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Fairmont Resorts in Hawai’i Jan 03


The Fairmont Orchid – located on Hawai’i Island (The Big Island) is a AAA Four Diamond resort located on the sunny Kohala Coast. A 32-acre oceanfront luxury paradise the Fairmont Orchid offers guests access to golf, tennis,six restaurants, year round children’s facilities and a white sand lagoon.

Home to the famous  Spa Without Walls,which features massage hales(huts), indoor treatment rooms,a steam room,dry sauna, oceanfront massage options as well as a boutique with spa products. The Fitness Center features all the latest in fitness equipment, daily seaside yoga, pool aerobics and a world-class tennis pavilion.

Complimentary Daily activities include Hawaii Arts & Crafts and cultural hikes around the resort exploring ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and lava shelter caves.

A golfer’s paradise The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Golf Courses  provides a challenge for pros and amateurs alike with two award winning- Par 72-  18 hold courses the North and the South, which are consistently listed as one of the world’s top golf resorts by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine – amazing scenery featuring dramatic ocean views, lush tropical greenery with black lava as a backdrop.

Six Restaurants and Lounges can be found on property including Brown’s Beach House Restaurant(order the fresh ginger ale) ,Norio’s Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, Hale Kai Restaurant, Brown’s Deli, The Orchid Court, In room dining, Kahakai Bar and Luana Lounge.  In addition several other great local restaurants within the Mauna Lani Resort Complex are available as well.

Weddings are available with many romantic locations throughout the resort available to choose from , the wedding and event staff can hand every small detail to make your special day perfect, whether you want a formal backdrop, barefoot with toes in the sand, waterfalls and lush foliage, a coconut palm grove or incorporate a Hawaii Outrigger Canoe.

It is said a little slice of Heaven waits for you at The Fairmont Orchid , visitors will not be disappointed.

White sand beach lagoon

White sand beach lagoon

Massage Hale at Spa Falls

Massage Hale at Spa Falls

Oceanfront pool area

Oceanfront pool area

Fairmont Kea Lani located on Wailea’s Polo Beach, Maui is Hawaii’s one of a kind villa luxury oceanfront resort. Offering spacious (860 square feet of living space)one bedroom suites and two story villas that are just teps from the ocean and include a private courtyard with plunge pool, fully equipped kitchen and barbecue grill – perfect for a family home away from home or for two couples traveling together on vacation. In addition to 24 hour in suite dining, Caffe Ciao Bakery & Deli( I suggest you grab a picnic basket to go when driving the Road to Hana or exploring the island), Polo Beach Grille and Bar, Kea Lani Restaurant or award winning fine dining fine options are available at Nick’s Fishmarket Maui offering the freshest in sea food and Ko which features plantation era cuisine influences by Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portugese, Korean and Japanese cultures. After dinner I suggest you watch the sunset from the open-air Luana Lounge – serving some of the world’s finest rums, extensive wine list, all your tropical Hawaiian favorites, Pupus and specialty martinis all while enjoying live entertainment.The Fairmont Kea Lani offers something for every traveler from the 140-foot water slide, toddler pool,free laundry facilities and sandy-bottom swimming beach. For couples on their honeymoon or anniversary trip they have an adults-only pool,two whirlpools and a swim-up bar. For those that are on a fitness regiment  they have a 24 hour fitness center, nearby tennis and adjacent to championship Wailea golf courses, a beauty salon and the new Willow Stream Spa. Fairmont Kea Lani also offers an award-winning Hawaiian Cultural Program. In addition to all the wonderful amenities on property so much is located nearby , world class shopping at the Shops at Wailea and other local restaurants.

But most importantly the most important amenity found at the Fairmont Kea Lani is the gracious aloha spirit from the resort staff add all this together and it is no wonder that year after year Fairmont Kea Lani wins so many awards and is the perfect vacation destination regardless of the reason for your trip to Hawaii.

