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We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.

We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.

 

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The Wanderlust Luxury Travel  – Hawaii 2017 – is now taking bookings.

Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a bespoke luxury travel group, created specifically for the solo woman traveller.

If you’re keen to travel but not keen to go alone…and equally don’t want to be just a number on a crowded tour bus..then this is perfect for you!
Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a 5 star personalised tour company for women only, travelling to amazing destinations worldwide.
Think; shopping, fine dining, fashion, interior design and architecture, roof top bars plus health and fitness.

Its a total balance tour for girls who want to do it all.
Small groups limited to 8-10 women.
And your host? None other than yours truly!

Jump in quickly so you don’t miss this special promotional price.

See Below and email all enquires to info@whitechalkdesign.com.au

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Wanderlust Luxury Travel Hawaii 2017

Tour Details

Tour Price: $5500 per person Twin Share. Single person supplement $1500
Partial ocean View Balcony Room
(city view option is offered at a reduced price. )

Tour Style: Luxury Boutique 5 Star Fully Escorted
Tour Dates: March 2017 FINAL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (7 night / 8 days )

Price Includes:

 

7 Nights’ luxury accomodation at the iconic 5 star Moana Surfrider located right on Waikiki Beach. Partial Ocean View. Free Wifi. Breakfast daily.

Moana Surfrider Historical Tour
Aqua Aerobics Daily
Hula Lessons, Lei Making, Ukulele Lessons.

Arrival and Departure group transport
The Wanderlust Luxury Travel Welcome Pack (includes a day spa voucher and discount shopping vouchers )

Breakfast Daily

Pre-dinner welcome cocktail

Welcome dinner at Moana Surfrider including wine

Surf Lesson on Waikiki Beach

The North Shore Hawaiian Food Tour (full day)

Fully guided tours of Iolani Palace and the stunning architecture at The Shangri-La retreat formerly owned by heiress Doris Duke.

Fully escorted tour through the famous Waikele outlet shopping malls and Ala Moana Shopping Centre plus the furniture / homewares district (includes discount booklet)

Half day snorkelling and picnic brunch at stunning Hanauma Bay

A traditional sunset Luau Dinner

Waikiki  Beach Sunrise / Sunset Yoga Daily

Skybar Cocktail Night VIP status
Sunset Champagne Catamaran Cruise from Waikiki Beach

Brunch & Morning walk up to the Diamond Head State Monument and Lighthouse Saturday farmers market (if available)

Stand UP Paddle Board lesson and Scuba Diving (additional cost)

Life Coach / Wellness Session available  (additional cost)

 

Itinerary Details

Day One

Upon arrival into Honolulu International Airport, you will be met by your transfer at the airport after baggage and customs/immigration clearance.
Serena will be at the hotel to meet you and ensure that check-in is smooth!
The day is yours to settle in, refresh with your spa voucher and acclimatise to the beautiful Hawaiian pace.

This evening a drink in the bar before our welcome dinner at The Moana Surfrider. Meals Included : Dinner (wine included)

Day Two

Shopping Day – Today we head to the amazing Waikele Outlet Shopping Mall for bargains on all designer clothing & footwear.
Saks 5th Ave, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Guess, Nine West plus many, many more designer labels. You’ll need strong arms to carry out all of your amazing purchases…

The afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or by the pool. Dinner and drinks tonight at Dukes on the beach (optional)

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day Three

After breakfast we will be collected for our Hawaii Food Tour. This is a full day tour to the North Shore and is a showcase of scenic wonders, amazing food (garlic shrimp, genuine Hawaiian food, roadside grinds, decadent and rich pastries, & more!), You’ll even have time for a personal shopping break in a historic coffee and chocolate plantation!

This a full day so drinks and dinner once we return to the hotel is optional.                      Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day Four

Sunrise Beach Yoga followed by breakfast.

For those who are keen for a rest day, today is perfect to soak up the sunshine, swim or book in for massage, learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding. If you’re feeling more energetic hit the stores right across the street from our hotel. Sephora, H&M, Kate Spade, plus Luxury Row; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci…

Tonight we set sail and watch the beautiful sunset over Waikiki Beach for our Sunset Holokai Catamaran Cruise.
Get soaking wet on the nets or kick back and relax on the comfortable main deck. All drinks included on this 1.5 hour tour.

Dinner at a local nearby Taqueria is optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Sunset Drinks.

Day Five

After breakfast we head out and take our guided tour to the Shangri-La Museum and the Iolani Palace.

