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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Christmas in July with Beach Bum Vacation

June 29th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Beach Bum Vacation, Preferred Partners, Resorts | 2 Comments

Beach Bum Vacation has something fun and exciting coming up! It’s Christmas in July and it all begins July 9th! A lucky Beach Bum will win a luxury Beach Bum Vacation to this amazing, unique resort in the Caribbean! We can’t wait to share more with you!

Make sure you fan Beach Bum Vacation on Facebook and share with your friends! We can’t wait to kick things off soon!

The Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Experience

By: Beach Bum Sarah

Picture this…you’re walking along the beach with the cool ocean breeze at your back, your toes are hitting the sand with each step you take and the water is splashing on your legs, you’ve got an ice cold beverage in hand and the love of your life is right beside you. You can feel the sun kissing your skin and life is good. Now this is a Beach Bum Vacation!

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Mexico’s beautiful Riviera Maya is home to a tried and true resort line that the Beach Bums frequent often. El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma is an award winning Gourmet Inclusive brand for adults only. They offer the perfect escape for couples looking to get away and be pampered through a luxury vacation experience. El Dorado Spa Resorts are perfectly designed for destination weddings, honeymoons and anniversary getaways. From unique accommodations to Gourmet cuisine, this resort line has it all. El Dorado Maroma is a boutique resort that caters to the refined traveler looking for quiet seclusion on one of Travel Channel’s Top 10 Beaches in the World – Maroma Beach. El Dorado Seaside Suites is medium in size and oozes romance throughout their lovely lush gardens and beautiful suites. This resort has top notch personalized service combined with quiet nooks to get away. El Dorado Royale & Casitas Royale has something for everyone. For the couple looking to escape and be pampered, the Casita section is luxurious and secluded, and for the couple looking to engage in activities and enjoy fun nightlife, El Dorado Royale is perfect.

What defines Gourmet Inclusive? It’s certainly more than just the food. El Dorado Spa Resorts says it best – Gourmet Inclusive is designed to elevate all inclusive vacations to quality levels comparable to traditional luxury hotels. Gourmet services and amenities come standard at this resort – beach butlers, concierge, nightly turn-down service, 24-hour room service, premium beverages and Gourmet cuisine.

It all started with Gourmet Cuisine which has now become their trademark. El Dorado Spa Resorts take pride in their gourmet cuisine and they have won multiple awards such as the coveted Wine Spectator’s award of Excellence. Their talented chefs have been trained at some of the finest Michelin and Zagat rated restaurants around the world. Their motto is use the best ingredients and never be satisfied with good, always strive for great. El Dorado Royale is home to a 70,000 sq ft Greenhouse that produces  fresh fruits and veggies.

Gourmet suites with no detail left untouched. El Dorado Casitas Royale offers some of the most unique and romantic accommodations that will leave your jaw dropping. The Casita, which means small house in Spanish, offers romance and intimacy with authentic Mexican architecture. These palapa-roofed bungalows are spacious with vaulted wood planked ceilings, a jacuzzi tub with a view, king bed, outdoor roofless shower, balcony or patio complete with bistro table and chairs, a beach bed for two, and spectacular ocean views.

The Swim Up Casita Suite gives you direct access from your patio to a lagoon leading to the main pool where you can swim up for a fruity drink from the bar. For a more intimate setting you may like to experience the Infinity Pool Casita Suite. This second story haven has a private plunge pool on the balcony along with a beach bed for two and amazing views of the ocean. Want the best of both worlds? The Infinity Pool Swim Up Casita Suite offers just that. A ground floor Casita Suite with direct access to the lagoon from your patio and private plunge pool. It doesn’t get any better than this! Luxury defined.

The Beach Bums have traveled extensively throughout Mexico and the Caribbean and we can tell you from firsthand experience that El Dorado Resorts set the bar high and consistently deliver a fabulous Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience. If you’re looking for an adult getaway offering luxury, romance and top notch service the search is over. Contact your favorite Beach Bum today and take advantage of the incredible value these Gourmet Inclusive resorts offer! We can’t wait to send you to paradise!

