Archive for the ‘Hotel’ Category

COMO Metropolitan Hotel, London

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Review – COMO Metropolitan Hotel, London As a broad jumping off point, this property earns its five-star rating in every way possible. And, it puts itself in an elite category vis-a-vis other hotels at this level. The following paints a more specific picture of the features of this excellent property.  Location The Metropolitan Hotel by […]

Disney’s Aulani Resort – A Quick Overview

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Whether you’re a Grandma, Gran, Nana, or Oma, the Disney’s Aulani Resort is the place to celebrate a multi-generational vacation together!  I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Aulani Fam Trip, October 20-23, 2016, to the Island of Oahu and had not been to the area since the 1980’s when the JW Marriott […]

Guanacaste and Papagayo, Costa Rica

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

By Barbara Bagnall We arrived at the Liberia airport on April 30th and stayed one night at the Hilton Garden Inn.  It is conveniently located right across from the airport.  When you are arriving on a late flight it is nice to stay close to the airport.  Accommodations were clean and comfortable and breakfast was included. […]

Disneyland Resort – A Quick Overview

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

I was privileged to attend this event as a representative of Carefree Vacations.  It was a wonderful experience. We stayed at the beautiful Grand Californian Resort and Spa.  Throughout the three-day program, we met for educational seminars, we did site inspections of the Disney Resort properties as well as Good Neighbor properties, we had a […]

Club Med Punta Cana: Something for Everybody

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

By Nancy Kivlen, Director of Leisure, Carefree Vacations Upon arrival at the beautiful Punta Cana Club Med resort in the Dominican Republic, we are greeted by Genevieve a lovely young French woman who welcomes us to the resort. We sip our welcome drink and are whisked away to our rooms located in the newly built, […]

Get a Front-Row “HOT” Seat

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Madame Pele, the legendary HAWAIIAN VOLCANO GODDESS, continues to stay active from her home inside her favorite volcano,KILAUEA. Things may have changed by the time you read this, but there are eruptions at two locations: the vent within Halema‘uma‘u Crater (it can be viewed from the overlook at Jagger Museum) and the Pu‘u O‘o vent, […]

Travel to Iceland

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Iceland Travel Jan/Feb 2015 We traveled to Reykjavik from Seattle on Jan 26 to arrive early morning on Jan 27, 2015.  Icelantic Airlines did a great job, they are also offering free stop-overs if you choose to do so on your way to Europe! We decided to do our own self-drive tour and in many ways, […]

New York City and Regent Seven Seas, Part 1

Friday, January 9th, 2015

New York City and Regent Seven Seas, Seven Seas Navigator Canada and New England cruise Recently in New York City I had an opportunity to see the sights like a real tourist. I flew on a red eye flight arriving into the city about 7:30 am. My first night was booked at the Element Hotel […]

Fiji, The Heart of the South Pacific, Part 2

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT The speedboat ride from Tokoriki took about 30 min to Likuliku (“meaning calm water”).  This is Fiji’s first and only resort with over-water bures.  A total of 46 bures (10 of which are over-water) with most of them lining the pristine beachfront and some with private plunge pools.  One evening we had a […]

Fiji, The Heart of the South Pacific, Part 1

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

I recently was given the opportunity to visit Fiji and out of Fiji’s 333 islands, we started our journey up in the Northern islands. After arriving in Nadi on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu with Fiji Airways, nonstop from Los Angeles (10 1/2 hrs), we had a short rest at the Sonaisali Resort–a good […]