One of Hawai‘i’s most architecturally significant houses, Shangri La was a retreat and sanctuary for a woman, Doris Duke, who greatly valued her privacy. In the late 1930s, Doris Duke built her Honolulu home, Shangri La, on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.
Shangri La incorporates architectural features from the Islamic world and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art, which she assembled for nearly 60 years.
In her will, Duke set in motion plans to open Shangri La to the public as a place for the study of Islamic art and culture.

Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
We will immerse ourselves in Hawaii’s royal heritage.

Tonight we head to the Skybar as VIP guests. High above the streets of Waikiki we can sip cocktails and unwind from our full day of sightseeing.
Dinner Optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast

 

Day Six

An early start for our day at glorious Hanauma Bay. Snorkel the pristine waters at one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. You’ll spot schools of colourful fish and perhaps even dolphins and turtles. The safe inner reef is perfect for beginners, while the more challenging outer reef will thrill advanced snorkelers on Hanauma Bay.

We will arrange delicious picnic hampers for lunch and provide all of your snorkelling equipment.

After the bay, we will head back to the hotel to relax by the beach or pool, or you can head to Ala Moana Shopping centre to top up your shopping. It is the largest out door mall in the Northern Hemisphere. So prepare to shop!

Dinner Tonight is a traditional Polynesian Luau at a nearby beachside location. Watch the sunset over Waikiki Beach and shake your hips to the rhythmic sounds of the the traditional island drums.

Meals Included : Breakfast/ Brunch / Dinner

Day Seven

After breakfast we will head to the Diamond Head State Monument. A short hike to the top of the mountain and you can see all the way across to downtown Honolulu and the beautiful stretch of Waikiki Beach. Stunning views and a great way to start the day.
For those who wish to go to the Farmers Market we can visit on our way back to the hotel.

Once back to the hotel, the remainder of the day is all yours to enjoy. More shopping, more reading, more swimming, more anything……

A farewell drink tonight at The Mai Tai bar on the beach followed by a light dinner (optional) and then it is back to the hotel to pack and confirm departure details for the next days’s checkout.

Meals Included : Breakfast

** Please note if you would like to book a session with our life coach whilst in Hawaii this is to be billed separately and booked prior to departure.

We require the minimum number of 6 guests to proceed with the tour.

Not included in tour

Airfares; Items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport; laundry; tips except for meals/beauty services included in the itinerary (beverage tips separate); personal transport; vaccinations; excess baggage; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price.

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us on this amazing tour… Sx

 

Honolulu Eat and Drinks Diary – Shopping Edition

Honolulu Eat and Drinks Diary – Shopping Edition

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My better half knows how much I love to get away and travel, even if it is for only a few days, and he did not disappoint by surprising me with 6 days in Honolulu for my birthday this year. The only catch…he had to work… ‘so, take a friend’ he said. I say it was a ‘catch’, however, this sort of quick trip is pre determined to be ‘shopping trip’, so a female companion is a much better option!

I chose my mum.

Ok, so 5 days in Honolulu with the main priority to shop. The shopping in Honolulu is fantastic. The outlet mall, the luxury shopping strip, the department stores, the Ala Moana Centre…there is an abundance of retail stores and all with a bargain to be had. And with our seasons being opposite to the US, there is also the opportunity to buy the sale stock at ridiculous prices.

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Day One : We landed at 10am and caught a taxi straight to the hotel. I chose the boutique hotel Wakiki Parc for this trip. Located 200m from the white sands of Waikiki, it was a cost effective 4 star hotel with good amenities and ocean views..and close proximity to everything we would need. IE..Shops. Without a thought of the non sleeping 11 hour night flight we had just done…we freshened up and headed straight out to the main strip and started shopping within 30 minutes of checking in.

First stop : H&M

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H&M opened its doors on the Waikiki Kalakaua Ave shopping strip, in March 2014. This on trend, ‘disposable fashion’ store is well priced and has literally hundreds of items to choose from. We spent 3 hours in this store. That is almost embarrassing to admit, but both my 75 year old mother and myself, selected many pieces of well priced, seasonal pieces for each of us..plus my 3 daughters. Coats, jackets, gym tops, jewellery, t-shirts, shirts, sweater, pleather pants…it was pretty endless. I had 3 bags full of clothing and walked out with change from $300. H&M is way cheaper than Australia and has a much better variety.

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We then ate at a late lunch – early dinner  Il Lupino. Friends of mine had recommended this Trattoria Wine Bar located just in the Royal Hawaiian Village. The village winds itself through a 3 section shopping mall connecting the Sheraton Waikiki and the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian Hotels. And apparently this is one of the best Italian restaurants on the island. Apparently that is correct. Food amazing, wine amazing, ambience amazing. Perfect way to end day one as jet lag started to creep in.

Day 2: Outlet Shopping.

