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Updates at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort Nov 11

Great news for fans of the Royal Lahaina Resort – the charming beach cottages have just completed renovation and look amazing. Situated amidst tropical gardens along the oceanfront lawn these one and two story cottage buildings are perfect for families or destination wedding groups. Guests have a home away from home feel but yet all the amenities of a full service resort.

Cottage Room & Studio Features Include:

  • Daily made service
  • Private Lanai
  • one king bed or two doubles in cottage rooms
  • plush bedding and 330 thread count Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Fridge in  Cottage Rooms / Kitchenette in Studios
  • Coffee Maker  with complimentary of Coffee & Tea
  • In Room Electronic Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron &  Ironing Board
  • Sound System with MP3 Player Ports

Royal Lahaina Resort Guest Services Include:

  • Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach
  • Three Swimming Pools (two oceanfront)  and two Hot Tubs (one oceanfront)
  • Nightly Live Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Oceanfront Signature Restaurant
  • Two Bars
  • Cultural Activities
  • Tennis Ranch with 11 lighted tennis courts
  • Concierge
  • Wedding Services & Coordinators
  • So much more is offered than I have room to include in one blog post

To get started planning your Maui  Honeymoon, Destination Wedding or Milestone Wedding Anniversary at the Royal Lahaina Resort contact Maui Master Specialist  Linda Dancer

Direct Line 931-337-0770  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Email   Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Surviving Bridal Show Season Jan 01
Come visit my booth!

Come visit my booth!

Experts in the wedding industry tell us that December is one of the busiest months for engagements over the Christmas holidays, thus prompting the bridal show frenzy that begins in early January and continues through the spring, and begins again in early fall. Having participated in hundreds of bridal shows as a vendor, and attending several shows with my son and his fiancé while planning their wedding, these are a few tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you survive attending bridal shows in your local market.

* Watch for local advertising  on the radio, local newspaper or wedding vendors for ticket discounts for purchasing your tickets in advance, also purchasing your tickets in advance sometimes will also pre-register you for prizes.

* Before you go I would suggest that you come up with a unique wedding  email such as jonesandsmithwedding@gmail.com and then print sheets of return address labels- this will save you valuable time not having to print your name, address and phone number for each booth you visit as most of them will have a giveaway of some sort.

* If possible, take a friend or two with you to help carry all the collateral you will pickup along the way from vendors, bridal shows can be loud and busy so having another set of eyes and ears will help you to recall what vendors you were really drawn to. Most bridal shows give you a bag with registration, but I would suggest you take a large strong bag with you to carry everything in just in case.

Classic Bride and Formals "Great Bridal Store in      Charlote area "

Classic Bride and Formals
“Great Bridal Store in Charlotte area “

*Have a plan and think about your top priorities for vendors- Is your priority finding the perfect wedding dress, venue, wedding cake or Honeymoon? When you first arrive to the bridal show and check in, you will be given a list of vendors-take the time to find the location of your top priority vendors, visit them first before they give away their information or their booth gets crowded and you will not be able to have a quality conversation with them.

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, come visit me at the Carolina Bridal Fair  at the Cabarrus Arena on January 17,2016- I will be in booths 503-504-lots of other great vendors such as Classic Bride and Formals, Nona’s Sweets and Bakery (seen on Platinum Weddings) and Erin Padgett Events will be there as well. I would love to talk with you about planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. Not finding any local bridal shows in your area or a vendor that you are connecting with? I have clients from around the world and would love the opportunity to assist you.

Contact: Linda Dancer via Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com or by phone Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 

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The benefits of using a Travel Agent to book your trip to Hawaii May 22

Many clients are used to booking their own flights on line, researching hotels and destinations, but when it comes to booking a difficult multi-island itinerary to Hawaii, the benefits of using a professional travel agent to assist you in putting together the many components of these itineraries are many. Hawaii master destination specialist such as myself, have spent years visiting the islands many times, at least once a year to keep up with the current status of resorts, new restaurants and activities that have become available so they can share this information with their clients. One main benefit of our many trips to the islands is the personal relationships we maintain with the sales teams on property at the preferred resorts throughout the islands which is the next best thing to us personally being on island to take care of our clients. A trip to Hawaii is on most everyone’s bucket list, regardless of the reason they are planning a trip to the islands, and personally I try my very best to make sure that the itineraries are as close to the perfect for each client as possible.

**  First thing to consider is how do you decide which island(s) you wish to visit?  What airline works the best from  your home city? Will you need transfers or rental car ?

** What resort experience are you looking for ? Luxury resort with first class amenities? small boutique resort? Directly on the Beach? Nearby restaurants and activities? Are amazing swimming pools important to you?

