28 Sep 2017

Denali National Park, Alaska – September 2017

On a quest to explore and learn a bit more about myself, I took advantage of an opportunity to visit Denali National Park. My full review will follow, but I stayed just outside the park at Denali Bluffs Hotel and was in awe of the gorgeous scenery. Stay tuned for more information!

29 Jul 2017

Five Reasons to Escape to Bali

While not the easiest destination to get to, Bali is worth the long journey to paradise. Bali is perhaps the most well known island in Indonesia for a good reason. It appeals to a wide audience of travelers, from those seeking to reconnect with the spiritual world to those wanting to let loose and party. With its varied landscapes, it also appeals to the adventurous and the sun seekers alike. There is something for everyone, whether young or young at heart, but if you need to find a reason to add Bali to your bucket list, here are our top reasons to make it your next exotic escape.

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28 Jul 2017

Indonesian Indulgence: 4 Luxe Island Villa Escapes

 

Indonesia is as exotic as it sounds. Located in Southeast Asia, this nation of over 17,000 islands is a melting pot of culture, wildlife, plant life, and landscapes. While most tourism is focused on the island of Bali, there are many other islands that offer a slice of paradise and a sense of adventure.  With some of the best diving in the world, long stretches of white sand beach, breathtaking cultural landmarks, and wild rain forests, Indonesia is the perfect destination for a luxe island escape. Connect in major cities like Singapore, Bangkok, and Hong Kong and experience the glitz of a major Asian city before disconnecting from the world in a truly serene and tropical paradise. The four luxurious vacation rentals in Indonesia below are the perfect way accent a lavish Asian holiday.

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22 Jul 2017

Escape to Switzerland in Style

When I think of my time in Switzerland, I think of three things: cheese, chocolate, and tunnels. However, Switzerland is so much more than roads and carbs. It has magnificent landscapes of bright green fields, crystal blue lakes, which are framed by dark mountains with white snow capped peaks. There is a plethora of outdoor activities, with hiking, climbing and skiing being the popular draws.  Switzerland has a unique cultural blend of German, French, and Italian influences, which you can see and hear as you travel throughout the country. Switzerland in a sense is magical – it’s one of those places that draws you in and makes you want to stay forever. While it might prove difficult to move there, why not get a taste of everything Switzerland has to offer and spoil yourself in the process?

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26 May 2017

Norwegian Adventure – May 2017

Another year and another opportunity to visit Norway! My visit in 2016 seemed so rushed with only four days on the ground in Oslo, so I was not about to let the chance to explore the country pass me by this time. I had nine days to see everything Norway has to offer before needing to make an appearance in Oslo, but it didn’t take me long to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my time. I felt the best way to see as much of Norway as possible and experience what Norway is really known for (that amazing coastline!) is to do a Fjord cruise. I personally do not like larger ships and I also wanted to be able to see as much on land as I would on the water, so I felt Hurtigruten Cruises was the best option for my trip.

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5 May 2017

Oslo, Norway – May 2017

I have a great job and love what I do, but there are some times when you just need a little change in scenery. So, imagine my surprise when the opportunity popped up to head to Norway for a week. Quite a scenery change, huh? I had never been to Norway, nor had I ever been that far north. I also had just returned from New Zealand, where I was just the furthest south I had ever been! Cramming both trips in within a month’s time was a challenge, but I was certainly up to the task! I was even more surprised that I was able to head back yet again, so I was certainly determined to make the best of the second trip.

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8 Dec 2016

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom – November 2016

We just got back from yet another trip to London! When planning our first trip in 2011, we originally planned to go over Christmas, but the family objected and we decided to take time off at Thanksgiving instead. This actually worked out better since most attractions are closed for 3 days at Christmas, they already had their holiday light displays up, and we could do a lot of Christmas shopping while we were there! So, when we planned a trip to go back, we knew that heading there around the Thanksgiving holiday would be the best option for the type of trip we wanted. From that point forward, our tradition was set and we now set aside time every late November/early December to travel to our favorite city.  Every time we go, it never disappoints.

