade, a couch, waters, a table, loungers, sun loungers, floating mats, a separate BBQ and bar area. We thoroughly enjoyed playing in the water and sitting in the sand while watching the kids. When it was time for lunch we enjoyed crudite, fruit, salmon, steak, burgers, and more. The cabanas were especially great when the kids needed a nap. We would switch out when some of us needed shade and some of us were ready for more fun in the sun. My friend and I did take a ride over to the shopping area and were glad to go back to the calm environment of the Cabana.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that even though we constantly applied suntan lotion we ended up getting a little burnt (it was a sunny, hot, and cloudless day). Once we realized we were slowly burning ourselves we hopped onto a ferry back to the ship. Back on board we opted for some showers and fresh clothes before going for a walk and a drink.
Once we were seated we were presented with a frame, water, and brush each. Once you paint the frame your menu appears. We sat for a few minutes before our server came over and explained the meal and took our drink order. It was very nice that he offered to get the twins anything they wanted from any restaurant. Our impressions of the restaurant and the food were whimsical but a little on the darker side. If the uniforms, lighting, and some of the food design were a little less intense the atmosphere would have been better.
I should note that I knew going in that I was going to eat dairy so I made sure to bring lots of Lactaid pills.
We received the Buffalo chicken eggs, shrimp kataifi, tomato water, gnocchi, crispy crab cones, baby vegetables in the garden, oceanic citrus, Halibut cooked in clear paper, Branzino in crispy bread, terrior beef, Berkshire pork belly, and the slow roasted chicken. A few of the dishes weren't to my liking. For instance the gnocchi had an off putting flavor, the oceanic citrus was difficult to enjoy, and the chicken entree lacked imagination. My favorite dishes were the shrimp kataifi (flavorful and crispy), the tomato water (unbelievably flavorful for size and clarity), and the Branzino was perfectly cooked. For dessert we were confused by the key lime pops, enamored with the chocolate caramel orb, and the "apple" dessert. We all agree that the chocolate and caramel dessert was the best even though it was very rich and a large portion. I would try this restaurant again in hopes of a better experience.
Up next is our day at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.