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Hawaiian Vacation: Paradise is Waiting

I’ve been thinking a lot about my vacation to Hawaii…. I miss it like crazy.  Even though its mid summer right now, I wanted to write a little piece on the beloved Hawaiian Paradise!

Hawaii is a dream vacation location for many people, especially those who crave tropical surroundings and a friendly atmosphere. When a Hawaiian getaway transitions from a wish to reality, an itinerary must be planned so that time on the islands is not wasted. Although for some, relaxing on a beach for the week would be enough to completely entertain, there are many more places to see, explore, and stay.

Waikiki in particular is a popular tourist spot. Located on Oahu, Waikiki is Hawaii’s main tourist center, and has some of the most famous travel spots of the island chain. The beaches are stunning, and the majority of hotel rooms are within walking distance to the sand and surf. For those looking for actual activities, Waikiki is home to a zoo, aquarium, and is not far from many historical locations – including Pearl Harbor. At night, the city comes alive with bars, restaurants, and gathering places that are ideal for travelers to interact with the locals and each other. Oahu’s nightlife is the most interesting of all the islands, as there are different areas to explore. From resort bars in Waikiki to “underground” lounges in Chinatown and mainland influenced clubs in Honolulu, this island is the place to be after dark.

Finding a place to stay in Hawaii is the least difficult task of planning a Hawaiian vacation itinerary. With everything from locally owned motels to resort-style names most are familiar with, Hawaii has it all. Each location’s staff is more than happy to assist travelers with any questions that they may have, including acting as guides to the best local activities, food, and shopping areas. Whether traveling alone, with a family, or with a significant other, Hawaii’s islands offer endless options for vacation activities, and more than likely, visitors will spend very little time in their hotels.

Hawaiian tourists need only to step outside and look around to find various things to do. From the quiet, laid back atmosphere of Hilo’s restaurants and shops to the whaling villages on Maui, children and adults alike can enjoy the beautiful island scenery in any way that they choose. Public transportation is provided on each island, so guests do not need to worry about getting from place to place, but car rentals are also available for convenience in reaching distant locations.

Whether traveling as a family, or simply looking to spend time with a special someone, Hawaii’s got a solution. Family friendly activities like Dolphin Quest, the Hawaiian Adventures Water Park, and BOB’s Hawaii Adventure are easily accessible to tourists, and at reasonable prices. For those traveling with a significant other or simply vacationing with friends, different activities may be more suitable. The “Garden Island” of Kauai is home to the Na Pali Coast and other beautiful scenery, and many locations offer helicopter rides that give visitors a bird’s eye view of the islands, as well as access to different, more secluded beaches.

When visiting Hawaii, travelers should be sure to choose some “must see” locations and “must do” activities beforehand, or the trip may seem rushed and unorganized. The website http://www.gohawaii.com/ is a great resource to help people plan out their trips before leaving their homes, and give vacationers a better idea of what is awaiting them in the beautiful Hawaiian islands.

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Romantic, Luxurious, Tropical, Beach Vacations!

Lately I have been really stressed and just thinking about needing a vacation.  My best friends wedding is coming up, and I honestly have no time to myself.  I would love to just take a romantic vacation with my man- but by the time I will have a week to myself, it’s going to be Mid-May; and who wants to take a tropical vacation when the weather is just starting to get nice up in the North!  So here is a little fun piece on beach vacations that have been in my dreams for the last couple of weeks 🙂

If you’re looking for a warm, luxurious escape right before the summer, a tropical beach resort would make an ideal destination. But with so many beautiful beaches around the world, how can you decide which one to visit? Here’s our top five list of beach resorts to escape the cold this winter season.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
For tropical breezes, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine that’s not too far from the west coast, head to Hawaii. There are many beach resorts to choose from, but Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is in a class of its own. The white sandy beach with crystal-clear turquoise water provides the perfect winter respite, and there are a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. There’s world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, and fun water sports – including wind surfing. A pristine national park is right nearby for you to explore, featuring a dormant volcano.

The Tuscany in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Tuscany Resort sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales. This small resort has only 30 exclusive suites, and each one is located right on the beach with its own private patio. If you can possibly tire of looking at the picturesque landscape outside your door, consider a game of tennis, golf, go horseback riding, caving, fishing, or parasailing.

Six Senses Soneva Kiri on Kood Island, Thailand
Wintertime is the best time of year to visit the exotic Land of Smiles, and the best place to stay is Soneva Kiri. There are several styles of lavish suites and rooms to choose from with sweeping views of the bay, many with private infinity pools. Each booking includes the use of an electric cart with which to explore the island, where you’ll discover stunning remote waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. The resort is also home to Six Senses Spa, voted Traveller’s World Magazine’s Best Spa (2011). Indulge yourself in a variety of massage and beauty treatments – you’ll forget that winter even exists.


Waldorf Astoria Maldives
This amazing resort is located on the northernmost island in the Maldives. If your dream of a winter escape includes views of the most beautiful ocean landscape imaginable, then Waldorf Astoria Maldives should be your destination. Luxurious water villas are built right over the sea, complete with private infinity pools, and glass floors so you can watch the tropical fish dancing beneath you. Swim from your room to the Great Barrier Reef, or go deep sea fishing. There’s also tennis, water sports, a Waldorf Astoria Kids’ Club, and even a bungee trampoline.

Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
If you’re yearning for a trip to Europe, book a room at Hotel Splendido in Portofino this winter. Many of Europe’s wealthiest families flock to this resort on holiday, and it’s easy to see why. These beautiful villas offer picturesque views of the harbor filled with yachts, and you’ll find an array of shopping, bars, and nightclubs to keep you entertained until the wee hours. Originally a private palace, this estate is located within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the perfect luxury resort for melting away all your winter blues.

Live – Laugh – Love – Travel

AJ

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