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Experience Ka Wa’A – A LŪ’AU at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Beginning November 2016, you can enjoy an exhilarating and enchanting cultural journey celebrating the legends, people and natural wonders of Hawai’i during KA WA’A – A Lū’au at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. It’s an unforgettable evening of family entertainment as only Disney can offer.

The festivities begin on Hālāwai Lawn with pre-show activities. Then, get ready for a full evening of song, dance and storytelling as they enjoy a lavish Hawaiian feast. The buffet dinner includes a carving station with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood, authentic island fare and enticing Asian specialties, plus family-friendly offerings, kids’ selections and a decadent dessert bar.

KA WA’A Lū’au is currently available only to Guests of Aulani. Performances are held on select nights, weather permitting. Seating will be assigned upon arrival. The experience lasts approximately 3 hours.

The price for general seating is $119 for adults and $79 for children (ages 3-9). The price for VIP seating is $159 for adults and $109 for children (ages 3-9). VIP seating includes early seating at 5 p.m. General seating begins at 5:15 p.m. The prices include gratuity. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance.

Experience Disney in Hawaii with Ohana!

Call Wendi for Details! 281-377-3348 x 101

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Do You Need 10 Reasons to Visit the BVI?

Most of us don’t need to look for a reason to travel and much less to the British Virgin Islands, BUT if you do, keep reading. When you are done call and let’s find the accommodations that are right for you and your budget!

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I recently had the opportunity to have breakfast with two special representatives of these incredible islands. Lynette Harrigan, who is the go to for all things BVI and Tausha Vanterpool, who is our Business Developement Manager for the BVI. We discussed the events that were going on and the must do things while there in the islands.

WOW! I was so excited to be asked.  I learned so much about the destination and the people who call it home. 

Want to know more about the BVI? Contact me and let’s get your questions answered.

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Wendi, Your BVI Specialist

 

Australia Comes to Houston & You’re Invited!

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G’day!

 

In line with the launch of our new Air New Zealand Australia campaign we invite our clients to stop by our Australia in Virtual Reality experience event to be held Friday, October 14th at Life HTX in Houston. NO RSVPs required as the event is free flow and will run from 11am-4pm with no presentation. Therefore, you are welcome to pop in at any time. This is a great opportunity for a fun afternoon out to inspire you to travel Downunder! Feel free to forward the invite to your local friends, family and clients. Note complimentary flat whites will be served.

See you in Houston on Friday, October 14th!

Cheers,

Tourism Australia and Air New Zealand &

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Leaving A Vacation

Sad to Leaving Jamaica

Were you ever sad to leave a fabulous vacation?

We are sitting in the Club Sandals and Butler Elite lounge waiting for our transfer back to Montego Bay for our flight home. This designated area is a great vacation enhancer. Listening to other people’s stories of what has made their vacation great is a wonderful end to our work vacation.

Why do people vacation?

Maybe they need a little pampering.  Maybe some time off from cleaning and cooking? It is nice to have those things done for you. But really who doesn’t enjoy a wonderful beach view?

What makes a great vacation?

There are several factors that go into making a great vacation.

  • Location and culture
  • Service level
  • Food quality
  • Accommodations
  • People you meet

There is an adventure waiting for you! I am blessed to see fabulous destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Call me and let’s talk about what interests you and build a vacation package of your dreams.

As always, wishing you 80 degrees and palm trees!

Sandals Unveils Over-Water Wedding Chapel

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Sandals Resorts has unveiled a new unique place for couples to say “I do” at Sandals Grande St. Lucian – the “Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel.”

Located at the most southwestern point of the resort, the open-air, glass aisled chapel boasts panoramic views of Rodney Bay and is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

Sandals-Wedding2-Aug23Décor within the chapel includes a river stone altar polished with a silver leaf finish and a nature-inspired aisle lined by three glass panels. The layout allows guests to see the view of the water below, which will enhance the wedding ceremony with its natural surroundings. The space can host up to 20 seated guests. Couples have a choice of having either a religious or non-religious ceremony, and the wedding chapel can be reserved complimentary upon arrival on a first-choice basis.

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Why Does A Room Category Matter?

I hear it a lot!

“It doesn’t matter the room, I won’t be in there anyway!”

Truth is you will be in the room and let’s talk about it. I have stayed in super swanky suites and I have stayed in dumpy hotel rooms.  Yes it matters!  Sleep is important.  People sleep better when they are in comfortable settings.  Wouldn’t you sleep better in this room? Can you imagine the dancing and singing you do in the Shower?

I even sound better singing in a nice shower! LOL

 

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What makes a resort different?

