Island Destinations packages
include stays at the Four Seasons’
Lodge at Koele.
Agents who specialize in luxury travel must find new ways to add
value to high-end Hawaii vacations if they want stay on top of
their game. Enter Island Destinations, the Larchmont, N.Y.-based
wholesaler with a decidedly upscale bent, whose 2008 product line
aims to help agents satisfy the most discriminating clients.
“Hawaii is constantly reinventing itself, and travel agents need
to be open to combining different experiences for their clients,”
said Island Destinations chief operating officer Laurie
In examining trends, Palumbo sees elite travelers wanting to
spend more time together, whether as a couple or with friends and
“Clients are seeking adventure-oriented activities to engage in
with their loved ones,” she said. “And, they are looking for exotic
body treatments, private dinners on the beach and secluded
Selective travelers require innovative suggestions for exploring
the islands, so Island Destinations stands ready with specialists
who can help arrange vacation itineraries. Options range from
ultimate outdoor adventures at Kapalua Resort’s new Mountain
Outpost to intimate, traditional healing ceremonies at the Four
Seasons on Maui.
For clients who want to make their vacations even more
experiential, Island Destinations has added a prestige car-rental
collection, available for booking throughout Hawaii. Clients can
glide around in Hummers, Cadillacs, Jaguars and the like from $208
When clients say they want to further broaden their vacation
experience, Palumbo recommends combining their Hawaii trip with a
shopping and nightlife destination. For instance, Island
Destinations now offers stopovers at luxury hotels in Las Vegas. A
two-night stay at the Four Seasons Las Vegas starts at $650 per
Collaborating with Hawaii’s top-of-the-line properties, Island
Destinations’ 2008 resort packages include the six-night Island
Paradise at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui; the Volcano Adventure
package at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Big Island;
the Balance package at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa; the
romance package on Lanai at the Four Seasons’ Lodge at Koele; and a
five-night package at Oahu’s Halekulani.
In addition, when working with Island Destinations, agents earn
15 percent for any new Hawaii booking made and traveled by Dec.