Friday, April 20, 2012

Inspired by the wonders and traditions of Hawai`i, Aulani has been uniquely designed for families. Perfectly placed on a beautiful beachfront cove, Aulani will offer kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences with a special magic that only Disney can create.
Just close enough—and far enough—from Honolulu for Guests to enjoy the vibrancy of the island in every way imaginable, Aulani offers its own special enchantment with unique spaces and experiences.
The amazing things you’ll see and do here will unfold in surprising ways all around the island.
Local storytellers speak and sing the legends of the islands around a traditional firepit. Traditional lei makers weave their beautiful flowers alongside you. Cultural practitioners share the elegant language of Hula. Aulani chefs serve their secrets in exclusive programs. Unique excursions, offered with special Disney touches, let all ages explore the island at a pace that’s perfect for them. Adults can escape to explore the Hawai`i of their dreams. Teens enjoy the freedom of exclusive activities created especially for them. And families savor experiences that let everyone share the wonders of Hawai`i.
Watch Aulani Come to Life Watch it all come together - from groundbreaking through completion - in just a few short minutes during this time-lapse video. This is a great link to share with your clients so they can see the final result they will be experiencing.

My travel agency is named after my daughter's nickname of "Cricket" (from Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio).
Long story: My husband is Jim (Jimmy) and he grew up thinking the cricket in the story was "Jimmy the Cricket".
Silly man!! ♥

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HOTELS: SuperClubs Sells Another Breezes Resort

SuperClubs says it's selling the 266-room Breezes Runaway Bay (pictured) in Jamaica to the company that operates the Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa (formerly a Sandals property). The Breezes location will be renamed the Jewel Runaway Bay Resort starting June 1, and it will reportedly undergo renovations and expansion during the transition. Due to the loss of two other resorts announced earlier, SuperClubs will have six Breezes locations left after the end of June. reports that the 290-room Palace Hotel Tokyo will open next month in the city's Marunouchi district. The hotel will have 10 dining venues and bars, the first evian-branded spa in Japan, and other unique touches.

Dolce Hotels will unveil the 111-room Dolce Hotel Vittel in the summer of 2013 as its third property in France. Formerly the Hotel des Thermes, the hotel will offer two restaurants, a lobby lounge, a fitness center, and other guest services.

Marriott will sell its ExecuStay corporate housing division (with more than 700 locations across the United States) to Oakwood Worldwide. The sale will not affect Marriott Executive Apartments, the company's subsidiary offering corporate apartments for rent.

The estate of famed author Ernest Hemingway has struck a licensing deal with a company called Hemingway Hotels & Resorts to develop luxury hotels and resorts built around the author's image.

(Credit: SuperClubs)