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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.

Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Isle

December 13th, 2012 | By carey | Posted in Adventures, Beach Bum Vacation, Beach Bums, Hawaii, Honeymoons, Resorts, Tours | Leave a comment

By: Beach Bum Carey

Even if you’ve never flown across the Pacific, you’ve probably visited Kauai many times! Countless blockbusters have been filmed on the Garden Isle; from Elvis’ Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, King Kong, Tropic Thunder, The Descendants, Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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In October, I had the opportunity to visit this majestic isle and take in its beauty firsthand. Honestly, the movies don’t do it justice! No visit to the Isles of Aloha would be complete without spending a few days on Kauai. This island is the furthest north of the eight main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago and just a hop, skip and a jump away from Oahu, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island, easily accessible via Hawaiian Airlines.

Kauai is lush with beautiful rainforests, the famous Fern Grotto, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” – Waimea Canyon, and the Napali Coast (which you will probably recognize from many movies!). The landscapes, garden design and construction is truly breathtaking; photos and movies capture a bit of it, but to truly appreciate the majestic scenery, you simply must visit! The island offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, but you can also enjoy a round of golf at 10 renowned courses, or for something a little less challenging, experience one of the most unique mini golf courses anywhere! This island is also home to a coffee plantation where you can sample Kona coffee’s more affordable and every-bit-as-tasty cousin Kauai Coffee. If you prefer to indulge in a stronger beverage, head on over to the Historic Kilohana Plantation where you can take a train ride through tropical fruit fields and participate in rum tasting at Koloa Rum Co.

After a long day of sightseeing (I do recommend a rental car for that!), you will certainly want to rest your head on a comfy pillow.  Kauai has a variety of hotels to choose from. Some of my favorites include the St. Regis Princeville for its view that cannot be beat & impeccable 5 star service, the Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach for its casual, comfortable accommodations, beachfront location and proximity to shopping & dining, and the Sheraton Kaua’i Resort in the Poipu area for its gorgeous beach and recently renovated, spacious accommodations.

Get in touch with your favorite Beach Bum when YOU are ready to experience the Garden Isle! We are here to make sure you have an exquisite experience in paradise!

Lana’i – Hawaii’s Hidden Treasure

By: Beach Bum Hayley

In 1922 James Dole arrived on the tiny Hawaiian island of Lana’i and purchased it (yes, the whole island) for a sweet $1.1 million.  Mr. Dole was a smart and successful businessman, you’ve probably tasted the fruits of his labor yourself!  Canned Dole Pineapple from Lana’i became a huge hit on the mainland US.  At one time Lana’i produced 75 percent of the world’s pineapple! To accommodate the increasing number of workers on his fields, Dole built a plantation camp in the flatlands. This is now Lana’i City (formerly nicknamed “Pineapple Island”).  In the late 1980s Lana’i’s pineapple crop began to wither and was therefore no longer profitable.  Now owned by Castle & Cooke Resorts, Lana’i has reinvented itself as a one-of-a-kind vacation destination.

Today Lana’i is perfect for travelers seeking exclusivity, peace & quiet, romance and luxury in simple, unspoiled surroundings.  Lana’i’s natural and cultural attractions are spread over 141 square miles (with not one traffic light).  It’s terrain is mostly unpaved roads, rainforest, and of course, barron pineapple fields.  Lana’i has one town with approximately 3,000 local residents.  Lana’i is the smallest and least visited of all the Hawaiian Islands. It’s accessible only by ferry or air.


A typical vacation on the island of Lana’i is spent playing golf, hiking, renting a Jeep to tour around the island, explore the remote beaches, or snorkeling/ scuba diving in the archipelago. There are two resorts and two golf courses on the island. The Four Seasons Manele Bay Hotel and Four Seasons Lodge at Koele pamper their guests in every way possible, from ocean side massages to gourmet dinners it’s luxury all the way.

 Guest room at the Lodge at Koele:


The two main attractions on the island are Hulopo’e Bay and Manele Bay. Hulopo’e Bay is the center of the island of Lana’i’s beach activities and home to ancient fishing village.


White sand beach at Hulopo’e Bay:

The wide white sand crescent, lined at each end with dramatic lava outcroppings, is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and tide pool exploration.  Water temperature stays around 75 F year-round.  The beach is a wonderful place to hang out, barbecue and watch schools of spinner dolphins leaping and diving in the bay.  From November through April, the dolphins are joined by breaching humpback whales! 


Located around the corner from Hulopo’e, Manele Bay is also a marine preserve with the only public boat harbor on the island.  All south shore ocean tours originate at Manele Harbor: fishing boats, yachts, the Expeditions ferry, whale-watching, snorkel sails, scuba diving and ocean rafting.  The Munro Trail is one of the most amazing hikes on Lana’i.

Hiking Munro Trail:

Winding upward through lush rainforest and Cook pines, this challenging 8-mile trek takes you to the top of the island’s only mountain, the 3,370-foot-high Lana’ihale.  Once you reach the peak, astounding views of at least three, and sometimes five neighbor islands (Maui, Moloka’i, Kaho’olawe, Hawai’i and O’ahu) will unfold of steep gulches below.


The Garden of the Gods is located a mile and a half northwest of the Kanepu’u Preserve on Lana’i.  This geological wonder has formed from centuries of wind erosion. It’s created an eerie lunar landscape with rock formations in all shades of purple, red, sienna and umber. The surroundings look like a painter’s pallet of the Earth!


If you are a scuba diver, put the Cathedrals dive site on your must-do list.  The cathedral-like chambers created by 60-foot pinnacles are filled with all sorts of marine life.  As you explore the countless nooks of the First and Second Cathedral you will come face to face with schools of blue-stripe snappers, pyramid butterfly fish, corals and shrimp.


Lana’i’s two championship golf courses have earned worldwide recognition for both layout and views.  The Experience at Ko’ele is a spectacular 18-hole course spread high over a plateau and the rolling hills of central Lana’i.  Designed by Greg Norman and Ted Robinson, the 7,017-yard, par-72 course is set nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, with views of Maui and Moloka’i directly across the channel.

The Challenge at Manele is built on hundreds of acres of lava fields and dry, desert-like terrain that present their ultimate challenge at the ocean: three holes built on the bluffs above Hulopo’e Bay, where the Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest water hazard.  The 7,039-yard, par-72 course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features panoramic ocean views from all 18 holes.


Sporting clays is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  It’s found its perfect setting here in the northwestern hills of Lana’i.  The 15-acre Lana’i Pines Sporting Clays offers 4 target shooting disciplines (trap, skeet, compact sporting, or sporting clays mimicking pheasants and rabbits) with  gorgeous views of Maui and Moloka’i across the channel.


Last but not least, the Kanepu’u Preserve is located in the quiet central uplands of Lana’i.  Kanepu’u Preserve is a nature lover’s paradise.  This 590-acre preserve is the last dry land forest of its kind in the world, home to over 40 species of precious native Hawaiian plants, including lama (native ebony), olopua (native olive), Lana’i sandalwood, and na’u (native gardenia). I was fortunate enough to experience the natural wonders of Lana’i last October.  If Lana’i sounds like your perfect Paradise allow Beach Bum Vacation to take you away!

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

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