5 reasons why people don’t use a travel advisor & 5 reasons why you should!

August 29, 2014

Yes, travel advisors still exist-and you’ll soon wonder how you ever traveled without one.

Reason 1: Travelers feel that doing their own planning is empowering and that giving it up will diminish their experience.
Fact: Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type or are looking for someone to completely take the reins, collaboration with a Virtuoso travel advisor eliminates stress so you can focus on the excitement of travel.
Reason 2: Travelers can find everything they need on the Internet.
Fact: A Virtuoso advisor saves time, cuts through the clutter, and can personalize trips tailored to your needs, interests, and budget. Their expertise and connections around the world help you travel better.
Reason 3: They believe an advisor adds to the cost of the trip.
Fact: A Virtuoso travel advisor has access to the same (and often better) pricing that you can find online, and can secure VIP perks such as free room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other benefits you can’t get on your own.
Reason 4: Travelers don’t understand the value an advisor brings.
Fact: In addition to saving you time and money, a Virtuoso advisor helps make the most your free time. Plus, your advisor is available 24/7 before, during, and after your trip, ensuring peace of mind so you can relax and have fun.
Reason 5: They don’t know how to find one.
Fact: Problem solved-you’ve come to the right place!

Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net or 800-644-6659

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Entry Requirements For Tahiti

August 19, 2014

All travelers must present a valid passport to board a flight to French PolynesiaYour first and last name on your passport must match your international air tickets. You will also be asked to present your passport to clear “Customs” in French Polynesia and upon return from French Polynesia.

Your passport must be valid for 180 days beyond your return date. U.S. and Canadian citizens only need a valid passport and do not need a VISA to enter French Polynesia. Citizens of all other countries may need a VISA in addition to a valid passport and should consult the nearest French Consulate or French Embassy as early as possible. It can take several weeks to obtain a VISA. It is solely the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that all needed documents are complete and up to date for valid entry into the country.

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Where is Tahiti? Did you know there are 118 islands?

August 19, 2014

Everyone dreams of visiting the islands of Tahiti so lets learn a little bit about this piece of paradise - making your dream of visiting one step closer to a reality!

There are non-stop flights out of LAX to Tahiti.  The main airport is Papeete (ppt).  The flight time is between 7 and 8 hours and is non-stop.  I suggest departing on the red-eye flight, that way you arrive in Papeete early in the morning and can transfer immediately to an outer island.  Otherwise you will need to have a “forced” overnight in Papeete.  The airline of Tahiti is Air Tahiti Nui.

The islands officially known as French Polynesia but widely known as “Tahiti” are actually 118 individual islands located in five island groups: the Society Islands, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Austral and the Gambier archipelago.

The Society Islands are the most popular island group including the main island of Tahiti and its capital city of Papeete, as well as popular vacation islands of Moorea,Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea, and Tahaa.

The Tuamotu Islands are known for their outstanding diving and snorkeling including the islands of Manihi, Tikehau, Rangiroa and Fakarava.

The Marquesas Islands are historically significant with their ancient stone tikis, as well as the final resting place of poet Jacque Brel and painter Paul Gauguin.

The Humpback whales enjoy the waters around the Austral Islands between July and November.

You are now 2 steps closer to enjoying your umbrella drink under a palm tree - call me, the Travel Gal for more information and lets begin planning your vacation of a lifetime!

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Tahiti Travel Tips - Tahitian Black Pearls

August 11, 2014

I have a couple leaving shortly for their romantic 30th anniversary to Bora Bora, staying in an overwater bungalow at the world famous Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.
If you too are thinking of visiting the islands, here are a few answers to some questions for you:

Here are answers to your questions:

1.  What is the voltage I.E. do we need a converter for camera in ou room?

Answer: Concierge desk provides the converters for you.

2.  How much alcohol can we bring into the country?

Answer: 4 liters alcoholic beverages (whisky, cognac, rhum, Vodka etc) AND

4 liters wine or champagne or vermouth

BUT…beware they have also changed the amount charged for over weight limits on the inter-island flights. So make sure that liquor doesn’t put you over weight…or…the savings in alcohol will be eaten up by over weight charges.

Pack light!!! Bring the booze…leave the clothes at home! :-)

3. Suggestion for reasonable black pearl shopping?

The Farm
Has top quality Tahiti pearls. Some of the jewelry is made in-house. It’s located just north of the Hotel Bora Bora. tel. 700 675

Matira Pearls
Has black pearls and island fashions. Located between the Intercontinental Le Moana Resort and Hotel Le Maitai Polynesia. tel.677 914

By the way, our Concierge Service is able to answer just about any request.  I have another couple flying to the Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort and they want 20 Monte Cristo Cuban Cigars to be waiting of them upon arrival - we were able to deliver!

Contact me with your Tahiti travel requests at 800-644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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