So, are you brave enough to book your family
and/or friends on holidays or for
destination weddings? I know I've heard
horror stories from agents about sending
their relatives or friends on vacations, and
they were blamed for every little thing that
went wrong. If a flight was late, it was
their fault. If a transfer stopped at
another property before theirs, it was their
fault. If they had to wait in line at
immigration, it was their fault. If there
was a bit of seaweed on the beach, it was
their fault. If there was a mosquito at the
property, it was their fault.
I'm very fortunate, that many of my
relatives have been to the properties that I
proudly represent, and these trips have
always turned out well for my relatives (and
thus for me also). I don't know whether it
is that I have flexible and easy-to-please
relatives, or that I have great properties
that always deliver. Actually, I think it is
both...Again, I'm a lucky guy, with great
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Puerto Vallarta - Great Service, Feed & Location
Here are some
comments from my sister-in-law, Laurel (from
Saskatoon) who was just at the Hilton:
"My husband and I were at the Hilton
Puerto Vallarta for a week at the beginning
of March and absolutely loved it!
It is a smaller hotel with an excellent
beach and beautiful pools in a great
location. It is close to the
airport, marina and the city center.
The service was excellent
everywhere - front desk, restaurants and
pools. We felt very well tended to and all
of the staff that we encountered were
extremely friendly and helpful.
And the food! It was fabulous!
We had no difficulty getting into the a la
carte restaurants, so we tried all three -
the French, Mexican and Brazilian.
fabulous meals at all of them and enjoyed
the fact that the portion sizes were on the
smaller side. It allowed us to try a few
courses without being absolutely stuffed
afterwards. We ate breakfasts at the main
buffet restaurant and loved the custom made
smoothies and omelets, as well as the
delicious pastries and fresh fruit. We ate
at the buffet restaurant for our evening
meal on three occasions and each time we
enjoyed a different theme for the food -
Chinese and Mexican.
The location was perfect for us.
It was very close to the airport but in a
very quiet area. We were a short walk (less
than 10 minutes) to a big grocery store and
the marina, which had a flea market.
We had a fabulous time and would
recommend it highly. We had a
great, relaxing vacation here and would
Of course, I'll look forward to having any
of my relatives visit any of the
Kai - Perfect for couples traveling together!
Brother-in-law, Kelly and his wife Marg,
were at Honua Kai in November with his 4
kids and 2 grand kids in a 3 bedroom
suite. They were looking forward to
heading back there last month.
Here are his comments:
was our second stay at Honua Kai in less
than four months. We enjoyed our family
experience so much last November, we
recently returned to Honua Kai for a 10
night stay with friends. Our 1200 square
foot suite was ideal to share with
another couple allowing us a
great balance between enjoying the ample
common area with gourmet kitchen and
generous bedroom and private bathrooms.
Honua Kai amenities, grounds
and staff are all first class. We
enjoyed walking the amazing beach and
walkway every morning. The Lahaina/Ka'anapali
area has so much to offer and Honua Kai is
situated in one of the Maui's premier
spots to vacation. Ten minutes north are
incredible beaches such as the secluded
Honalua Bay and amazing boogie boarding at
DT Flemming Beach."
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In the spirit of
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Mother-in-law and Father-in-law were at the
Hotel Marina El Cid property a few years ago,
of course on the Platinum plan.
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HONUA KAI RESORT & SPA (Maui)
Honua Kai is one of the top-rated luxury
condo resorts in Maui, featuring spacious
studio, one, two and three bedroom suites.
The property is located on the
Kaanapali North Beach
. Each suite
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