Fiji | Dolphin Island

This post is part of a series from my recent trip to Fiji.  Click here for the introductory post.

AT DOLPHIN ISLAND, Relais & Chateaux/ This is a sister resort to New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge at Lake Taupo.*

This is your own private island no matter if there are just two of you or 8 (the maximum). 3 king bures and one twin. Your own communal pool. Your own chef. Your own bartender. Excellent pina coladas! And your own designer living room.  The entire resort is managed by a very delightful local woman – I’d call her either a saint or a sage. Or both. 

Until I’d been here I’d never been to a resort which you basically charter or take over.  I figured that was reserved for a celebrity.  Happily wrong and what a fabulous idea.

I was lucky enough to have gone with 3 friends and a good looking Kiwi helicopter pilot so we just hung out, ate, swam, drank, fished, read – and then repeated that. Because the central part of the resort is compact, you’re all hanging out with either other when you want to, and not when you don’t want to. And if you want to really get away just walk to the other side of the island — maybe that will take you 10 minutes.  There you’ll find a secluded beach (for walking around, not sunbathing) and even another private bure where you can take a nap, or even spend the night if you don’t mind the lack of walls.  See the pic below.

Dawn, the amazing woman who runs the place, has a bigger than life personality, is a lot of fun, can read your mind, and just makes everything happen. Hard to describe this place but I strongly recommend it for families, friends & couples traveling together.

Like Vomo  you should arrive by helicopter. Absolutely spectacular views of the reef. 

* Packages are available combing both Dolphin Island and Huka Lodge.

For all pix of my sojourn, visit my Fiji Flickr page.  And click here for our perks at Dolphin Island.

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Fiji | Vomo

This post is part of a series from my recent trip to Fiji.  Click here for the introductory post.

AT VOMO, I did a reef excursion which was out of a movie. The small boat takes you to a reef – which just pops up in the ocean. You jump off with your naturalist and swim along the edge looking at all sorts of cool fish and ‘plants’. If you turn around and face the ocean there is nothing but the deepest blue you’ve ever seen. Simple, but I’ll never forget it.

And to see the reefs from the air on your arrival via heli is unforgettable too. 

Just 32 bures including a few villas, they’re almost all directly on the beach so you walk out and there u are.  They’re not big, but they are beautiful and cozy. And the beach is RIGHT there.   The main pool is quite chic as is the new restaurant and bar.

The brand new Palms 4 bedroom villa is spectacular. Chic modern design. Fab for entertaining or hanging out with friends. Indoor/outdoor private pool. Next door’s Beach House 3 bedroom is great as well (combine them for 7 bedrooms!).  There are small individual bures which are very well done. A new sexy restaurant and bar is scheduled to be open several nights a week. And the main pool has a beautiful teak deck. 

This hotel is great for families and those wanting easy access to the water. And diving. 

For all pix of my sojourn, visit my Fiji Flickr page.  And click here for our perks at Vomo.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals. His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays. He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own

Planning Your Luxury Honeymoon

In the last few months I’ve had a big increase in the number of honeymoons I’ve been planning. And I will admit that I’ve been caught a little off guard on how to best plan them. Even  though I consider myself in expert in luxury and customized vacation planning, a honeymoon is different.

The purpose of this post is to introduce the young honeymoon couple to the planning process and to make sure it works for them.

The Travel Agent

Most young honeymoon couples (say under 35?) have never used a  travel agent before and one of the first words out of their mouths is “I’ve never used a travel agent, I’m not sure what you do, what your value is, but I need help.” In essence, we’re just plain experts in the art of planning a vacation. We know more than you do because we do it day in and day out.  1. We can advise you on where to go, what the benefits and drawbacks are to specific destinations.  2. We have contacts at the world’s 4 and 5 star resorts (OK, mostly 5) who will take care of you like they’re your friends. This is the hardest thing to get across. People in our industry are gregarious and fun – and we’re people persons. And we meet each other regularly at luxury travel conferences, in our offices, and when we travel (and we travel a lot.) So if you’re going to Rome and staying at the de Russie, and I tell you my friend Giusy is going to make sure you have a fabulous stay, I’m serious. And you will. 3. We know where to get the best price and the best value. Should your hotel or flights be booked direct? Through a wholesaler? 4. How do I plan that tour of those balsamic and prosciutto farms I’ve heard about? We have the contacts.  5. I want to plan a cruise in the Greek Islands. Which is best for me?

It’s Unbelievably Special

Be sure you tell your travel advisor what your goals are on your honeymoon. Yes, it sounds a bit corporate, but you should get what you want. Be the CEO in charge of honeymoon planning – it’s your honeymoon! If you want to see dolphins in Kauai, then you need to know if you have a good chance of doing so. If you want that romantic sunset off your balcony in Bora Bora, then you should stay at a hotel where you’ll get that.  Would you prefer a big hotel? little hotel? Big hut? Little hut?  Be sure you discuss hotel locations, room locations, room layouts, hotel services (i.e. spa, tennis, dinner on the beach).  Do you have food allergies? Sometimes hotels cannot easily provide for that.  On the other side, I wouldn’t pre-plan it completely or then it really would be like a work project.

Money

For almost all of the couples I’ve been planning for, the honeymoon is their first big outlay of money for anything, and that carries a big stress level. $15k-$20k and up  isn’t an amount to sneeze at. 1. I’d say you need to bond with your travel agent before you put down your deposit. Whether it’s due to a referral from a friend or family member, via a colleague or even via an online referral service like yelp! you have to establish trust or it’s not going to work. 2. Be comfortable with your budget. If you aren’t Bill Gates, stick to a budget and make sure your travel consultant knows what it is. The last thing you need after getting married is to stress out about paying off your honeymoon tab.

Many More Vacations

Your honeymoon will be the first of many fabulous trips together, so don’t feel you need to shove everything into it! So what if you miss Capri on your trip to Italy. If Rome, Florence and Venice are higher up on the list, and you don’t have 3 weeks and a half million dollars, don’t worry about it. You’ll be able to go back!

Josh Friedman is a travel agent specializing in luxury travel for small groups and individuals – particularly ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations and food & wine inspired journeys.  Based in San Francisco, and with clients throughout the USA and abroad, his business is focused on 24/7 personalized service to the sophisticated leisure and business traveler. Benefits also include exclusive hotel and cruise offers, including complimentary membership in Virtuoso’s Voyager Club.  His relationships with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful business or leisure trip.

For more information, to learn about our exclusive benefits, and to book, please contact Josh at 415.248.507, 800.553.4777 or by email.  And Josh’s honeymoon page.  Associated with Casto, a member of the prestigious Virtuoso Travel network.  Be a big fish in our small pond.