One moment you’re sipping margaritas in Southern California, next you’re enjoying an elegant in-water dining experience in your Fijian resort’s lagoon pool. Throw in a few legendary clubs in West Hollywood and a close encounter with Kendall Jenner and you have to ask – do travel agent famils come any cooler than this?
They certainly don’t get much more fun, according to a group of nine Travellers Choice consultants who recently combined the best of California and Fiji on an enticing nine-day journey organised by Freestyle Holidays and Fiji Airways.
The trip started in hip West Hollywood, with agents exploring Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverley Hills and legendary nightlife along the Sunset Strip. Heading out on a shopping trip they even managed to spy social media superstar Jenner as she drove by with the window down.
Travellers Choice agents pose on Huntington Beach, Surf City USA.
Next up was Huntington Beach, a seaside city about 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles set on the Pacific Ocean and renowned as ‘Surf City USA’.
Cathy Barnett from Queensland’s Traveltime Now, says the little-known city is ideally suited for Australian travellers.
“It’s got these beautiful, wide open beaches that you expect David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson to coming running down,” says Barnett. “There is also the shopping, stylish resorts and wonderful restaurants, all of which make it a great flop and drop destination for Australians travelling via LA to Europe or New York.
A unique in-water dining experience at Fiji’s Radisson Blu
Mary Balmain from Twofold Travel in NSW says Huntington Beach is also a good option for Australian families.
“It’s an up-and-coming, sophisticated destination with lots of activities and it’s only a 25 minute drive from Disneyland,” says Balmain.
The return journey home included a sojourn in Fiji, with stays at Mana Island Resort and Radisson Blu Resort, where the agents literally cooled their heels during a three-course meal served in one of the resort’s lagoon pools.