The Royal Lahaina Resort boasts the only oceanfront cottages…

December 5, 2008

Royal Lahaina ResortMy Clients have been asking me for a getaway in Hawaii where guests can reside in separate cottages reminiscent of Hawaii’s Plantation era. Finally, there is a resort for you. The Royal Lahaina Resort is set amdist 27 oceanfront acres located along the quiet half-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach, just north of Black Rock.

The Royal Lahaina Resort is one of the oldest resorts on the island. In the last 2 years the resort has been refurbished to enhance its island flavor. In the process they held onto the “old style” resort feel everyone is craving for - the authentic Hawaiian experience. This intimate Hawaii Resort features traditional Hawaiian ambiance, award-winning Hawaiian hospitality and five-star service.

The Royal Lahaina Resort boasts the only oceanfront cottages attached to a resort on the west side of Maui. Their premier oceanfront cottage is set off to the side for the ultimate in privacy, is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom home with private pool and your very own waterfall! Notice - they’re even blessed with rainbows!

Guests can select from Garden and Oceanfront cottage rooms, or one- and two-bedroom cottages which feature complete kitchenettes. The cottages sleep up to 6 people and are very affordable. This is an exciting new/old property where you’ll be able to find me as they also have a fantastic schedule of island style music and festivities. For more info, please contact me at 800 644-6659 or Teresa@LuxuryHideaways…kick back, relax, no worries, you’re at the Royal Lahaina Resort.

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Molokai Mo Bettah!

September 18, 2008

kalaupapaIt is amazing how we can live in Hawai’i for so many years and find there is still plenty to learn about our neighboring islands. Last June I had the pleasure of staying as a Guest and attending the Grand Re-Opening of The Hotel Moloka’i. It is essential Hawaiiana, a beautiful location and quite frankly, the epitome of what many if not most people are looking for when they are seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

Hotel Molokai features open-air, oceanfront bungalows that are positioned east to west, allowing prevailing trade winds and the soothing sound of the surf to gently lull you to sleep each night.

Especially informative was the trek to Kalaupapa! I had absolutely no idea exactly how strenuous a trek it is. I am an avid hand over fist hiker with a good deal of stamina, and just going to the 15th switchback challenged me. The leader of the pack is Clare, the owner of Molokai Outdoors. She is absolutely amazing! The combination of her passion for the island and it’s history, as well as her infectious personality made our experience all the more enjoyable. I’ll hike with her anytime!

Oh my, what can I say about that bread run!! Now That was quite an experience! You will have to give me a call to hear the fabulous details!

About Molokai
Known as the “most Hawaiian” of the main islands, Molokai is a rural, relaxed paradise boasting the highest sea cliffs in the world and tallest waterfall in Hawaii. Molokai, the “Friendly Isle,” is for travelers looking to explore natural wonders and the desire to experience the ultimate in authentic Hawaiian adventures.

Molokai’s population of less than 7,000 is a tight-knit community that enjoys the peaceful life of their laid-back island. Small businesses like the Big Wind Kite Factory thrive on the island of Molokai. Here, you will find coffee plantations, macadamia nut farms, mango groves and a variety of gardens on the island. Downtown Kaunakakai has a general store, restaurants, a post office, a library, and a courthouse in a former church. Few people pass through town without stopping at Kanemitsu Bakery, a Molokai institution. Get there early before the best goodies are snapped up. Deep-sea fishing boats leave from nearby Kaunakakai Wharf, which is often piled with watermelons, honey and other goods ready for export.

According to legend, Laka, goddess of the Hula, gave birth to the Hula dance on Molokai, at a sacred place in Ka’ana. The birth of Hula is celebrated each May at the Ka Hula Piko, one of the more popular island celebrations.

Today, the trail from topside Molokai to Kalaupapa is traveled by mules, leisure hikers, and on foot by some of the workers at the settlement. Hugging the nearly perpendicular cliffs, the trail is more than three miles (5km) long and descends 1,600 feet (488m) to the peninsula. Along its course are 26 switchbacks that corkscrew in and out of breathtaking canyons and ravines.

Life on Molokai moves at a slower pace, but island adventures abound. Hike Kamakou Nature Conservatory to explore a protected rainforest alive with colorful native birds and wildlife. Wander Papohaku Beach’s three miles of sugary sand and hypnotic surf. Join a mule train down to the rugged shore of Kalaupapa Peninsula, at the base of 3,000-foot high Pali Cliffs. Experience the incredible majesty of the humpback whales you will encounter on a whale watching excursion. Molokai has it all!

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Relaxing at the Hotel Hana Maui

August 15, 2008

hotel hana maui poolWhen you travel to Hana for a few days, you are stepping back in time and visiting the real, authentic area of Hawaii that few people take the time to visit. Do not bother to drive both directions in a day - if that’s the plan, then just wait until next time you visit the islands and plan your stay around finishing up your Hawaiian holiday with a few nights in Hana. The drive to Hana is absolutely lovely and an experience in itself that should not be rushed. You will see beautiful waterfalls and travel thru a bamboo rainforest, crossing 54 one way bridges!

I suggest renting a convertible or jeep for the drive so you are able to fully enjoy the smells of the tropical flowers as well as the vast array of colorful birds along the way. At the end of the Hana Highway, on the lush eastern coast of Maui, is the legendary Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, where tranquility is a way of life and the heated horizon pool is lit by tiki torches in the evening. Extremely romantic!

