You Organized the Best Vacation Ever!

July 30, 2014

I love it when I hear back from my Clients on their holidays - such wonderful reviews, its why I do what I do:

Teresa, The vacation to Namale Resort & Spa was absolutely astounding! I have but two remaining questions: One, where can I write your glowing review? And two, what other travel locations do you service?

We’re not ready for our next vacation just yet but I’d be more than happy to peruse options and start saving for another vacation.

Seriously, I could not have asked for anything more. Two staff members cried when we left. They were the nicest people ever.

Austin F.  2014

How about you? Are you ready for me to assist you in planning the “best vacation ever?!”  Contact me:

The Travel Gal at 800-644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net today!

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Fiji Facts - Did you know?

June 2, 2014

  • Fiji gained independence from the British Empire in 1970 after 96 years as a British colony.
  • Native Fijians of Melanesian and Polynesian ancestry make up 54% of the population. Under British rule, Indian servants were brought to Fiji to work in the sugarcane fields. Descendants of these Indian labourers are called Indo-Fijians and currently make up around 40% of the population.
  • The main official language of Fiji is Fijian. There are two other official languages English and Fijian Hindi or Hindustani (a mix of Hindi and Urdu).
  • The capital and largest city in Fiji is Suva, on the island of Viti Levu.
  • Fiji has a population of around nine hundred thousand (896,758) as of 2013.
  • There are 322 islands in Fiji and over 500 small islets. Around 110 of these islands are inhabited, although 87% of the population lives on the two biggest islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
  • Major industries in Fiji are tourism and sugar. Exports also include garments, gold, timber and fish.
  • Modern Fijian cuisine is diverse with great influences from Indian cuisine and spices along with traditional local tropical fruits, vegetables, fish and wild pork.
  • Rugby Union is the most popular sport in Fiji with a participation rate of nearly 10% of the population.

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Tipping & Gift suggestions when visiting the Fiji Islands

February 16, 2014

Tipping & Gifts to Fijians: Quite often my Clients ask me about tipping or if they should bring a gift for the Staff or Village Children.  Customary tip can range from $100 - $1,000.00 USD or 10% of your stay - its up to your discretion.  You will absolutely fall in love w/the Fijians.

Note: If you want to pack something special for the children when you visit a village, they love pencils (colored or plain) and notebook paper  (for 50 kids) that would be amazing.

Also they love folded up maps of the world (just 5 or 10) as they are hungry for knowledge. They like to see where you come from and how far away it is from their village - great conversation peice!

If you forget to bring something and decide to do so upon your arrival in Fiji, if you are on an island with a small general store, you can pick up a bag of “lollies” hard candy for approximately $6.00USD.  The Women and children of the village consider them a real treat!

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How to Plan Your Trip to the Fiji Islands

December 22, 2013

Are you thinking of traveling to an exotic and remote South Pacific luxury hideaway?  Lets begin, here are some questions to consider:

1.  Is this trip for a honeymoon, anniversary or special romantic vacation or is it for a family holiday?

2.  How long do you want to be in Fiji?

3.  Are you looking for a white sand beach or tropical rainforest?

4.  What is your travel budget and are you including meals, transfers and airfare in your budget?

5.  Do you need help with airfare?6.  Do you want to scuba dive or horseback ride on the beach?

7.  Is fishing or kayaking a hobby for you?

8.  Do you want a private spa tub or outdoor shower in your bure?

Generally Clients spend 7 nights in Fiji and when you fly there you lose a day so even though its a 10 hour non-stop overnight flight, you travel thru the dateline so you lose a day.  The cost for 2 people with round trip airfare out of LAX for 2 people is approx $1,000.00 per person. Call me, we can talk about the flight schedule.

A trip to Fiji for 7 nights at an exotic, all inclusive, adults only resort, all meals, taxes, transfers and most resort activities in a cottage on the beach begins at approx $4,000.00 per couple and increases to $15,000.00.

The resorts in Fiji cater to only 1 to 20 couples on the entire island so they do sell out well in advance.  We are already working with couples planning their trips for next Nov. 2014.  In order to reserve your week at one of these resorts, the deposit is $1,000.00 with balance due 60 days prior to travel.  We also have a honeymoon registry, let me know if you are interested in more information on it.

Call me and we’ll will work on your romantic and exotic holiday today - 800 644-6659 or email me at Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net.

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What I Learned in Fiji….

December 11, 2013

I just returned from an amazing 3 week trip around the Fiji Islands and New Zealand.  We stayed in a few luxury hideaways as well as a few roadside motels.  I learned a few things and want to share with you.

When you visit Fiji, don’t let their laid back and friendly nature fool you.  Fijians are inquisitive and intelligent people.  Of course they speak their native language, but are taught English in school as well as mathematics, accounting, geography, science and history.

We visited Namale Resort & Spa for a few nights - I recall one night while enjoying an amazing dinner of prawns soaked in all sorts of South Pacific spices, our waiter nervously asked us about the difference between America and North America.  He was timid and apologetic but his inquisitive nature  and burning questions about the U.S. and the locations of our states trumped his shyness.

A very nice prior guest had sent the resort a McNally large Geography book (that we all have in our living rooms).  The resort had one of them and he was eager to open it and ask questions about like how far different countries were from each other.  He was hungry for information and to learn about the world in which we live.  Fijians are very poor and can barely afford the basic needs.  When you next visit Fiji, please pack some notebooks, fold up maps and pencils to share when visiting a village.

For more insights and travel tips, contact me at Teresa@Luxuryhideways.net or call 800-644-6659.

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Looking for an authentic South Pacific adventure? Check out Koro Sun Resort!