To book your Hawaii Vacation at either Fairmont resort  Contact: Linda Dancer 

Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888ext 331  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Email:


Luana Lounge

Luana Lounge

Main pool area

Kea Lani-Main Pool

Kea Lani-Main Lobby

Kea Lani-Main Lobby

Five of my favorite Spas of Hawai’i Oct 11

One of the hardest parts of my job is being able to answer What is your favorite? (pick a category) in Hawai’i, that is always such a hard question to answer, or to narrow down because there are so many wonderful candidates for every category whether that be spa,restaurant,luau,activity or island. Everyone has a different hot button that they really need to include on their vacation to have a wonderful time, for me  including a visit to the spa is always at the top of my list. Hawai’i has so many wonderful spas it was hard to narrow down to a short list of five of my favorites, but here goes:

Number 1

Kapalua Spa

Kapalua Spa -Located at The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, on the shores of Kapalua Bay-(Maui) is truly a seaside sanctuary. From the moment you enter the bamboo garden, the sound of water helps to transfer you to a place of serenity and calm. Embracing the healing properties of water and natural minerals from the islands with signature treatments such as Journey through the Ocean and ‘Awa & Cacao Lomi Wrap. Body and skin therapies are available such as Ali’i Kula Lavender Scrub and Organic Ocean Facials, a full menu of massages including Lomi Lomi(A healing art form from old Hawai’i meaning to rub) which can be preformed in 19 single and couples treatment rooms including 10 outdoor private bungalows that are truly amazing. Follow up your treatment in the tranquil relaxation rooms with sauna,steam,or cold rain showers.
Other Spa amenities include: A full service beauty salon,fitness facility with state-of-the-art Kinesis Circuit System, Yoga studio overlooking Kapalua Bay, Saline Lap Pool and sunning deck, a juice bar and retail boutique. For more information contact them (808) 665-8282
Number 2

Mauna Lani Spa

Mauna Lani Spa Located at the Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalows, Hawai’i Island, is a past recipient of the prestigious honor of being rated #1 spa in Hawai’i by Islands and Hawaii Magazines (2009)
Each Hawaiian experience at Mauna Lani’s luxury day spa begins with a rejuvenating foot soak and signature “fire and ice” tea service. Hawaiian experiences such as LomiLomi Massage, LomiLomi Hula Massage(great for couples) Opu Huli Massage, Pohaku Pa’a(Hawaiian Hot Stone) or choose one of their signatures  Fire and Ice Pa’akai therapy.
Lava Sauna Experience: Open air sauna, warm llilli stones under your feet, a mixture of black volcanic clay is given to you so you can smooth it on your skin-when the mud dries-your stress dries too and is rinced away under a private outdoor rain shower, followed by re-moisture to your skin with signature oils.
Lava Watsu Experience: built amongst ancient lava tubes,this unique pool harnesses the energy of the land, features soothing skin temperature salt water, underwater acoustics, tranquil lighting and a waterfall- all the while the therapist supports you, stretches and massages you as you lie passively in warm salt water, bringing you to a state of total tranquility (great for expectant mothers).
Located in the Mauna Lani Sports Club: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743   Phone  (808) 881-7922  Email
Number 3

Spa Falls

Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid,Hawaii Island listen closely and you can hear the water rushing through Spa Falls.Whether you choose to have your spa experience in one of eight private outdoor waterfall hale(huts) perfectly situated within Spa Falls,one of the six amazing oceanfront hale or one of four indoor treatment rooms a day spent at the Spa Without Walls will most certainly leave you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.
As if you need another reason to love Kona Coffee, one of their signature treatments is the Signature Big Island Kona Coffee Exfoliation Treatment which will enliven your senses and renew your skin in a way you have never experienced. A mini massage and misting with luscious vanilla cream and spritz tops off this aromatic renewing experience (done indoors only).  HIWAHIWA – with infusions of Big Island Wild Orchids and Gardenias is another of my favorites at this spa.
Customized Massages  include LomiLomi, Sports,Deep Tissue and Pohaku-Wela (hot stone) massage therapy just to name a few
Full service salon  and  spa boutique to take home some of the signature spa products used during your service is available .
Fairmont Orchid is located 1 North Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii  96743  Phone (808) 885-2000
Number 4

lap pool

Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai’ Resort and Spa – Honoring a culture rooted in the balance between wisdom and nature, Anara Spa weaves traditional healing customs into treatments to inspire lokahi- unity,harmony and balance.
Hawaiian Escapes-inspired by traditional healers who practice herbal medicine,massage and spiritual healing are provided in your private garden hale and begin with a tropical foot bath (great for couples as well).  My favorite is Kaua’i Clay – brings elements from local rainforest together to connect you to the healing energy of Kaua’i – beginning with local ‘awa root (used to ease anxiety and insomnia) is polished over your body with coconut oil and warm stones. Followed by a nutrient rich mask of volcanic clay to detoxify and balance your system, followed by a soothing massage with botanical lotion – amazing!
This  award-winning 45,000 square foot spa is the largest in Kaua’i  and includes a 24-hour StayFit gym, open air yoga and fitness classes – A full menue of massages, body treatments and facials are available as well as a full service salon and spa boutique.
Located: Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort and Spa, 1571 Poipu Road, Koloa,Hawaii 96756  Phone (808) 742-1234  Email:
Number 5