However, the trip will take you at least 3 hours. There aren’t any little cafes, etc. along the way so I suggest stopping off at a deli, purchasing an inexpensive cooler, loading it up w/ice, sodas, snacks and perhaps sandwiches. While you are loading up your cooler, keep in mind there are very few restaurants in Hana and only two very small grocery stores, so you may want to also include your favorite pupus (snacks) and a good bottle of wine.

The Sea Ranch Cottage located at the Hotel Hana Maui is my favorite cottage in all of Hawaii. There is nothing better then lounging on your lanai in your private spa tub overlooking the ocean.

The Hotel also offers a wonderful happy hour as they will have beautiful hula and song everynight. The key to Hana is take your time getting there - it really is the time to stop and smell the flowers!

Have a fabulous time - you get to experience old Hawaii - no golf courses, t.v. or radio!

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii’s reigning luxury resort….

June 18, 2008

Kahala dolphinsAloha Teresa -

The Kahala Resort was, in a word, great! We loved the location (away from it all), ambience (inviting, serene, elegant), and incredible pampering (detail upon detail.) That is not to say that the Four Seasons Maui wasn’t absolutely perfect, because it was. Both hotels made us feel very welcome, both were the ultimate in thoughtful attentiveness - excellent but not intrusive. Teresa, your guidance was superb. We definitely would like to consult with you on future travels.

Thank you again! And more “hugs n hulas”, Roelina

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii’s reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu’s plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special. The readers of Conde Nast agree as the Kahala Resort was just voted ‘The Best Rooms in the USA’ – Conde Nast Traveler, USA.

Kahala Service

  • Subtle. Discreet. Observant.
  • Goose-down duvets and pillows; non-allergenic foam pillows available on request.
  • Many of our staff have been with us for over 20 years, and recognize and address returning guests by name.
  • Beach Butlers to pamper you with cold towels and cool mist services while you relax beside the ocean

Kahala Spa

  • 5 beautiful Spa Suites, each 550 square feet and setting new standards in luxury
  • Each with personal relaxation area, changing area, private shower and signature infinity-edged soaking bath
  • Dozens of superlative treatments for face and body, all carried out by our qualified therapists
  • Voted ‘Best New Hotel Spa in America’ by Departures Magazine in 2003

Kahala Activities

  • Full range of activities, both in and out of the sun
  • Meet the dolphins at our own private lagoon
  • Superb pool and secluded beach
  • Four private pool cabanas available by reservation
  • CHI Health & Energy Fitness Center with state of the art equipment and exercise classes overlooking the ocean
  • Many other sports available, including surfing, scuba and cycling
  • Keiki Club – supervised fun for kids
  • Complimentary classes in Hawaiian cultural traditions
  • Designer shopping arcade
  • Call Me at 1-800-644-6659
    Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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Cruising To Extend Your Hawaii Adventure?

May 27, 2008

After your cruise in hawaii, stay and play golf or experience the recommended luxury maui resortsWe recommend that you take advantage of the beautiful Islands of Hawaii while you are here by extending your cruise either before or after your Island exploration at sea. You can even do a stay both before and after capturing a taste of the many unique features and personalities of Hawaii’s resorts.

It’s easy, all you have to do is let your Sea The South Pacific Travel Gal know that you would like to see all there is to see on your adventure and your on your way to an incredible Hawaii Vacation and Cruise Experience.

Resort Options for your Hawaii Cruise Extension Consideration.

On the Island of Maui - Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and on the island of Kaui The St. Regis Princeville Resort.  Both of these resorts offer outstanding views and appointments for the discerning traveler. And of course being that Your South Pacific Travel Experts, aka Travel Gal actually lives on the Island of Maui, know that only the best of the best will be recommended, and that is not judged on price but on appointments, service, views and feedback from other Luxury Hideaways travelers over the years.

Explore the details of the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua and the St. Regis Princeville Resorts. [Read more]

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2 For 1 At Napili Point

May 27, 2008

2 for 1 Maui Special

Napili Point Resort maui

At Napili Point Resort, our low-rise structures and colorful setting are a part of Maui. A kindred soul in paradise, Napili Point is a condominium suite resort nestled above shimmering Honokeana Bay. Each suite is a separate residence, beautifully decorated. All have kitchens complete with ice makers, dish washers, disposals, dishes, utensils and cookware. [Read more]

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Big Island - Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

May 18, 2008

Mauna Lei Resort Kona Coast Big Island of Hawaii Cruise Extension Accomodation Mauna Lani Resort is a intimate luxury resort experience choice, pre or post cruise accommodations for your Hawaii cruise extension.

Discover Mauna Lani, Hawaii’s most enduring—and endearing—symbol of luxury, culture and hospitality. White sand beaches, soothing ocean breezes, championship golf, unrivaled spa treatments, award winning cuisine, water sports, children’s day camp, and new adventures around every corner.

Best yet the Mauna Lani was voted one of the World’s Top Earth Friendly Getaways, by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Located on the beautiful Kohala Coast, Hawaii the Mauna Lani Resort offers a wide variety of complimentary amenities and services

Complimentary Amenities At Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii [Read more]

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