Explore Papua New Guinea, Yap & Palau in 2013!

April 27, 2012

Its time to broaden your horizons, lose the laptop, turn off the cell phone, embrace your inner explorer and set sail for the remote islands of the South Pacific.  Cruise aboard Zegrahm Expeditions Explorer Ship, the Clipper Odyssey April 16-May 2, 2013.

Visit this far frontier of the western South Pacific-including the outer islands of Papua New Guinea, Yap and Palau where you will embrace authentic, traditional cultures on exotic tropical islands.

This 17-day South Pacific tour will astonish you with diverse landscapes, from soaring volcanic peaks to submerged craters teeming with kaleidoscopic fish, and offers unique encounters with native Melanesian and Micronesian people and their exuberant ritualistic hospitality.

During your South Pacific adventure, one of the highlights will be touring the island of Yap where you will experience everything from a war canoe greeting to energetic native dances to rhythmic drumming and curious schoolchildren - a photographers heaven!

Throughout your South Pacific expedition, you will have the opportunity to hike through tropical foliage in search of endemic birds, enjoy leisurely strolls along warm sandy beaches, and snorkel and scuba dive nearly every day among fringing coral reefs populated by more than 1,400 fish species.

South Pacific expedition highlights:

  • Watch energetic dance performances by the Trobriand and Yap islanders, as well as the Baining tribe’s dramatic fire-dance during the Yap tour and other island visits.
  • Hike lush jungles, stroll beaches brushed by palm fronds, view smoking volcanoes, and cruise by Zodiac along remote shorelines as part of your South Pacific adventure travels.
  • View spinner dolphins and sea turtles at sea and monitor lizards and flying foxes ashore.
  • Snorkel or dive amongst neon damsels, parrotfish, wrasses, and giant tridacna clams.
  • Look for magnificent frigate birds, white-bellied sea eagles, and sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Zegrahm Expeditions is an all inclusive South Pacific Expedition, including:

  • All gratuities, from porters and ship’s crew to tour guides
  • All accommodations, including pre-voyage hotel nights
  • Welcome dinner and orientation briefing to get to know one another and get a good sense of what’s to come during your South Pacific adventure travels
  • Daily activity options, from snorkeling and diving among vibrantly hued marine life to exploring remote islands and visiting with local schoolchildren
  • World-class lecture and South Pacific expedition team
  • All meals onboard and with the group ashore
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • All transfers on the group arrival and departure days
  • Gift certificates for recommended South Pacific expedition gear and reading materials
  • Comprehensive pre-departure packet to prepare you for your South Pacific and Yap expedition, with everything from currency information and weather to shipboard amenities and a packing list
  • Medical and emergency evacuation insurance
For more information, costing and details, contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659
or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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M/S Paul Gauguin offers Luxury and Adventure with their SCUBA Dive Program

September 11, 2011

The Paul Gauguin was built with adventure in mind. There is an amazing Watersports Marina off the back of the ship where all of the watersports equipment is launched. From this marina you will easily be able to access the ocean and come face to face with a colorful parade of marine life, from magnificent parrot fish and clownfish to stately sea turtles. You will be able to hop aboard a windsurfer, launch a kayak, or embark on a Zodiac for optional diving adventures. Your first dive into crystal-clear waters will spoil you for anything else under the sun-or the seven seas. Also the ship’s small footprint enables it to navigate hidden lagoons that larger ships would never dare to enter.

While cruising the French Polynesia take advantage of the crystal clear water teaming with sealife and learn how to SCUBA Dive! The Paul Gauguin is the only luxury ship in the South Seas to offer PADI certification onboard for novice divers as well as classes at all levels, from snorkeling to advanced scuba diving techniques, supervised by their own staff of PADI dive masters. For the convenience of their guests, all necessary equipment, including an air compressor to refill scuba tanks, is onboard.

For more information contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email Teresa@LuxuryHideaways.net

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50% off Sale at Le Taha’a Private Island & Spa Resort

July 11, 2011

Add on to your fantastic cruise around the islands of Tahiti by ending your amazing holiday and enjoy Incredible savings at the one of Tahiti’s premier luxury resorts!   Stay 7 nights stay at Le Taha’a Private Island and Spa Resort.

Designed to be one of the most luxurious hotels in French Polynesia; it is the only one of its kind in the archipelago. Le Taha’a is a proud member of Relais & Châteaux association which confers on it the symbol of quality known as the 5C’s: Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm & Cuisine.

