Hawaiian surfing icon Duke Kahanamoku grew up riding the waves of Waikiki, Hawaii
’s most famous beach. The wide stretch of golden sands, with Diamond Head as a dramatic backdrop, is one of Virtuoso travel advisor Chris Lee’s favorite go-tos for a classic beach getaway. Lee started booking his own Hawaiian vacations with Pleasant Holidays in the 1980s, when the company focused exclusively on travel to the islands. “There’s a lot to be said about the expertise that comes with selling a specific destination for that long,” Lee says.
Another Waikiki legend: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
is Oahu’s “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” where you can take a surfing lesson before relaxing on an umbrellaed lounger on the private strip of prime sand. Then again, you might sip a cold hibiscus hefeweizen beer – the hotel’s exclusive new brew – in a cabana by the Malulani Pool. A current five-night package includes round-trip airfare, breakfast daily, and a 15 percent discount at Abhasa, the island’s premier garden spa. Apply your exclusive discount toward a Lomi Pohaku Facial or other spa treatment.
Pleasant Holidays’ array of optional tours and activities lets Lee tailor each package to clients’ desires, then bundle everything into one easy payment. Couples can add a touch of romance with a sunset dinner cruise, while history buffs might tour the Arizona
Mid- to late April is the perfect time to book, Lee says, since it’s the tail end of spring break, “so there are more accommodations available and, most important, lower airfares.”