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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.

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!

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!

The Beach Bum Way of Life

February 14th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in Awards, Beach Bum Cares, Beach Bum Vacation, Caribbean, Mexico | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bums in Love, Hayley & Robert

On Valentine’s Day in 2000,  Beach Bum Vacation was born in pursuit of a dream! However, it wasn’t until Hayley met her true Valentine that the business really took off. Robert and Hayley are a match made on the beach and the perfect complement to each other. Their personal chemistry has translated into a huge success. Beach Bum Vacation has grown tremendously over the last 12 years! Our team alone has grown from 2 to 20 travel concierges! There is a Beach Bum way of life, and we are living it!

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The Beach Bum way of life, simply put, is our sincere passion for what we do and creating the dream getaway for you. Our genuine concern for listening to what you truly want, and how you feel about your overall experience, makes us who we are and is what sets Beach Bum Vacation apart. The Beach Bum way of life is to live it, breathe it, touch it, feel it, taste it and see it. What better way for us to truly KNOW what we’re talking about and properly advise you, than to live it ourselves?! It’s this unique approach that Beach Bum Vacation has taken that enables us to deliver an amazing experience to you year after year. Our pictures, true stories, personal experiences (good & bad), contacts, and hand-picked recommendations are all examples of how Beach Bum Vacation will continue to exceed your expectations time and time again. Constantly raising the bar, Beach Bum Vacation continues to explore new destinations, seek new hot spots, favorite restaurants… “testing the waters,” if you will, from helpful pre-travel preparation tips, airline baggage stipulations & fees, to sand color & ocean water clarity, we’ll advise you firsthand and guide you all the way to the beach!

Over 1,000 clients have shared their reviews of Beach Bum Vacation on the web; we have received many awards, achievements, and accolades in the past 12 years from some of the best resort lines, tour operators, and travel professionals. This past December we were the fourth company in history to be inducted into the Karisma Resorts‘ Hall of Fame. We have also earned recognition among the “TOP 10 Travel Agencies Worldwide” with Sandals & Beaches Resorts for five consecutive years. We have received 6 Globe Awards, 32 Diamond Awards, and over 20 STAR awards.

It’s time to celebrate! For every new Facebook “like” that Beach Bum CARES receives the month of February, Beach Bum Vacation is donating $1 to help Children and their families receive Aid Relief and Educational Supplies in the Caribbean and Mexico! It’s our dream to return to Jamaica this year to build walls for a school. We helped lay the foundation in December. Just visit and “like” the page! We’d love it for you to help spread the word to your friends too!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support throughout the years! We look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you and sending you on many Beach Bum Vacations! Come Travel the World With Us!


Hayley & Robert Whorrall and the entire team of Beach Bums

Beach Bum Voted Best Of Weddings By TheKnot

December 26th, 2011 | By admin | Posted in Awards | 1 Comment

Beach Bum Vacation was recently voted a “Bestof Weddings” Winner by theKnot. This award is only given to wedding professionals who are voted the best in their category by brides. This award isn’t the first time Beach Bum Vacation has been awarded this spectacular achievement. Beach Bum was also a recipient of the award in 2011 as well.

“This award symbolizes the commitment we have to our clients to provide them the best honeymoon or destination wedding.”, said Robert Whorrall, Director of Sales & Marketing. “We’re proud to have received it again!”

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