From activity-planning for personal Anguilla vacations, to organizing and coordinating the most lavish weddings and involved corporate events, Blue Sea is Anguilla's go-to destination management group.
Simply put, Blue Sea does what no one else can or will.
From meeting and greeting in St. Maarten, to organizing hikes, snorkel trips and banana boat days, to calling florists, photographers and asking ministers to open churches for couples looking for a perfect wedding spot, to getting Alaskan crab meat on ice from Miami to Anguilla in 12 hours... they do it all.
No easy feat on a tiny Caribbean island, Blue Sea makes it happen.
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Anguilla vacations, Anguilla weddings, corporate events, group trips... if activity planning, organization and coordination is involved, hiccups are bound to happen. The bigger the event, the larger they can be.
Blue Sea prevents even the babiest of hiccups.
The team at Blue Sea has the connections and experiences to do things no one else can or will do, making it all happen on time... not just on "island time."
If you are planning a family vacation with snorkel trips, afternoons out on a boat and maybe a hike and a dive, Blue Sea can arrange it all. If you're organizing a wedding or a corporate event that needs on-the-ground, local expertise and man-power, Blue Sea is who to turn to.
Blue Sea is made up of long-term industry professionals. Knowing how to "make things happen" in Anguilla is possible after years of experience in the tourism industry, working with the best on the island.
What makes Blue Sea work? Their devoted team...
Mimi Gratton, a Montreal native (more on Mimi below), founded Blue Sea in 2007 with Fred and Marva Thompson and Sheldon Brookes. Together they brought Blue Sea to inception, creating a company offering a unique and superior service.
With Marva as Finance Director, and Mimi, Fred and Sheldon making up the rest of the executive board, they worked tirelessly and passionately, and broke into Anguilla's tourism sector. In 2011, Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch (more on Amelia below) joined the team. The company climbed to new heights.
Today, Fred and Marva work behind the scenes and Sheldon has gone on to work with one of the island's newest resorts but remains an owner of the company. You may never see them, but know they are there. Who will you meet and get to know well? Amelia and Mimi. They are front and center, two of the hardest working women on the island...
Mimi is "Fire" as she lights fires with her connections and under people to make things that may be more impossible to happen, happen.
From getting boats running in bad weather, to waiving fees thought impossible to waive, to making sure you make your plane home, she keeps things moving and keeps things fun.
A five minute chat with Mimi is all you need and you will know how excited and passionate she is about what she does. She overflows with infectious energy!
Mimi is from Montreal, Quebec, just 15 minutes from my very hometown! Who knew such closeness could be found so far from home?
With a degree from one of Canada's most competitive programs, Concordia's Communications & Journalism program, she worked the communications industry for more than 25 years.
She has worked and lived in Anguilla for decades, with a firm understanding of the tourism industry.
For 10 years she worked as the Executive Director of Anguilla's Hotel and Tourism Association, the key tourism organization on the island outside of the Anguilla Tourist Board.
She won the Caribbean Hotel Association's Executive of the Year award twice.
It's an understatement to say that Mimi knows WHO to call in Anguilla for ANY arrangement, and how to make things happen.
Mrs. Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch
Award-winning Amelia Vanterpool Kubisch began her career in Tourism Management in 1978 as a clerical officer in the newly established Department of Tourism in Anguilla.
Amelia, with all the hallmarks of her graceful personality, emerged as a cornerstone of the Department of Tourism and achieved the position of Director in 1992. She was responsible for Anguilla’s public sector marketing and promotion.
During her tenure she worked closely with overseas representatives, providing her early on, with the experiences needed to understand and manage time and cultural challenges effectively.
Amelia is responsible for many favorable marketing pieces used to promote Anguilla during its rise in the early 2000's, which is when we first met Amelia and immediately connected with her on a personal level. She formerly retired as Director of Tourism in 2008 however she continues her interests in the field of travel and tourism.
After leaving her tourism role she served for 2 years as a Marketing Director at Malliouhana Resort and Hotel until joining the team at Blue Sea as a Destination Specialist.
At Blue Sea she brings her years of experience in the tourism sector as well as her qualities of calmness, serenity, and dignity and applies them to her role at Blue Sea.
