Our Maui Vacation was just Wonderful!

February 12, 2014

Hi Teresa,

Finally a very belated thank you for our great stay in Hawaii, especially Maui and our lunch in the Lahaina Yacht Club.  I sense it’s a real local haven in a busy little town.

Teresa, Maui is just wonderful! The weather in winter is possible better than ours mid-summer and we managed to do lots including getting to Mamas Fishhouse for a decadent lunch.  It was a little much needed ‘down time’ before we met with our son and his family for a much busier time in Waikiki.

We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and that 2014 will be a great year for you.

Thanks again
Maurice & Anne S.

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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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Lets Plan the Ultimate Romantic, Hawaiian Luxury Hideaway Holiday!

April 11, 2012

If you are considering celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary in Hawaii and would like some direction on how to plan your tropical island vacation - you are in the right place!  If you have 8-10 nights, I would suggest splitting you vacation between 2 resorts - but stay on 1 island - the island of Maui. When you move from one area to the other, it feels like you’ve moved to another island without having to deal with the airports.

I am attaching a “bit” here of information on the 10 high end resort in Hawaii as I’d like you to see all options, on all islands.  http://bit.ly/HG6xaV

My favorite combo would be either the Wailea/Hana are or the Kapalua/Hana area.

Wailea area:
Four Seasons Maui or Fairmont Kealani Resort
They are both fantastic, intimate, high end resorts located near each other.  I would suggest checking rates and free night specials to see which one is offering the best “special” for your dates of travel.

Kapalua area:
Ritz Carlton Kapalua - a beautiful small resort, really more of a destination, located about 9 miles north of Lahaina.

Hana area:
The Traveassa Hana Resort - end with the best - here you can reserve a Searanch cottage with private spa tub on your deck. Hana is old Hawaii, its in the middle of a rainforest and it takes 2 - 3 hours to drive over the 50 one way bridges - you will want to rent a convertible to really experience the trip, inclusive of waterfalls, bamboo forests and guavas falling off the trees.

The island of Oahu - Waikiki
The Kahala Resort is fabulous, if you wanted to visit Pearl Harbor and stay on Oahu for a few days, then head to an outer island, this is what I would suggest you lay your head.

The island of Lanai:
I have also included the 2 Four Seasons Resorts located on Lanai i.e. the Four Seasons Manele Bay, which is located at the beach and the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele, which is located inland. You can easily drive to either resort and enjoy the amenities at one and stay at the other, extremely peaceful but lots of activities.

The Big Island of Hawaii:
The Four Seasons Hualalai is one of the top Four Seasons in the world - absolutely gorgeous, lots to explore on the island.

The Island of Kauai:
There is a sweet little resort called the Koa Kea Resort - not quite the Four Seasons but a boutique resort.  Now there is also the St. Regis Princeville which of course is gorgeous but I have a problem w/the hotel as there are no lanais (patios) in the rooms and this is a favorite thing to do, enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine on the lanai - can’t be done, but I wanted to mention the hotel.

So, now that I’ve completely confused you….look at the link I have attached to this article and give me a call.  We will be more equipped to plan your romantic holiday.  Do you like to golf, snorkle, hike or perhaps spa services are important to you?  Do you want to plan a romantic, private dinner? Lets discuss the options - also do keep in mind I am a Virtuoso Travel Advisor - the benefits to my Clients are extra amenities, perks and upgrades not available to the general public.

Contact me at Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net or call 800 644-6659

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Aston Hotels & Resorts Offering Free Nights in Hawaii

February 9, 2012

While visiting the Hawaiian Islands, the most economical way to vacation is to rent a condominium on or near the beach, especially if this is a family vacation.  The condominiums are set up with full kitchens and separate bedrooms - who wants to vacation with their kids in their bedroom for a week?! (what you get when you reserve just a hotel room for the family).

