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Beach Bum Vacation Honored at Prestigious Sandals Resorts S.T.A.R. Awards

Sandals Resorts has recently recognized Beach Bum Vacation for their outstanding achievement by Sandals Resorts at the 11th Annual Travel Agency Recognition S.T.A.R Awards held recently at the elegant Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Nassau, Bahamas.

This prestigious event honoring travel agents from across the U.S., Canada and Latin American and recognized top travel agencies for not only their exemplary sales performance and marketing expertise but for their commitment to using their extensive product knowledge of the world’s best Luxury Included® resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

Beach Bum Vacation’s awards included:  Best of the Best, Top Suite Concierge, Top Producing Sandals Agency, & the prestigious Chairman’s Award appointed to Founder & President/CEO of Beach Bum Vacations: Hayley Whorrall.

“Each one of our resorts is unique and offers more quality inclusions than any resort on the planet – from luxurious suites with exclusive butler service, to 17 dining options per resort, to unlimited land and water sports – even golf’,” says Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts.  “A Certified Sandals Specialist and a Preferred Sandals Agency is specially trained and qualified to best recommend the resort that is perfect for you.”

Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, romantic getaway or a family vacation at Beaches Resorts, Beach Bum Vacation has all the latest information on developments and services at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts.

Beach Bum Vacation specializes in Caribbean vacations, honeymoons, family reunions, corporate incentive travel, & destination weddings.  Beach Bum Vacation is based out of Fishers, IN but operates nationwide, 7 days a weekPlease call 317-577-7775 or toll free 1-877-943-8282 to find out more about Sandals & Beaches Resorts. www.BeachBumVacation.com

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!

Wedding Talk: Civil vs. Symbolic

By: Beach Bum Marcie

When a couple considers taking the destination wedding plunge and gets married away, there are several factors that must be considered. Generally the first few steps include choosing a location and resort.  It is not as easy as it sounds and allowing a Beach Bum to take you through our step-by-step process will eliminate much of the stress that can come along with making that decision, simply by talking to one of us and filling out our online questionnaire.  If you are not currently working with a Certified Travel Concierge, MEET THE BUMS HERE and choose the Beach Bum for you! In deciding on a country and resort, couples must consider all of the pros and cons that come along with a legal ceremony (civil) or a symbolic ceremony (non-legal). Please note, couples can LEGALLY tie the knot in ANY country but each country’s requirements and applicable fees must be factored into the decision, so there is a level of comfort prior to heading south of the border for the big day!

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Beach Bum Vacation’s Destination Wedding Specialists can guide and support you through the unique requirements of each country and match you up with a country and resort that meets your expectations for the perfect ceremony and fits what you are looking for based on the amount of time you wish to spend in a country before you are husband and wife, as well as, help you decide if having a symbolic ceremony is for you versus a legal ceremony. The Beach Bums often are asked “What is the difference between a Civil and Symbolic Wedding in another country?” It’s a great question!  The short answer is: “A CIVIL ceremony is legal and recognized in the United States, as well as, the country in which you marry, and SYMBOLIC is not recognized.”

Destination Wedding Couples have to decide for themselves if it is important to them to be LEGALLY married on their wedding day or if they are OK with possibly getting married at home privately and quietly in their church or with the Justice of the Peace, and then just having a ceremony on their chosen anniversary date at the resort. No one will be the wiser, which is why it’s good to consider both options, especially for Mexico and Punta Cana and other countries where the hoopla for legalized ceremonies can overshadow the fun of planning!  However, in countries like Antigua, Jamaica, Bahamas, and St. Lucia, it is so simple to be legally wed, there is no reason to get married at home first.

A symbolic ceremony allows the couple to experience their wedding just as they would if they were being married civilly/legally, and most couples do not share with their guests that they are having a symbolic ceremony; because to them, it is the OFFICIAL ceremony and as real to them as it would be if were legal.  This will be the day they celebrate as their wedding anniversary regardless of when they “legally” tie the knot at home.  There is a lot to be said for choosing this avenue to get married, especially when documents must be translated (Mexico and Punta Cana), blood tests are required (Mexico) and it’s difficult to confirm a local judge (Punta Cana).  Many couples also have their own priest, minister, rabbi or friend perform the ceremony, write their own vows and have a lot more flexibility to customize their ceremony without the legal vows/language instituted by the country.  In addition, residency requirements tend to be less strict allowing for less time between the arrival date into the country and their wedding. Couples just need to arrive in time to finalize wedding details, instead of meeting residency requirements.  This makes for a more relaxing overall wedding experience.

Wondering what kind of wedding ceremony is best for you?  Just ask your Beach Bum!  Knowing a country’s legal procedures is part of the free services we provide and we want to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to make the best decision for you! The Beach Bums are here to guide and support you all the way down the sandy aisle!

