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Your Kauai Paradise in November!

Spend an entire week in paradise from November 30 – December 7, 2013 at Pono Kai Resort for only $888!

Experience the best of Kauai at an awesome and wonderfully affordable rate.

Plan now to escape to your island paradise…

Pono_Kai_BeachFrom the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast to the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon, Kauai embraces the senses like no other destination. Explore the island via land, sea or air to experience settings you’ve only dreamed about. Discover 50 miles of heavenly beaches from Poipu Beach to Hanalei Bay. Kauai is called the “Garden Isle” because of its natural beauty.

Situated on 12 beautiful beach-front acres, Pono Kai Resort is on the eastern coast of Kauai, where the average annual temperature is 75 degrees.

Ideally located on a mile-long white sandy beach, Pono Kai Resort resides in the picturesque town of Kapaa, midway between Princeville and Poipu. Perfect sunsets, unspoiled tropical beaches, cascading mountains and the “Grand Canyon” of the Pacific are some of the highlights that make Kauai unique. Surrounded by swaying palms, you will find your own Hawaiian Paradise at the Pono Kai Resort.Pono Kai Resort

  • Enjoy easily walking to the historic town of Kapaa, abundant with art galleries, boutiques, shops, and restaurants. You’ll enjoy discovering this quaint town and taste of “old Hawaii,” that is off the beaten path. Facing a mile-long beach and readily accessible to numerous shopping and dining opportunities along East Kauai’s Royal Coconut Coast.
  • Just a few steps away from the resort, you can drench yourself in the sun atop glistening sands, snorkel in the turquoise waters, surf or boogie board on the legendary ocean swells, kayak, or horseback ride. (Something for any age!) Situated adjacent to the Kauai Multiuse Path ocean path, the beach is 100 feet from this resort.
  • For a more serene experience, enjoy the sun and scenery poolside or lose yourself in the luxury of the hot tub or sauna. Also enjoy the tennis courts and fitness center.

Pono Kai Pond

  • Stroll the 12 lushly landscaped acres and discover tropical flowers, fruit trees and peaceful gardens. Little garden paths, an herb garden, a trickling waterfall and a pond give this resort its extra charm.
  • Find volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, and putting greens on site, as well as croquet. You can play golf at one of several courses close by.

  • Learn to hula at a traditional island luau, or view some of the most beautiful, lush and inaccessible scenery on a helicopter tour.
  • Take a trek to the Waimea Canyon, or cruise up the Wailua River in a riverboat to the Fern Grotto.

Say aloha to paradise at this 12-acre oceanfront oasis on Kauai’s Coconut Coast. This low-key, family-oriented resort promises a relaxing vacation like no other. From the moment you arrive, the lush landscape of coconut palms, papaya and banana trees, Japanese gardens, herb and vegetable gardens, grasses and flowers, and a trickling waterfall will erase all your cares and welcome you to our island utopia.

Come and see for yourself why our guests return year after year to Pono Kai for the comfort and convenience of their Kauai condo vacation!

This is a 1 Bedroom Villa that will sleep up to 4 people! Reduced to only $888 for the entire week (7 nights)! (Go to Booking.com and you’d pay up to $1155!)

It can be yours for only $888 for the week! Not per person! Not per night!

Contact me if you’re interested. This deal won’t last! (First come, first enjoy!)

Pono Kai HomePono Kai Kauai Condo Amenities
Your paradise is furnished with rattan furniture and bright bedding. All condos feature a private lanai, fully-equipped kitchen, color cable TV with VCR & DVD, ceiling fans and wireless Internet access (surcharge, free at pool and in lobby). Featuring a balcony, all rooms have a sitting area and a private bathroom. Your unit has a Queen bed in private bedroom and a sofa sleeper in the living room. Sleeps up to 4 and has a kitchen.

Pono Kai PoolProperty Amenities Include:
• Beach Front (mile-long)
• Pool
• Jet Spa and Sauna
• Free Parking
• BBQ Areas (Lighted)
• 2 Tennis Courts (Lighted)
• Croquet Lawn (Lighted)
• Shuffleboard Courts
• Putting Green
• Workout Room
• Laundry Facilities
• Activities Desk
• Near Coconut Market Place
• Central location to shops, golf, art galleries
• Short drive to Wailua River and famed Fern Grotto

PLEASE NOTE:  The photos in this listing came from the resort’s website. And though they ARE of a unit at this resort…the specific unit # gets assigned at check-in and therefore any specific view from the unit cannot be guaranteed.

