Malaka Hilton 

Sarasota, FL United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Food & Wine
  • Escorted Tours
  • Hotels
  • Ocean Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Malaka Hilton is recognized worldwide for her expertise as an Egypt Specialist and creator of leading edge travel experiences throughout the world.  In addition to operating a Virtuoso-member retail and host agency, Admiral Travel International, she launched an experiential tour company, AuthentEscapes, in 2008.

Ms. Hilton has been identified by Travel + Leisure magazine as a top travel consultant for Egypt every year since 2003; she earned similar distinction from National Geographic Traveler in 2004. Egypt is among her favorite places, and she visits at least a few times each year.

Malaka grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and traveled extensively as a child with her Egyptian father and Yugoslav mother. She earned her BA in Hospitality from Florida State University and began with a local agency in 1994. Within three years, she developed a wide, loyal base of clients and was eager for the challenge of starting her own business. Thus, in 1997, Admiral Travel International, Inc. was born.  Later that year Malaka met her husband, Ryan, while on safari in Africa.  He moved to Sarasota and together they escorted their first group of 130 travelers that year on an African safari.

Malaka's hard work and high standards have earned considerable distinction for such a young entrepreneur. In 1999, Admiral was invited to join Virtuoso.  Today, Malaka's savvy for business and passion for travel have elevated her to a level of prominence among her Virtuoso peers, distinguishing ATI among the best of the best. 

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Highly recommend

By: Lenore

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2013

By far, the best trip I have ever been on...the attention to detail, pre-planning, quality of the experience were second to none...I recommend Ryan and Malaka Hilton and everyone at Admiral Travel wholeheartedly. Amazing experience!

Highly Recommended

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2013

Malaka Hilton did an amazing job planning and organizing our trip to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. She was very patient with me as I made a number of changes to the itinerary based on recommendations from several friends of ours. I will definately work with her again on future trips.

Perfect . . . as always.

By: Pete

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2013


By: lL

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2013

Highly recommended

By: Pitacat

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2013

We will not be taking our cruise until this coming February but Malaka was very helpful in making all of the arrangements. We have traveled with her many times and the service is always great.

highly recommended

By: Sy

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2013

My wife and I are frequent recreational travelers, and have used several travel agencies. None of them can equal the superb service provided to us from malaka hilton and her entire staff.

Highly recommenden

By: Blascm

Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2013

All services booked by Malaka's team were high quality, the hotels super located and the transports sharp on time and the drivers very kind

Highest Recommendation

By: AZ

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We have worked with Malaka Hilton on many trips and she always provides the highest level of service.  She is extraordinarily attentive and responsive, and her staff follows her lead in providing excellent client service.  Malaka has planned family trips for us all over the world and we wouldn't consider trusting anyone else with our family travel needs.  Malaka has made it a point of getting to know us -- our travel style, needs and goals -- and that effort has paid off in trips that are truly personalized and that always exceed our expectations.  We give our highest recommendation to  Malaka and her colleagues at Admiral Travel.

Highly recommend!

By: Happy Contrails

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2014

We highly recommend Malaka, and her team at Admiral Travel. We trust her implicitly in planning our trips and we appreciate her efficiency!

Celebrity Century Panama Canal Cruise

By: Rolex watch king

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2014

We just completed a 15 day cruise through the Panama Canal.The ship was well maintained but a little long in tooth. The crew, the meals and the entertainment were excellent. The tours arranged by the ship were expensive compared to those available on the shore. We had a privately escorted trip through Panama City by a local friend who was the former ambassador from Panama to the United Nations. .

Highly recommended

By: HowardB

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2014

As we expected, MALAKA arranged a delightful trip to Austalia and New Zealand

Highly Recommended

By: anderspd

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2014

Malaka was fantastic in helping me plan this trip.  She was very patient when I wanted to change the itinerary several times based on a couple of of my friends having taken the same trip.  She gave me some excellent ideas. She was very easy and fun to work with. I generally don't use a travel agent as I have lived abroad and have done my own travel plans in the past.  However, I will work with Malaka in the future.  I consider her one of the best in the travel business.