If you hurry you can take advantage of every 3rd night free at participating Aston Hotels and Resorts properties on four Hawaiian islands when you reserve your trip by Feb. 17, 2012. Following are the nightly starting rates for the promotion:

Oahu hotels (for travel from Apr. 1-June 30, 2012):
-Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel from $137
-Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel from $147
-Aston Pacific Monarch from $183

Hawaii Island (for travel from Mar. 25-June 21, 2012):
-Aston Kona by the Sea from $245
-Aston Shores at Waikoloa from $259
-Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas from $285

Kauai (for travel from Mar. 25-June 21, 2012):
-Aston Aloha Beach Hotel from $119
-Aston Islander on the Beach from $165
-Aston at Poipu Kai from $229
-Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages from $299

Maui (for travel from April 9-June 19, 2012):
-Aston Maui Lu from $195
-Aston at the Maui Banyan from $199
-Aston Kaanapali Shores from $209
-?Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas from $209
-Aston at Papakea Resort from $209
-Aston Mahana at Kaanapali from $295
-?Aston Maui Hill from $309

In addition to the free nights offer, Aston is promoting its exclusive Aloha Book, with offers worth more than $2,500 in savings on dining, shopping and activities. The amenity serves as a guide to some of the best culture, history, cuisine and attractions in Hawaii.

Contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email teresa@luxuryhideaways.net for more details.

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Cheap Airfare to Hawaii-Start Packing your Bags!

November 19, 2011

Take Advantage of Low New Year’s Fares to the Hawaiian Islands! Plan an informative, active and fun trip for your family and spend a week this winter in paradise. Assign your kids to write a report on their educational adventures in Hawaii.

Oahu - There is only one Royal Palace on U.S. soil and its located on this island. ‘Iolani Palace entertained Heads of State, including Queen Elizabeth.  ’Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

After experiencing your educational walking tour, have you secretly wanted to visit surfers paradise out at Pipeline? The winter waves are the biggest and best of the year!

Maui - The islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai create a “perfect craddle” for the Humpback Whales to frolick, play and birth their new baby calves.  How about taking your kids on a whale watch and view the Humpback whales teaching their baby calves how to breach?  Lets plan a cruise where they will be able to listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact and see males compete for females!

Hawaii - The volcanoes on the Big island of Hawaii are still erupting - this would make a great science report! The island called Hawaii is larger than all of the other islands combined, big enough to include 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. Here you can experience accessible waterfalls and rainforests in Hilo or view Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Kauai - The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is known for its dramatic, natural beauty. Adventure lovers, those seeking romantic locales, and family vacationers all can find what they are after in Kauai — from the spectacular sea cliffs on the North coast to the amazing Waimea Canyon.

Give your family the gift of travel this Christmas and yourself a little soul-rejuvenating vacation this year? The mild climate and relaxed lifestyle make winter a wonderful time to visit Hawaii.

With Hawaiian Airs’ special low fares, you can enjoy an Island adventure to kick 2012 off with a dose of aloha spirit.

Booking Period - 11/14 - 11/21/2011
Hawaii Flights from $298* RT

These are just a few ideas - give us a call for more ideas as we know the islands best!  Call 800 644-6659 or Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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The Annual Pailolo Challenge-Canoe Race from Maui to Molokai

September 19, 2011

Early Saturday morning marked the annual Pailolo Challenge Canoe Race between Maui and Molokai scheduled for a 9:00am start at D.T. Fleming Beach. I arrived at 730 am, along with 2 greyhound busses of paddlers from the Westin Villas. Hundreds of paddlers fly in from all islands for this event. It is one of the last canoe races of the season that runs from the end of May until the beginning of August. Paddlers train all year for this 26 mile race. Last year approx 100 teams participated in the Challenge.

Driving my little car down toward Fleming beach, there was a light mist in the air - the Hawaiians would call it a blessing, I looked out onto the water, there was a rainbow - I think the blessing is in the rainbow.