Contemporary island décor

Contemporary island décor

** What activities are you looking to do? Is there a special activity such as Pearl Harbor or Volcano National Park that you want to include in your itinerary? Do you want to zipline, snorkel, get surf lessons, see waterfalls? A Hawaii specialist agent will be able help you work through your wish list and help you figure out which ones you will be able to fit into your schedule.

** Hawaii destination specialist will be able to recommend the best restaurants, make suggestions about fun tours and activities, suggest the best travel dates to avoid peak season charges.

** Hawaii destination specialist can assist you with planning your Destination Wedding, whether just for the two of you or making arrangements for a group.

So do yourself a favor, work with a professional travel agent, preferably a Hawaii Master Destination Specialist such as Linda Dancer, save yourself a lot of time and stress and ensure you will have the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii.

To get started contact Linda  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii- Updates Apr 17

Since my last blog post about the Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii there have been some wonderful renovations so I wanted to share some of these updates with you from my recent visits:

Fairmont Kea Lani – Maui

Recently completing a $70 million dollar renovation project Fairmont Kea Lani offers luxurious one-bedroom suites as well as 2 and 3 bedroom villas.  Rebuilt Ko Restaurant showcases sugar-cane-era inspired cuisine the new décor looks great

The Willow Stream Spa was named Hawaii’s Top Spa by Travel and Leisure Magazine

Corridors, landscaping and public areas have been refurbished, including the new poolside restaurant and swim-up bar, Ama

Fairmont Orchid – Hawaii Island  

Located on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii Island, this AAA Four Diamond resort  offers guest a tranquil environment to relax and enjoy themselves.  Guest rooms and suites were recently renovated and look amazing . Relax in the unique setting at the Spa without Walls where Massage Hales are found throughout the waterfall , this  32 acre resort sits on a gorgeous beach  where guest can stand up paddle board, experience outrigger canoe  or  hike through the largest petroglyph field in the Pacific.  Visit the Fairmont Orchid Hui Holokai Beach Ambassadors and meet native Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Be sure and go to Brown’s Beach House Restaurant  for dinner or Brown’s Deli for lunch and order freshly made ginger-ale – so refreshing.

Thinking of visiting more than one island during your Hawaii vacation then a split stay with Maui and Hawaii Island would be perfect to experience the Fairmont Resorts of Hawaii.

To get started planning your trip to Hawaii contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Old Lahaina Luau Mar 27

Known as the most authentic Hawaiian luau, the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is celebrating its 29th year of aloha in 2015. Located on the historic grounds of Moali’i , the multi talented cast of dancers, chanters and musicians guide visitors through the story of old Hawai’i in a direct oceanfront setting.

Before the Luau begins visitors are encouraged to check in early to learn about cultural experiences such as pounding poi, husking coconut or even learning how to hula. Then enjoy a beachside sunset and the best of food and entertainment the islands have to offer. I strongly suggest to my clients that they book in advance as it does sell out nightly.

Old Lahaina Luau is located oceanfront at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina,HI 96761

** Destination Weddings are arranged through White Orchid Weddings on the Luau grounds.

For more information about booking your vacation to Maui contact Linda DancerMaui Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel – Maui’s Most Hawaiian Hotel Feb 13

Located on the beautiful sands of Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel embodies the spirit of Hawaiian ho’okipa (Hospitality) in everything aspect of the resort.  The employee mission statement written in 1986, strives to share aloha from the heart of all employees and this generous spirit is shared to all hotel guests. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has been developed in such a way as to enhance employee understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture, preserve for future generation, and for employees to be able to share with guest of the hotel. This spirit has helped the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel win many awards over the years including  being voted Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel by the Waiaha Foundation,  #1 Best Value in the State of Hawai’i by Travel & Leisure Magazine, “Best Places to Stay Gold List” in the Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards. 

While you may not find luxury appointments found at other Maui Hotels and Resorts, I guarantee you will find the warmest team of employees ready to enhance your stay at their resort and your visit to Maui- whether as a first time visitor to the island or returning home I would urge you to consider a stay at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

To book your trip to Maui-Contact Linda DancerMaui Master Destination Specialist

Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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

 

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort Dec 19

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is a sophisticated tropical retreat located just steps from Kauai’s famous Poipu Beach. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Ko’a Kea is a smaller boutique style resort, offering 121 luxurious rooms and suites with design inspired by magnificent sunsets, colorful flowers and vibrant sea life found on Kaua’i. Accommodations range from garden view to oceanfront with either a patio or private lanai, sleek modern furnishings and the sheers give a hint of the view beyond.  Other in room amenities include an iPod docking station, in-room safe, flat screen LCD HDTV with on-demand movies, air conditioning and ceiling fan and internet access.