Creative, knowledgable regarding BOTH destinations and personal preferences

By: camsgrandad

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2014

Malaka has proven over and over again that she has a very good understanding of our desires and personal wants and needs and has been able to integrate them into travel combining group and individual tours.  Our expectations have always been exceeded!

Recommend for both the special once in a lifetime trips and for the weekend get-a-ways too.

By: Judith

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2014

Highly recommended

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

As always, Malaka and her team planned our trip perfectly.  She has planned previous trips for us to South Africa, Egypt, Italy and Asia and has always gone above and beyond our expectations. We have recommended Admiral Travel to many fellow travelers.

Excellent trip and highly recommended

By: Julie

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2014

Highly Recommend

By: Assunta

Reviewed on: 23 May 2014

Thank you to Malika and her team for making our trip to wine country so great!  We could not have done it without them over at Admiral Travel!  Thank you again for helping us find the perfect route, within our budget and without any hastles!

Celebrity Equinox

By: Gaga

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2014

The Celebrity Equinox is a great ship for multi-generational families.  Lots to do for all ages, yet not so large as to be unmanageable.  Service is great, staterooms are lovely, and food is delicious.  

Glorious cruise planned by FAB Admiral Travel Team!

By: The Moultons

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2014

The team at Admiral were so very helpful in the planning and we couldn't be more pleased with their recommendation to travel with Crystal Cruises to The Baltic. Crystal was also extremely helpful and responsive to all our pre-cruise questions and during the cruise the service, food, activities and excursions were all spectacular! We would ABSOLUTELY and without reservation recommend both Admiral Travel and Crystal Cruises!

Great trip, great service

By: St. Remy

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2015

All details and coordination for our just completed trip to Myanmar with Asia TransPacific were handled flawlessly by our Admiral Travel agent. We were not familiar with Asia Transpacific before this trip, but they obviously are in the same class as Tauck and A&K. Myanmar was a stunning place to visit, but has already been "discovered" by world travelers. Our advice would be to go now before it becomes really overrun with tourists.

Fantastic Cruise

By: Swiss Miss

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2015

The cruise that we just took to Antarctica on Seabourn was absolutely fantastic. All the transfers arranged by Admiral Travel went off without a hitch. The Virtuosa Tour in Punta Arenas, Chili to the Penguin Colony was excellent. Our pick up at the terminal in Buenos Aries and the day tour in Buenos Aries and transfer to the Airport were outstanding. Our guide, Beatrice was great. It was one of our all time great trips.

Holland & Paris

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2015

We had a great time. The river cruise on the AmaSonata around the Netherlands went very well. The coordination from the ship to the train to Paris went very smoothly. The InterContinental in Paris along with the upgrades at the hotel proved to be a fitting end to our trip. Malaka and her team at Admiral did another outstanding performance.

Expert friendly service

By: John and Joy

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2015

100% all the way. The trip was wonderful. The AmaWaterways Cruise was top notch. All the crew members were always there to answer any questions you might have no matter what the time of day. The Cruise Manager was fabulous and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. The itinerary and guided walking tours were great! The InterContinental Paris Le Grand - Hotel was perfectly located and we could walk most everywhere. The weather was beautiful. 70 degrees and sunny. The room was large and immaculate. The staff was helpful.



Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Using the services of Admiral Travel has been terrific for us. We have used them several times, and our experiences have been excellent.

Outstanding service

By: Cookie

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2015

Our experience was stones left unturned. We had a fabulous time and experience. Would travel again with Admiral Travel !

Another Great Adventure

By: markw

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2015

We have used Admiral Travel extensively over the past 10 years to travel to Africa, Egypt, Jordon, NZ, Australia, SE Asia and Scandinavia. Every trip has been "a trip of a life time". Malaka, Ryan and Michael's recommendations have always resulted in experiences that far exceeded our expectations. When something unexpected comes up, they are there with expert advice and contacts to get it resolved quickly so we are able focus on enjoying the trip. Plus, Debbie's ability to maximize the value of our airline miles to ensure we get the upgrades to fly comfortably on long flights is much appreciated. Highly recommended.