Wedding Talk: The Worry-Free Wedding

By: Beach Bum Marcie

Destination Weddings are one of the hottest trends in the travel industry right now. It can be a stress-free, fun, romantic, laid back atmosphere for planning the wedding of your dreams when you carefully choose the right professionals and resort to work with. Destination wedding couples come with an array of wants, needs, and often, envision their perfection in such a simple form – the two of them, their friends/family members and the beach.  No fuss.  So many couples will say that they just want to enjoy their experience and not worry.  They don’t want the stress that often accompanies hosting a function in their hometown, with oversized guest lists, choosing vendors and researching venues.

Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Specialists have taken the stress out of the research side by matching our clients up to the perfect resort for their wedding experience, and lucky for us, Sandals and Beaches have really taken the worry out of the wedding planning!  We are so excited to be partnered with Sandals and Beaches to tell you all about “Your Wedding. Your Style,” which simply means – NO WORRIES, MON!

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Giving couples the choice between trendy Customizable Themes in the latest beautiful colors and Martha Stewart’s stunning pre-designed packages allows the couple to decide what works best for them!  But not only that, it is so easy to legally get married at Sandals and Beaches, with simple, easy paperwork, inexpensive government fees and minimal residency requirements. They will ensure all the details, legalities and worry are removed by working with us to manage your time-line, guest list and what extras would work best within your budget!

Mostly, we are so happy to share that they are listening to the needs of the Millennial Bride, allowing them around the clock access to their wedding details and providing constant wedding coordinator care to pre-plan every detail before heading to warmer climates.

The days of cookie-cutter wedding choices from Sandals and Beaches is gone, with the new Wedding Designer, which allows couples to build their dream wedding online with multiple color options, floral arrangements, photography packages and so much more.  With the ease and simplicity of clicking your choices for a very relaxing wedding planning experience, it takes planning to an all new level and is easily accessible 24/7! You truly get the opportunity to design your custom wedding package to reflect your own personal style!

Nadine Dennis, Sandals and Beaches Wedding Manager, was asked why she believes Sandals and Beaches is the best option for a “no worries” experience and this is what she had to say: Our weddings provide a  worry free experience, so that brides and grooms can focus on what matters most – each other! We find that our weddings are worry free because we have created a seamless planning process for the bride and groom, providing and sourcing all of the services needed to create a dream wedding at each resort.  Our properties offer the most magnificent backdrops, whether it’s a beach wedding or intimate garden wedding giving so many easy options to each couple.”

The Beach Bum Certified Travel Concierge Wedding Specialists could not agree more!  After spending four luxurious days last month becoming Certified Sandals Wedding Specialists (on location in Jamaica where the sun is always shining and the water is refreshing), the Beach Bum team saw firsthand how Sandals and Beaches Dream Makers are truly creating memories to last a lifetime for their destination wedding couples.

The new Customizable Wedding option is so special creating multiple color palettes with the favorites of couples today!  They realize that providing this option to create your own vision is truly where the Millennial Bride envisions herself and that no two weddings should ever be the same!  Nadine went on to tell us The items featured on our website provide ‘inspiration.’ But with the Wedding Designer, couples can share their own ideas with us, and we would be happy to work within our resources to make it a reality.”

“Your Wedding. Your Style” is truly just the beginning and the sky is the limit for creating beautiful wedding day memories!  Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Specialists and Sandals and Beaches can help make your dreams come true as well by customizing, not only your wedding experience, but your overall resort experience by matching you and your family up to a resort that best fits what you are looking for in an amazing experience!  We want you to enjoy wedding planning, choosing the details and this time before you walk down the aisle.   We would love to take you through our “no worries” step by step process to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to make the best decision for you!  Come with us, as we take the worry away!

Beach Bum Tells All: Sandals Emerald Bay

By: Beach Bum Hayley

Calling all Beach Bums! News Flash: we’ve discovered the Bora Bora of the Caribbean! Exuma, Bahamas, Sandals Emerald Bay Resort & Spa where the only thing missing is over water bungalows (don’t think we didn’t put it in the suggestion box! 😉 ). The one mile stretch of pristine powder white sand beach snuggles up to the most sparkling turquoise blue ocean I’ve ever seen!  Zero beach solicitation, no crowds, no commercialization, a true tranquil, exquisite Paradise where service is second to none!