Kahala Spa

KahalaSpa located at the Kahala Hotel & Resort , Honolulu,Oahu(named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas-Hawaii  2012 by Conde Nast Traveler Readers). 
 If you are seeking an overall feeling of complete relaxation and rejuvenation you will find it at the Kahala Spa-they put a special emphasis on Hawaiian healing techniques and cultural practices,you can just feel the spiritual energy or “mana” here. A visit to the Kahala Spa is a luxurious experience-they had me hooked forever after the Ho’omaka(a cleaning and detoxifying sea salt foot scrub)
Signature treatments such as Lovely Hula Hands -a four handed dancing of hands you experience during this version of the traditional Hawaiian LomiLomi massage.
Kahala Spa has nine spacious treatment rooms-each appointed with its own relaxation area,glass enclosed shower and deep soaking tub. Spa therapists are experienced in a wide variety of blobal healing techniques and therapies, respecting ancient traditions as practiced by Hawaiian and other Asian cultures.
Kahala Hotel & Resort , 5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816   For more information contact the resort (808) 739-8888.
Did you know there are many benefits from getting massages?
1. Massage dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation, relieving congestion throughout the body.
2. Massage relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
3. Massage acts as a mechanical cleanser,stimulating lymph circulation and hastening the elimination of toxic debris.
4. Massage encourages the retention of nitrogen,phosphorus and sulfur that are necessary for tissue repair.
5. Massage simply makes you feel good.
So next time you wonder if spending that extra money on spa treatments when you are on vacation is worth the investment, just know you are really doing something beneficial.
For more information on these  resorts and spa  Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Updated : King Kamehameha (Kona Beach Hotel) is now a Courtyard by Marriott Sep 20

New Lobby

Former visitors  to Hawaii Island might know this lovely hotel as just  King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, but being re-branded recently as a Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, this one of a kind hotel located on the only whitesand beach in Kona has even more to offer to repeat or first time visitors. Starting with the arrival experience (shown here with bright new lobby) the design team given the task of making over this resort from top to bottom truly out did themselves, winning an Award of Honor by The American Society of Interior Designers. The new blending of colors and textures add a level of luxury to this resort .

Kailua Bay

Overlooking picturesque Kailua Bay, the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel has been the headquarters for the world class IRONMAN World Championship and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament for many years. With so many dining options on property such as Honu’s on the Beach and Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille, swimming pool, full service spa, award winning Island Breeze Luau, great location for watersports such as stand up paddle boarding, and being within walking distance of so many histoical sites and shopping, visitors have everything at thier fingertips should they choose not to leave their resort.

Ahu'ena Heiau

Kona Beach Hotel is located on one of the most historic and important sites in all of Hawaii, as it was the place King Kamehameha the Great established his royal residence adjacent to the current location of the hotel that bears his name. He built the Ahu’ena Heiau during his reign, he dedicated to Lono the Hawaiian God of peace, agriculture and prosperity, (on the register of National Historic Landmarks as one of Hawaii’s most important historic sites). Kamehameha the Great chose to live and conduct official affairs of government on Hawaii Island, until his passing on May 8, 1819. Visitors to Kona Beach Hotel have the opportunity to see many historical artifacts and cultural items that depict 18th Century Hawaiian Life.
Looking for a location for your destination wedding in Hawaii? Kona Beach Hotel would be a wonderful choice whether your dream is to have your wedding on the beach, in the gardens or the historic King Kamehameha’s ceremonial site, with a dedicated team of event specialists you can be sure your special day will be perfect. Rated one of the Top 10 Wedding Worthy Hotels  in Hawaiian Weddings on any budget – for more wedding information contact the catering manager
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel/75-5660 Palani Road/Kailua-Kona,HI 96740
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Lava Lava Beach Club Jun 14

  Located on 10 beachfront acres  on Anaeho’omalu Bay within the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Lava Lava Beach Club  is  wonderful hidden spot for a great beachfront getaway on Hawai’i Island.  Offering guests beachfront cottages, a restaurant, bar  and access to other amenities such as spa and ocean sports activities at local Waikoloa Resorts, this hidden jewel has something for everyone, whether a small family getaway reserving several cottages together, couples looking to have a good time, or even destination weddings for something more unique than the average large resort the cottages would be a perfect choice.