By: Mmosco

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2015

We have been on the smaller Seabourn Cruises and now that we experience The Quest, with 2x the amount of people, they still do the best job in the cruise industry! The staff exceptional, the food the best of any Seabourn we've been on. The room a little smaller due to having balcony but because we lucked out with the weather got to use the balcony a lot . Ports were lovely the only disappointment was because of high winds we weren't able to dock in Prince Edwards Island! It looked like the prettiest island of them all. Oh well safety first. Will look forward to doing another Seabourn Cruise in the Future!!!!!

Extremely Professional

By: stogstwo

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2016

I always use Malaka as my travel agent. I have never received poor service from her, rather her service is exceptional at all times. When something goes wrong as it does once in a while on a vacation, her and her staff are always available and solve the problem.
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Presidents week at Atlantis

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2016

We had a great time at Atlantis, and the perks worked especially well for our group

Majestic destination resort

By: C&MB

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2016

What a beautiful resort with warm and hospitable people. Service and amenities are superb. An excellent destination for a special occasion!
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Excellent service Thanks for fantastic recomandations Keep up the excellent servise

By: marcus

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2016

Excellent recommendations Thanks for arrangements best wishes

Great, professional service from Michelle (as usual).

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2016

The 4 day Royaj Caribbean cruise to Cozumel on Brilliance of the Seas was very enjoyable. We used the valet parking at the Port of Tampa for the first time and found it well worth the additional $20.



Reviewed on: 30 May 2016

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A fun time was enjoyed by all!

By: CAJ and MBJ

Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2016

All 11 of us enjoyed ourselves immensely with the recent family cruise on Royal Caribbean's "Allure of the Seas". This was chosen for us by Malaka and her staff due to the ages of the grandchildren and their need for much activity. They were so right!! The children and grandchildren never stopped but did find time to have dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. We thank Malaka and Taryn for their guidance and patience in getting us through it all...safely and with fond memories.
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Great trip

By: Sonny

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2016

Wonderful small ship experience but poor wifi connection
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Always Great Time with Malaka

By: Peter

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2016

There hasn't been one trip booked with Malaka at Admiral Travels that hasn't gone like clock work with fabulous excursions of the beautiful areas we visited. Never, Never, disappointed. Keep up the great job Malaka!
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Great Tauck Tour

By: gnbayern

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2016

Our Tauck tour of Cape Cod and the Islands was excellent. A great deal packed into 7 days, but everything took place like clockwork.
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Luxury African Travel

By: Frogman

Reviewed on: 02 Aug 2016

We asked the folks at Admiral Travel to set us up with a plus trip to Dubai, the Seychelles and South Africa and they certainly pulled it off. With Debi handling the upgrading of flights using our precious air miles we were able to travel bussines class or first on almost every flight. The hotel resorts were over the top with ammenities and service.
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Wonderful Experience !

By: Cookie9

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2016

Our trip was excellent. The cruise was exceptional and the Hilton and ElShahawy families made it special.
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Excellent Service

By: Richard

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2016

Our recent cruise on the Seven Seas Explorer was wonderful; great ship, nothing missing. Of course, what made the trip so enjoyable was the service received from Malaka Hilton and Michelle Andersen of Admiral Travel in Sarasota, Florida. We have taken several Seven Seas Cruises and the help received from Malaka and Michelle made making all of the arrangements effortless and a pleasure. There is no way that we would use anyone else.
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Always a delight to Travel thru Admiral

By: Martini

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2016

Admiral Travel always does a great job with our travel plans. They recommended The Yeatman Hotel this trip which was fabulous! We would use only them for future travel plans.

Extraordinary service

By: Clarice

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2016

We had a fabulous time on our recent trip to Myanmar. Admiral Travel arranged everything and it was impeccable. I would recommend experiencing Myanmar while it is not inundated by tourists. However, go in the winter months--it is hot! Also recommend Avalon cruise on the Irrawaddy River. So nice to come back to the ship after touring in the heat. Kudos to Admiral Travel!

Bucket List adventure

By: Randy

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2016

Fabulous trip. Well organized with private guides who were excellent, on time, enthusiastic and friendly. All five star hotels. Busy with daily tours which we prefer. Some long days with driving and trains. Overall, very satisfied. Made for Spain was very responsive. Added extra tours when we requested them. Only negative was missed communication at museum in Madrid (we were in the wrong section since there are 2 separate buildings for modern and traditional unknown to us). Also, invoice confusing. Overall, 2 thumbs up.