Resort management that stays near the property and takes pride in what they offer to guests. From the suites to the dining options all the way to the welcoming staff!  If a resorts cuts back on the rooms that you do see and sleep in, think about what you don’t see that they are cutting back in.

Just “chew” on that for a minute.

I am writing a series about room categories and showcasing different resort that I have stayed in. Yes the FABULOUS and the GOOD!

When you see room categories don’t get scared! Call me and let’s get you in the room that is perfect for you! Don’t overpay for what you don’t need but don’t stay in a dump either!  Room Categories will not always explain what is in the suite or tell you that the OCEANFRONT suite you are paying for really isn’t that close to the ocean!

                            There is a difference between an Oceanview Suite and a Oceanfront Suite.                                   There is also a difference between an Oceanview and a PARTIAL oceanview.  There are some rooms that are loud, you will be sorry! Those are the cheapest in a resort! I will never sell you a room or suite that you don’t want. Mainly because I think a budget is the most important vacation topic.

 I don’t want any client disappointed.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

Be sure & follow my blog for all the exciting room categories that you don’t want to miss!

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“I Want the Lobster, the Kind That’s Already Dead”

…   …   …   And my face drops in humiliation!

DSC_0600When traveling with kids you must be ready for a little of everything. You just hope you recognize that look in your kids face when they are fixing to do something truly & remarkably dumb. At least to give you the chance to defray the situation before utter humiliation is upon you.

We are blessed with a 17 yr old daughter and 14 year old son. We have always had a great time together.  Since they are getting older it has become easier to travel with them.  You start to notice their  maturity level rises each time. So when this conversation came up I was shocked.

August 2015 we took the kids to Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica. Oh WOW is all I can say.  The resort boasts a fabulous kids water area with two huge water slides among many other kids activities. The life guards in charge of these areas are usually pretty laid back. I’m sure they’ve seen all kinds of stupid things that kids try to pull coming down the slides. I would walk over and check on Connor. Ask if he needed some “guidance?” I got a very casual “Yah, Mon he’s fine!” To which I was relieved and was able to settle back and enjoy my beach habitation. The glorious kids water park was right next to the beach and made it easy for me to keep an eye out. What marvelous planning on someone’s part!

This was truly a great vacation and everyone was doing what made them happy!

Truth is we like to eat!  We eat a good dinner then have a great room service for a 4th, 5th  or 6th meal of the day. We’re on vacation, whose counting?  This night we decided to go to the fanciest restaurant at the resort. Couldn’t help but think about how really uncomfortable this would have been on vacations in the past.  But I was feeling good about this and the vacation had gone well so far.

We walk in and to see a beautiful piano playing. It was an elegant domed shaped restaurant with dimmed lights. A very nice and upscale setting. Almost unexpected for a family resort.  Got to our seat and was started to look at the menu. A large family that we had eaten with the night before was already enjoying their dinner.  We had not noticed them until a loud man hollers, “Houston we have a problem!” This was due to the fact we were from Houston. Kind of embarrassing, but it was good to see them one last time since they were leaving early the next morning.  Time to order, and then it happened. Connor ordered the lobster.  Being unsure as to how it would be served, he then added with a cracking and unsure voice “the Lobster, you know the kind that is already dead.”

Because who wants to chase a lobster around your plate when you are starving?

I remember just closing my eyes and wondering what just happened. The waitress was very amused and so was the table beside us.  I knew exactly what he meant, we have all seen the live lobsters in restaurants where you pick out the one you want.

What do you say after that? Because something must be said…

So when you are traveling with kids, expect the unexpected.  Give them a little room to make mistakes and do something out of your comfort zone. If we have made a mistake, we learn from them. Then, maybe then we can’t call them a mistake call it a learning experience? When we travel we have these preconceived notions of how the vacation will be and the things we will do. But do those really happen every time? That is why it is called an adventure.  Don’t plan out every minute.  Take time to relax and just soak in the atmosphere.  Whether it is a beach with waves crashing or a fancy restaurant and your kid orders DEAD LOBSTER! Embrace the funny things, that is what your memories are made of.

Get out there, live, experience the world & order the dead lobster!  

Studies Reveal Health Benefits of Vacations

Take that vacation to lower risk of heart attack and depression, or move near a park for better mental health.

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Traveling with my family on the beautiful beaches of Negril, Jamaica.

I have been saying this for years!

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Wendi, Connor and Payton at the Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay Jamaica.

Recharging our battery!

Martin and Wendi enjoying a beautiful day in Jamaica. Kids are snorkeling and having fun while we relax. Everyone is happy!