Being familiar with Huggo’s, an oceanfront restaurant in Kailua-Kona  and  On The Rocks a casual beach bar also in Kailua-Kona,Paradise Gourmet Catering – which does amazing custom events,  naturally  I was so excited to learn about their new adventure in Waikoloa I could not wait to visit for myself.

Each of the four contemporary, freestanding beachfront cottages are decorated with casual luxury touches, just steps from the beach,fall to sleep with the sounds of the surf just steps from your cottage. Amenities offered with each cottage include a private covered lanai, air conditioning,kitchenette,outdoor shower and lots more.

   ** All beaches in Hawai’i are public, so there could be people  on the beach in front of your cottage, weddings and other special events can be held on the beach as well. In addition, the cottages are located next to a busy restaurant which features live music nightly until 10:00pm.

Lava Lava Beach Club  is a beautiful location for intimate destination weddings, for information contact  Noelani by email or call (808) 326-1244- with venues on the beach under the  kiawe trees  or the oceanfront lawn.

So if you are planning on visiting Hawai’i Island, and are looking for something a little different for all or part of your stay on the island I suggest you check out the cottages at  Lava Lava Beach Club.

Always giving back to the community – the team at Lava Lava Beach Club  frequently organizes and participates in fundraisers to benefit local non-profit organizations, including Hawaii Island Humane Society,Family Support Services,The Neighborhood Place of Kona among others, so before you travel to Hawaii Island check out their website to see if you can help these great organizations by stopping by to have dinner and enjoy an amazing meal.

Lava Lava Beach Club, 69-1081 Ku’uali’i  Place, Waikoloa , Hawaii 96738      (808)769-5282

Contact Linda Dancer  Email  Direct  828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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So many reasons to get married in Hawai’i Mar 29
Amazing Locations
Congratulations on your engagement!
Let the search begin for the perfect location to have the ceremony of your dreams. As you begin to think about your guest list, wedding dates and possible locations I hope that you will include a destination wedding in Hawai’i on your list of options.
It is so easy to get married in Hawai’i:
** You do not need to be a resident of Hawai’i or even a citizen of the United States to be married in the Hawaiian Islands** No waiting period and no blood test** Simply complete a marriage license application and then you and  your future spouse must appear together before an official marriage license agent on the island you choose, currently the license fee is $60 cash ** Your marriage license will be valid for 30 days and after your ceremony a marriage certificate will be mailed to you.
Amazing locations – The islands of Hawai’i are truly one of the most romantic places on earth,so many beautiful options to choose from for your ceremony from simple and elegant on the beach such as this beach ceremony at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, lush rainforest throughout the islands,amazing botanical gardens,fern grotto,onboard a boat at sunset, by a waterfall,historic church or oceanfront chapel,beachfront restaurants such sa The Beach House Restaurant on Kauai , privately owned venues such as the White Orchid Beach House ,and I work with the wedding team at many resorts closely to plan my clients weddings as well. In addition several popular Luau venues such s Old Lahaina Luau on Maui and  Paradise Cove Luau on Oahu offer wedding packages before the luau and the wedding party can attend the luau for your celebration dinner or reception.

Fresh Orchids

So many Hawaiian Cultural Elements can be combined into your ceremony such as a lei (the symbol of love and aloha) worn by both the bride and groom whether a lei of flowers around the neck or a woven floral headband for the bride and an open strand of maile leaves for him. Blessed to have so many beautiful flowers that grow fresh on the islands such as orchids, plumeria, lokelani rose,ginger flowers,pikake,tuberrose just to name a few and when blended with more traditional wedding flowers -so romantic. Hawaiian Kahu (Ministers) will often incorporate their native language into the ceremony through beautiful chants or songs, others will dress in their native Hawaiian attire, many other beautiful cultural elements can be added.
Planning a destination wedding from afar can be stressful that is why it is so important to work with a travel professional and an experienced wedding coordinator so that together they can make sure you have the wedding of your dreams and no detail is left to chance. Every detail that you would normally have to consider when planning your wedding at home will be addressed from time,location,photographer,flowers,food,music,wedding cake, color scheme and wedding theme. Your travel professional will assist in coordinating accomodations, flights, rental cars for the wedding party as needed.
Once the ceremony is over,  you are already in the pefect place for your Honeymoon, whether you elect to remain on the same island for honeymoon or take a short flight to a neighbor island there are so many activities and experiences on each of the islands from sunset dinner cruises, waterfalls to explore, horseback riding, kayak to a secluded cove for a private picnic, oceanfront couples massages  the choice is endless.
Regardless of the island that you choose come experience the Pilialoha (Romance) that is Hawai’i  !
Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331
Hawai’i Island – Outdoor Science Classroom Feb 28


