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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa- Refreshed May 08

Opening in 1980, the Hyatt Regency Maui introduced the world to the concept of the resort itself as the destination by providing gardens, water playgrounds, wildlife and art collections thus changing the face of resorts around the world. For over 35 years, the resort has been providing a wonderful experience for their guests and with these recent improvements it will only be better.

 

Some of the updates in the multi-million dollar property refurbishment include:

** Guest of Hyatt Regency Maui now have access to the four new pool areas, Oceanside tiki bar and gourmet deli and grocery at the Hyatt Residence Club just steps away.

** New Kamaha’o- a Marilyn Monroe Spa – Maui’s only oceanfront spa with redesigned relaxation rooms, specialty treatments and signature Glamour Room with full-service hair, makeup and nail services.

** Newly renovated 21 Ocean Suites, seven deluxe ocean suites and three luxury premiere suites- all 806 spacious guest rooms feature private lanais and feature contemporary Hawaiian furnishings and décor.

** Son’z Steakhouse Restaurant and Swan Court’s dining room have been updated

** Grotto Bar has been refurbished – hidden just off the resort main pool you swim under a waterfall to reach the bar

** Sunset Terrace  is newly renovated and fully ADA accessible

To learn more about Hyatt Regency Maui contact Linda Dancer  Hyatt Hawaii Five-O Agent

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

 

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

“Sea of Love” Valentine’s Day Dinner Jan 24

Are you lucky enough to be on Maui for Valentine’s Day and trying to think of something out of the box to do for dinner?  Maybe you should consider one of the island’s most unique dinner opportunities for Valentine’s Day  the  “Sea of Love” dinner at Maui Ocean Center. This signature event features semi-private seating among the Aquarium’s exhibits and a four-course menu prepared by James Beard Nominee Chef Henry Tariga and the award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant.  

Dinner is $99 plus gratuity and tax per person and includes a lei greeting for the ladies, complimentary welcome glasses of sparkling wine.

Seating times are from 6:00pm – 8:00pm  – Reservations are required and are available by calling (808) 270-7088 – Mon-Fri (9am-4pm)  Seating is limited so I suggest you call soon to make your reservations .

Maui Ocean Center  "Sea of Love" Dinner

Maui Ocean Center
“Sea of Love” Dinner

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

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Andaz Maui at Wailea Jan 10

 

Situated on 15 beachfront acres in the luxury resort community of Wailea, the all new Andaz Maui at Wailea offers the sophisticated traveler looking for a little slice of paradise a new place to call home while on vacation on Maui. From the first greeting by the staff offering you a welcome cocktail, and being escorted to your well appointed suite, you will not be disappointed.

The centerpiece of the resort – three cascading outdoor infinity pools with views of the Pacific Ocean beyond create the perfect place to relax or to catch amazing sunsets as another day draws to an end on Maui. Complete your stay by visiting the ‘Awili Spa and Salon with ten treatment rooms complete with an apothecary lounge featuring a blending bar to incorporate locally grown herbs,plants and fruits into your treatment.

Each of the 290 well appointed rooms and suites (seven residential villas still to come) offer a private lanai to enjoy the views of the lush gardens or brilliant blue of the ocean, opulent bathrooms with garden or ocean view showers and luxurious body products to entice the mind and body. Stylish guest rooms with crisp white fabrics, wood décor and artwork to showcase elements of Hawaiian culture.

Farm to table is the theme for dining at Andaz Maui incorporating as many locally grown vegetables and ingredients as possible – start your day with coffee and a pastry at Bumbye Beach Bar, grab something quick to go at Mokapu Market, enjoy dinner at Morimoto Maui and end another perfect day at Andaz Maui next to the waterfall at Lehua Lounge while enjoying a cocktail and live entertainment.

Let’s get started planning your next vacation to Andaz Maui at Wailea

Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 TollFree: 1-888-811-1888ext331

Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Adult only quiet pool by the spa

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: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

Luana Lounge

Luana Lounge

Main pool area

Kea Lani-Main Pool

Kea Lani-Main Lobby

Kea Lani-Main Lobby

Five of my favorite Luaus Oct 25

Smith's Family Luau

For over fifty years the Smith Family Garden Luau as been hosting visitors on the island of Kaua’i, celebrating the spirit of Aloha.
Located within the Smith’s Tropical Paradise in the Wailua Marina State Park on the east side of the island, on grounds once reserved for Hawaiian royalty. Your evening begins as you receive your shell lei and you either take a narrated tram tour or a leisurely stroll around the 30-acre garden, but be advised the last tram tour departs at 530pm.
As with all luaus the main part of a luau for most is the feast, and you will not be disappointed, but for those that can’t wait for the music and tradidtional show they are in for a treat as well with Hawaiian hula, Tahitian drum dances and popular Samoan fire knife dance.
** Great location for destination weddings

Drums of the Pacific

Drums of the Pacific Luau at the Hyatt Regency Maui, sunset terrace on Ka’anapali Beach,Maui. Drums of the Pacific Polynesian Spectacular (a Tihati Production) offers takes guests on a visit throughout the Islands of Polynesia, beginning with the traditional imu ceremony, featuring dances from old Hawaii,Samoa,Fiji,New Zealand,Tahiti,Tonga and Rarotonga.
Guest are greated with a shell lei and mai tai or fruit punch, traditional arts and crafts demonstrations, torch lighting ceremony, all you can eat buffet with dessert bar,  and open bar –  general  and preferred seating available.

Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau – a Traditional Hula and feast – winner year after year for many awards including Best Luau and Best of Maui.
Located oceanfront at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui the location and layout of the traditional luau grounds  around a circular performance platform affords everyone a great view. This Luau  sells out nightly, so reservations in advance are a must. Also a great location for destination weddings 
Guest are greated with a flower lei greeting, tropical drink and personalized souvenir program, then escorted to your table and familiarized with the Luau grounds. The feast a wonderful buffet  and  premium open bar, at sunset the entertainment begins, the Hula is performed with respect and honor to ancient Hawaii – telling the story from Polynesian migration, the relationship of the Missionaries and the Merry Monarch (King Kalakaua) up to the more contemporty Hula.

Feast of Lele

Feast of LeLe is not your average luau, as the sun begins to set over the romantic, intimate oceanfront setting –The perfect luau for foodies.
Excellent  food is served plated  and served as courses, as opposed to buffet style of most other luaus throughout the islands. Another feature that I like is the layout of the tables  as opposed to long tables that are found at many luaus. Attention paid to every detail of  the evening.
I strongly suggest you book far in advance because it is likely to be sold out if you wait till you arrive on island.

'AHA'AINA

‘AHA’AINA  – A Royal Celebration-held oceanfront  at the Royal Hawaiian Resort on O’ahu– pays homage to Helumoa , the legendary playground of Hawaiian Royalty.
Waikiki’s only oceanfront sit-down vignette dinner show is a culinary journey through history -before there was a luau, there was Aha’Aina-(translates to gathering for a meal) a feast of food, mele(song)and hula.
Sit-down dinner service, open bar and spectacular entertainment ( the royal family costumes are gorgeous, loved the inclusion of the United States military in the timeline of the history of O’ahu as well)
Another great luau for foodies-  Held on Monday night only, so suggest you book before arriving to the island.
Contact: Linda Dancer  Direct Line: 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

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Whaler’s Village (Maui) offers so much! Sep 27

Whaler's Village

Whaler’s Village Shopping Center located on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui offers visitors over 90 shops, beachfront dining at several restaurants, historical displays at the Whalers Village Museum and so much more. An eclectic mix of art galleries (http://www.lahainaprintsellers.com), clothing shops for all ages such as Blue Ginger, Pacific Treasures Boutique, BillaBong(Love the Sanuk Get Leid Loafers), Honolua Surf Co., Honolua Wahine and Tori Richard, Fine jewelry such as Baron & Leeds, Brighton(ask about their Hawai’i charm bracelet), Maui Divers, Na Hoku and Pandora. Have a long list of folks back home that you need to buy some special souvenir for? Not to worry you can find it at Whaler’s Village at stores such  ABC Stores, Honolulu Cookie Company,Martin & MacArthur, Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery, Maui Toy Works, SWAROVSKI or something totally unique Lahaina Scrimshaw.
If during your shop till you drop outing at Whaler’s Village you should get hungry or thirsty  that is covered at the Food Court as well with everything from  Nikki’s Pizza, Subway,McDonald’s Express, Dragon Wall Express followed by something to cool you off at Haagen-Dazs or Yogurtland. Check out what is happening on Centerstage as well during your visit Lei-Making Classes, Hula Lessons and more.
But then there are those those romantic evenings on Maui, where you look  for the perfect mix  of sunsets  and fine dining-Whaler’s Village has that covered too!

Lei Lani's

Oceanfront dining at Leilani’s on the Beach offers the finest steaks,chops,ribs and the best of Hawaii’s fresh local fish and seafood, and the team at Leilani’s do an amazing job with intimate birthday parties, engagement dinners or rehearsal dinners (reservations accepted and suggested).Hula Grill offers live entertainment daily combined with wonderful island flavors, or Maui Fish & Pasta offers farm to table menu just steps from the beach, open air atmosphere overlooking the ocean,what better way to spend Happy Hour – Early Bird Specials –
The Star of the Show!

 

And then there are the Whales!

If you are lucky enough to visit Maui or her sister islands of Molokai or Lanai  during whale season, the star of the show will be the whales, and this one decided to visit while we were dining at Maui Fish & Pasta, so just another reason to visit Whaler’s Village. You just can’t plan these magical experiences so always have your camera handy so you do not miss the opportunity to catch them.

Whaler’s Village is Located on beautiful  Ka’anapali Beach:
2435 Ka’anapali Parkway – Lahaina, Maui  Hawai’i 96761 / Hours Daily: 930am-1000pm 
PARKING: Available in the multilevel parking garage adjacent to Whaler’s Village.
SHUTTLE SERVICE – Catch the free Ka’anapali Resort Shuttle from your hotel /the trolley picks up various times of the day  from 1000am to 1000pm from several hotels and resorts throughout the Ka’anapali Resort   OR the Lahaina Shuttle  is also an option for a nominal fee- Check with your hotel concierge for pick-up times and locations  depending upon your dates of travel.
Ka’anapali Beachwalk  if you are staying  at resorts  such as the Hyatt Regency Maui, Westin Maui, Ka’anapali Alii  a short walk from your resort along the ocean is another option for you.
Contact: Linda Dancer Direct Line: 828-256-1520 /Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331