Mimi will be the first one to tell you that Amelia is grace under pressure and is always ready with a smile. She remains cool, soft spoken, and reassuring in any circumstance and is an ideal personality serving those looking for a relaxing and vacation full of ease.
We've dubbed Amelia as "Ice" since she remains cool no matter what potential fire might be around the corner. She tackles it with her steadfast and respectful ways and maintains her cool... and her client will never even know what lengths she may have gone to in order to present them with neatly wrapped finished product in the form of excellent and professional service.
So, what do they put into action?
Blue Sea is paving the way when it comes to personal vacation planning.
Horseback Riding in the Caribbean Sea
They are a one stop shop for visitors seeking to plan activities, adventures, dinners, anything and everything they want to experience.
Blue Sea can suggest activities, book activities and make sure they happen, and on time.
They remove the hassle of scheduling what you want to do, finding available services (ex. boat operators), and finding ones with the best reputation.
Their relationships and experiences let Blue Sea say that they use the best of the best.
They know who to call, who has taken their boat out of the water (even for just a day), who is booked up, and so on.
They are plugged in!
They can also reach the "unreachables."
There are certain tour operators that stop answering their phones when they have enough reservations. They always answer Mimi and Amelia's calls.
Golf on a Greg Norman Course with St. Martin as a Backdrop
In a way, they are the ultimate concierge service.
Dive in the Deep Blue Caribbean Sea
Here are some of the activities that Blue Sea specializes in coordinating...
Blue Sea doesn't end there.
They are known for their large events.
When it comes to big events, Mimi and Amelia make the "impossible" possible.
On a tiny Caribbean island like Anguilla, where everything is imported, there's plenty that seems impossible. Anguilla is a luxury destination, and Blue Sea accommodates extravagant requests that even villas and hotels refuse to go near.
It's hard to blame the hotels and resorts. Who wants to be responsible for a $10,000 wedding gown?
That's where Blue Sea steps in.
Magical Anguilla Weddings!
They will do anything and everything to ensure you have a picture-perfect, magical wedding (from intimate weddings to some of the most high-profile, even ones involving the likes of barons and baronesses!)...
talked-about corporate events (Mercedes Benz repeatedly hires Blue Sea for event management)...
even professional photoshoots and filmings on-par with those done in New York (Blue Sea is Victoria's Secret destination manager when on-island).
They make it all run smoothly...
They do "meet and greets." This isn't just a "we'll meet you at the Anguilla airport or ferry terminal." If requested, they can meet you at your regional hub, ensuring every piece of luggage goes through customs as you walk ahead.
They are on the ground in Anguilla to receive, pull-together, and sort out details prior to you even stepping foot on Anguilla. When you do arrive? Blue Sea worries about the details, letting you sit back and relax and enjoy the special moments.
If you're the one who's doing the planning (a wedding planner or event coordinator), your blood pressure will start going down the moment you talk with Mimi and Amelia.
NEW: Planning an Anguilla wedding? We sat down with Amelia and Mimi to find out more on the details involved in pulling together picture-perfect Anguilla weddings. They share their insights, stories and information on their Anguilla wedding packages here.
They pick up shipments at customs, reach the forever-too-busy island florist, accommodate the high-profile photographer, call priests to open churches at a drop of a dime, and make sure you get on your plane home, boarding passes printed, all without a hitch.
The process is seamless, and even, at times, more affordable, with Mimi and Amelia knowing the ins and outs, and how to avoid costly fees.
With a sophisticated local knowledge and expertise, they save you money, time and present options you didn't even know existed.
Blue Sea meets you, greets you, organizes activities and makes calls no one else can make. What does that all boil down to? Peace of mind.... peace of mind beyond that things will all run smoothly, peace of mind that your event will be extraordinary, one people will be talking about for years.
Let me share an example with you...
Blue Sea is RESMED's resource and feet-on-the-ground when planning their corporate getaways.
On a recent retreat, the group requested an afternoon of fun on idyllic Sandy Island. Sandy Island is a little piece of paradise, just a spit of sand with a small restaurant serving BBQ ribs, chicken, crayfish and lobster, a 5 minute boat ride from Sandy Ground.