Superbly located on the coral reef of Motu Tautau and facing the island of Taha’a on the lagoon side, it offers an unsurpassed view of the island of Bora Bora. In addition to a wide range of activities & excursions available in Raiatea & Taha’a, the resort has its own scuba dive center. It also offers a wide variety of unique treatments in the onsite Manea Spa - ranked among the top 3 spas in the world according to the Robb Report Magazine.

Package Includes:
* Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui
* Meet and greet and assist by local operator
* Inter island flights
* Roundtrip hotel transfers
* 7 nights stay in a Sunset Overwater Suite
* All taxes and service fees

Prices begin at $4,129.00 per person depending on occupancy.

Valid for travel from 1 October - 14 December 2011 and from 7 January - 31 March 2012)

Call your Luxury Hideaways Travel Gal for more information at 800 644-6659

or email Teresa@Luxuryhideaways.net today!

Ask for SSPOT 2011

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The family vacation - as good as it gets at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

May 26, 2009

Hyatt Maui PoolThe Hawaiian family holiday is alive and well at the Maui Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa with an offer that makes it easier than ever to experience everything you’ve always loved about getting away together.

Discover the ultimate Kaanapali Beach hotel surrounded by 40 beachfront acres, this breathtaking Maui hotel presents an astonishing array of delightful ways to spend your days and nights. Frolic in the water playground, pamper yourself at the world class spa, play championship golf and tennis, scuba diving, ride the waves, its all here for all of your family.

The summer family vacation special includes:Hyatt hotel room

- Full breakfast for all registered guests
- 15% discount on Hyatt Pure spa services
- 15% discount on dining
- Free 1/2 day kids program at Camp Hyatt
- Locally inspired in-room kids snack amenity
- Exclusive 20% discount valid in National Geographic’s online store
- 1 free movie per stay
- 1 bottomless cup per child per stay
- Coloring book amenity for all kids

Plus get 50% off a second room - including full breakfast for up to four kids.

When you stay six or more nights get one night free plus a one room category upgrade.

Enjoy The Classic Family Vacation at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide through September 7, 2009. Terms & conditions apply.

To Reserve Your Stay with any Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa,

call 800 644-6659

Your ‘See the South Pacific Specialist’ at Luxury Hideaways

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A Guide to Maui - My Island Home

May 18, 2009

Hana coastlineSecluded from the rest of the world, the Islands of Hawaii warmly welcome everyone visiting her shores. With a climate perfect for beach going, cooled by trade winds and infused with the scent of tropical flowers like plumeria, gardenia & tuberose, Hawaii is America’s vacation paradise and where I am blessed to call home.

The Island of Maui, also known as the land of the rainbows is incredibly beautiful and diverse. There are four topographical areas of Maui:
1. There is the soft, white sandy stretches of beach and the crashing waves which everyone expects when they visit Hawaii. You will find beach parks & sections where there is no one else on the beach. Your biggest decision will be “how big of a wave do I want to play in today?” or “how much of a breeze do I need to cool off? “Or if I’m snorkeling or scuba diving today, which coral reef should I go explore?

So, after a day or two at the beach, when your skin needs a rest from the accumulating sunburn, jump in your car and explore the other sides of Maui.

2. While on island you must take a drive up the slopes of Haleakala - which means ‘House of the Sun’ in Hawaiian. The terrain is all rolling hills with cows, horses, and every shade of green imaginable.
Spend a few hours in Makawao, which is an old cowboy town; if you arrive early enough, you’ll be able to enjoy a Komodo Bakery donut on a stick - worth the drive in itself. I’ve seen people line up at the door just to enjoy one of their famous cream puffs.

3. The crater of Haleakala appears to be like the surface of the moon. Haleakala Highway is one ofMy toes in Hana the fastest ascending road in the world. Take a jacket and long pants - it is cold up there! See the Silver-swords in bloom, located only on the crater’s edge. There are day hikes into the crater or get up at about 2:00am to drive up in the dark and see the sun rise out of the ocean - it is a spectacular sight! Haleakala houses one of the top Observatories in the U.S.

4. The tiny town of Hana is situated on the east side of Maui in a tropical rain forest. Plan your holiday so you can spend your last few days in Hana and really relax. There are no golf courses and very few televisions or radio in Hana. However, you will find black sand beach, bamboo rainforest, guavas & banana trees, 53 one way bridges and too many waterfalls to count!

Are you ready to pack a bag, grab your sunscreen and join us?

Contact me for more island vacation ideas, lodging & activities at 800 644-6659.

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