Thank you to Beach Girl Travel for a wonderful company sales incentive trip! Kelli Lorino’s entire planning process is centered around getting the best value possible, with great recommendations, organized follow-ups, action items, consistent communication, and a detailed budget breakout. We had several special requests regarding this trip and she executed seamlessly. I would normally spend part of this trip working to ensure everything was set up and executed as planned, but thanks to Kelli’s trusted expertise, I was able to sit back and enjoy this rewards trip along with my coworkers! We will definitely be using Beach Girl Travel for our future travel needs.”
-Shannon Whitehead, Director of Marketing, Pegasus Technology Solutions
We arrived in Maui for a brief but fun filled stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. It was decked out with holiday decor. After a quick visit to see the Penguin feeding we made our way to the pool and beach area to relax after a long flight. There were many scheduled activities at the Hyatt to keep you as busy as desired. There were multiple pools with water slides, water basketball and games. Our first night we went to Front Street by recommendation of our driver to try the MALA Ocean Tavern. It was by far one of the best meals all week! Highly recommend walking around Front Street for shopping, eating and seeing the Banyan Tree with all the lights – spectacular.
Sunshine Helicopters gave us an exceptional view of Maui and the surrounding islands. That evening we attended Maui’s Drums of the Pacific Luau. It was oceanside and included lei greeting, Polynesian crafts, Imu ceremony, buffet and open bar with table side service. Great evening being entertained by songs, chants and dances that have influenced Hawaiian life and customs for centuries.
We flew to Honolulu to meet family and stay at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. We hiked Diamond Head crater and marveled at the views. Rented a jeep and explored Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, stopped on the Lanai Lookout (where Zach climbed up to the top of an extremely high cliff)!! Saw Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, took pictures of Kaohikaipu Island, and Kailua Bay area and made a stop for Hawaiian Ice at KoKonuts (one of Pres Obama’s favorite stops). We visited the Dole Plantation and sampled delicious pineapple ice cream on our way to the North Shore to Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach!! We stopped at the Shrimp Shack for sampling the spicy shrimp and fish tacos. The boys swung from the vines on the huge Banyan Tree’s like true Tarzan! Entertaining factor high on that one!!
Spent the day at Punchbowl Memorial, USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor. Moving experience to see first hand.
Our evening at the Paradise Cove Luau was magical. From crafts, to photo opportunities with parrots, to canoe rides to whale sightings, to face painting, pig roasting ceremony, to delicious meal and best luau show on the island. Even the bus ride back to the hotel was a fun Karaoke moment!
We rented 2- Scoot Coupes and went to see Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island and Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Huhio Beach Park. I can’t think of a better way to see Waikiki!!
We dined like royalty and the bills were sure to prove it!! Some of our favorite meals were:
Sansei Sushi Bar – Great sushi
LuLu’s – best breakfast on Waikiki Beach
Southshore Grill – best fish tacos recommended by all the locals and we agree.
Tiki’s Grill & Bar – Delicious seafood and really fun souvenir drink glasses.
Leonard’s bakery – You must try a malasada. It’s a Portugese doughnut without a hole that is a fried generously-sized balls of dough until it’s golden brown on the outside and light & fluffy on the inside.
Chuck’s Steak House- for outside waterfront dining and fabulous steaks and seafood.
The shopping in Waikiki is worth mentioning. I was in a shoppers paradise with too many shops and not enough time.
Everyday was an adventure and one we will surely never forget!!
Thank you Beach Girl Travel and Jacada Tours for an unforgettable trip to Iceland.
Eskimo Tours – OUTSTANDING. We worked with three guides – one we had the majority of the time we were in Iceland, another did the jeep tour of The Golden Circle, and the last was our New Year’s Eve guide. They were all fantastic! Having the same guide for 5 days, Karolina, gave us and her the opportunity to get to know each other, our preferences and desires, etc. It worked out perfectly. What a gem of a woman.
The Blue Lagoon – Everyone should do it. It’s a wild experience. Great food at Lava – probably the best meal that we had in Iceland. People should know that the products for sale are priced much higher than the same products in the airport (by at least 40%). I opted not to purchase until the airport which worked out.
Hotel Grimsborgir – Fabulous location. Loved it. Good food (not great), great service, very peaceful.
The Golden Circle – A must see for all visitors to Iceland. Unfortunately, the snowmobiling was cancelled due to weather (not surprisingly). The group made other accommodations for us in lieu of the snowmobiling (detailed below) and did offer a refund otherwise. People asked us if they should go to the Secret Lagoon “OR” The Blue Lagoon. My response is that they are completely different experiences – one is man-made the other is natural. Worth seeing both.
Fakasel – This was one of the things we had learned about while in Iceland and requested tickets. It is the Icelandic horse show just 30-minutes from Hotel Grimsborgir (which is not far in Icelandic standards). We loved it. It’s a great show that tells the story of the Icelandic horse then you get to meet the horses in the arena and in the stables. This was one of the things we did in lieu of snowmobiling. We also had dinner there and its traditional local food like Lamb Soup. It was very good and the service was great.
