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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 6

Posted: 10-28-12

We had breakfast at the Royal Lahaina Resort before we left.  The food was buffet, but good. 

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

After breakfast, we headed to Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm.   The farm is very beautiful.  The property on the mountain with an incredible view.  The grounds are very nice and they have tons off different varieties of lavender and other flowers.  Their gift shop has a bunch of different lavender products from oil, lotion, jelly, spices for cooking.  Lavender is edible.

The owner originally bough the property to retire and to have the view.  He found that lavender does not need watering and are easy to grow. 

Lunch

After the Lavender Farm, we had lunch at Casanova in Makawao.  The turkey sandwiches were great.  We had a tiny bit of time to look around at a couple of shops in town. 

Lumeria Maui

Lumeria Maui is a small boutique property that is very unique. Oprah's magazine featured it in Sept and will have another article in Feb. They have 25 rooms.  Each is similar size, but with different furniture and decor. They have 2 suites including a Presidential Suite.  The suites have a living room.  The furnishings are very unique works of art.   The building dates

back to 1909. It was originally a retirement home for Pineapple Plantation executives, but it was left in disarray and ended with some pineapple workers.   Zoran, the owner, bought it two years ago and transformed it.  He had to totally gut and start new.  It opened in January.  He is a designer and created the resort honoring the true Hawaiian spirit.   They have all the native Hawaiian plants growing on property.  The property is very quiet and has a yoga type feel.  They ask that you take your shoes off before entering the buildings--a Hawaiian tradition.  I fact, most people were walking around without shoes.  They include yoga 3 times a day, meditation, and many other classes.   They also have alternative healers come in.  That is an extra charge those classes.  There are no TVs, but they do have wifi.

Pool is being installed now and will be done in less than 90 days.  Dinner is not included and must be ordered 24 hours before.  They do not have a full menu.  They make one meal.  They are organic and do a lot of farm to table.  While there, they had watermelon pineapple lemon juice.  It in mason jars and was fresh.  The food is very good and healthy.  $25 daily fee that covers parking, wifi, breakfast, and all the yoga, meditation, and etc classes.  Zoran wrote a book about transforming your home to a space that is inspired by you.  He gave us a signed copy. 

After Lumeria Maui we had scones from T Komoda Store. They were very good.

We went on a site inspection of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

When you arrive, you are greeted with a lei.  It has a nice lobby. The resort is set up like the letter A.  So, all of the rooms have some sort of Oceanview.  The ones near the front have the better view.  The rooms are nice and the balconies are a nice size.  The tile and shower doors are a bit dated. We saw two pools,  they are not large.  The beach is nice and a good size.  There are a lot of water activities, but most have an extra charge.  They have couple of huts overlooking the beach for massages, they do not have a spa.  They own and operate their own 18 hole golf course.

They currently have a special.  For $99 per day, per person, you can golf as much as you want for that day.  It includes club rental, greens fees, and shoes.  They have their own Starbucks on property.  You can get packages for breakfast included and it is at the Starbucks Cafe.  Wifi in your room is free and they do not have a resort fee.

Marriott Wailea

We are staying our final night at Marriott Wailea. The resort is on the ocean, but the beach is to the right of the resort.  It is a short 3 min walk.  We saw three pools.  Two of them are family pools and one is adults only.  The adults only is an infinity pool.  They also have two waterslides, a spray park, and a zero entry baby pool with sand entrance. 

Luau

Tonight, we were invited to the Luau at the Marriott. It is on the lawn area beyond the adults only pool.  The doors open at 4:30, food is at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.  It includes all you can eat food, open bar, leis, and the show.  The women get flower lei and the men get one with a wooden sea turtle.  They also do the traditional Hawaiian pig roast in the ground.

When they start, they dig up the pig which is wrapped in banana leaves and buried with hot stones. The pork was excellent. They also had a number of salads, chicken, beef tenderloin, rice, and other foods.  The show was good especially the fire dancing part. 

Afterwards we headed to the hotel bar for a drink.  It was an early night because we have to be up at 6:30 am for our snorkeling adventure tomorrow morning.  It has been a very busy time.  We've learned a lot and made a lot of great contacts, but it will be great to get home; see the family; and get back on the East coast time zone. We look forward to sharing with you all that Hawaii has to offer and look forward to your next dream vacation.

 



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