Credit card for incidentals required at check-in. You are responsible for any damages to unit during your stay, imposed utility/energy surcharge, telephone connection fees, long distance charges, personal charges, room service & housekeeping fees. Ordinarily, daily maid service will not be provided. At those resorts offering such a service, it is usually at an additional fee. Pets are not allowed on-site unless otherwise indicated. Total does not include applicable taxes, surcharges and fees. These will be collected at the resort and are the guest’s responsibility.

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Your September Paradise at Rancho Banderas


Soft white sands, crystal-clear waters, stunning underwater seascape… paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers…

This September escape to five-star Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas, a beachfront property located on the north shore of the Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The resort consists of luxurious villas nestled on red sandstone bluffs that rise from the beach and fit naturally into the landscape.

The resort is just a few minutes from wondrous snorkeling at Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, offshore in the Bay of Banderas near Punta de Mita, a few miles north of Nuevo Vallarta.

The visibility in the waters of Puerto Vallarta varies from about 25 to 40 meters. (Summer is the best time to go diving.)

Islas Marietas became popular for its roles in the documentaries Jacques Cousteau created in the 1970’s which showcased the area’s rich underwater life. Reefs covered with fish and stingrays abound. You can also see underwater caves and cliffs in the area.

Visit Rancho Banderas September 20 through 27 with a ocean front junior suite (complete with kitchen) for only $788 a week! (If you booked this at kayak.com, you would pay over $200 per night! Price negotiable depending on individual circumstances.)

Contact me today for details and to reserve. This deal won’t last!

PS: Go here to read about my visit to Rancho Banderas.

Need a vacation and a deal?

Need a vacation? I’m sure I’ve got one perfect for you!

I’m a bit of a shopaholic so bought into four timeshare memberships, which came with three exchange programs.

Check out my home resorts and exchange programs and let me know what interests you.

I can offer you great savings and feedback on the timeshares I’ve visited! Please contact me today, so I can check availability for you.

Isn’t it time for a vacation?

Palace Resorts, royal living for less

Sunrise from our balcony

Sunrise from our balcony

I am so grateful to have had the privilege to stay at Sun Palace in Cancun, a resort that’s part of Palace Resorts. We spent five wonderful nights there for free, as part of the membership we gifted ourselves with during our first day in Cancun. (“Gifted” translates to “I bought into another timeshare-like deal.” However, this one is the best of all of the ones I’ve bought into!) World-class spa treatments, gourmet meals, unlimited delicious drinks, infinity pools, in-suite jacuzzi (my favorite), daily maid service, 24-hour room service, free wireless connections, free calls to US and Canada, half-price golf, tours to ancient Mayan temples… I could get use to being treated like royalty! What a perfect getaway vacation!

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Costa Maya Reef Resort, where tranquility meets adventure

I visited Costa Maya Reef Resort in Belize in November 2007, booking the resort through DAELive (Dial-an-Exchange) and then buying a membership while there. What a lucky find that was!

My favorite was the tour to Shark Ray Alley where I got to hold a shark and scratch its belly, as well as swim with giant rays. (Even caught a ride on the wing of one!) And I also enjoyed searching for manatees and seeing a pregnant sea horse. (Still don’t understand that one! See the related pictures in my photo gallery below.)

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Rancho Banderas, premier beachfront luxury living

Yum, fresh lobster

Yum… four of us had a huge platter of fresh seafood at the local outdoor restaurant down the beach from Rancho Banderas! The whole platter only costs us around $25!

Wouldn’t you love to escape to soft white sand and crystal clear waters? Well you can by visiting  Rancho Banderas, a beautiful beach-front property located on the north shore of the Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. This resort is located on Playa Destiladeras, which is renowned as the premier beach within the Bay of Banderas. The resort consists of luxurious villas nestled on red sandstone bluffs that rise from the beach and fit naturally into the landscape.

Rancho Banderas is a short flight away from San Diego and such a great quick getaway from the city!

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Diamond Resorts, global lifetime memories

I bought my first timeshare from Sunterra (now Diamond Resorts). Since that purchase over 10 years ago I’m gone on so many awesome vacations at Diamond Resorts. They have  large and diverse selection of resorts with something for everyone!

Diamond Resorts has properties in 26 countries with destinations throughout the continental United States and Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

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