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St. Lucia from the Sky – Helicopter Transfers

A visit to St. Lucia is something to be experienced instead of read about, but keep reading!  The island has been coined the ‘Hawaii of the Caribbean’ for it’s lush tropical landscapes full of mountain tops and beautiful beaches.

As with any vacation, the journey to the destination isn’t always the most enjoyable part, it’s actually being in paradise that re-energizes, relaxes and rejuvenates.  Now imagine you’ve landed on the southern tip of the island, you know you’re ready to sink your toes in the sand and start your vacation right away.  At this point, the last thing you want is another weary leg of the trip to get in the way but most of the transfers to the northern tip of the island are upwards of 90 minutes away by shuttle and include some pretty windy roads!

But you know this, your certified travel concierge has already informed you that a helicopter transfer will not only let you see the island and coastlines from the sky, but you’ll also be cutting down your commute time from 90 to 30 minutes!

You are no longer painfully enduring the transfer.  You’re killing two birds with one helicopter ride and actually enjoying it!  And, most importantly, you get more time to enjoy your vacation and spend a lot less time just trying to get there.

Take a look to see for yourself and get in touch with your Beach Bum, we’re here to help you plan the ultimate St. Lucia experience!

Enjoy the Royal Treatment with Beach Bum Vacation & Real Resorts!

Imagine waking up to the most stunning view of the Mexican Caribbean in your spacious suite, complete with a Jacuzzi for two. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in bed, discreetly delivered to your suite via the “Magic Box.” Time to shower before starting your day? No worries, you will not lose that amazing ocean view because your shower in your suite even has a window with a perfect view! Be pampered all day by the butlers in your Royal Beach Cabana, dine at the included restaurants (Italian, Mexican-French fusion, Spanish tapas, Asian fusion, international haute cuisine and more), sip on a martini, relax with your in-room aromatherapy and relax with a nightcap from your mini bar.

The Beach Bums have been accused a time or two for being travel snobs, and we will not argue… we want the best when we travel and we expect the best for our valued clients too! Trust us, you will not be disappointed when you go on an all inclusive Beach Bum Vacation at Real Resorts. Our favorites are the 5 star, adult only The Royal Cancun and The Royal Playa del Carmen. If you’re looking for something family friendly, consider the Gran Porto Real in Playa del Carmen or the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun.

We are so excited for YOU to experience these amazing properties so we have teamed up with our friends at Real Resorts to create a very special offer for clients of Beach Bum Vacation!

Be Beach Bum Royalty at Real Resorts!

REAL RESORTS’ VALENTINE’S PACKAGE:

*COMPLIMENTARY 50 MINUTE VALENTINE’S COUPLES MASSAGE

*Honeymooners and other loving couples will receive VIP status with special attention from front desk, concierge, romance concierge, housekeeping, and ROYAL butler (at The Royals only).

To qualify, book 5+ nights in the following categories:
Gran Caribe Real : Ocean Front and higher categories
Gran Porto Real: Ocean Front and higher categories
THE ROYAL Cancun: Royal Ocean View and higher categories
THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen: all categories

Booking window: Feb 1 – 28, 2013
Effective travel dates as follows:
Gran Caribe Real: April 7 – December 21, 2013
Gran Porto Real, THE ROYAL Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen: April 27-December 21, 2013
All bookings must be new bookings as of Feb 1. Does not apply to groups.

Get in touch with your Beach Bum for a complimentary quote today! http://www.beachbumvacation.com/EmailQuote.aspx

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

2012 GIVC Awards – Beach Bum Vacation Honored with 27 Awards

By: Beach Bum Karoline

Recently, some of the Beach Bums returned from the 5th Annual GIVC Awards by Karisma Resorts.  It was a 3 day event, full of training and after taking in all of the new and exciting updates Karisma is now offering our clients we got to let loose in true Bum style and have a little fun!  At the Halloween gala, we let our dark sides come out.

