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Beach Bum Carey assisted us in selecting the perfect honeymoon getaway! We went to El Dorado Royale Casitas in Mexico for an all-inclusive vacation. The experience was remarkable-- great service, accomodations, food and a bonus honeymoon package to boot. Our room had a small pool that connected to a lazy river that connected to the main pool with a swim up pool bar! Because we were guests of Beach Bum Carey, we received upgrades and special packages including a couple's massage on the beach, a candlelit dinner on the beach and a gourmet breakfast in bed. Beach Bum Carey made all of our honeymoon planning easy, and we were able to pay for the trip over the span of the year to make it more affordable. We will be using Carey to assist us in planning our future trips.
Kristin was our agent and she was AMAZING. I love how they asked what we wanted in a resort, asked for a budget, then found us some amazing locations. We went with El Dorado Maroma and it is the best decision we ever made. I am so thankful I found out about beach bum vacations on the knot message board. Our honeymoon was unforgettable.
My name is Kennie Slayton and I am a grateful client of Lisa Zwissler of Beach Bum Vacation. God blessed Lisa and I to cross path 5 years ago. We met at a bridal trade show while she was representing Beach Bum Vacation. She introduced herself to me, and told me about the kind of person she was and how she works... which were honest and straight to the point. She told me I could trust her to deliver DREAM VACATIONS beyond my expectation, and I would NEVER be disappointed in her abilities or services.
With that being said...
Lisa has been my travel concierge for over 4 1/2 years now. She is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL and THE BEST at what she does. She's a true perfectionist, because she wants her clients to have a wonderful time in regards to the vacations she books for us. Lisa goes above and beyond her call of duty to ensure the clients she serves receives the best possible service she can give. I call her for advise regarding my annual trips and vacations ideas. She is honest and up-front about things even when I don't want to hear it. (That's what we love about her)She protects my interest as well as my pocket book. My husband William and I trust her wholeheartedly. Lisa has NEVER let us down, and if you choose her as your travel concierge she'll NEVER let you down !
Beach Bum Vacations assisted with every detail of planning my destination wedding. And it was so easy! I must admit I was skeptical about how it would be when we arrived. And as Beach Bum had promised, it was magical. A beautiful setting, gorgeous resort, and we were treated like royalty the moment we arrived. Beach Bum delivered on their promise to ensure that everything was perfect. The food, the setting, everything exceeded our expectations! It couldn't have been easier for me or my guest. And so affordable. Of the 40 guest that came to our wedding, at least half have already talked about using Beach Bum for future vacations. Everyone was very impressed! I have since had 2 girlfriends use them for their destination weddings. And as always flawless. I can't say enough positive things about this great company!
I heard about Beach Bum Vacations from a friend that used them. I specifically requested Lisa because she had such a great experience with her. I emailed Lisa late at night to see what she could do and she got back to me immediately. That has been the case ever since. Lisa is absolutely amazing, she is patient, sweet, and really listens to the kind of wedding you and your fiancé want before making recommendations for resorts.
Our wedding is in April 2015 at El Dorado Royale and Lisa had our rates, our contract, and other free things that you wouldn't otherwise get finalized within one week of me contacting her. Not to mention the service is free and she will keep a spreadsheet of all the guests that are coming for us!
I would highly recommend using Beach Bum vacations and specifically using Lisa. I will update this review as the wedding gets closer and after the wedding as well!
This is my second time using Beach Bum vacation (1st time was for a destination wedding for a relative). Both times Hayley was our agent and when I tell you, she is fabulous, I am not even doing her justice. Interestingly enough, I am going on my honeymoon to the same resort I attended the destination wedding at. Hayley was on her A game both times. QUICKLY answers all of you concerns/questions and is so genuinely nice all the time. you can tell that Beach Bum only hires the best of the best. The price is fab too! All inclusive, all travel documents mailed to you within a month of your trip AND Hayley will follow up with you until you come back from your trip. I never write reviews, but this one is well deserved! If you are getting married and want a memorable vacation with NO stress and NO problems-go with Beach Bum and request Hayley. She's the best!
