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Initial Pricing Released for Beaches Turks & Caicos Key West Village [01-24-13]
Initial Pricing Released for Beaches Turks & Caicos Key West Village - Thanksgiving 2013 and beyond

New York Travel Weekly Awards 2012 [12-28-12]
Dream Makers Vacation Services was invited to the Travel Weekly Awards. Held at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City

The Genesis of the All Inclusive - Hard Rock Cafe - Dec 2012 [12-21-12]
Dream team members Mike, Gabby and Amanda recently were "rock stars" at the Hard Rock Resorts event in Philadelphia.

Secrets the Vine - Days 2 & 3 [12-13-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Secrets the Vine - Day 1 [12-10-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 2 [12-07-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 1 [12-06-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 3 - New Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos - Key West Luxury Village [12-03-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 2 [12-01-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 1 (Mike's Arrival Day) [11-30-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 5 (Departure Day) [11-19-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 4 [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 3 (Awards Night) [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 2 [11-15-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 1 (Arrival) [11-14-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 7 Departure Day [10-29-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 6 [10-28-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 5 [10-26-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 4 [10-25-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 3 [10-24-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 5

Posted: 10-26-12

 

We started off early at 6:30 am.  We did a site Inspection of Honua Kai Resort & Spa Ka'anapali Beach. It is a really nice resort. This is where we stayed last night. We stayed in a One Bedroom.  We saw a Studio which has a bedroom, living room, and kitchen in one area.  It was equally as nice as the one bedroom. We also saw a two bedroom unit.  The best one of all was the King  Kamehameha. It was HUGE and gorgeous.  It had 2 bedrooms, very large living room, a dining area, and a gorgeous kitchen.  The balcony was HUGE and wrapped around the suite.  It has a great view of the ocean and mountains.  The balcony is so large, that it has a lounge area, a beach bed, a 2nd lounge area, a dining area and a kitchen with grill.  All of the rooms in the resort have a full gourmet kitchen and washer/dryer.

The one building was built in 2009 and the 2nd building in 2010.  They have 2 restaurants, but by early next year, they will be adding a 3rd Restuarant and a spa.  The $25 per day resort fee includes free parking, wifi, and other things.  They have a number of pools, a quiet pool, one with waterfalls, another with a waterslide, and another that is a small lazy river.  The resort is beautiful and well kept.  The beach is nice, but somewhat narrow. 

Lanai

We took the ferry to Lanai, another Hawaiian island.  It took 45 min and is a neat scenic experience.  The cost is usually $60 per adult and approx. $45 per child.  They have 5 ferries a day.   During whale season (Nov-Mar).

 

There is a good chance to see whales.  They said they've seen some already, but we did not have any.  We did see a school of dolphins and it was amazing.  I got some good videos.  They were jumping our wake and it was really neat because some of them were jumping together--2 or 3 of them.  It was a great experience. 

There are no traffic lights on Lanai.  There are 5,000 residents.  They have one gas station and it is $5.87 per gallon.  They have 3 golf courses.  They have a large beach with white sand where the turtles like to nest. 

Stables at Koele

We stopped at the Stables at Koele and saw the stables and horses.  It is in a open area that looks a lot like Colorado.  They do 4 or 5 groups of 16 per day.  They also do events like weddings, receptions, and incentive groups.

Lanai Pine Sporting Cays

The Lanai Pine Sporting Cays offer many shooting and hunting options.  They have a skeet range, a stationary range, and a series of shooting stations.

Each station simulates a different animal.  They have 14 stations and you get to each station by golf cart.  All of the fake animals are made from compressed manure.  They also have archery ranges.  This has become very popular since the Hunger Games.  They will take any level. If you never shot or did archery before they will teach you.  You can also hunt live animals.

They have deer and sheep hunts.  They will pick you up at your hotel at 4 or 5 am. You will hunt until 9am. They will take you back to the hotel and pick you back up around 4 or 5 in the afternoon and hunt until this sunsets.

 

These are guided tours.  They have a lot of game, so you usually get something.  They take care of all the licensing and training. 

Lunch - Four Seasons Lana'i, the Lodge at Ko'ele Lunch was at Four Seasons Lana'i, the Lodge at Ko'ele. We ate in the library.  Before we arrived, they asked us if we wanted Cobb Salad or Roast Beef Sandwich.  Butternut Squash Soup and bruchetta with bacon & cheese.  Both were really good. 

Four Seasons Lana'i is a beautiful property.  It is very lush with a calm relaxed atmosphere.  They have a small pool with lounge chairs and cabana.

We saw three rooms.  They are all beautiful.  They only have 2 stories, so they have a balcony or patio.  Two of the suites had living room with a real fireplace.  They do not have a kitchen, but have microwave and coffee maker.

Hotel Lana'i

The Hotel Lana'i is a very small hotel.  They only have 11 rooms. 

The resort was built in the 1920s and have very thin walls.  Because of that, they do not have TVs.  The rooms are basic, but they have one of the most popular restaurants on the island.

After the visit, we toured the Lana'i Cultural Information Center.  They have a a lot of artifacts and info on the island.  Then we were able to walk around town and shop. They have a number of small art shops. 

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Before catching the ferry, we toured the Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay.

It is a very nice resort.  It has exchange Privileges with the other Four Seasons.  So you can use the facilities at either resort.  Wifi is free as well as the sauna extra at the spa.  They have a pool that overlooks Manele Bay.  The resort is very lush.  It is more active than Four Seasons Lana'i, the Lodge at Ko'ele. We saw three rooms and they were very nice. Their garden view rooms are really garden view, not a view of a building or parking lot.  They also have a number of streams and waterfalls so you feel as though you are in a jungle.  Manele Bay is one of the best snorkeling bays in the world. They will give snorkeling gear to use for free.  The kids club is for ages 5-12, but you can send younger children with a nanny for $18 per hour. 

 We took the 4:30 pm ferry back to Maui.  We did not see any dolphins or whales. 

Tonight, we are staying at the Royal Lahaina Resort.  We did a quick site inspection when we arrived.  We saw three rooms.  They are nice.  The resort is right on the beach.  Some of the rooms have direct oceanviews and others have ocean and city views.  Both are nice.  The resort has done a lot of renovations and it looks great.  It was night, but the beach is a nice white sand beach.  It is clear without coral.  About 10 min down the beach, is a good spot for good surfers.  For beginners, there is a spot another 10 min down the beach the other way.  They have surf schools and the surf is not as strong.  During whale season, there are tons of whales.  They breach about 100 yards off shore. 

After the site inspection, we had dinner on the lawn right by the beach. The food was very good.  They had stuffed beef tenderloin, sushi, snow crab legs, and a number of other things.  The food was very good.  And to top it off, they had lava cakes.  It was rich, but very good. 

 The reception that the Royal provided was very good.  Afterwards, we decided to head downtown.  We took a taxi and asked the taxi driver what places were hot that night.  He told us the McGillacuddy's was jumping.  It was fun. They had live music and good drinks.  They didn't charge a cover.  It was fun. When we left, there were plenty of taxis lined up to take us home. 

Tomorrow, we have more site inspections and some more adventures. More tomorrow. 

 



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