November 6, 2013

I Am So Excited about Koro Sun Resort! Even though the resort has been open since 2000, it improves with age under the watchful and dedicated eyes of its Owners Jack & Patsy.

Koro Sun is located on 160 acres - ocean side, on the Eastern side of Fiji, replete with palm trees, waterfalls, rain forests, pink & white lily pads in the flowing creeks running thru the property, tropical birds and crickets singing, red hibiscus, fragrant frangipani, purple & pink bouganvilla to tease your eyes and colorful leaves the size of your head.   Due to its vast size, there is plenty of room to run, roam and explore.  Also plenty of room to separate the honeymooners and the family guests, yet giving each one an amazing authentic Fiji experience.

The big news is the 10 new Edgewater bures located (as the name states) along the waters edge of the property.  There is also a gorgeous new lounge, swim up bar and reception area for adults only.  The bures are decorated using the finest Fiji wood and local handi-crafts. On the deck of each bure is located a step-ladder into the sea for immediate access to the fish so be sure to pack your mask & snorkel!

The family bures - ranging from 2-5 bedrooms are gorgeous and offer all of the amenities important to families like full kitchens, separate living rooms etc., including their NEW BULA BUDDY program!  When a family travels with 1 - 3 children between the ages of 4 - 12 yrs., Koro Sun provides a Nanny or Bula buddy for the children.  They spend time teaching your children their Fijian culture, exploring in and around the rain forests, pools and beaches and have so much fun I wouldn’t be surprised if the parents end up following them around!  For a fee, they do also offer Nanny service for smaller children so the parents can reconnect with some private time, whether spending it snorkeling one of the world class reefs, experiencing an amazing banana leaf couples massage in the award winning rainforest spa (A Must Do!) or enjoying a private beach picnic alone.

For more details contact me - your local Fiji Travel Expert at Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

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Purchasing International Airline Ticket Information:

October 1, 2013

Just a heads up, quite often international travelers reserve their domestic portion of their airline ticket separate to the international ticket for better connection times.

Some things to keep in mind, when the passenger purchases tickets under 1 ticket (airline stock), the domestic portion of the passenger’s ticket is protected in a likely event there is a schedule change on either the domestic or international portion of the ticket.  Also, quite often the international air carrier offers heavier weight restrictions on luggage as well as waiving luggage fees.

For more travel plans and advise, contact the Travel Gal at 800-644-6659 or Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

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South Pacific Islands on Sale!

September 30, 2013

Fiji Airways just announced Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji round trip airfare beginning at $999.00 plus tax.  That is a savings of up to 20%!  South Pacific destinations including Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and other exotic Pacific Islands.

Packages are also available including FREE nights in Fiji en-route to Australia or New Zealand.

Return from Los Angeles From*
Fiji Islands direct $999
Auckland via Nadi $1261
Christchurch via Nadi $1239
Brisbane via Nadi $1331
Sydney via Nadi $1327
Melbourne via Nadi $1553
Samoa via Nadi $1336
Tonga via Nadi $1182
Vanuatu via Nadi $1180
Solomon Islands via Nadi $1246
Travel dates: 9 Sep - 14 Dec 13, 16 Jan - 31 Aug 14

Sale ends 30 November 2013, unless sold out. For details, call the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659!

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Traveling to the Fiji Islands? Cash vs credit cards? Liquor Store?

August 17, 2013

First of all - congratulations! You must be getting so excited! Yes! The Fiji Islands accept USD.  I suggest bringing a few hundred U.S. dollars to be exchanged at Nadi Airport.  Here’s how you do it: After clearing Customs and Immigrations, pick up your luggage on the carousels.

By the way, this is where there is a Duty Free Liquor Store across from the carousels that will be open, pick up a few bottles of good New Zealand wine for approx $20.00 USD per bottle to enjoy on you lanai.  Note: If you are scheduled to fly on a helicopter or seaplane don’t buy too many bottles because there are definite weight restrictions!

Sorry, sidetracked, ok so after you walk out the door, Rosies Travel Service will be waiting for you holding a sign with your names on it. On the left you will see a bank, walk up and exchange the money for Fiji dollars which will give you approx. $160.00 FJD but just to let you know, the resorts all take credit cards.

For more information and ideas for an exotic Fiji Island holiday, contact the

Travel Gal at 800 644-6659.  By the way I’ve been to Fiji 5 times and heading back

there in November to check out some new resorts and updates - call me!

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The Four Season Wailea Was Wonderful!

June 21, 2013

Aloha Teresa,
I just want to send a note to thank you for all the wonderful planning you did for us to make our Maui anniversary trip so special.

The airline tickets were perfect in that we did not have long lay-overs.

The Four Seasons Wailea hotel accommodations were wonderful.  We could sit in bed and see the Pacific Ocean, you can’t beat that - you  live in a paradise.

We were just as  pleased this vacation as we were last summer on our European Vacation you arranged for us with a private car & driver in Nice, France. It was truly a pleasure  getting to meet you.  Your personality is perfect for your travel work as well as real estate. We are now rested from our trip and caught up at work.

thank you for all you did for us.

love,Judy and Ted

Note: I organized a fabulous anniversary for Ted & Judy on the island of Maui.  Through my Virtuoso Travel connections, our company is a “preferred partner” with the Four Seasons Resorts worldwide.  We are able to secure upgrades, VIP service as well as complimentary breakfast for our guests.  I also pre-arranged dinner reservations at the finest restaurants like Merrimans, Feast at Lele, Mamas Fishhouse, Nicks Fishmarket and Haile Maile General Store prior to their arrival so they wouldn’t miss anything.

If you too would love to experience my island paradise like a local

contact me, the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659

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