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December 1st, 2010

LIVE from Karisma’s 3rd Annual GIVC Awards in Riviera Maya!

There will be a lot more to come over the next few weeks, so please bear with me. We have so much content to update with that we are just simply overwhelmed! You can expect to be seeing lots of photos, blogs, and more from all of the Karisma and AM Resorts properties in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area.

This week is a very special week in Riviera Maya! No, not because of the COP16 conference, it is the 3rd annual GIVC Awards Ceremony! I cannot tell you how honored I am to be a part of this very special event. This is something that I have been looking forward to for months. Since I cannot even put into words the fantastic (or “funtastic”) job that the folks here at Karisma do for all of their GIVC agents I plan to take a lot of pictures to share with you all.

Today we arrived to the El Dorado Royale Resort and it has been nothing short of amazing. Our room is absolutely gorgeous – a Jacuzzi Jr. Suite Swim-up – I cannot wait to get in that pool tomorrow morning to lie in the sun and order room service for breakfast! We have beachfront sky massages scheduled for tomorrow and then we will be off to party the night away at the Maroma Beach Party.

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October 12th, 2010

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita – Pictures part 2


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October 12th, 2010

Dreams Riviera Cancun – Pictures – Part 1


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October 10th, 2010

Pics – Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita – 1

Here’s a little slideshow of our trip to Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita! If you are not seeing it here, please click on the title of this post or on the orange RSS Icon above to view the slideshow on our blog. Thanks!

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October 9th, 2010

The ART of doing nothing…

I have finally found the mecca for a romantic adults-only vacation.  Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  This place is heaven on earth.  My husband and I are taking a 3-night break from the kids and site inspections to enjoy this Amazing property, and I couldn’t imagine a place more enjoyable.

Every day the AM Resorts properties (Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams, and NOW) publish a daily newsletter called the Sundial.  Today in the Sundial this caught my eye and how true it is!

THE ART OF DOING NOTHING

Here doing nothing doesn’t mean loafing away, idly passing time.  Doing nothing means the willingness to switch off from external distractions and worries.  It means being happy to be in our present surroundings and at peace with ourselves.  Real silence is relaxing and reinvigorating.  The art of doing nothing involves gaining an inner preparation, a mental stillness and cultivating an inner peace which gives meaning to our outer life.  Meditation is an active cultivation of this inner silence and inner peace.  It is the best way to gain a meaningful inner peace.  Try it!

I read this blerb about 6 times and then I put down my workload for the day and did – well, absolutely nothing.  Coming from me this was not an easy feat.  I usually work 60-80 hours per week and I can never sit still.  I live, eat, and breathe work.  However today and tomorrow I plan to learn the art of doing nothing.  Absolutely nothing!  Well, besides this blog and uploading a few pictures.

You can definitely expect to hear and see more soon about Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita J


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October 2nd, 2010

Mexico Trip

Tomorrow will be the first day of our 11-night trip and we are all very excited!  There is a total of seven of us going now including my two boys; ages one and three.  I am really looking forward to experiencing the family resorts with them.  When traveling with small children it is so important for them to have activities to keep them occupied and the amenities to handle all of their needs are just as important to me.

We will be spending our first 5-nights at the Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma.  I am very much looking forward to this stay.  After all this hotel is designed for families with infants and toddlers.  They have many children’s amenities to offer – of course all included as part of your all-inclusive package.  We have requested a stroller, crib, pack n play, and stepping stool for our kids.  They also offer baby monitors, Gerber baby food, bottle warmers, sterilizers, and more.  I know that our stay is going to be wonderful!

The next 3-nights we will split into two groups.  Part of us will be staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun and the others at Zoetry Paraiso de La Bonita.  Then it will be on to Secrets Silversands while the other group is at Dreams Riviera Cancun for our last 3-nights.  I will tell you more about these AMazing properties later.

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October 1st, 2010

Finally!

After much delay, here it is.  Finally!  We have a website that fits our needs.  Of course it will always be a work in progress and we will always be adding content.  I LOVE how our blog is on our front page.  It makes me feel like everything I am going to say is so important.  Well, I guess if anyone is actually reading this anyway?  Anyway – Having the blog on the home page will help make it so easy to follow us while we are on our trips.

The front page blog feature was one of the many wonderful ideas that came from Amy at ebbeka design.  I cannot say enough about how wonderful they are to work with.  Always answering my questions, very friendly, fast, efficient, did I mention FAST?  I could go on all day!  Check them out if you get a chance at www.ebbekadesign.com


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September 22nd, 2010

What can Beach Bum do for you?

Beach Bum Getaways, LLC (DBA Beach Bum On A Budget Travel) is licensed, bonded, insured, and incorporated in the state of Nebraska.

We are not a booking engine or discounter that books your vacation, takes your money, and then leaves you to fend for yourself. We help you decide where to go, where to stay, and what to do based on your interests, lifestyle, and budget. All of the details are taken care of so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises. We are here to help you before, during, and after your trip. That is something that you cannot get from any dot comer! Have a quote from another travel company? We will meet or beat any confirmed quote!


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September 7th, 2010

Cash in Mexico – New Requirements

With the objective of limiting and controlling the movement of American Dollars CASH within Mexico, the Mexican Government recently passed a new law which comes into force across the country on 14th September 2010, making the use of American Dollars CASH to make purchases in Mexico will not be as free as it has been in the past. Many repeat guests to Mexico who have become accustomed to using American Dollars CASH in Mexico as though they were effectively in the United States will notice the difference. Other payment methods such as Credit Cards of all types and all issuing banks, Traveler’s Checks, Mexican Pesos and non-American Dollars foreign currencies in cash (Euros or Canadian Dollars) are not affected in any way by this new law.

The most noticeable differences to travelers will be:

1. Hotels and Exchange Booths will only be able to change a maximum of $1,500 USD CASH per person per month into Mexican Pesos. Previously there was no limit.
2. Businesses (transportation and excursion companies) will only be able to accept a maximum of $100 USD CASH per transaction – but the number of transactions per customer are not restricted.
3. Certain businesses may not be able to, or may choose not to accept American Dollars CASH for any purchase at all (this may include shops etc)

If a customer wants to purchase from an on-site excusrion company (for example) a tour worth $139 US per person, he will only be able to pay $100 USD of this amount in USD CASH and the remainder will need to be in another form of payment (credit card, Mexican Pesos cash, etc).

Appropriate advice would be to inform travelers that they should not carry large amounts of American Dollars cash with them to Mexico, but instead they should consider either using a Credit Card, taking Mexican Pesos cash, taking Traveler’s Checks (of any currency) or withdrawing money locally in Mexican Pesos. Local tipping in small bills is still widely accepted, and Berwick Travel recommends charging any in-resort purchases (gift shop, spa, etc.) to the room, which would then be paid by credit card.


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