For those of you who haven’t been to Vegas in a while, there are some new and exciting hotels in town with the recent completion of the City Center project located between Bellagio and the Monte Carlo.
An island paradise. With 118 islands and atolls that comprise this ideal South Pacific destination, the islands of Tahiti continue to seduce vacationers in search of a tranquil escape. With islands boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, turquoise-blue lagoons and emerald-green waters, this island paradise has something for everyone.
Sue and I were invited to the inaugural cruise of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas for travel professionals and travel agents last year. If one had only one word to describe the experience it would have to be "impressive". This ship is massive in size and the largest cruise ship in the world. It is an architectural marvel at sea, spanning 16 decks, encompassing 225,282 gross registered tons, carrying 5,400 guests at double occupancy, and featuring 2,700 staterooms.
I've always wanted to attend a quality golf school.
With as much money spent on greens fees, travel, equipment, etc., those that intend to play regularly might be interested in investing in instruction that helps to build on basic fundamentals and deliver a degree of confidence to the player that you are headed in the right direction. I’ve often had the frustration of practicing and knowing that what I’m practicing is wrong, therefore re-enforcing bad habits. Why waste the time, effort, and money?
If you want to combine the great outdoors and mix in a little luxury, the Fairmont Hotels in the Canadian Rockies offer adventure, abundant wildlife, and luxurious accommodations. There are three terrific destinations to choose from; Chateau Lake Louise, Jasper Park Lodge, and Banff Springs.
In late September of 2017, Dana was invited to become one of only 300 Kauai Master Specialists. Here is an account of her visit to Hawaii’s oldest and northernmost island.
If I had two words to describe the island of Kauai, it would be pure magic! Kauai has an intangible quality and raw natural beauty everyone should experience. From the lush tropical landscape to beautiful, mesmerizing waterfalls Kauai has something to offer everyone. Kauai is so remote that some areas are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. It is by far the most unique of the Hawaiian Islands.
Geologically, Kauai has aged well over its 6 million years and transformed into one of the most beautiful islands on earth. Draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain peaks and jagged cliffs it is home to the truly jaw dropping Napali Coast. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls which make it feel like a dinosaur from Jurassic Park is going to appear at any moment. Fun Fact: Steven Spielberg and crew filmed a portion of the movie throughout the Napali Coast; you can even take a Jurassic Park ATV tour.
Kauai’s weather is ideal at all times of the year. Daytime temperatures range from the mid 70’s to mid-80’s with northeast trade winds providing a refreshing breeze and rainfall predominantly only falls over the mountain ranges which offers gorgeous rainbows almost every day!
More than just dramatic beauty, however, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities making it perfect for those seeking an active vacation. During my trip, I went river tubing down an old irrigation system on a former sugar plantation, zip-lined across the breathtaking canopy treetops, saw a luau under the stars with the twinkle of torch lights surrounding us, went on an adventurous ATV ride through Princeville Ranch, hiked to an overlook at Waimea Canyon (nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”) and snorkeled with dolphins and turtles on the Napali Coast. There is so much to explore on this diverse and beautiful island, it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Kauai’s plentiful sea life is not to be missed, with dozens of endemic species found nowhere else on earth. Kauai also offers numerous marine activities such as whale watching tours, canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, surfboarding and snorkeling lessons. You can keep busy in the turquoise water off Kauai for days and may see incredible sea turtles, monk seals, and numerous species of dolphins and whales. One afternoon while sailing along the breathtaking coast, pods of dolphins followed our catamaran, playfully jumping and showing off. The water was so clear I saw more marine life than imaginable!
Kauai is wonderful for romantic getaways, family vacations, destination weddings, and active adventure seekers alike. It was one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve had and hope to go back over and over again! Kauai is an island to discover and one you have to see for yourself to truly grasp the diverse and incredible scenery. But, it is the island's laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns that make it truly timeless. Make your escape to Kauai and discover the undeniable allure of the island. #lethawaiihappen
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A luxury Silverseas cruise aboard the Silver Wind is a special thing
Ocean view suites. For everyone. Only 296 guests and staff of 212 mean 1.4 guests to every staff member. Fewer guests, combined with more space and Silversea's signature six-star personalized service make for the ultimate sailing experience. Add in world class cuisine, and an all inclusive policy for beverages including alcoholic beverages and you have one of the best winning combinations in cruising.
Want to try cruising closer to home? Here's an opportunity to rediscover the beauty and nature of the Great Lakes.
Americans now have options for luxury cruising in North America. Starting June 27 through September 12, after extensive refurbishment, redecoration and other improvements, the all-suite luxury cruise ship Clelia II will offer the finest in small-ship cruise travel on the Great Lakes.