Visitors have always been drawn to Hawai’i (The Big Island) because  of world class resorts, championship golf courses, big game  fishing , waterfalls and so much more, but many do not realize the island is also an amazing outdoor science classroom. Hawai’i Island has something amazing around every bend in the road with science adventures in the areas of Oceanography/Marine Science, Volcanoes and Volcanology, Astronomy, Geography/Biology/Natural History, Aquaculture/Agriculture and Renewable Energy Resources.  Regardless of where you are staying on the island  there are a multitude of places to visit, coded maps to help you locate some of the sites and there are several tour operators that specialize in these areas of exploration as well. Easy access to many of these areas of interest  would make this a wonderful island for families to make their family vacation a wonderful opportunity to learn,so much more exciting than a school class room. Nothing compares to seeing the steam escaping from a volcano, going down into a lava tube and seeing the turtles swimming in a tide pool. The Manta Ray Experience  by far is one of the unique experiences of my life.Dolphin Quest program at the Hilton Waikokoa Village Resort gives visitors the opportunity to interact with dolphins through several programs led by marine mammal experts.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Most people have seen a fiery eruption or red hot lava flow from at least Kilauea, even if just on The Weather Channel,  but Volcanoes National Park actually features two of the world’s most active volcanoes Kilauea and Maunaloa. Within the 500 square mile park visitors  can see the process of volcanoes over the last 70 million years,calderas, pit craters,cinder cones,dried lava lakes,sulfurous cracks and fissures,lava tubes (Thurston being the most famous). Home to the legendary Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Visitors will enjoy their visit to the park so much more if they take time to visit the Visitor’s Center first for a quick course in geology, natural history, park layout and safety.You will want to also visit the Observatory, Jaggar Museum perched on Kilauea Crater, and the Thurston Lava Tube, all located on the 11 mile Crater Rim Drive. The park is so big you’ll want to drive but be sure and get out along the way and hike some of the 150 miles of marked trails — Park rangers will also advise you if any active lava flows are accessible during your visit. For the latest eruption updates and geneal park info or call (808) 985-6000.

Fish Ponds

Aquaculture  and agriculture have always been an important part in the live of native Hawaiians, especially ancient Hawaiian Fishponds such as those at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Kaloko Honokohau National Park and the recently renovated Keauhou Resort Heiau project are great examples of fishponds. There are also several land-based farms  that are so interesting  such  as Hawaii Vanilla, Kona Coffee Farms,Hamakua  Mushrooms and the festive Hilo Farmers Market  is one of the best open markets in Hawai’i where you can sample and purchase wonderful fresh local produce, fresh flowers for your room during your visit, have a fresh fruit smoothie or purchase hand crafted items. Hawai’i AgVentures operated by the Big Island Farm Bureau offers a variety of family farm tours. If you are into Renewable Energy Resources  you might want to visit Kahua Ranch in North Kahala in addition to other tours they also provide their own power with wind turbines  or you can contact them  (808) 882-4646. Being blessed with lots of sunshine and strong trade winds Hawai’i Island has the potential to be an international showcase for alternative renewable energy resource exploration.


Polynesians  used the stars to guide their voyages around the Pacific  and ultimately to discover the Hawaiian Islands, so how fitting that Astronomy would also be such an important part of the opportunities of discovery available on Hawai’i Island. Located 13,796 feet high on the summit of Maunakea, you will find 13 astronomical observatories and is considered the world’s best observing site. Beginning with the first telescope in 1968, several groundbreaking discoveries have been made from the various telescopes, there are are more in the plans to be added in the future,making this the home of some of the largest telescopes in the world. For sure a visit to the summit would be a highlight of your visit to Hawai’i Island – I suggest you take a tour such as Mauna Kea Summit Adventures  or Hawai’i Forest & Trail as the weather conditions can be unpredictable and severe.  ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai’i   in Hilo  is another wonderful opportunity to learn about the 13 observatories located on Maunakea plus a full-dome, state of the art planetarium, plus 3-D presentations of data collected from the Subaru Telescope – plus several unique experiences that tie Native Hawaiian Culture and lanuguage to today’s astronomical discoveries. Located at the University of Hawai’i Hilo Science and Technology Park     contact them (808) 969-9700 , also  a wonderful cafe and gift shop.

