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Farm-to-Table, Island-Style

on September 19th, 2013
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Fruit on display at the Kaanapali Fresh celebration on the island of Maui

Fruit on display at the Ka’anapali Fresh celebration on the island of Maui

by Leslie Kelly

Aloha from Maui, the Magic Isle known for its super sweet “Gold” pineapple, onions, sugar cane and the best banana bread on the planet.

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Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

by Meryl Pearlstein

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are lots of interesting dining and travel-related experiences that make wonderful gifts for your sweetie. Here’s a round-up from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu.

Las Vegas

How about a twist on the usual Afternoon Tea found at many upscale hotels? The Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge in Las Vegas adds a romantic touch with their Valentine Afternoon Tea. Heart-shaped, house-made gourmet chocolates finish off the sweets selection. $45 per person.


Sit at the bar at the St. Regis for a special Valentine’s Day “Pink of Perfection” cocktail that is available all month. It’s made with one part tequila, ½ part simple syrup, 3 dashes orange blossom water, with fresh lime juice and soda. What gives it its name? The pink rose petals that sit on top. You can increase the aphrodisiac quotient with the Oysters and Caviar Pearls special, a sensual combination of tempura oyster frites and osetra caviar sabayon created by executive chef Joseph Trevino, paired with Heidsieck Champagne.

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Kaanapali Beach Hotel courtyard

Kaanapali Beach Hotel courtyard

If the pristine beaches of Maui aren’t enough to get you on a plane, then perhaps being up close and personal with the largest creatures in the world is a good reason to go. Thanks to Kaanapali Beach Hotel, you’ll get all that, plus more, in an offer you most certainly won’t want to throw back.

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A couple relaxes by the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

A couple relaxes by the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Features Customized Couples’ Getaways

Because even the most compatible twosome can differ on the best way to spend a vacation, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers customized couples’ holidays.

It happens all the time: A couple sets off on a Hawaiian escape, only to discover that each has a different expectation for their holiday. She may want to unwind with a beachside massage, while he would prefer zip-lining across the forest canopy — or vice versa! To make sure every need is met, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea will help you mix and match your preferences and design a Couples’ Experiences package based on one of four diverse options Continue reading “Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Couples’ Experiences – Travel Special” »


The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort

The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort

Enjoy the Treasures of Hawaii at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Big Island

Treasure hunters, rejoice! With the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa‘s Island Treasure package, you’re invited to seek out savings in the way that best suits your holiday style.

Designed to allow Big Island’s Kohala Coast travelers to customize their vacation spending, the four-night Island Treasure package features daily breakfast for two, plus a $300 credit to be applied toward any of the following Continue reading “Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Travel Special” »

Hawaii’s Best

on March 20th, 2012
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Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii

Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii

2012 Hawaii Newsletter Published

by Jeff Hoyt

Sure, spring is starting to appear, but wouldn’t you rather be in Hawaii right now? Let us be your guide!

We just published our annual Hawaii Newsletter that can work as a blueprint for your island getaway. We proudly present the Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii, offering readers ten great spots from Maui to Molokai for surfing, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The issue also boasts a perfect five-day itinerary for tackling the islands with kids. Besides this family-friendly guide, travelers can find savvy escapes such as Kauai Honeymoon, Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Hawaii 101 for first-time visitors and Historic Hawaii.

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Set Sail for Hawaii

on December 27th, 2011
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The beach at Lihue, Kauai

The beach at Lihue, Kauai

by Jeff Hoyt

We think anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii, but we appreciate The Aloha State the most when winter hits the mainland. Fun in the sun is so much more so when you know your neighbors back home are knee deep in snow.

If you want to put sunscreen on your neck instead of a scarf, we recommend a trip to Kauai. As more and more people discover this once-remote island, developers are making over the pristine landscape. Although we’d like to stop this wave of “progress,” one advantage is that there are more top places to stay, and more top toques to satisfy your appetite. Our Kauai travel guide will tell you where to book reservations for hotels and restaurants while you’re in search of volcanoes.

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Trumpeting the Trumps

on November 16th, 2009
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Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

By Jeff Hoyt


Is Donald Trump trading the boardroom for board shorts? November 16 marks the opening of the Donald’s 38-story Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, featuring 462 guest rooms and suites, with the largest exceeding 2,000 square feet.

Since Trump always strives for the best, the hotel’s Penthouse accommodations boast full gourmet kitchens with granite and marble countertops and travertine flooring, and will be outfitted with appliances by Wolf, Sub-Zero and Bosch as well as under-counter wine cellar storage, affording guests the option to have the hotel’s chef prepare a meal in the privacy of the suite. Other guests will have to make do with the Honolulu branch of Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak scheduled to open December 16 on the street level.

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