Service and Amenities at Ko’a Kea include: concierge services, WI-FI internet, sundries and gift shop, twice daily housekeeping, dry cleaning and laundry service, swimming pool and whirlpool, fitness center, business center, the Spa at Ko’a Kea, pool bar and Red Salt Restaurant & lounge.

Red Salt Restaurant & Lounge – named for Kauai’s unique colored red salt-offers a diverse menu celebrating the fresh seafood combined with locally grown produce. Combined with the romantic setting overlooking the resort pool and ocean beyond, Red Salt offers diners a true tropical dining experience. 2011 Hale ‘Aina Award- Top 5 Restaurant on Kaua’i

To book your destination wedding, honeymoon or milestone anniversary trip to Kaua’i contact Kaua’i Master Destination Specialist Linda Dancer

Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

The Kahala’s “Kolohe” Ohana Nov 28
Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Kolohe is the Hawaiian word for rascal!  True to the definition of the word, the family of six Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are as playful as they can be and is just another treat for the guest of  The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu.

Soon after The Kahala opened in 1964, nearby Sea Life Park asked the hotel to temporarily host two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins took their relocation in good stride and soon fell at home in the Kahala lagoon. Their arrival was so popular with guest, The Kahala invited them to stay on a permanent basis, and have been part of the Kahala ‘ohana’ (family) ever since.

Since 2000, Dolphin Quest has managed the resorts Dolphin Experience visitor education program. The Kahala ‘ohana’ is now up to six : Kolohe, Hoku, Liho, Lono, Liko, and Nai Noa. Hoku was actually born at The Kahala in 1991. Guest who interact with the six members of The Kahala dolphin ‘ohana’  learn to enjoy and respect the wonders of the ocean.

For a really magical experience (especially if you are traveling with your children) book your room in the resorts Dolphin Lagoon wing overlooking the dolphins as they play throughout the day.

For more information on booking your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Family Vacation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, contact Linda Dancer  O’ahu Master Destination Specialist.

Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free:  1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant Nov 21
Look for the Boat

Look for the Boat

Mama’s Fish House, Maui’s first fresh fish restaurant was born in 1973. The Christenson family fell in love with the lifestyle of old Polynesia as they sailed across the South Pacific in the late 1950’s, finally settling on Maui in 1963. Along the way they learned many ways to prepare fresh fish and to share the aloha spirit. Nestled in a beautiful oceanfront coconut grove, the converted beach house restaurant is an eclectic mixture of Polynesian artifacts, wood working, flower arrangements and artwork.

The award winning menu and level of service (Ely is my personal favorite waiter – his suggestions of what to order are always great) make for an unforgettable dining experience in Hawaii. Do yourself and favor and do not skip desert the Polynesia Black Pearl and Hana Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp  are both amazing – order one of each and share

Reservations are always suggested – Call 808-579-8488  but definitely worth the wait. Make a fun day of it and visit the nearby town of Paia.

Located just past Mile Marker #8 on the Hana Highway – Look for the Mama’s Fish House Boat on the Left (shown above)

Lunch served daily  11am-3pm   Dinner served daily  415pm -9pm

For more information on planning a Maui Honeymoon or Vacation contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist

Direct Line 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Waikiki Vow Renewal Ceremony Oct 10

Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary soon and thinking about a Vow Renewal?

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offer couples to Hoi Hou Ke Aloha (Fall in love all over again) –

Free vow renewal ceremonies are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings on  iconic Waikiki Beach  – many husbands score extra points for planning with me in secret to share as a surprise to his bride once they arrive on the island , to express to his bride he would in fact do it all over again.

The non-denominational ceremony is conducted by a Hawaiian officiant. Couples are welcomed with a Hawaiian chant that celebrates the occasion – then led to the ocean’s edge to be honored with a graceful hula and serenaded with Hawaiian song. Couples are blessed with a gentle sprinkling of sea water before reciting vows in Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with a beautiful song and hula. Following the ceremony each couple is presented with a certificate to commemorate their vow renewal.

If you are looking to travel to O’AHU and are thinking about a vow renewal arrangements need to be made in advance as space is limited and participation is subject to availability and is complimentary to registered guests of Outrigger Waikiki and Outrigger Reef

Let’s get started planning your romantic stay on O’ahu contact  Linda Dancer The Knot Best of Weddings Winner today!

 

Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings

         Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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