Nanda helped find our resort venue and was extremely patient and accommodating while doing so. She organized and relayed all information between us and the resort and was very knowledgeable. We will be booking with her again for future vacations!
We recently had our wedding at Sandals in Negril, Jamaica. We used Beach Bum Vacations (Hayley Whorrall) as our travel and wedding planner and we just can't say enough about how great she was to work with. She handled not only every one of our questions quickly and professionally, but also all of the questions of both of our ENTIRE families. She made planning the destination wedding so easy we couldn't recommend her service any more highly. Three cheers for Hayley! Thank you!
PS: The site forces me to put a positive number in the "cost of service" field, but Hayley's service was completely free to us for the wedding, it was amazing!
Beach Bum is the BEST! I worked with Rachel D and she made our honeymoon search and travels SO easy!! I will only ever use Rachel and BBV for all of my future travel needs ... I simply can't say enough great things about them!
We booked our honeymoon through Beach Bum Vacations (Thanks to Beach Bum Carey!!). She made the whole process so easy, and was able to get us a complimentary suite upgrade. El Dorado Casitas was beautiful, and we do not have a negative thing to say about the experience. We loved the bike tour, and Luiz was great! Karen, our concierge, was so helpful and really went out of her way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. The food was great, and never once did it seem like a tip was expected in exchange for the above average service. We loved it so much that we plan to return as soon as possible!
I really enjoyed working with Beach Bum Vacations. I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for before I emailed them (I spent a couple months doing research and looking online), but I wanted to know if they had similar properties to the ones I wanted that might be more affordable. The place I really wanted was just outside of our budget everywhere I looked.
They did have other suggestions, but to my surprise they were able to get the resort I wanted at a price that was within my budget. Score! Also, because we booked with Beach Bum, they made sure we received all added perks of being a honeymoon couple for us ahead of time, and they personally requested a room for us that fit our needs. And they were friendly and very responsive throughout the whole process. I would use them again, for sure.
We had Amy and she was awesome! She was very friendly and helpful. She would search for anything we wanted and figured out a resort that fit us best. There were no hidden costs and she found the best deal for us. They did all the work for us and it was very helpful! I definitely recommend them!
We booked our honeymoon to Couples Swept Away Jamaica. Carey gave us a lot of information before we left to make sure there was no surprises. She recommended VIP service which was so worth making the airport less stressful. They sent us cards and a bag while we were there and when we got back she made sure everything went well. Definitely use the company again.
Our agent was Kathy-and she is amazing! We chose a Sandals resort in Jamaica and a wonderful time.
The experience of choosing and finalizing with Kathy was a breeze. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. Definitely will use them in the future!
I must admit that the Beach Bum service seemed too good to be true, but my first couple of communications with Steve seemed to go pretty well and he seemed very enthusiastic...until he made his first suggestions. I had said the only places we would not consider for our destination wedding and did not want to go were Jamaica and the Dominican. The first two places he suggested were in Jamaica. I tried to be polite and just ask if there were any other places he would recommend. He only came back with one place in Mexico. It did look really nice, and the reviews were good so I was on board with going with that. I asked about rates, and he said he was getting rates but would depend on the exact dates we decided to travel. We went back and forth a few times about dates- I had to specifically ask about a date in November and then he would check and get back to me a day or two later. He never came back with options... like "this day is booked for a wedding, but the day before isn't...or you can do it the next Saturday". It didn't seem to take the headache out of anything. There was no intuitive thinking on his part. When I asked why he couldn't give me the available Friday/Saturdays in November, he said it changes so fast that he has to ask about each date specifically. What? That just seems a little crazy to me... or in the meantime, why wouldn't you check with even one other place? The last communication I had with Steve was on January 22nd. He had replied to my email to say he would get back to me on rates for November 3rd, and have not heard from him since.
