Most people, if they’re fortunate, have moments when they pause and think to themselves, “I love my job.” For TravelManagers’ Kim Mason, representative for Cronulla in New South Wales, that moment occurred recently on her Hawaii famil, organised exclusively for CT Partners members and hosted by Hawaiian Airlines and Freestyle Holidays.
“I was floating around the hotel pool on a yellow beanbag, looking out to Diamond Head. I noticed that everyone was happy and making conversation with complete strangers, as if we were all children again at a friends’ pool party. The DJ’s tunes were blaring out over the speakers and the wait staff were on hand to refill the drinks”.
TravelManagers’ Leah Boyd and Kim Mason (back row, 2nd from left and 2nd from right respectively) soak up the Waikiki sunshine and views.
That moment was just one highlight of a four-night stay in Honolulu for Mason, who was one of two personal travel managers (PTMs) from TravelManagers that were invited to participate in the famil. Leah Boyd, representative for West Brunswick in Victoria, also joined the group, making the most of every opportunity to experience the famous Aloha spirit not just in Waikiki but all over Oahu.
“We hired cars and drove to the North Shore, where we looked around Turtle Bay Resort. Many of our clients hire cars on Oahu, so it was a great perspective to learn some hints, such as to make sure you pre-book in order to avoid a two-hour wait for your car!”, explains Boyd.
For Boyd, a visit to the Kualoa Ranch on Oahu’s east coast, about forty minutes’ drive from Honolulu, was another highlight.
“There were many activities to take part in – horse riding, ATVs, zip-lining, and the beach. Our group tried a variety of activities so now I can recommend the right activities for my clients’ respective needs”.
Honolulu is well known as a shopper’s paradise, and the group returned home armed with an excellent knowledge of the best spots for retail therapy.
“There is no way I could imagine shopping from sun up to almost midnight, but you can do it here and the value is great!” says Mason. “Between Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Shopping Centre and Waikele Outlets, the range is vast.”
Both PTMs relished the opportunity to have a first-hand update on the accommodation options on offer in Waikiki, and also appreciated the chance to see a variety of hotels and room types ranging from relatively simple family-friendly properties to iconic properties like the Moana Surfrider.
Mason says the time spent on her bean bag wasn’t all fun though – she took it upon herself to find the best cocktail on the beach. The Trump Towers won many awards for their eighteen-ingredient Mai Tai, which Mason describes as delicious. Her top tip for enjoying it?
“The best bet is to book a table for Friday night dinner and enjoy the local fireworks over the park from the restaurant at the same time – the perfect end to a perfect day.”
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