With 80 people in the group, Sandy Island's resources would be more than stretched.
Not a problem for Mimi and Amelia and their staff.
Blue Sea Staff Ready & Waiting on Sandy Island
Let me walk you through their thought process...
First? Getting to Sandy Island.
There is not a boat or catamaran in Anguilla that could carry 80 people to Sandy Island. Mimi and Amelia turned to their resources in the neighboring island of St. Martin. They coordinated a beautiful, spacious catamaran, comfortable for the entire group.
Next? The resources on Sandy Island. Being a small island, with a tiny restaurant built for a couple of families on vacation and maybe the odd catamaran carrying 10 people from St. Martin, this spot would be overwhelmed by 80 people.
"Bringing in our own staff and equipment was crucial," says Amelia.
Who's Up For Tug of War?
Normally a cay without a single beach chaise, they laid out 80 beach chairs and umbrellas.
They brainstormed and organized a variety of activities to suit the interests of all who were attending.
From group games like tug of war, to water activities like tubing, banana boat and snorkeling, they kept the active entertained.
What about those seeking a little R&R?
The photo to the right is a tent that was custom-arranged for the group.
Sandy Island was completely transformed.
Another important aspect to the day?
Keeping the guests fueled and hydrated!
This wasn't Blue Sea's main focus, as they had bought out the island that day, and Sandy Island was supplying food and drinks.
Blue Sea didn't just hand the food and drinks responsibility over to Sandy Island and leave it at that.
They took it a step further. They set up additional picnic tables to accommodate the group of 80 and Amelia and Mimi rolled up their sleeves with their staff to serve guests, clean tables, and make sure everyone was being tended to.
A Blissful Day on Sandy Island
Amelia and Mimi worked with RESMED's coordinator and delivered a seamless event that was the talk of the company.
The Sandy Island event is one that impresses in terms of attention to detail, size and scale. Here is an another example showing their depth, and attention to detail...
A large wedding group requested an afternoon on the tiny off-island island, Scilly Cay. Not a problem for the Blue Sea team. They bought out the island for the day, arranged food and beverages with Scilly Cay, and so forth. However, before attending to any of that, they started at the beginning...
How do you get people to Scilly Cay? There is only one small boat that shuttles back and forth between Scilly Cay and the mainland wharf on Island Harbour. The boat's capacity is limited to a few per ride.
Mimi says, "We needed to stagger the taxis to the pier. People need to step from the hotel to the taxi to the wharf to the boat, and not be waiting for the boat on the dock in the hot sun."
Bingo. It's the graniest of details, but one that makes a huge difference. From the big-picture, to the "small stuff," Blue Sea thinks of it all.
Here is yet an example of a Blue Sea event that really impresses in terms of care and thought...
Mimi and Amelia were asked to organize events for a corporate group who had a sincere interest in Anguilla's culture. They wanted to do a variety of activities, one of which was to visit Anguilla's National Heritage Trail.
They could have provided maps and set up transportation to the trail sites, and ended it there. But that wouldn't be in Blue Sea style.
Mimi and Amelia called experts on each of the stops on the trail. These experts went to their respective sites and provided local, in-depth insights into each part of the trail. From there, Blue Sea turned the event into a treasure hunt! People got into teams, competition ran high, it made the education exciting.
After listening to Mimi and Amelia recount experience after experience just like the ones I've shared with you, it struck me...
Blue Sea goes above and beyond any hotel or villa concierge. They take Anguilla vacations and events to that next level. How do they do it?
With passion, nothing is work. Setting up 80 beach chairs, waiting for bag after bag in customs, waking up at 4AM to ensure guests are on time for their early charter ferries that Blue Sea has arranged... it would not be possible without passion.
Mimi and Amelia are driven by happy, glowing faces, by memories that people take with them forever. With that in their heart, they ensure nothing goes awry. And even if something does? There's a back up plan. And a back up plan to the back up plan. And a back up plan to the back up plan to the back up plan.
Where there's a will, there's a way. Mimi and Amelia are the way.
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