New Ways to Enjoy Hawaii

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Koloa Landing Poipu Beach

With several new hotel properties, attractive vacation deals and, not to mention, a brand-new agent incentive opportunity, it’s a great time for your clients to start thinking about their next Hawaiian getaway.

New Places to Stay Wyndham Hotels and Resorts welcomed its first luxury property inHawaii with last month’s grand opening of Koloa Landing Poipu Beach, a Wyndham Resort (pictured) in Kauai. The $150 million project is located on lush tropical land just minutes from Hawaii’s popular Poipu Beach. The resort features 85 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom residential-style luxury villas boasting expansive living areas, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and gourmet kitchens with SubZero appliances, as well as hardwoods and natural stone accents throughout.

Tiki torches light the walkways around the pool and resort paths, leading guests across footbridges, along cascading waterfalls, lagoons and two pools. Guests at Koloa Landing can also take advantage of a number of amenities, including on-call private chef and personal shopper, while the activities desk can provide personal recommendations on both traditional and unique ways to explore the island by air, land or sea.

Currently, the resort is offering immediate booking bonuses for travel agents with stays booked by June 30. The travel agent bonus will be paid when booking 3- ($40 bonus), 4- ($55 bonus) and 5-night ($70 bonus) stays. Reservations can be made by e-mailing the resort directly at nclark@azulhg.com and agents must use the promotional code DISTALOS.

Introductory Rates for the villas for this limited-time offer are as follows: 1-bedroom villas, from $229 a night; 2-bedroom villas, from $269 a night; and 3-bedroom villas, from $299 a night. For more information, visit koloalanding.com.

Disney will also welcome its first Hawaiian property with this summer’s opening of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, located in Ko Olina, Oahu.

Slated to open on Aug. 29, the property is built on 21 acres adjacent to a blue lagoon and white sand beach in Ko Olina. Upon completion, Aulani will feature 359 hotel rooms and 481 2-bedroom Disney Vacation Club Villas. Rooms are housed in two 15-story towers with impressive views of the oceans and mountains. On site are two restaurants, an 18,000-sq.-ft. spa and a wedding lawn, as well as extensive water activities such as several pools, a 900-ft. tube floating watercourse and a snorkel lagoon. Aulani will also feature the Aunty’s Beach House kids’ club, where kids can explore Hawaiian culture through games, crafts and other activities.

The resort will also offer excursions that invite families to discover theisland of Oahu, including surfing, rainforest hiking and cooking lessons.Reservations for Aulani are now open. Visit disneytravelagents.com for more information on booking your clients.

New Experiences for Well-Being Two years after welcoming its first guests, Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia, located on the Big Island’s North Kohala district, has announced the grand opening of its Maluhia Spa. In English, maluhiatranslates to peace, tranquility, and serenity. Maluhia Spa was designed to stay true to its name and provide the perfect environment to magnify and support the power of natural healing.

At Maluhia Spa, open-air outdoor massage hale (bungalows) overlook a valley of ironwood trees. Here, guests can enjoy a saltwater-purified infinity pool and solar-heated hot tub. The spa also features a glass-walled spa/exercise pavilion and yoga studio that open up to spectacular views. Eco-friendly men and women’s locker rooms come complete with organic shower products, reverse osmosis drinking water filters, and solar hot water. There is also an open-air reception area with a relaxation lounge and a retail shop so guests can take some of your spa experience home.

Located on 50 oceanfront acres in North Kohala, Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia is a boutique eco-lodge and destination spa. Nightly rates start at $425 per night. For more information, visit hawaiiislandretreat.com.

Meanwhile, Halekulani on Oahu is now offering healthier culinary offerings for guests with menu items free of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

“Halekulani is introducing its new GMO-Free Cuisine in response to its clientele’s growing desire to be provided this option in an era of increasing focus and awareness on product choices and wellness,” says chief operating officer Peter Shaindlin.

Halekulani’s GMO-Free Cuisine is available at the hotel’s acclaimedoceanside open-air restaurant, Orchids, as well as through in-room dining. Menu items, as conceptualized by executive chef Vikram Garg include ahi crudo and daikon, sumida farm watercress and hearts of palm salad, and lentil and rice risotto with turmeric and asafoetida. Organically produced wines and USDA-organic juices are also offered.