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11 Apr 2016

New Zealand – March 2016

I’ve been to Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, and Australia. So, it’s only natural that I head to New Zealand on my next South Pacific Adventure! I admit, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of New Zealand. Afterall, I primarily focus on luxury tropical travel. Even my trip to Australia was focused on the Great Barrier Reef, so beaches, snorkeling, etc. However, as a South Pacific Specialist (working toward my New Zealand Specialist certification), I always want to be able to share my personal experience with my clients. So, I set off for New Zealand with an open mind and the desire to experience as much as the country can offer in two weeks’ time. Upon my return, I’m speechless. It was a magical, amazing, and incredible trip!

I recommend grabbing a beverage and snack of your choice before reading, as this is a long review!

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7 Dec 2015

Southampton, Portsmouth and Wool, United Kingdom – November 2015

In supplement to our annual visit to London (see separate review), we decided to add on 3 nights to our stay in England. For this portion of our stay, we decided to head Southwest of the city to cities of Southampton, Portsmouth. Why Southampton, Portsmouth, and Wool? Well, if you are a military history buff, you probably know the answer. For those that aren’t (for example, me!), you’ll find the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth and the Tank Museum in Wool/Bovington. Southampton just happens to be in between!

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26 Aug 2015

St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico – August 2015

I was VERY excited about this trip from the moment I knew I could book it. The St. Regis Punta Mita is consistently rated as one of the top resorts in Mexico and I had never traveled to the Riviera Nayarit area of the country, so it seemed like an obvious choice to “kill a few birds with one stone” (I promise- no birds were harmed during our trip!) I’d travel to a new destination, experience a resort I have always wanted to visit, check out a highly rated luxury property for you, my clients, and celebrate my wedding anniversary on the opposite end of the Pacific Ocean from where we were married.

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21 Jul 2015

Client Favorites in Tahiti: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

We mentioned last week that Bora Bora is our top destination request. However, within Bora Bora, our top resort request is for the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. It’s not only the most sought after resort on Bora Bora, but it’s become one of the most sought after resorts in the entire South Pacific region, perhaps even the world. It’s popular with celebrities and is considered to be the ultimate honeymoon and romance destination. It also ticks the box as a top bucket list experience.

Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

 

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14 Jul 2015

Client Favorites in Tahiti: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Bora Bora is our top request and rightly so- there are pictures all over the internet of overwater bungalows dotting the famous lagoons with the iconic Mt. Otemanu in the backdrop.  If you want to be able to see that exact scene from the beach or the deck of your overwater bungalow, then the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort is the place to stay!

Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Thalasso Resort Bora Bora

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7 Jul 2015

Client Favorites in Tahiti: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort

 

We’re back on #TahitiTuesday / #TravelTuesday with a slight twist on “Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti” series!

While we have our own personal preferences, we realize that those properties aren’t always best for our clients. We get a lot of requests for Moorea and Bora Bora, so we decided to pay homage to the resorts we book most frequently or those that are most frequently requested (sometimes what a client requests is not what is right for them. So, we customize every package to suit the wants and needs of each travel request!) For our very first “Client Favorite” resort, we’re featuring the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort!

Photo Courtesy of Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort

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9 Jun 2015

Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti: Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Le Sauvage

Our last stop in our  #TravelTuesday/ #TahitiTuesday tour is the Hotel Kia Ora Resort/Le Sauvage. Hotel Kia Ora and Le Sauvage are two separate properties with different locations on the atoll, but are managed by the same company. In their own ways, both offer a glimpse into the beauty of Rangiroa.

Photo Courtesy of Hotel Kia Ora

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3 Jun 2015

Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, Cancun, Mexico – May 2015

After a year-long hiatus from travel to focus on health, I finally decided it was time to dip my toes back into the waters and go on vacation. To keep things simple and close to home, we used my Westin timeshare StarOptions for a week at the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort in Cancun, Mexico.

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    • My name is Janelle and I'm a luxury travel consultant with Luxe Island Escapes by Easy Escapes Travel and an avid traveler!

      I specialize in luxury island and tropical vacations, whether it be a quick get-a-way, honeymoon, or a bucket list adventure. In addition to being a Certified Tahiti Specialist®, I am also a certified specialist for Fiji, The Cook Islands, Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia, among other destinations. To learn more about me, my services, and my certifications, please visit the About page.

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