For more information on booking your Hawai’i Island Vacation  or any of the tours mentioned in this blog post:

Contact Linda Dancer Hawaii Master Destination Specialist    Toll Free   1-888-811-1888 est 331

Direct Line (828) 256-1520 or by Email


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Hawaii Island Retreat Feb 01

Hawaii Island Retreat

Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia  on  Hawaii Island, The Big Island is a magical boutique hotel and spa where guests are invited to quiet their minds, enliven their senses and awaken their spirits. Located oceanfront  on the North Kohala Coast there is a feeling of peacefulness that provides a sanctuary  from the world that resides just past the resort gates. A retreat where guests come to immerse themselves in physical and spiritual journeys, where individuals and groups find peace, joy, a sense of connectedness within themselves, with the beautiful nature around them and with the other guests.
Activities such as yoga and conscious movement classes are offered in the spacious yoga studio overlooking the ocean, meditation classes are held in the garden sanctuaries, culinary & farm to table organic cooking and gardening classes, nature hikes through 50 acres of luscious fields, gardens and tropical forests  and many others are available for guest of the retreat.
Outdoor Massage Pavillions

Maluhia Spa at Hawaii Island Retreat  seeks to magnify and support the natural healing that being in nature supplies through a menu of Hawaiian and other holistic treatments and massages, many treatments in outdoor pavilions as shown here. Liberating spa treatments  provide cleansing, soothing and detoxifying. Heavenly spa treatments find harmony and balance and also offer couples massages, transforming spa treatments  renew body, mind and spirit.  Facials and other speciality  treatments such as milk and honey baths, aromatherapy baths,tropical flower baths , seaweed and sea salt baths are also offered at the spa.

Guests of Hawaii Island Retreat  will find all the amenities of a fine boutique hotel with lush warm furnishings, and rooms in a variety of calming  color schemes, luxurious baths with over sized soaking tubs  overlooking the ocean, natural forests and gardens.

Wonderful venue for an intimate wedding, a complete buyout of the resort  would give you endless possibilities for activities and locations for dining, rehearsal and reception  as well as group activities .

Salt purified infinity pool

Hawaii Island Retreat is a sustainable, green and eco-friendly wellness retreat  so next time you feel that you need to get off the hamster wheel of life and collect your thoughts and catch your breath, Hawaii Island Retreat would be an excellent choice.

I invite you to find the tranquility you seek  overlooking the ocean, in the gardens and sitting amongst the ancient healing stones.

A short drive from the resort  you will find the towns of Kapa’au and Hawi where you will find many artists villages, shops, cafes and historical sites.

 54-250 Maluhia, North Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island    Phone  (808) 889-6336  

Contact  Linda Dancer  Email    Phone (828) 256 1520

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The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Nov 23

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is Hawai’i Islands premier cultural and eco-friendly resort. When asked how to best describe this resort, by my fellow Hawaii Master Destination Specialist, I have to honestly answer them it is just a feeling that you have for this resort. Hard to define since it is not cut from the typical cloth of chain resorts, where visitors have an expectation of the resort based upon other resorts.
From the moment you step into the multi-level open air lobby, you are greeted by the sound of cascading waterfalls,tropical birds,  visions of lush tropical foliage and ponds filled with koi fish and baby green sea turtles – no wonder Travel & Leisure names this resort “Top Hotels of the World” on a regular basis.
 This secluded oceanfront oasis  is so much more than just a hotel , it is a journey of relaxation and luxury. With three miles of pristine coastline to explore the choice is yours to do everything or nothing at all but catch a nap in one of the hammocks.
Three miles of pristine coastline

 Complimentary snorkeling equipment to explore the calm coves, historic tours of petroglyphs, educational fish and turtle feeding tours, beach cabanas, sand volleyball, jogger’s amenity station. Explore the resort on one of the many bicycles available for guest to use or take the shuttle service throughout the resort.  Two World class golf courses on property along with tennis facilities as well as a state of art fitness center.  My personal favorite the award winning Mauna Lani Spa resembles a Hawaiian village with thatched outdoor hale(huts) two natural lava saunas,a meditation pavilion,outdoor baths and a watsu pool.

