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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

The End of the World According to the Mayans

By: Beach Bum Rachel

It is right around the corner and everyone is buzzing about it – December 21, 2012!  What’s going to happen?  Will anything happen?  Why does everyone think the world will end on December 21, 2012?  Who says something is going to happen?  With so much uncertainty in the world, we went straight to the source for answers about the speculation around 12.21.12 and asked a true expert in all things Mayan. Deep into the jungle of Riviera Maya in Mexico we found the answer to the question of the year. We learned about how the Mayan calendar is structured and why it ends on December 21, 2012.

So, will the world be ending on December 21st, 2012?  Whatever your thoughts may be on the 21st, don’t let the stress of an apocalypse get to you.  Beach Bum Vacation knows exactly how to let you release all your cares.  Take a look for yourself and share this wealth of knowledge with your family and friends!  If it ends up the world keeps on going after tomorrow, why don’t you come visit the Mayans yourself?  We know the perfect place for you to soothe your end of the world worries.

If you could only go on one more vacation before the world ends, what would be your dream destination? Comment on this post & tell us by December 21, 2012 at midnight. We’ll choose a winner at random to go to paradise… Cheeseburger in Paradise that is! A Cheeseburger in Paradise gift card will be awarded to one winner.

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!

Wedding Talk: Unique Ceremony Locations

By: Beach Bum Marcie

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The Beach Bums have been assisting and recommending great destination wedding locations to couples for over 12 years now…and what we have found is the trends are ever-changing.  In order to keep up with the shift in fashion, we continually visit and share with our preferred resorts what it is our client is looking for right now.  We spend time exploring new properties and destinations, checking out the latest options for you, our client, to ensure we can offer exactly what it is that you envision for the most important day of your life!

Destination weddings are up 400% since the early 2000s, as couples are finding that they want something less expensive, less traditional and to take it a step further, more unique.  However, as with any rise in popularity, the simple beach background becomes less exciting to some couples who picture themselves in the sun.  We speak to many brides and grooms who are now craving something new and distinctive.  Brides are wearing more formal gowns and wanting to sport their special wedding stilettos, which (let’s face it, girls!) don’t work so well in soft white sand!  Not only that, but the idea that people are eloping is becoming much less popular!  We find that most couples bring many guests who they would like to accommodate and the beach is not always the right choice for everyone.

As the needs for couples change, many of our favorite resorts are offering a refreshing take on their wedding location options and we could not be more excited to share the stand outs!

Top 5 Most Unique Beach Bum Vacation Wedding Locations

Sandals Resorts offers at least three locations per resort to choose from for your wedding ceremony from idyllic hilltops to gazebos overlooking the water on three sides to lush garden areas providing privacy and simplicity.  But one of our personal favorite locations is the poolside gazebo with beach and ocean views at Sandals Emerald Bay in beautiful Great Exuma, Bahamas.  Not only is this island the “Bora Bora of the Caribbean,” and by far, one of our top sellers in terms of “unqiue,” but the wedding gazebo provides everything a couple could ask for in a perfect wedding backdrop to recite their lifelong commitment to each other.  The reflecting pool and garden area delivers privacy, intimacy and romance without being right on the sand giving the couple everything they need in elegance and luxury for the unforgettable union of two surrounded by friends and family.

In beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico, Azul Beach Hotel and Azul Sensatori Hotel introduced the fabulous rooftop sky terrace location for couples interested in a perfectly private experience.  We cannot quite describe the sights you see from the highest building on each resort, which offers unobstructed views of the crisp blue Caribbean Sea boasting shades of turquoise for miles and miles!  Not only that, but the area is completely intimate away from other guests with breezes coming off the ocean and endless options for decoration to turn a blank slate into your wedding dream!  Decorate the gazebo with sheets of fabric in your wedding colors that blow in the wind behind you or leave it in its simple white glory, so the two of you are the spotlight.  The “sky” is truly the limit with these incredible rooftop locations.

Have you ever envisioned yourself on your own deserted island getting married with no one around except those nearest and dearest to you?  Well…your dream can easily become reality at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where they offer an unbelievable private island location option to host your wedding and reception, creating an unforgettable experience like no other!  The island becomes your own escape with no other guests but you and your wedding group.  It rests lazily just off the coast giving couples an opportunity to host their big day by transferring their friends and family via a unique watercraft off the mainland to the beautiful intimate beach or garden area within the island to witness their nuptials.  Once the island is rented, it is yours for the evening to host cocktail functions and an awesome reception for memories that expand beyond just saying, “I do”.

In stunning Cancun, Mexico on a stretch of beach that is to die for is beautiful family-friendly Gran Caribe Real and exquisite adults-only The Royal Cancun by Real Resorts.  These two properties offer an amazing oceanfront wedding chapel that is truly one of a kind, with glass walls that allow for a 180 degree view of the incredible azul sea and stunning white beach that runs along the east coast of this bustling tourist town.  The windows of the chapel are like a view into the couple’s soul, creating spectacular lighting and plenty of seating for larger wedding parties, as well as, offering Catholic couples the best of both worlds – a Catholic chapel with unforgettable sounds of the ocean waves as the background music to their romantic day.  How could a guest forget the reciting of the vows from their perfect pew with a gorgeous view?

There is something special about St. Lucia, wouldn’t you agree?  The “Hawaii of the Caribbean” got its name because of the insane landscape that ranges from stunning beaches to idyllic volcanoes!  This gorgeous country in southeast Caribbean has incredible weather all year round and has many options for a romantic wedding in the sun.  Sandals La Toc in Castries boasts two unique wedding locations that should not be overlooked when shopping for a beach-free locale.  Their cliff top verandah with its dark wooden deck and fantastic views is a great place for a small intimate experience at sunset, where guests can enjoy the nuptials and the incredible backdrop of the Caribbean Sea! But not only that, Sandals La Toc offers an amazing hillside deck with endless vistas for the perfect scene for your perfect day.  The height of romance is offered with the rolling hillsides serving as the extraordinary background creating fond memories for a lifetime.

The beach is lovely and perfect for relaxing but when it comes to getting married away it’s not for everyone.  Luckily there are NO LIMITS to having your destination wedding and we can help match you up with the ideal spot for the two of you!  With so many unique choices out there, hook up with your favorite Beach Bum for a free wedding consultation to find your dream location and let’s get started making your wedding dreams come true today! Also be sure to check out out Destination Weddings by Beach Bum Vacation on Facebook for more insider tips!

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!

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