Intriguing Travels – Vacation Trends & Ideas!

August 8th, 2016 by Tina Weiss | Posted in All Inclusive Resorts, Europe, Family Travel, Hawaiian Islands, Multigenerational Travel, Value of Vacations

Intriguing Travels

St. Lucia Honeymoon

St. Lucia Honeymoon

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share a picture of our daughter and new son-in-law on their honeymoon just after they got married in June.  The Wedding was beautiful and a surreal experience to say the least!

Our daughter and son-in-law did not have a Destination Wedding.   I did have the honor of planning their Honeymoon with her Fiance  as a surprise for Lindsey.  They both wanted sun, activities and the beach.   We surprised her with a trip to St. Lucia.  They both loved it which made me a very happy mom… who just happened to be their travel planner 🙂

I thought I would share some ideas for your next trip that might tweak your interest.

Whether you crave sun  & beach or immersing yourself in culture & history, we need to continue to seek out new destinations to explore, rejuvenate and marvel at what the world has to offer us.  Whatever your dream destination is, I would very much like to help make it come true.

Gratefully,

Tina

It is an understatement to say that we are all different.  Your dream destination may not even be on my wish list.  If you are retired, then you probably have more time and resources to travel than someone building their career.  I hear from a lot of people that they wish that they had traveled more when they were younger.  No matter what age you are or how old your children are, there is a travel opportunity ready to unfold that will enhance your life forever.  Here are just a few trends amongst an endless supply of journeys that await you.

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruise on the Rhine

River Cruising

River Cruising has become an extremely popular travel experience.

Demographic –  Typically 50+ but edging downward.

Highlights –  Unpack & pack once.  Ability to see many destinations on one trip.  Cultural immersion. Tours, food, wine & beer with meals included with majority of cruises with upgraded amenities included on others.  Ease of getting on and off of the ship.  Ability to customize pre & post stays in nearby cities.

A Good Friend's Oasis

A Good Friend’s Oasis

Custom Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic – All ages

Highlights –  Control over entire itinerary.  Thoughtful planning with travel advisor to feature your own interests.  Intimate and very personal.  Ability to choose hotels and tours that match your travel style and budget.  Travel with companion or group of your choosing.  Custom arrangements can be as detailed as you need from having a private guide every day to incorporating some private tours and leaving some free time.

Viking WinnTomWineTastingGuided Tours, Individual or Group

Demographic  –  All ages

Highlights –  Ideal for the more social travelers who want to meet and travel with “new friends.”  Great for groups of  friends & families who don’t mind mixing with others.  Many escorted tours have a theme that tends to attract like minded people.  For example, adventure, wine, or culinary themes woven into a particular trip.   Structured itineraries.  Bus transportation is typically used to get from point A to B.  Quite a few meals are built into the program.

Girlfriend Getaways

Demographic –  All ages usually women 40+ celebrating a milestone birthday

Highlights –  4 or 5 day trip.  Typically involves wine 🙂  and a beach location.  Women are naturally good at bonding and this experience enhances their feeling of being connected with other women.  Yoga classes, cooking experiences and excursions round out these trips.

Babymoons

Demographic –  Couples expecting their first child

Highlights – a romantic getaway before the family dynamic completely changes.  The Caribbean was very popular.  The Zika Virus now makes that a challenge.  Hawaii has become a destination for babymooners.

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

England/Edinburgh/Paris Vacation

Multi Generation

Demographic –  Every age group within the family

Highlights –  all inclusive resorts are popular for this type of group.  Villa Rentals are becoming very popular as well.  Most resorts have kid’s club options for all ages.  Families have the opportunity to bond and still have their own space.  The location is “neutral” so that no one has to physically host.  Many times this helps with the family dynamics.

To sum it up – there a many, many ways to travel!  What factors are important to you?  Are you needing some time with your extended family because you live all over the country?  Is it time to take that romantic river cruise to explore places you never knew existed?   Take some time to think about your next dream vacation.

I’m here to help you plan memories that you (& whomever you decide to travel with) will cherish for a lifetime.