We are all built with an “internal battery.” It drives us, excites us and inspires us.  When we live our day to day lives sometimes that passion needs a little recharge.  That is what vacation does for you.  Also, gives you insight and many learning experiences that you can’t find in a book.  Get out and see the world around you.  –Wendi

“If you want to be healthier, take more vacations and live near a large park, according to two separate studies. Vacations are linked to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even promote brain health, says a study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies with the Global Commission on Aging and U.S. Travel Association. Moving closer to green space improves mental health immediately and is sustained over long periods of time, according to a University of Exeter Medical School study in Britain. “These findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long-term and sustained benefits for local communities,” the study said.”

This story originally appeared on Fortune

The Passport Meltdown is Coming & How to Save Yourself

11846621_603834069756538_1223411357202161072_nRemember The Passport Crisis of 2006 & 2007?

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Almost 10 years ago it became a requirement to have a passport.  Which lead to a long processing times for passports.

Guess what? 

All of the passports from the crisis of 2007 will now be expiring in the next 18 months!  And to confound the situation there are some changes with the ability to add visa pages that will force people to apply for passports.

Did you know that 125 million US citizens have passports?

Go find your passports NOW and check the expiration dates.

WHY? Because some countries require passports to be valid for 6 MONTHS beyond their arrival back into the US.

What you need to know:

  1. Two options will be available: Passports will come with either 28 or 52 pages with no difference in cost. Get the 52 pages. You never know when you will come into some money and fill that passport up!
  2. The travel industry is back! That means more people are traveling. Hence longer processing times
  3. Passport cards are wallet-sized passports can only be used for land and sea (NO FLIGHTS!) travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Passport cards are smaller and less expensive.  I advise a passport book!
  4. Passports ages are:
    1. 16 yrs and older are adults – passport is valid for 10 years
    2.  15 and under are children – passport is valid for 5 years (yes that includes newborns. If they are breathing they have to be packing a passport!)

Let’s talk money!

  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport book: $110 if age 16 and older; $80 if under the age of 16.
  • New, replacement or renewal of a passport card: $30 if age 16 and older; $15 if under the age of 16.
  • Expedited service (optional): an additional $60.00 per application.
  • The acceptance or execution fee of $25 is paid to any U.S. Passport Acceptance Agency

******* This is Government stuff y’all- It can & will change  ***************

How to save yourself?

Go & renew or apply for passports now.  

Don’t wait until you feel a vacation “itch” coming

The Passport process is not hard. May take a little preparation but it is so worth it!

Do not miss out on your opportunities to see beautiful places because you are afraid of a passport process!

Wishing you 80° & Palm Trees! — Wendi

What are some of your favorite passport stamps? Share them with us!

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Updates for Los Cabos Hotel Reopenings

Sales coming soon for Cabo

 

The Los Cabos Hotel Association issued this opening schedule:
September 23
• Bahía Hotel and Beach Club
• Best Western Aeropuerto San José del Cabo
• Hotel Suites Las Palmas
• Quinta del Sol


September 27
• Cabo villas Beach Resort & Spa


October 1
•Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Resort
•Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa
•Villa Del Palmar Beach, Resort & Spa
•Villa La Estancia Beach, Resort & Spa
•Wyndham Cabo San Lucas


October 6
•Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa


October 8
•Casa Dorada At Medano Beach
•Montecristo Estates By Pueblo Bonito
•Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Holistic Retreat & Spa


October 9
•Riu Palace Los Cabos


October 11
•Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa
•Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa
•Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
•Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
•The Ridge At Playa Grande
•Solmar Resort


October 13
•Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa


October 15
• Hacienda Beach Club And Residences
• Tropicana Inn


October 16
• Posada Real Los Cabos
• RIU Santa Fe
• Holiday Inn Express Cabo San Lucas


November 1
• Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos
• Sandos Finisterra
• Royal Solaris Los Cabos
• Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort & Spa


November 2
• Los Cabos Golf Resort At Country Club


November 3
• Barcelo Grand Faro Los Cabos


November 15
• Esperanza An Auberge Resort
• Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos
• Secrets Marquis Los Cabos
• Secrets Puerto Los Cabos
• Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa
• El Encanto Inn
• Zöetry Casa Del Mar, Suites, Golf & Spa Resort


November 20
• Decameron All Inclusive Resort


December 1
• Holiday Inn Resort Los Cabos
• Marbella Suites en la Playa


December 15
• One & Only Palmilla
• Esperanza


January 2015
• Meliá Cabo Real All Inclusive Beach
• Sirena del Mar
• Cabo Azul Resort & Spa


February 2015
• Me By Meliá Cabo


To Be Determined:
• Capella Pedregal Los Cabos                         • El Ganzo
• Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
• Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
• Las Ventanas Al Paraíso
• The Grand Mayan Los Cabos
• The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos

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