In search of the overwater bungalow

So, maybe you are wondering — where in the world can you find overwater bungalow accommodations? The “True” Overwater Bungalow French Polynesia (Tahiti) is perhaps the most famous destination offering overwater bungalows, and of these islands Bora Bora tops the list.  Here you’ll find pontoons with multiple thatched-roof bungalows sitting on crystal clear, super-calm lagoon waters.  The Tahitian islands offering[…]

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Underwater resort in Fiji never surfaced

Being a travel specialist for dream beach destinations, I occasionally get an email from a client with a gorgeous postcard quality image (of a beach or resort) followed by the question of “where is this place?”  It’s a sort of Where’s Waldo for the bucket list. Well, this picture has been in circulation online as one of the coolest resorts[…]

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Dallas to Cayman flights, summer 2012

Just announced last week, Cayman Airways will be offering weekly nonstop service between DFW and Cayman, beginning June 23 and ending Sep 2.  Prices begin at $398.05 per person, round-trip — an incredible price! Flights from DFW to Cayman will operate on Sunday, and Cayman to DFW return flights will operate on Saturday.  This offers 6 night stay options for[…]

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Costa Rica Guided Vacations

The best way to see Costa Rica is with a guided vacation.  Choose from the following two guaranteed departures. No minimum number of travelers.  Max is 20. Tour #1:  Marvels of Costa Rica (8 nights and 18 meals) Choice of Superior or Deluxe Hotels.  Includes 1 night San Jose, 2 nights Arenal, 2 nights Monteverde, 3 nights Guanacaste with local[…]

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Just back from Tahiti

Hi everyone!  Well, I just returned home last night from Tahiti, visiting Papeete (Tahiti), Moorea, Bora Bora and Tikehau.  And while I’m going to be adding some hotel reviews from my recent trip in the next few days I thought I’d share some of the more “casual and fun” shots first. Lunch at the Hilton Moorea Resort by chef Eric[…]

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Travel Trends: Costa Rica

Guanacaste on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast has been growing with 4 and 5 star resorts in the last few years, and flights have increased into the area’s airport (Liberia).  The result is a nice selection of upscale and luxury beachfront resorts offering wonderful on-site amenities and activities combined with offsite excursions into Costa Rica’s rainforests, waterways, and volcanoes. Resorts in[…]

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The Christmas Conundrum

I get this question a lot… Q: How much should I expect to pay for a vacation over the Christmas break? A: Christmas holiday period is considered prime/peak season.  In other words, you are paying top dollar to travel during this very special travel period.  The most popular is generally 26DEC until 02JAN, though the “end date” depends on what[…]

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Divers Rejoice: Rangiroa Hotel Kia Ora set to reopen Sep 2011

An atoll island in French Polynesia, Rangiroa is best known for its amazing lagoon and drift diving.  However, the last year Rangiroa has been without any decent accommodations, since the Hotel Kia Ora closed for a complete rennovation. But yay, good news!  The Hotel Kia Ora is scheduled to open on time — September 2011.  Bungalows and public buildings were[…]

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