Category Archives: Where to Stay

First-Time Oahu Visitors’ Trip Report– Part 1 of 2

We love reading trip reports – especially from first timers . Our friend, Erin Jones, has kindly agreed to share her Oahu trip report with us. This trip was her first time on Oahu, but her second visit to Hawaii. She and her husband traveled to Oahu in February. Erin and her husband split their Oahu time between Waikiki and ... Read More »

Review: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

We’ve stayed at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows twice – on our first Big Island trip in 2004 and on our recent visit in November. Both stays were excellent. I’m going to veer away from our typical review format to list what makes the Mauna Lani great. 1. Yippee! No resort fees! Update: Things have changed.  The Mauna Lani ... Read More »

Where are the best all-inclusive Hawaii resorts?

If your tropical vacations normally take you to the Caribbean or Mexico, you probably stay in an all-inclusive resort. So, when you start to look at Hawaii as your next tropical destination, you may wonder where you find the all-inclusive resorts. You might be surprised to learn that Hawaii doesn’t have many all-inclusives. Hawaii’s all-inclusive resorts are: Travaasa Hana is ... Read More »

Luxury Stay Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui

On my very first visit to Hawaii in 2003, we stayed next door to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in the Kapalua Villas. Back then, villa guests were welcome to enjoy the three-tiered pool at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. That’s when I first fell in love with this beautiful Maui resort. I guess you could say it was my first Maui hotel crush. Fast ... Read More »

Review: Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is a massive resort.  How big is it? The resort sprawls over 62 beautiful oceanfront acres. That’s big! Some folks describe the Hilton Waikoloa Village as Disney-esque with the tram and boat rides that transport guests throughout the resort. Though we found it fairly walkable from one end to ... Read More »

Aulani Review: Guide to Disney’s Hawaii Resort & Spa

We thoroughly enjoyed our Aulani stay and covering their Grand Opening Celebration. This review will detail all aspects of this excellent resort and provide you with tips for getting the most out of your Aulani experience. Hawaiian Culture Is Embraced and Honored When I first heard that Disney was coming to Hawaii several years ago, I wondered how Disney would blend ... Read More »

Video Tour of Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Oahu

Wondering what it’s like to stay at the brand new Disney resort in Hawaii, Aulani? Then you’ll really enjoy this excellent video tour that Andy created from our recent stay. The video will give you a great introductory view of the resort with brief video scenes of these Aulani resort features: The colorful lobby filled with contemporary Hawaiian art features. ... Read More »

Review: Experiencing Travaasa Hana

Adventure balanced with relaxation is what we found from our stay at Travaasa Hana. Mornings would be filled with activities like hiking and horseback riding. We’d make our way to the spa for a massage in the afternoon or head to beautiful Hamoa Beach for a catnap under a shade tree. Then, after dinner, we’d either listen to the live ... Read More »

Hawaii Vacation News & Deals: July 13, 2011

Let’s peek through these palms to see what Hawaii vacation news has come our way today. *  Travaasa announced the opening of their newest experiential hotel – Travaasa Hana, formerly the Hotel Hana-Maui. I love the new all-inclusive concept of the this resort with their Sea Ranch Cottages. that includes meals, daily spa treatment (!), free exercise and cultural classes ... Read More »

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