By: doc

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2016

The stay at the Waldorf in Orlando far exceeded our expectations

Great Trip

By: John

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

This is the third or forth trip that I have been on organized by Admiral Travel. As always, they do an amazing job. It starts with a detailed knowledge of the travel destinations and accommodations. I believe that one of their strong suites is to properly match travellers with the proper destination and services. They take the time to understand their clients and their clients needs. While they often specialize in high end travel with discriminating travellers, they just arranged a fantastic trip for us that had us travelling into remote areas of a game reserve with more modest accommodations but with a tremendous amount of adventure and exploration. I would never use any other travel company!

All trips personal and professional

By: Mahfouz

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

personal and professionalexcellent planning and program and reach Steph

Exceptional Travel Advisor

By: Mel b

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2017

I've been working with Malaka for years now. I can count on her 100% to provide me with a wonderful vacation. She always guides me in the right direction and then some.

Working with Admiral Travel

By: Mel B

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

Easy and flawless


By: Doe

Reviewed on: 30 May 2017

Working with Malaka is great. I personally work with Taryn Daley. And she is wonderful. She answers all my questions and promptly. The whole office is very friendly.
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Silver Seas to Alaska

By: Cathy Goshorn

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2017

Great. Good info prior to trip. Excellent planning
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The Travel Expert

By: Mel B

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

It's always a pleasure to work with Malaka. She's an expert at what she does and always steers us in the right direction. She knows our likes and dislikes and always make sure we are satisfied
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By: JP

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2017

More than pleased with her and entire staff. Special people.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2017

Malaka pays attention to detail, and neve leave anything to chance. We have used her several times in the past, and she never disappoints.

Wonderful Adventure

By: Andrew

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2017

A pleasure. Personal attention is priority. Passionate about their clients. Focus on individual interest and sculpture trips accordingly. Have extensive contacts to make sure any exotic trip well organized and successful.

Superb agent

By: Loza

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

Great and concie ce agent do rs great recomzndation. Excellent followip. Re Oma day highly

Great trip, as always

By: AZ

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2017

Malaka is a pleasure to work with. She understands our interests and our style of travel. Her recommendations are always personalized and she makes sure that we have great guides and stay in fabulous properties. She also makes sure that any special occasion is noted so that hotels can help us celebrate. Whenever we're thinking of planning a trip, Malaka is our first phone call!


By: jim

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2017


Multiple cruises

By: Loza

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

The best travel agent. We ever had. Very attentive. Sympathetic well liked by all of my family and collegues We recomand her highly

Excellent Experience

By: Cookie

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2017

Working with Malaka is a pleasure. She always makes your planning experience and subsequently travel experience one to remember with the fondest memories. Her attention to detail is outstanding. She is a true gem !

Cruise to Cuba

By: Mmosco

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2017

Without question Malaka and Ryan are the very best people to travel with.

Recent H/A cruise

By: H&A

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2017

She’s the best in the business

Chicago Trip

By: Dr. Dean Hautamaki

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

Malaka is very professional, knowledgable and efficient. She is always prompt to respond to an email, text or phone. No detail is overlooked on any of our travel adventures with her and her team.

Travel agent. Evaluation

By: Loza

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2018

Excellent beyond any description. Knowledgeable friendly and above all always avaliable when you need her

Quick trip to DisneyWorld

By: Linda Burke

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Once again Malaka exceeded our expectations! We decided on a last minute trip to Disney to meet our children and grands. Malaka was able to get a reservation at the Grand Floridian securing a beautiful room on the Club level, which was absolutely perfect. It was all the more appreciated because she worked her magic with only a few days notice. We continue to sing her praises and tell all our friends, many of whom now also enjoy her expertise as she plans their travels as well. Many thanks once again, Malaka.
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Trip to Asia

By: Lenore

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2018

Malaka and her team were incredible. The trip they planned was exactly what we had asked for and flawless. She will plan our next trip to Asia for 2019. Much appreciation for all of the attention to detail.

So helpful

By: Winnie

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2018

Malaka's expertise made the details of my trip a non issue. She took care of the smallest details on my behalf - I had no stress or worries,
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