South Iceland – What a beautiful part of our world. Just breathtaking. We loved everything we got to see in South Iceland. Karolina customized everything to our desires so we also go to see a film a the farmer’s home across Route 1 from their farm where they were most affected by Eyjafjallajökull volcano. We also went to the Skogar Folk Museum which was wonderful to see. With regard to the natural wonders, the Kedir Crater, waterfalls, glacier and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon were incredible.
Glacier Adventure – We also enjoyed the ice caving tour which was changed a bit because the main cave was closed due to flooding. It was worth seeing nonetheless because we did get to go into another cave and to walk a bit on the glacier (just a tad) which is something we have never done. Finally, we got to see the Northern Lights which was a big highlight to the trip.
Icelandaire Hotel Klaustur – I was surprised to see that the hotel is actually located in a small village. It is very lit up so it wasn’t as remote as the photos make it look. I was disappointed in that because we would never have seen the Northern Lights if it wasn’t for our guide who offered, with the permission of her office, to take us out to search for the lights in a four-hour tour. This was also what we did in lieu of the snowmobiling. The hotel lobby is beautiful and some of the food was very good (not all). Their breakfast is just okay and the service was very good. The rooms, on the other hand, were extremely small, the beds were rather uncomfortable and the showers were the smallest we’ve ever seen. While we made due and were not disappointed in the least, it is not a hotel I would widely recommend for families such as ours. It is better for large groups and young adventurers who don’t mind staying in extremely small places. From what we could tell, the hotel has an updated lobby but the rooms are quite old and run down.
Reykjavik Tour – Karolina took us on a driving tour of Reykjavik when we arrived which was very helpful and welcomed. Love the city.
Reykjavik Marina Hotel Residence – OUTSTANDING. If we ever go back to Reykjavik, we will stay there again. I cannot say enough good things about the hotel and the hotel employees. Just wonderful. I wish we had more time to stay there – it’s just fantastic and the food is perfect.
New Year’s Eve – One of the best life experiences ever. The way the evening was planned was just perfect. We had dinner with our guides and another family of four from Australia. We then saw the Northern Lights above our hotel (unexpected of course). We were taken to a bonfire which was lots of fun. Then we went to the home of another guide to spend time doing what local do on NYE – which is to watch a local comedy show on the television from 11 – 12 and to play games. It was great. We left before midnight and then went to a fantastic location where we shot of fireworks, go to hear the church bells at midnight, and were able to partake in the traditional Icelandic NYE festivities including a champagne toast. It was magical. When we got back in the van around 12:45 am, our guides had hot chocolate waiting, which was a lovely touch as we were frozen to the bones.
Airport Transfer – Again, Karolina picked us up and took us to the airport making everything easy and seamless.
Beaches Turks and Caicos –
Best vacation ever thanks to Kelli and Beach Girl Travel. We stayed at The Beaches Resort Italian Poolside Walkout Concierge Family Suite with kids room, and were pampered for 7 days!!! Thanks Kelli for planning this trip. Awesome pools at every village. Look at how clear the water is?
Kelli you are awesome. I am going to plug The Beaches Resort to everyone!
Kelli Lorino knows how to plan a great vacation that is just perfect. She cares about each and every client and goes to great efforts to make sure everything is perfect. She is an absolute pleasure to work with!
Kelli – It was an awesome vacation.I really liked how the trip was arranged progressing from Venice to Florence to Milan becoming increasingly urban as we progressed through the week.Florence was our favorite city with a good mix of urban life, Italian culture & history and scenic beauty. We rented bikes for a few days and found that a great way to get aroundable to reach greater distances, get some exercise and keep cool (it was 90+ in Florence).Plus I got to celebrate my daughters 20th Birthday in Florence: something that I think she and I will always remember.Thanks again and I’ll definitely be contacting you again.D. Detlefsen
Happy travels to Cabo San Lucas.
What an amazing vacation over the holidays!! We went spent a week trying to see and do it all. We stayed on a privileged location in the Cabo San Lucas Hotel Zone, that faced the famous Land’s End rock formation Mendano Beach, one of the swimmable beaches in Cabo. A great location and walking distance to the Marina, bars, restaurants, shopping mall and casino. This beach area was always full of music, contests and fun. The water was warm …and crystal clear with views of tropical fish! Make sure you try some traditional food from Los Cabos at the local restaurants, such as The Office on the Beach.
Right by the pool, there were pink flamingos entertaining us, and locals selling beautiful crafts on the beach daily – found some treasures for sure.
Every meal was an enjoyable experience – a true food lovers paradise, with my favorite snack of day – ceviche!! Add a couple of margaritas and life is good!!
We booked a glass bottom boat ride to El Arco, spent time on Lover’s Beach, went snorkeling, climbed up really big rocks for a scary and yet thrilling jump into the water, went deep sea fishing and caught Mahi Mahi, rented paddle boards for some early morning sunrise cardio, and rode jet skis!! We saw sea turtles, sea lions, and whales!! Everyday was a new adventure in a beautiful setting.
We will be booking a return visit as soon as possible. If you haven’t been to Cabo, make this a must do for 2016! As I look out the window today at the snow now falling…. my advice, leave this cold winter weather behind and find your paradise in Cabo.