Located a very quick flight from Ft Lauderdale, Miami, or Atlanta (nonstop from Toronto, Canada also) Sandals Emerald Bay is a short 10 minute shuttle from the airport, which coincidentally looks like someone’s home, too cute! Just love the charm & simplicity Exuma exudes, not to mention the overly accommodating, friendly people who are obvious products of their Heaven-haven 80 degree year round temperature surroundings. It’s no wonder celebrities like Johnny Depp, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, & David Copperfield have homes on the island! Spot the celebs’ oceanside mansions on the awesome “007 Thunderball Tour” available through your Beach Bum Travel Concierge via Island Routes Tour Co. A must do during your chilaxation on Exuma at Sandals Emerald Bay.

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Opened in January 2010, Sandals Emerald Bay is the newest of Mr. Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s collection. I daren’t say that it’s also the one he’s most proud of by the ear to ear smile that comes across his face when talking about it & rightfully so!  In 2011 Sandals Emerald Bay was voted Best Honeymoon Caribbean Resort by Bride’s Magazine. It is also the recipient of Travel Weekly’s 2010 Magellan Gold Award for Golf Course Design (a stunning 18 hole beauty designed by Greg Norman). The World Travel Awards voted Sandals Emerald Bay the Bahamas’ Leading Spa Resort, and it’s Red Lane Spa has earned the Six Star Diamond Award!

Speaking of awards, during our stay at Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager, Jeremy Mutton, presented Beach Bum Vacation with an Appreciation Award! Thank you Mr. Mutton, you & your staff’s hospitality was second to none. A+

Sandals Emerald Bay is perfect for couples. Looking to celebrate a new marriage or rejoice in a milestone, it truly is romantic, luxury, relaxation, secluded with everything included. It features two fresh water pools, including the Caribbean’s largest zero-entry pool with a fire pit in the center.  There are couches, chairs, poolside cabanas with misters, and tables in the pool so you may lounge around in comfort. There are 6 delightful dining options including Il Cielo (Italian), La Parisienne (French), Bahama Bay (Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican or Italian flares throughout the week), Dino’s (Pizzeria, Pasta, Stromboli), Drunken Duck (British Pub), Barefoot by the Sea (Local Specialty), & Café De Paris (Patisserie). Let’s not forget, every suite includes 24 hr room service!

While it is a more quiet resort, there is still plenty of action. At Sandals, all-inclusive really means just that! Complimentary to all the guests are dance lessons, introductory golf and tennis lessons, live music, jazz performances and piano sing-alongs. If water sports are what you’re seeking; kayaks, windsurfing, hobie cat sail, snorkeling, scuba diving, or take out a paddle boat, all included. Social events such as White Nights, Opera Singers,  Beach Parties, & Chocolate Late Night Buffets also keep you entertained.

One of my favorite experiences here at Sandals Emerald Bay was touring the golf course. Greg Norman designed this 7001 yard, par 72 Championship course, which features 6 Signature Oceanside holes. To me, that means nothing because I’m not a golfer, but trust me when I tell you that this course MUST be experienced. The beauty of the contrast between the green fairways and the turquoise waters, the peacefulness of the waves crashing against the rocky shore…WOW! A great place for a photo opp!

Sandals Emerald Bay is truly a luxury property in every sense of the word. Each room comes with personal Concierge service, and if you stay in a One Bedroom or more, you will get your own professionally-trained Butler, who will take note of all of your preferences and make sure you are always refreshed with a drink and stocked with everything you need to enjoy your vacation or honeymoon experience to the maximum. Stephen was our butler, he was absolutely AMAZING! Check out our phenomenal Prime Minister Beach Front One Bedroom Villa Suite, WOW!

BEACH BUM’S HIDDEN FINDS IN EXUMA: Check out Chat “n” Chill – a relaxing hang out on its own island just a short ferry ride from downtown Georgetown. Feed the friendly stingrays right from knee deep transparent waters, drink a delightful Goombay Smash or 2 😉 while relaxing under a palm tree, try the most amazing conch salad prepared by AJ right in front of you, or do absolutely nothing at all! Tell KB the Beach Bums sent you.

Catch A Fire Restaurant & Bar, offering an amazing ambiance Wed and Sat evenings for the most beautiful sunsets, musical entertainment, & the best curried lobster! Tell Tony & Neville the Beach Bums sent you.

Contact your favorite Beach Bum Travel Concierge today to get started planning your ultimate luxury getaway to Sandals Emerald Bay! We can’t wait to help guide and support you all the way to Great Exuma!