This #BeachesMoms 2014 recap is just the first in a year long “100 Reasons Why A Beaches Resort Is The Ultimate Vacation Experience For Your Family” series. You can link directly above in the navigation bar under “Beaches Resorts” from any page! Stay tuned! I an certain will come to love Beaches Resorts as much as I do.
#BeachesMoms Social Media In The Sand 2014
A few weeks ago, I had the honor and privilege of attending the first annual, invitation only, all-inclusive #BeachesMoms 2014: Social Media On The Sand Conference at Beaches Resorts in the beautiful Turks and Caicos (Where in the world are the Turks & Caicos islands you ask? You’re not alone. They are south of the Bahamas and north of the Dominican Republic). I had longed for years to visit a Beaches Resort. It looked like the perfect family vacation with the added bonus of Sesame Street. Beaches Negril, Jamacia and Beaches Turks & Caicos were voted the top 2 family resorts in the Caribbean and are ranked in the top ten (if not #1) on most “Best Family Vacation” lists. So, when the opportunity to attend #BeachesMoms arose, we jumped at the opportunity to vacation with the family in a way we never had before. I’m glad we did! It was the vacation I never knew my family needed. The resort was everything I expected and so much more.
I’ve sat in front of this computer for over 3 weeks trying to find words to adequately describe our family’s Beaches experience to you. I just can’t put it into words. There really are none. There is so much to appreciate, take in, and enjoy. The closest I can come to portraying the amazingness of the Beaches experience is photos. So, I give up on trying to write. Instead, I will be bringing you 100 Photo & Video Reasons Why A Beaches Resort Is The Ultimate Vacation For Your Family and resort highlight articles over the next year. I AM SO CRAZY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SERIES!! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the schedule and bookmark this page. Once the posts are live, you will be able to link through the titles listed.
“We are always looking to improve our guests’ experience, & strive to offer
one-of-a-kind activities and attractions that will leave both our new and
returning guests wanting to come back for more. Beaches Resorts has
earned a reputation as a leader of family fun in the Caribbean, and
these investments are helping us meet the eager demand of our guests
wanting to visit these beautiful and distinct islands with their friends
and family.” Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Beaches Resorts.
The #BeachesMoms experience started months before the actual conference. In our excitement as we anticipated attending Social Media On The Sand, #BeachesMoms quickly bonded on the attendee/ speaker Facebook page. We spent months planning everything from how long we should extend our stays to what color pedicure we got. For most, we had never met “IRL” (in real life), yet somehow felt like family. We counted down together as we prepared to experience #BeachesMoms together.
Excitement built to almost exploding levels as we, the attendees and families, counted down to the day we would all be ‘home’ together at Beaches Resort. My 2 year old was especially excited and asked constantly if it was time to go to “Abby beach” (Abby = Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street). To give her something concrete to understand how much longer the wait was, I created a Beaches/ Sesame Street countdown chain. It was so fun the whole family excitedly removed a “monster” together everyday until THE day.
FINALLY, that day came and we were on our way to #BeachesMoms!! To say this was the highlight of my blogging career would be an understatement!
We arrived in Turks and Caicos to warm weather and the friendliest people I have ever met. I mean really, how many times does your shuttle driver give you a hug when he drops you off??
The Social Media In The Sand Conference started the next day and I was ready. It was packed full of inspiring speakers, events, and fun for the whole family. Beaches themselves summed it up perfectly in this recent video.
Have you ever attended a social media conference with the Sesame Street gang?!?!
If you follow @4TheLoveOfFam on Instagram, you no doubt saw at least one of our photos posted during the Instagram Resort Scavenger Hunt. It was the perfect way to meet new friends, explore the resort, connect with the Caribbean and so much fun! 4 The Love Of Family won a prize for best selfie with Sandals CEO Adam Stewart and Senior Vice President of PR, Randy Russel. These guys are a blast! Which photo from the scavenger hunt was your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll share the requirements for that image.
Throughout our stay, Beaches Resorts & event sponsors threw not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR parties for #BeachesMoms! Talk about a resort that knows how to treat their guests.
Family was invited to attend the conference with us (How many conferences have you been to that invited your family to come with you? Yet another testament to the family focus of the Beaches Resorts) and was included in some of the events and actvities. Any free time I had, I joined them and we had the time of our lives creating unforgettable memories. We were able to extend our stay a bit beyond the conference dates allowing us time to further experience Beaches on a more intimate level. I will be sharing all that made the week the ultimate vacation, our adventures with Island Routes and frequent, personal, interactions with the Sesame Street characters in the coming months. Until then, here’s a sneak peek:
Stay tuned for a year long Beaches Resorts series from 4 The Love Of Family!
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#BeachesMoms Social Media On The Sand 2014 ReCap: You Just Can’t Replicate A Beaches Resorts Vacation