 

While staying at El Dorado Royale and El Dorado Casitas Royale, we were able to see some of the beautiful new updates and amenities the resort has recently added.  These weren’t the only two resorts making changes either!  That’s one of the reasons why we love Karisma as one of our Preferred Partners – they are always seeking to make things better for our guests  🙂

The most exciting part about this week was the Awards Gala, where many of the Beach Bums were awarded as Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants and Wedding Consultants.  It was such an honor to hear “Beach Bum Vacation” being called to the stage repeatedly to receive each award.  Some of the awards included ‘Top 10 Wedding Producers Overall” awarded to Beach Bum Melissa and higher diamond levels awarded to a few select Beach Bums for their continued excellence in service and dedication to providing clients with a Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience.  The greatest reward is that our hard work allows us to continually better our relationships with each individual resort, the entire resort line, and in turn provides us with some really great benefits for Beach Bum Vacation clients.  That’s what makes all of this worth it!  I’m excited to be a part of such a team and can’t wait to see what the next year holds for Beach Bum Vacation!

The Royal Treatment at Sandals Royal Bahamian

By: Beach Bum Rachel

It’s that time of year.  The weather is dipping into cooler temps, the summer routines have faded away and Starbucks has brought back their benchmark fall drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  While many welcome the crisp, crunchy, cold joy of fall I slip into a tropical depression longing for another warm day at one of the Caribbean’s best all-inclusive resorts, Sandals Royal Bahamian.

It’s hard to believe that the tropical paradise of Nassau’s Cable Beach is so close.  Located less than 200 miles off the coast of Florida, getting there is a breeze.  And, once you arrive it’s just a short 10 minute ride from the airport to the resort!  It’s incredibly convenient and perfect for a quick (or long) getaway.

From the moment you arrive under the porte cochere at Sandals Royal Bahamian you know you’re in a different world.  Flowing fountains and friendly faces welcome you to your new home and haven to relax, revive and rejuvenate.  With ten restaurants, eight bars, six pristine pools, two white sand beaches with amazingly turquoise waters and a private island with it’s own pool, swim up bar, restaurant, spa and beach it’s the perfect retreat.  When you’re in the mood to socialize, the Windsor pool is the place to be but if you’re just looking to float around in a quiet atmosphere, the Balmoral pool is the spot for you.  It’s the perfect mix of unwinding and lively ambiances.

Sandals Royal Bahamian has perfected their selection of restaurants – from traditional Bahamian favorites at Café Goombay to Japanese Teppanyaki at Kimono’s there is delectable cuisine for every taste.  For breakfast, Baccarat Restaurant is not to be missed and I highly recommend the citrus French toast and vanilla waffles!  When I say highly recommend, I mean eat them more than once during your stay.  You won’t regret it.

For lunch or dinner, another favorite place to take a break from the sun and grab a bite to eat at is Café Goombay.  Just a 3 minute boat ride to the private island, Sandals Cay, you can enjoy island specialties such as conch fritters and canjun, creole and jerk dishes while looking out onto the captivating turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and sipping a Kalik.  It’s island living at it’s best.

At Sandals Cay, you’ll find more than a great meal.  On the backside of the island sits a peaceful beach with beautiful cabana beds, beach lounge chairs and thatched roof umbrellas allowing guests to spread out and enjoy their exclusive view.  If you’re into seeing what’s beneath the surface, grab a mask and snorkel at the watersports hut before you head over because it’s an excellent spot to see tropical wildlife.

The View of Sandals Cay from Sandals Royal Bahamian

Possibly the most amazing aspect of Sandals Cay is the opportunity to have a beachfront massage under the palms in the remote Red Lane Spa on the island.  The natural landscape, secluded location and spa treatments are the perfect way to reenergize.

Sandals Royal Bahamian takes pride in the royal treatment it provides each guest.  As the Balmoral Club in the 1940’s, the resort hosted many European dignitaries such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.  The Manor Bar and Piano Lounge are adorned with photos, newspaper articles and personal letters from the royals who’ve visited in the past.  For anyone looking for the same royal treatment, Sandals Royal Bahamian offers Butler rooms complete with a personal butler trained by the Guild of English Butlers, complimentary VIP airport transportation in a Rolls Royce or Mercedes Benz, 24-hour room service and reservations at the exclusive Gordon’s on the Pier restaurant.  As our clients can attest to, once you go butler, you never go back!

As the fall and winter months approach, there’s no better time to plan and save on an end of the year getaway.  Contact your Beach Bum about an amazing Beach Bum Vacation to Sandals Royal Bahamian!  Also, don’t forget to like the Beach Bum Vacation Facebook page and keep a lookout for our Starbucks giveaways for the ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte hookup.

Your Royal Seat in the Misting Pool

Visit Beach Bum Vacation on YouTube for a tour of Sandals Royal Bahamian at

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2eOS6pbxLY&feature=plcp

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