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The concierge at the hotel booked 2 seats on the shuttle to the famous Waikele Premium Outlet at 930am and that was the only plan for the day. Located 30 minutes form Waikiki, it is a $15 round trip. If you are not familiar with shopping in the USA, most states have outlet malls. These malls have discounted designer stores with either end of season clearance or overstocked items at massively reduced prices. In my previous post from my last trip to Hawaii in 2013,  I wrote about how we came straight from the airport to the Waikele Outlet upon arrival into Honolulu at 9am. Now that was a very ambitious effort! This was mainly due to the check in times being after 2pm at most hotels. Now, with so many early morning arrivals from Australia, most hotels offer early check-in, especially if you mention you are flying Jetstar.

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I think it is a good idea to hit the outlets first, before you go to the regular strips or malls. This is where the bargains can be picked up..and then once you have exhausted the discounted option..you can then go and pay full price.

When you value the thrill of the hunt, you know nothing feels better than bagging a good deal. Waikele Premium Outlets, stacked with discount retailers like Banana Republic, Coach, Guess, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and my favourites, Michael Kors and Nine West.., plus refreshments to keep the spree going. We spent most of the day here and left with way too many parcels, but each and everyone of them were a bargain. Guess Boots marked down from $195 to $34, Nine West stilettos were $169 down to $49 and the steal of the day..a Ralph Lauren Polo mens down puffer jackets were $249..scanned at $24.95! (needless to say the $249 tag is still on the jacket..a gift for my generous man who funded the trip..he doesn’t really need to know how much I saved..does he??)

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Dinnertime and we were on the hunt for a Mexican Cantina…and and it didn’t take long. Off the main drag of Luxury Row and down a side street we saw the bright lights of La Cucaracha Mexican Cantina.

America sure knows how to turn out the Mexican food. I was craving a taco salad after my energy (and $$) were spent at the outlet. I love a taco salad. Sounds simple enough, but in Oz we don’t seem to include this in our Mexican restaurants menu often enough.

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It is this; A deep fried flour tortilla shell, filled with beans, chilli, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, jalapeños, cheese, cilantro and sour cream. I could eat this every day of the week. All 7 days. Washed down with a traditional Margarita..and I was done. Shopping and taco salads…really, could it get any better?

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Day 3 : Mall Shopping

Today was all about a run along the glorious shoreline of Waikiki, watching an episode of Hawaii Five0 being filmed on the beach at the Hilton Waikiki, swimming in the stunning blue lagoon water…and then..shopping.

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So we headed to the biggest open air mall in the world and the premier shopping centre in Hawaii, The Ala Moana Centre. Commonly known as Ala Moana to its friends. And now we are friends. The Pink Line Trolley runs from various pick up points through Waikiki and for $2 and 10 minutes travel time you are safely deposited at the entrance to the mall. This is where upmarket reaches its pinnacle. Drool inside Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Fendi. Wander through Nordstrom, Macys and Neiman Marcus. Get made over at Sephora or Mac and get flirty in Victorias Secret.

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In total there are 290 stores onsite and it will take you most of the day to get through it. Luckily there are also many fine restaurants and bars to help your energy levels stay up and keep you hydrated….oh, and and did I mention..they do a fantastic Taco salad in the food court!

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Day 4: Luxury Row District Shopping

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Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu. Luxury Row represents an exclusive gathering of some of the finest names in international fashion. Imagine 111,000 square feet marked by palms and these breathtaking boutiques: Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Coach, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Tod’s and Yves Saint Laurent. And one block from the beach!

The exterior is similarly sophisticated, a streetscape and viable streetscape that is at once inviting and built. Open-air – the essence of Hawaii shopping – accentuates the experience. Slender palms stretch upward and sparkle with fairy lights by night. Needless to say..this was a window shopping day only, but it was still fun to wander the street unhurried and take in all the luxurious surroundings.

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Day 5 and 6 Mall and H&m Shopping – again.

We pressed repeat. Just in case we missed anything. We didn’t.

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A birthday dinner at my favourite restaurant, The Beach House, at the stunning Moana Surfrider, which is now part of the Westin chain, topped off an incredible few days. What a great birthday!

I was especially lucky to have taken this quick vay-cay with my mum, who has more energy than most 75 year olds..and most likely more clothes from H&M as well!  What special memories I have and I will be hard pressed to find a another shopping soul mate with as much stamina and bargaining power as this one!

This trip was amazing. I can honestly say, 5-6 days in Waikiki would be the greatest shopping trip to take with your mum or girlfriend. Its a ‘hit the ground running’ 5 days but achievable and well worth the effort. So, next time there is a airline sale…Just do it.

…Sx