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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?

Happy Honeymooners: Lindsey + Brian in St. Lucia

Honeymooners Lindsey + Brian in St. Lucia

We just got home from the perfect vacation and have all the thanks to give to Beach Bum Nanda. My husband and I were looking for a unique honeymoon destination that offered sunshine and beaches, outdoor adventure, culture, somewhat of a nightlife/great restaurants, and an option that fit within our budget. After throwing several ideas back and forth to one another, we were unable to come up with a destination that “fit the bill” and were slightly stressing! So we reached out to friends for recommendations on good travel agencies, and were referred to Nanda with Beach Bum Vacation. From that point forward plans fell right into place, completely worry free! First off, Beach Bum Nanda knew to ask the right questions, enabling her to suggest a destination that offered everything we were looking for – St. Lucia! She was extremely thorough with all of her feedback, always responded in a timely manner, and really just nailed the perfect place for us. She made planning this trip so easy, which allowed us to be able to sit back and just get excited about our upcoming adventure. Beach Bum Nanda was a complete pleasure to work with and I will recommend her services to everyone!

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Our honeymoon was truly fantastic!  We would not have changed one thing.  Perfect amount of relaxation, outdoor adventure and partying down. We are so happy we took the helicopter ride from the airport to the resort (suggested by Beach Bum Nanda); great way to kick off the trip with an exciting adventure!  It was so cool to see the rainforest, volcano and beaches from an aerial view, and at the same time avoid the long, winding drive!  Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa was perfect for so many reasons. Many different and delicious restaurant options, rowdy and relaxing pools, great beach access, extremely friendly staff, guests were all on the same page as us, and overall just a great atmosphere. Our room was also perfect, we stayed in a Honeymoon Oceanview 2-Story Verandah Butler Suite. We loved having the indoor and outdoor lounging options (and even though I originally wanted an uncovered balcony, I am glad we went the route that we did because it rained a few nights and was fun to still be able to sit outside with a bottle of wine, listening to the waves, hanging with the hubby). The butler service was incredible. Donovan and Denver were both such great guys and provided outstanding service, it was a real treat having room service for breakfast on our balcony most mornings/lunch delivered poolside/late night food, the unlimited bar definitely came in handy, and it was just nice having them there to answer questions, check us in for our adventures, make our dinner reservations, get us checked in & out of the resort, etc.  The few adventures we participated in (zip-lining, Land & Sea, and the sunset booze cruise) were all a total blast and made for a very well-rounded trip. Again, I cannot thank you enough, Beach Bum Nanda, for your recommendation of St. Lucia and for all of your help with organizing the trip.  It is a vacation we will remember for the rest of our lives, not only because it was our honeymoon but because it was seriously just that wonderful.

Lindsey + Brian

Nowhere On Earth Like Simply Beautiful Saint Lucia

January 30th, 2012 | By sarah | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Honeymoons, Preferred Partners, Resorts, St. Lucia | 1 Comment

By: Beach Bum Kristin

I have a confession. I do not care to watch reality TV. GASP! I know, right? Reactions that I regularly get from friends are, “What is wrong with you?” “That is un-American.” “You are not normal.” That was UNTIL….The Bachelor. At first I started watching because the advertisements sucked me in. It seemed like every time I turned around there was yet another commercial featuring Jake without his shirt on. Oh my! The part that I loved the most though was the scenery. I was always intrigued to see where they would end up next. I was so excited when I found out they were going to be hanging out in St. Lucia, my favorite place on earth!

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The Beach Bums have been sending happy fellow Beach Bums to St. Lucia for over 10 years. And we have personally visited every corner of the island more than 40 times.

Whether you are planning your honeymoon, destination wedding, anniversary trip, or simply are just looking for somewhere to get away from it all, St. Lucia has something for everyone.  St. Lucia is known as the Hawaii of the Caribbean.  It features all of the same lush, tropical vegetation only with half the flight time, and you can enjoy the convenience of a luxury all inclusive resort too (not available in Hawaii). They even have their very own drive through volcano!  Sulphur Springs is the only known drive through volcano and is the eighth wonder of the world!

St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands, located in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean chain. The island is 27 miles by 14 miles. Martinique is North of the island and St. Vincent is Southwest.  The capital city, Castries, is located on St. Lucia’s northwest coast. There are two airports in St. Lucia. Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is on the Southern end of the island and serves as the main airport where large planes come in and out. George F. L. Charles Airport (SLU, formerly Vigie Airport) is the smaller airport on the Northwest side of the island. Only smaller prop planes and helicopters can fly in and out of this airport. A helicopter ride from UVF up to SLU is one of the best ways to see the island’s majestic Pitons, rainforests, volcano & banana plantations upon arrival!

Since February 22, 1979, St. Lucia has been an independent state within the British Commonwealth. Its terrain is a combination of high mountains, forests, low-lying lands and beaches. Mountain ranges run the length of the island and forests dominate the mountains, while jasmine, scarlet chenille and wild orchids provide splashes of color to the lush green slopes. The average annual temperature range is 75°-85°F.

Due to the fertile, volcanic soil, there is an abundance of fresh tropical produce on the island. St. Lucia is one of the leading banana exporters in the Caribbean. The food is one of the specialties of the island. Every time I visit I cannot get enough of their rich tropical fruits! I stock up on pineapple the entire time I’m visiting. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it! Every Friday night they have a fish fry in the fishing village Anse La Ray, that adds to the list of reasons why St. Lucia is so unique. There are three Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia that also have really awesome street parties once a week you won’t want to miss! Live entertainment mixed with authentic street food is the perfect combination for a fabulous evening! Make sure you check out other typical St. Lucian dishes while you are visiting: chicken backs, pork hocks, pig tails, tuna, mahi mahi, snapper, conch, plantains, green figs, and salt fish…Yummo!

If you have ever traveled to any other Caribbean island then you know that the people you come into contact with are much different than what you might encounter anywhere else.  I absolutely love the “no worries” attitude!  The St. Lucians are some of the most welcoming, warmest, and friendliest people I’ve ever met. They also know how to dance! Beware, though, they may try to pull you up on stage if you are staying at a resort where they offer entertainment. Keep in mind that they are on “island time.” So, shows may start later than stated on the show time schedule.

When traveling to St. Lucia, be sure and take the helicopter tour from the international airport (UVF) to the helipad at the regional airport (SLU). It cuts your travel time in half and this will be your first full view of the Pitons! Then once you land and get settled in, make sure you check the twin mountains out up close and personal. A visit to the Piton’s is on top of the list of “Top Five Things You Should Do in Your Lifetime.”  The view alone is classic, but actually being able to climb nearly 3,000 feet above sea level is priceless!  If you are a thrill seeker, then you should also consider: off-road ATV adventures through the mountains and banana plantations; zip-lining through the rainforest; mountain biking through the Errard waterfalls; deep sea sport fishing; and scuba diving at Pigeon Island.

Are you ready to check out all the majestic locations St. Lucia has to offer? Contact your Beach Bum travel concierge and they will match you up with the best resort for your personality. A few of our favorite unique resorts include: Jade Mountain, Calabash Cove, Ladera and Ti Kaye Village. Or, if you are looking for the ultimate luxury adults only, all inclusive vacation, Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Sandals La Toc and Sandals Halcyon Beach offer a wonderful escape.  What are you waiting for?  Book your ultimate Beach Bum Vacation today and soon you’ll be hearing, “Bienvenue a Saint Luce!”  Welcome to St. Lucia!

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