As I was setting up my little mat on the hillside to ensure a great view, I began talking story with an older Hawaiian gentleman resting at a picnic table. I asked him if he ever paddled the Pailolo channel - oh sure yea he says, “Back in ‘58 it was just a bunch of us guys getting together, nothing organized like this, just guys having fun. We later formed the Lahaina Canoe club in about 1960.’” Someone asked him if the 1st place team in the Pailolo challenge won any money, he replied, “No, but they give choke prizes, its done for sport and good times.”

There were a few hundred people on the beach and grassy area, team members preparing their canoes, family and friends wishing safe passage and a general excitement in the air. I spotted an old friend of mine that was in the race, he shared that in an effort to prepare for this race, the paddlers have already spent the season racing against the other dozen or so Canoe Clubs around the islands. Also they’ve paddled quite a few practice runs for the 26 mile race by paddling their one-man canoes over to Molokai, then hopping onboard the ferry for the trip back to Maui. The Molokai ferry allows paddlers to carry a one-man canoe onboard, stacked in the back of the ferry.

I’ve also learned, each team consists of 9 - 12 members. Each canoe is assigned an escort boat (most of the escort boats were small commercial fishing boats) that carry the extra paddlers on board as there are only 6 seats on each canoe. It takes an average of 3 hours or more to paddle across the channel. The paddlers change out 1 seat every 10 minutes thereby allowing each paddler to paddle for an hour, then take a break and watch the action from the comfort of the escort boat. He continues on that It’s pretty much a straight shot from D.T.Fleming Beach to Kauanakakai Harbor. Just paddle to the Kamalu Buoy and turn toward Molokai.

Pailolo Channel is one of the windiest channels in the Hawaiian Islands. The tradewinds blowing between Maui and Molokai funnel the waves into perfectly spaced bumps that offer a great ride virtually all the way from Fleming Beach to Kaunakai Pier 26 miles away.

As 9:00am was fast approaching, the canoes were carried down to the shorebreak, everyone sporting their team colors. There were lots of spectators milling about, taking pictures and generally getting in the way. As the paddlers launched their canoes across the waves breaking on the shoreline, the first 6 paddlers climbed aboard their canoe and began paddling out to meet up with their assigned escort boat. The rest of the team members jumped in the water and began swimming out to meet the escort boat as well. The canoes lined up on the horizon, the gun sounded and the race began - 26 miles to Molokai…..

Of course I was still on the beach on Maui but I knew when the race was over and everyone was safely in, all of the teams would be greeted with flower leis, hugs, ono grinds, cold drinks and lots of aloha - next year I’ll need to plan ahead to meet the canoes and share in the good times on Molokai. Ahh life on an island in the middle of the sea….

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay - Paradise is still available for Christmas!

September 9, 2011

Looking for a fabulous family vacation resort for Christmas?  Perhaps a “luxury hideaway with the little ones“? A little slice of heaven in Hawaii? Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay is where you will want stay!

This Five Star resort offers impeccable service and is the perfect island getaway… so relaxing. While you are lounging by their lovely pool you will be treated to Evian spritzers, ice water, chilled towels and fruit kabobs. Steps from the resort, just down the beach path, you will find Hulopoe Bay and a great stretch of white sand beach. You can sit back and enjoy the sun or snorkel and explore the underwater world at best spot on the island for snorkeling and swimming. It will be the perfect time of year to see the Humpback whales and Spinner dolphins.

The Island of Lanai is a wonderful playground where you will find * Horseback riding * Golf * Snorkeling & SCUBA diving * Mountain biking * Skeet shooting * Lanai Art Center

The Spa is incredible and has 11 treatment rooms including red cedar dry heat saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms and rainforest showers. Dining is fabulous at both Manele Bay and their sister resort, The Four Season Lodge at Koele! You can also take a complimentary shuttle to the Lodge for the day or just to have a nice dinner.

The Four Seasons Manele Bay is a fantastic resort for children: they will be greeted with a welcome amenity, child size bathrobes, complimentary infant and children’s toiletries, welcome milk and cookies on the evening of arrival and even a teen center is available.