The Eva Parker Woods Cottage

Since opening in 1983, the Mauna Lani has always remained true to the Hawaiian practice of malama’aina or responsible stewardship of the Land . Preserving Hawaii’s culture is part of the Mauna Lani  guest experience, led by Danny Akaka, Jr. guest can enjoy a selection of interactive activities that provide an island culture experience first hand – The Eva Parker Woods Cottage shown here is a mini museum full of Hawaiian artifacts as well there is a cultural center in the lower lobby of the main building as well.

Many brides and grooms from around the world have said “I do” at Mauna Lani  see my earlier blog post about Mauna Lani Weddings for more details .

Contact :  Linda Dancer  Email

Phone  (828) 256-1520   or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Mauna Lani Weddings Jul 10

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel Weddings

Having made the decision  to have a destination wedding  for some is the easy part, now begins the daunting task of deciding where to have your wedding .  With so many  islands  and so many resorts , how do you  begin to  narrow your choices? For me as a destination wedding specalist , the most important thing I do  is listen to my bride and groom decribe what they want their magical day to be like , and then knowing who to call to make this happen . The Hawaiian islands are blessed to have so many wonderful  locations to choose from ,  but  the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Big Island is always  at the top of my list.

For sure, Mauna Lani is a world class resort, sitting on an incredible beach, remarkable guest accommodations, championship golf on two 18 hole courses , an amazing spa and a myriad of dining and activities for the bride and groom  and their guest, but one of the main reasons for considering booking  your destination wedding at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is their Director of weddings and Romance  Pinkie Crowe.  Together with  her  wedding and catering sales team, Pinkie has helped my clients create such amazing romantic memories. The bride and groom need to be guest of the hotel or a minimum of two nights.

Linda Dancer and Pinkie Crowe

As registered guest of the resort , you may choose from many beautiful sites : panoramic ocean view, ancient Royal Hawaii Fishponds, tropical garden settings and many other options reminiscent of Old Hawaii. I can work with Pinkie to arrange special group rates  for you and your guests, we will need a minium of 10 rooms  for special group rates. Once you have decided upon your special date, a group room agreement will confirm your wedding date and location.  For smaller wedding parties the wedding date and locations can be reserved 60 days prior to your event ,but bride and groom need to be guest of the hotel.

I know there are so many wonderful options throughout the Hawaiian Islands to host your destination wedding, but I know Pinkie and her staff would certainly love the opportunity to plan your destination wedding, and what an incredible resort for your honeymoon. Checkout my photo album of the resort on my Facebook page .


Romance Director    Pinkie Crowe     Email    Phone 808-885-1468

Wedding Manager : Lahela Takaki          Email     Phone   808- 885-1467

Linda Dancer 
Phone  1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Relaxation Found Feb 24


Webster’s dictionary  defines relaxation as the act of relaxing of the body or mind; or the condition of being relaxed. Everyone has their own definiton of exactly what relaxation means to them, and exactly what it takes for them  to be relaxed. Many people need to be completely unplugged from their daily enviroment of  the office, cell phones, lap tops and other electronic devices that although they make our lives easier, in a way they also hold us hostage . I know for me, I fall into that category and  the following help me to find  rest, relaxation and peace when I go on vacation .

Incredible  Resort Pools

Hawaii is know for many things, definitely  incredible resort pools  should be on that list . Among my favorites are the  Four Seasons Wailea ,  Ritz-Carolton Kapalua  and  Fairmont Kea Lani

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Pool

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

Beautiful  Beaches   

Beautiful beaches can be found throughout  the Hawaii Islands. Three of my favorites  are beautiful white sand beaches but throughout the islands you will also find  shades of black and golden sand due to volcanic activity.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel


Hammocks beg you to unplug  and let go  for  a while, to enjoy the peaceful breeze, the sound of the wind in the palm trees, the smell of tropical flowers wafting throught the air. Close your eyes for a few moments and be carried away.

Hilton Waikoloa Village

The Modern Honolulu

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

What is your idea of relaxation ?

Can you see yourself laying by one of these resort pools , on one of these beautiful beaches  or stealing a few private moments in one of these hammocks ?

Contact me to help you find relaxation  Email :  or by phone   828-256-1520

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