As the weather turns cooler and fall transitions to winter, we’re fielding more calls from travelers just like you who are in desperate need of a warm-weather getaway. Whether you are looking to make up for lost adventures or create some new memories, the options to escape continue to expand.
In past months of this Armchair Explorer newsletter, we’ve focused on closer to home options like Florida and Arizona, along with popular resort destinations across Mexico and the Caribbean. This month we say Aloha to Hawaii!
The “Safe Travels Hawaii” program, which launched in October, welcomes travelers with a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travel. More than 65,000 travelers flew to Hawaii in the week after it re-opened to tourists.
To properly welcome you to the Islands of Aloha, please watch this short video from our friend Robyn at the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.
If the allure of the South Pacific has you ready to say Aloha, we’re here to help you navigate the process and explore your vacation options. Whether you are ready to go next week, next month or next year, we are here to help guide you through the new state of travel today.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS AT HAWAIIAN HOTELS
Once you pass through the Safe Travels program and arrive in Hawaii with a clean bill of health, you will notice some changes across the islands. While lava still oozes into the sea, turquoise waters still lap up onto black-sand beaches and waterfalls still cascade deep within verdant rainforests, hotels and resorts will look a little different as they enact their own set of health and safety protocols.
While each hotel is different, you can expect masks worn by both guests and staff alike, plexiglass partitions, regular temperature checks, social distancing markers in public spaces, hand sanitizing stations, capacity restrictions at pools and elevators, contactless payment at the front desk, the absence of in-room magazines and menus, electrostatic sprayers and highly-trained staff.
Some resorts, like the Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, have been validated under the new global ALLSAFE Cleanliness label. This allows guests to still enjoy the Fairmont Orchid’s award-winning Spa Without Walls, 10,000 square-foot pool and private Pauoa Bay, and wide range of restaurants, all while still being safe and properly distanced.
Marriott properties across Hawaii — including The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki; and The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki— have raised the bar in their pursuit to provide you with a safe environment. Each Marriott property in Hawaii and around the world now abides by a strong Commitment to Cleanliness. Please watch this short video to learn more.
HAWAII VACATION PACKAGES MADE EASY
For many travelers, a trip to Hawaii is a vacation of a lifetime. The iconic South Pacific islands offer stunning landscapes, tropical weather and rich culture, yet it can be more complicated than expected trying to plan and coordinate all the various travel components.
Now more than ever your vacation time is valuable, and you want to have confidence that your travel experience will be worry-free. From booking the best flights, to picking out the right luxury resort, condo or vacation home, coordinating rental cars, inter-island flights and activities (golf, spa, surf lessons?), reviewing travel insurance options and navigating the requirements of the Safe Travels Hawaii program, there is a lot to think about!
Don’t let the stress of planning a dream vacation get to you — that’s where we come in. Working with an expert travel advisor to coordinate a complete package vacation gives you the peace of mind that you made the right choice, that everything is taken care of, and all you need to do is relax in anticipation of your upcoming trip.
We only work with the best, most reputable partners in the business, and we review and validate all of our business relationships to make sure you are in good hands when you travel.
Our relationship with Pleasant Holidays goes back nearly 50 years. In fact, their original name was Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays because that’s all they sold, and even today they remain one of the largest package vacation companies serving Hawaii. They have been named winner of Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards – Best Hawaii Tour Operator every year since 2004. We put our confidence in partners like Pleasant Holidays, so you can put your trust in us.
If social distancing has you missing your family and friends, reconnecting through a trusted bubble of travel safety might be just what you need. From Hawaii to Mexico and across the Caribbean, resorts and destinations are attracting extended families, groups of friends and neighbors, girlfriend getaways and more. Learn how to create your safe travel bubble with your best buddies!
Famous for beaches, friendly culture, jaw-dropping nature, world-class golf, incredible cuisine — Hawaii is on everyone’s bucket list for many reasons. But now you can add another: it’s the perfect place to plan the ultimate socially distanced vacation. Read on to discover what health and safety advantages you’ll find in the Paradise known as Aloha.