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Bora Bora Pearl Resort, Tahiti

Bora Bora Pearl Resort sits on a motu island facing the picturesque island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. This gem of a resort is characteristically Polynesian in style and offers bungalows over the water, along the beach, and among the gardens. The bungalows are thatch-roofed, spacious, and feature woodwork and touches unique to the Tahitian culture. Don’t worry, you won’t be roughing it – all bungalows are air conditioned and have state-of-the-art bathrooms, mini bars, comfortable beds, satellite television, and DVD players.

The main reception building houses the restaurant and bar, with a smaller restaurant and bar behind the pool. Enjoy beautiful views from the restaurant and pool areas of the azure lagoon and volcanic peaks of Bora Bora. There are tennis courts and water sports equipment available for use.

I have stayed here twice, and both times I found the service to be gracious and polite. And while the clientele are mainly couples celebrating romantic milestones, this resort is also great for friends traveling together or a family that prefers a sedate, laid back setting. Bring a novel, grab a hammock, and be prepared to completely unwind for a few days in tropical paradise. Diving enthusiasts will enjoy the PADI certified Bora Bora Blue Nui Dive Center located at the resort. And for a little pampering time, the resort’s Manaea Spa is set along a tranquil pond with lush tropical vegetation.

About 80 bungalow units total. To get to Bora Bora, you will fly in to Papeete Tahiti International Airport, and take an interisland flight from Papeete to Bora Bora. From Bora Bora airport, you will then need a prearranged boat transfer to get to the resort.

~Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant, ReconnectTravel.com 972-625-6200

Top Five Resorts in Maui (Hawaii)

Swaying palm trees, glorious beaches, Polynesian ambiance:  this is Maui the “Magic Isle.”  You will quickly fall in love with this tropical island for its natural beauty and charm.

Watch humpback whales in the winter.  Snorkel molokini year-round.  Enjoy the sunrise atop the Haleakala Crater.  And in the evening partake in a luau.  Maui is excellent for families as well as couples.

Here are the top five luxury resorts in Maui.  You’ll want to rent a car while staying here in order to get around and see the many sights.

  1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Wailea) –  the ultimate in luxury accommodations in Maui.  Features 376 rooms on 15 oceanfront acres.  New adult serenity pool opened June ’09.  Over 40 complimentary services and activities available for guests.  Children’s program.  Golf next door.
  2. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui (Wailea) — Offers spacious luxury accommodations in 413 suites and 37 villas.  On 22 oceanfront acres.  Features three pools, including an adults-only pool.  Children’s program.  Golf onsite.
  3. Grand Wailea Resort and Spa (Wailea) – known for it’s amazing spa and pool areas.  Features 780 rooms on 40 beachfront acres.  Award-winning spa is 50,000 square feet and offers a variety of treatments.  Pool area is over 25,000 square feet and includes slides, waterfalls, and a lazy river.  Children’s program.  Golf onsite.
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua (Kapalua) –  laid back luxury in trendy Kapalua area.  Features a 10,000 square foot tri level pool, golf onsite, and a children’s program.
  5. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (Kaanapali) –  features 806 rooms on 40 acres on popular Kaanapali Beach, with one adult and one kid’s pool, and Camp Hyatt kid’s program.  Spa onsite and golf nearby.
~Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant RecommendTravel.com 972-625-6200

Getting to know Fiji

Perhaps you’re looking for a unique once-in-a-lifetime romantic trip. Or maybe you’ve already experienced Caribbean and Hawaii, and you want to try a new destination.

Castaway Island, Fiji

The beautiful islands of Fiji are unspoiled and genuinely friendly. Fiji is a 10 hour flight from LAX airport, and is a great destination on its own, or can combine easily with longer itineraries to Tahiti, New Zealand, or Australia. Nadi is the main city on the island of Viti Levu. Resorts range from economy to pure luxury, and fit a wide range of budgets.

The minimum length of stay I recommend for guests traveling from the United States is 7 nights. However, a 10 night stay is ideal, staying at two or three beachfront resorts to suit your taste and budget. And speaking of budgets, food is relatively affordable in Fiji, lending itself to longer stays.

Viti Levu (Nadi and the Coral Coast) - Nadi is the major city in Fiji and the location of the international airport. As the gateway city, you may need an overnight stay in Nadi en route to other Fijian islands. If you’d like an extended stay on this island, the Coral Coast area offers several beachfront resorts.

Mamanuca Islands - Legendary white sand beaches and easily accessible from Nadi, here you’ll find some excellent resorts. Resorts available for all budgets, and range from family friendly to adults only.

Yasawa Islands - the location of the movie Blue Lagoon, the Yasawa Islands offer tropical scenery and a laid back Fijian style that is perfect for your romantic holiday. Plenty of watersports to keep you busy, such as diving and snorkeling. Kayaking is also an excellent way to enjoy the water. The beaches are idyllic.

Viti Levu Islands - two islands off the eastern coast of Viti Levu are Vatulele Island and Wakaya Island. Each island offers a very exclusive luxury resort, surrounded by pristine beaches and top of the line amenities.

Vanua Levu Island - the second largest island in Fiji, here you’ll find a tropical mountainous scenery, with a dry side to the northwest, and a lush tropical jungle on the southeast side of the island. Here too you can also enjoy the Fijian culture of the two main towns on the island.

Taveuni Island - this lush tropical island is the third largest in Fiji. You’ll find one resort on this island, set along the coastal hills in a rainforest setting, and also two luxury resorts just off the coast on smaller islands.

Blue Lagoon Cruises - experience the Fijian Islands onboard a boutique small ship cruise. Select from 2 night to 6 night itineraries, departing from Nadi roundtrip. Cruises will visit Mamanuca Islands as well as Yasawa Islands, and it is surprisingly affordable.

~Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant, ReconnectTravel.com 972-625-6200

Cook Islands: Polynesian Escape

If you are wanting a laid back, ldyllic tropical vacation where the beaches are untouched, the locals super-friendly, and the water crystal clean, the Cook Islands might be for you.  This is a good choice for folks looking to truly get away, and for those who have already visited Tahiti or Hawaii and want more of that Polynesian experience.

Of the fifteen Cook Islands, two offer tourist accommodations — Rarotonga and Aitutaki — and pair up to make for a fun two-island itinerary.  Air New Zealand offers service from LAX to Rarotonga.

While the majority of travelers to the Cooks are couples, there are several family friendly resorts.

Rarotonga is a volcanic-origin island about 20 miles around, with a clear lagoon and white sandy beaches.  This is the main island in the Cooks, and the location of the international airport.  Diving here is excellent.

Resorts include:

Aitutaki, an atoll island, is a South Pacific gem with a brilliant blue lagoon.  The setting here is laid back and unspoiled Polynesia.  This island was recently highlighted on the popular Survivor series.  Aitutaki is about an hour’s flight from Rarotonga.

Resorts include:

~Cindy Grant, Travel Consultant ReconnectTravel.com 972-625-6200