Two Island Tip: If you are looking for something a little extra, would like to visit 2 islands but don’t want to deal with the airports, a Maui-Lanai combo vacation is a great idea! Expeditions Ferry cruises five times a day with service between Lahaina Harbor, Maui & Manele Harbor, Lanai. The pleasant 45 minute crossing makes a Lanai add-on to any Maui stay easy and affordable!  Plus you’ll be getting a whalewatching opportunity so be sure to bring your binoculars!

For more Christmas vacation ideas call us at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net today!

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Happy Clients - Happy Vacation!

August 30, 2011


I was very pleased with Teresa’s voluntary information about Maui. We have been there before but she added to our former experience. I especially like her phone etiquette and follow/up. She was able to get us the exact type of condo we needed. She suggested reserving a car for us and saved us a tremendous about of worry about added reservations. I will definitely trust her with any future reservations.

Joyce S.  August 2011
Note: Joyce reserved an 11 day vacation at the Aston Papakea Resort on Maui for herself and family

Aston Papakea Resort:
Located on the West side of Maui, just 4 miles North of Lahaina is one of my favorite moderately priced luxury hideaways (they dont have to be expensive!) - Papakea Resort. It is an oceanfront condominium surrounded with hibiscus, plumeria trees and bird of paradise, it is a gardners delight. The property is immaculate and offer 2 large swimming pools, spa tubs, 18-hole putting greens, shuffleboard courts, and barbecue areas.

Papakea Resort offers studios as well as 1 and 2 bedroom condos.  They are very spacious with all of the amenities of home, including a washer/dryer and dishwasher, the conveniences of a hotel, and the fun-and-games of a resort bring family life to full flower.

Honeymooners find the spacious grounds and unusually beautiful gardens to be the perfect spots for restful privacy. On Monday evenings, a complimentary mai tai party brings everyone together for hula lessons and Hawaiian music.  The Aston Papakea offers my clients the enjoyment of living on an island in the middle of the Sea.

Are you ready to stick your toes in the sand and a maitai in your hand?

Call me at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net

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Lahaina Historic Trail - an Interesting & Educational Walking-tour

August 26, 2011

Be sure to take the time to uncover the significance of Lahaina, Maui as the first capital of Hawaii, the Pacific’s wildest whaling port and a plantation settlement! This free, self-guided walking tour takes visitors to 62 significant sites throughout Lahaina, many of which have been designated National Historic Landmarks. Bronze plaques around Front Street mark the trail and designate points of interest.  Reward yourself at the end of the tour with a maitai at the famous Pioneer Inn, where Mark Twain slept.

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Makawao, Maui - where the Paniolo lifestyle is alive and well!

June 30, 2011

Makawao, MauiPaniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town and a renowned art community

Located on the mid-slopes of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, Makawao has one foot in its plantation past and another in its thriving arts community. This charming town was once named one of the top 25 arts destinations in the United States.

Makawao is the biggest little town in the region locally known as Upcountry Maui and is famous for its Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo. Since the late 19th century, horseback-riding paniolo have wrangled cattle in Maui’s wide-open upland fields. The Makawao Rodeo, held yearly on the Fourth of July, is Hawaii’s largest paniolo competition and has been an Upcountry tradition for more than 50 years. The weekend events include a parade and traditional rodeo competitions such as barrel racing, calf roping and bareback bronco riding, all with a few Hawaiian twists.

For a snack, follow the locals to get a famous cream puff from T. Komoda Store. Established in 1916 by Takezo Komoda, a Japanese plantation worker, this little store and bakery does big business. Lines can be long in the morning when everything’s fresh, so come early. The bakery is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

You can also spend the afternoon exploring and shopping in the eclectic shops, boutiques and art galleries in town. Makawao is also home to the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, where visitors can take classes and explore free gallery exhibits. The combination of its paniolo heritage and its lively artistic community make Makawao a unique stop on your visit to Maui.

Exerpts from GoHawaii.com

NOTE: I’ve got my cowgirl hat & jeans, camera in hand, pointing my little car upcountry Saturday morning for a dirt kickin’ good time!

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