5 May 2016

Oslo, Norway – May 2016

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!

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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!

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8 Dec 2015

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom – December 2015

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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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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2 Jun 2015

Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti: Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

We’re back after taking our very own escape!

We haven’t seen to the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort since April 2006, but it is such a special place that we just had to include it on our favorite resorts list! So, on this #TahitiTuesday / #TravelTuesday, we’ll be featuring the remote and romantic Tikehau Pearl Beach!

 

Photo Courtesy of SPM Hotels

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19 May 2015

Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti: InterContinental Tahiti Resort

Did you know that “Tahiti” is used to refer to the entire country of French Polynesia, but Tahiti is also the name of the main island in French Polynesia? The island of Tahiti is where the action happens- it’s the country’s hub for business, it’s where the major airport is located, and it’s where most of the residents of the country live. It’s because of these things that the island of Tahiti is often overlooked. When spending thousands of dollars to escape to paradise, you typically don’t want to stay in an area that is busy and built up. However, Tahiti is much more than its capitol, Papeete, and the place to stay on the island is the InterContinental Tahiti Resort.

Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Resorts

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12 May 2015

Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti: Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

On this #TravelTuesday/ #TahitiTuesday, we’re heading to one of Tahiti’s most popular islands- Moorea! Moorea is one of the most active and lush islands in Tahiti, with the exception of the island of Tahiti itself! Moorea has the gorgeous lush mountains of Tahiti, minus the traffic and bustle of Papeete, and the crystal blue lagoons of Bora Bora, minus the added price premiums of being in Bora Bora. There are a few resorts to choose from on the island and each one offers a unique experience. However, one of our personal favorites is Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort .

Photo Courtesy of Sofitel Resorts

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8 May 2015

Best Honeymoon Resorts in the South Pacific

Brides Magazine recently published a list if the best honeymoon resorts in the South Pacific. The list was compiled mostly from reviews on TripAdvisor, with a high percentage of those reviews being from honeymooners. As it turns out, we happen to agree with the list! Personally, we don’t need a special occaision to visit these properties. In fact, we’ve visited most of them already! Our only wish was that they had expanded their list to include resorts on other islands in French Polynesia. Oh, how we love Tahiti!!!

http://www.brides.com/honeymoons/2015/05/best-honeymoon-resorts-south-pacific#slide=1

 

Etu Moana – Photo Courtesy of Escapes by Janelle

 

 

5 May 2015

Our Favorite Resorts in Tahiti: Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island Resort

It’s #TravelTuesday/ #TahitiTuesday again! Today, we’re heading to Tahiti’s most iconic island- Bora Bora! Bora Bora is truly a bucket list destination, with bright, colorful lagoons and the most luxurious overwater bungalows in the South Pacific. There are 10 resorts to choose from on the island and each one offers a unique experience. However, one of our personal favorites is Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island.

Photo Courtesy of Sofitel Resorts

 

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

      I specialize in luxury 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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