Beach Bum Vacation’s Top 10 Most Romantic Resorts

The Beach Bums are passionate about creating romantic escapes! We’ve experienced these amazing resorts firsthand and have tested them time and time again. They always pass the test! We’re proud to present Beach Bum Vacation’s Top 10 Most Romantic Resorts scattered throughout the Caribbean and Mexico!

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El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico
Located on the world famous Maroma Beach, this intimate, adult-only boutique resort boasts amazing personalized service. Their Gourmet Inclusive cuisine is to die for! Relax on a beach bed with attentive butler service. Enjoy your suite’s “agua del amor,” a private open-air shower with amazing views of the moon & stars. You may even be tempted to cozy up all day & night in your Infinity Pool Suite and order room service (available 24/7) to keep the romance going.

Sandals Emerald Bay – Great Exuma, Bahamas
Set in the outer islands of the Bahamas, and known for it’s crystal clear blue water and stunning beach, you can have a taste of the South Pacific in the “Tahiti of the Caribbean” (with a much shorter flight). One of the most exclusive and elegant all-inclusive, couples-only resorts, it oozes luxury and the refined traveler feels at home here. This exotic escape will ease your body into relaxation and romance the moment you enter. Your personal Butler will tend to your every need – from unpacking your luggage upon arrival, to drawing a bubble bath and adorning the tub with rose petals, or bringing you a savory snack just when you need it; he’s always just a call away to ensure you don’t have to lift a finger on your romantic getaway.

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
A true tropical paradise for couples! Every enormous suite is an open-air “sanctuary” with an immaculate view of the Piton mountains & a private infinity pool. When it comes to a luxury getaway, you cannot beat Jade Mountain!

El Dorado Seaside Suites  – Riviera Maya, Mexico
This adult only, Gourmet Inclusive resort has been voted one of the most romantic resorts in the world by Forbes.com. A quiet and charming resort, with a laid-back atmosphere lends its hand to romance. The Swim Up Suites offer direct access from your patio to the lagoon pool with swim-up bar, making for an especially unique experience. Their signature Beachfront Sky Massage for couples is the ultimate spa-ahhh experience. The sounds of the ocean are the most natural form of relaxation. Heavenly!

Couples Swept Away – Negril, Jamaica
A casual, laid-back retreat, this mature, couples-only resort is set along Negril’s famous 7 mile beach. The meandering sidewalks and 300+ different types of trees and plants offer a lush tropical garden setting perfect for a walk with your true love. Attention to detail reigns supreme at this all-inclusive resort. With unique suites, and a true beach house feel,  relax in your hammock from your Beachfront Verandah Suite and feel the cool ocean breeze. If the two of you enjoy being active together, you’ll love the resort’s 10-acre  fitness complex, featuring state-of-the-art facilities for tennis, squash, Pilates, racquetball, aerobic, cardiovascular exercise, swimming, basketball and more!

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua
Set on the most famous of Antigua’s 365 beaches, Dickenson Bay, this resort is a beach lover’s paradise. This couples-only, Luxury Included resort has been voted “World’s Most Romantic Resort” 14 years in a row. The Mediterranean Village boasts luxurious-over sized suites with inviting whirlpool tubs,  plush king beds with soft, high thread count  linens, and stunning views from your private balcony. Dine Barefoot by the Sea under the moonlit sky, enjoy a Scents of Love Couples Massage, or set sail on a romantic Sunset Catamaran Cruise.

Ti Kaye Village Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
A Caribbean retreat set atop a bluff with dramatic ocean views from every room. If you and your significant other love to relax in nature, you will be in heaven with TiKaye’s beautiful tropical gardens, outdoor showers and private pools. The wine cellar is second to none, one of the very best you’ll find anywhere in the Caribbean. Plus, the views from the spa are awe inspiring!

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun
This adults-only haven is not the Cancun you thought you knew! It’s a little slice of heaven directly in Cancun’s hotel zone. Le Blanc has one of the most amazing spas, the haute cuisine is decadently delicious and spa-like rooms are sexy, with oversized Jacuzzis, gorgeous panoramic ocean views, luxury BVLGARI bath amenities, butler service and super-soft sheets!

Sandals Halcyon Beach, St. Lucia
This Luxury Inclusive resort is set amongst tropical gardens on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach. Couples love to unwind and relax in the peace and quiet at this low-rise, tranquil resort. One of the highlights for many guests is dining at the resort’s famed Caribbean cuisine restaurant, The Pier, which sits out over the water.

Marival Residences & World Spa - Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
This resort is just north of Puerto Vallarta, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! The suites are spacious, featuring modern décor. Guests enjoy tapas for dinner from a rooftop which offers some of the most amazing sunset views on Earth! You can even journey around the world at Marival’s spa, featuring uniquely decorated treatment rooms with corresponding spa services. For example, get a pedicure or body scrub in the Italian room, where you’ll stomp grapes and sip wine!

We’re dying to know…  Have you experienced the romance at one of these resorts? What was the most romantic part of your stay?