I am sure Beach Bum is great if you get the right person, or the first date you request is available, but I do not feel that this was a helpful service for me personally. I got better responses by contacting the hotels directly.
First of all the best part of Beach Bum Vacations planning your destination wedding...their service was FREE!!!!
I had my destination wedding in August at the beautiful El Dorado Moroma in Riviera Maya Mexico! I found Beach Bum Vacations on a wedding website review, and from that point everything was super easy!!!!! The review specifically listed to go with Beach Bum Kristin Schoettmer and I couldn't agree more, she really is awesome. Every question I had answered, every call or text returned that day:) I live in California and she lives in Indiana but that didnt matter one bit! We were able to skype and email an talk on the phone and that was all I really needed. She took care of everything, and because she was a higher up vactaion specialist we got tons of extras(couples massages, pedicures, lobster dinners), and money off of our wedding in mexico! If you are doing a destination wedding, or even just thinking about it....email her, you wont be sorry! email@example.com
Easy to work with and great deals!
This review is LONG overdue, but I figured it was better late than never! My husband and I decided to have a destination wedding in Mexico in July 2011. We reached out to Beach Bum Vacation and Nanda became our travel concierge. We absolutely loved working with Nanda and would recommend her to our friends and family. She helped us narrow down our wedding hotel based on our personal preferences. We were extremely impressed with the resort - The Royal in Playa del Carmen. It is a 5 star hotel that makes you feel special. We were also paired with an on-site wedding coordinator to help iron out the wedding details.
Nanda helped us from the beginning of planning all the way until after the wedding. She was available morning, day, night and weekends to take our calls and answer our questions. Nanda also sent out a helpful detailed email to all of our wedding guests before departing for Mexico. My family especially appreciated this because they had never traveled to Mexico before. Everyone loved the all inclusive resort and said it was the best resort they had ever stayed at in Mexico.
We can't wait to visit our wedding venue/resort for a special anniversary trip! We also plan on contacting Nanda for upcoming trips. She is by far the most professional and knowledgeable concierge we have ever worked with. Thanks Beach Bum and big thanks to Nanda!! :)
I had my wedding in the Spring in Jamaica and was thrilled to work with Lisa and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking to plan a destination wedding or vacation. She made everything so easy on our end. We had a destination wedding with 50 guests in Jamaica, and everything went off without a hitch - I think Lisa is largely responsible for the success! She directly handled the travel for all of our friends and family and kept us in the loop the whole time. She was also supportive and helpful during the early part of the process when we had to select our destination without having ever been there. She gave honest and thoughtful feedback about our resort options, and helped us pick one that was perfect for us. It was a little nerve-wracking to plan a wedding in another country, but Lisa made it as smooth and easy as I could possibly imagine. There was a minor glitch when we arrived, but Lisa was on the phone with the resort right away and got everything sorted out so that we didn't have to worry. MANY, MANY thanks to Lisa for helping make our dream wedding a reality!
My hubby and I quickly realized that planning our honeymoon was going to be one of the most stressful parts during our wedding planning process! We had never booked a trip through a travel agent before, but after working with Beach Bum Vacations, we will never book another trip without them!
Jaimi Smith with Beach Bum Vacations was amazing to work with and took so much stress off our hands! We gave Jaimi our envision for our honeymoon, and she did the rest! All the resorts Jaimi recommended to us she has visited. Therefore, she is able to recommend the best resort that fits you and your honeymoon envision!
Jaimi literally took care of everything---from booking, to submitting our payment, to booking any excursions or making dinner reservations for us during our trip....she did it all! It was also very reassuring to know that Jaimi was literally a phone call or email away if we ran into any troubles while on our trip.
I would highly highly recommend to any bride to book their honeymoon (or any trip) through Jaimi and Beach Bum Vacations!!!!
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