To help plan your next vacation, please contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080

Maui, The Grand Wailea

February 18th, 2014 by Tina Weiss | Posted in Corporate Group, Family Travel, Group Travel, Hawaiian Islands, Honeymoons, Multigenerational Travel, Romantic Travel

Intriguing Travels

A Beautiful. Snowy Sunrise

Hello Everyone,

Partly because I am always looking for photo ops for my blog and partly because I have this whole new appreciation for the beauty that is in our paths every day; I ran back into the house to grab my camera while taking Chloe for her morning walk.  I literally imagined the warmth of the sun rising on a beach in the Caribbean.  I know, it was a stretch, but my imagination works wonders.

Gratefully,

Tina

I was researching some options for a client and wanted to share an amazing property in Maui.  This Waldorf Astoria Resort actually has adjacent properties in Maui, The Grand Wailea and the Ho’olei at Grand Wailea.  The Grand Wailea has has 780 rooms and 52 suites located on the 40 acre resort along Wailea Beach in Maui.  The H0’olei at Grand Wailea offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas with many of the amenities and comforts of home.  Both properties provide a setting perfect for any travel style from a romantic honeymoon or destination wedding to a family reunion or corporate event!

Wedding or Honeymoon

Imagine saying your “I Do’s” on the beautiful island of Maui at this lush venue.  Brides and Grooms can choose between a number of venues on property including a seaside chapel, free flowing waterfalls, lush gardens or quaint gazebo.

Your Travel Consultant will work with you and the resort to help you realize your dream wedding in Hawaii.  The Grand Wailea offers many Wedding Package options from a traditional Hawaiian Processional to a Candle light ceremony.  Choose to have Doves or Butterflies released to celebrate a new beginning.

The Grand Wailea also offers a complimentary on line wedding and honeymoon registry.  You can choose from sample wedding registries and select a variety of registry options for your guests, friends and family to choose from.

Renewal of Vows or Civil Unions

No matter how recently you met or were married, couples love the Grand Wailea as a venue to either restate the vows they once made or declare a commitment to each other during a Civil Union ceremony.  No matter what age, gender or race you are, The Grand Wailea welcomes you to experience a new chapter in your lives.  You might choose a Solo Guitarist, Harpist or Violinist to accompany the Ceremony.

The couple may want to have a romantic dinner at HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUAA which is an award winning restaurant named after the Hawaii state fish.  The uniqueness of this romantic restaurant is that it rests upon a million-gallon saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish. Guests can choose their own picked lobster from the lagoon.  Diners will also enjoy delicious island fish and beef dishes and marvel at the captivating Maui sunset view.

Family or Multi-Generation Trip

The grandparents may feel like the family is too spread out.  The Ho’olei Grand Wailea offers wonderfully appointed Villas with many of the amenities of home.  Families of all ages will be well taken care of.  You can choose to eat at your Villa.  There is a Whole Foods Market near the airport and a quaint market on property.  You can also grill.  However, if the Chef of the family decides not to cook, there are a variety of dining options at the Grand Wailea.  Grab a sandwich at Cafe Kula.  Adults will want to try an artfully crafted cocktail at the Bistro Bar, or if you are in your swimsuit, try the swim up Grotto Bar!  In all, I counted about 10 restaurant and bar options on property.

The whole family will enjoy the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool. There are many pools that are joined by a river that transports swimmers along whitewater rapids and gentle currents. Wailea Canyon has an array of activities!  Active guests will be thrilled by four jungle pools, four intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool, the world’s first water elevator, the Lava slide, Ana Puka slide and a swim-up bar.  Family members will also want to check out the Fish Pipe which is the world’s first rotating barrel ride.

Group or Corporate Trip

Many clubs, associations and corporations choose The Grand Wailea as their location for meetings, conferences or annual gathering.  Members and guests will feel pampered and remarkably special to be part of an event at this venue.  Themed events create a bonding that is difficult to quantify but yields returns in a very tangible way.  Studies show that people who return from an event or vacation are much more productive than before they left.  We work closely with the event planning staff on property as well as our clients to insure a personalized and memorable experience for all.

Whatever you reason to venture to Maui, The Grand Wailea offers something for everyone and every occasion.  Please contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080 if you’d like help planning your next occasion.