Tahiti

Tahiti and Her Islands are an invitation to love! Bora Bora, & Moorea… are dream destinations for your romantic getaway in French Polynesia. From turquoise lagoons to lush mountains, everything is here to make your honeymoon magical.

Bora Bora is the ultimate destination for love and romance. Whether you’ve been dreaming of an overwater bungalow or had your heart set on a private Bora Bora Cruise, Travels By Monica is here to help you plan the perfect romantic honeymoon.

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises Mt. Otemanu, a 727m dormant volcano.

Moorea – A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet – what you would imagine a South Seas island to be.

A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island’s vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.

Contact Travels By Monica for Tahiti Island specials (925) 518-1084 or email: Monica@TravelsByMonica.com

Costa Rica

 

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The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste

Deluxe Junior Suite. All-Inclusive includes all meals, drinks, activities and more!

3 nights with air from $885

 

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge

Includes daily continental breakfast for ALL PLUS kids 12 and younger stay FREE!

3 nights with air from $555 per person

Contact me for more information (925) 518-1084

 

 

Rates are based on round-trip air travel from New York (JFK) to Liberia and Chicago (ORD) to San Jose and are per person, based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated. Advertised vacation rate(s) valid for select travel 7/18/15 for Marvels of Costa Rica, 6/20/15 for Jewels of Costa Rica, 5/11/15 for Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica and 5/4/15 for all other properties. Rates, terms, conditions and itinerary are subject to availability. Certain restrictions apply. Rates shown include government-imposed taxes and fees. Additional airline restrictions, including, but not limited to fees of up to $45 per bag for the first checked bag and up to $250 per bag for a second checked bag, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines and are subject to change without notice. Please contact the airline directly or visit the airline website for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Where applicable, kids stay free in same room as adults using existing bedding. Occupancy limits apply. Where applicable, kids eat free with full paying adult. Rates do not include a $29 per person Departure Tax, to be collected at the airport upon departure from Costa Rica.

Italy

 
“Italian Villas:  Wine Discovery   with Avanti Destinations”
Italy produces some of the world’s finest wines in a wide variety of locations and styles. Avanti’s villa wine vacations allow you to select the region and type of wine to experience in more depth. With your Avanti Destinations Italy Villa Wine experience, you’ll have accommodations at a wine-producing
property where you get a real sense of how wine is grown and produced, plus you can enjoy the amenities and local ambiance with your free time.
3 Nights Includes:
Day 1
Arrive at your Villa:
Pickup your rental car at a conveniently located Hertz office. Detailed driving instructions to your villa choice are included in your Avanti documents. Upon arrival you will be greeted by the proprietors of the villa who will provide you with your wine-tastingschedule. After free time to freshen up and explore the property, your dinner with beverage is served.
(Dinner, VillaAccommodations)
Note:
From long experience, we recommend you spend at least one night in your arrival city before picking up
your car and driving to your Villa, especially if this is your arrival day inEurope.
Days 2 and 3
At your Villa: After breakfast at the villa, you havetime at leisure to explore the grounds before your wine tasting either at your host villa, or at a nearby wine producing property. If visiting a nearby winery, dinner is on your own. You will be provided a detailed map and driving directions to this property.
If your tasting is at your host villa, your evening meal is included.
(Breakfast, Dinner, Villa Accommodations)
Day 4
Depart your Villa:  After breakfast at the Villa, you’re off to your next destination, relaxed and with
hands-on knowledge of some very fine Italian vintages.
(Breakfast, Villa Accommodations)
Note:
Villa Information on Reverse Italy produces some of the world’s finest wines in a wide variety of locations and styles. Avanti’s villa wine vacations allow you to select the region and type of wine to experience in more depth. With your Avanti Destinations Italy Villa Wine experience, you’ll have accommodations at a wine-producing property where you get a real sense of how wine is grown and
produced, plus you can enjoy the amenities and local ambiance with your free time.
4 Days/3 Nights
Available April 1-October 31
• 3 Nights Accommodations
• Two 3-Course Dinners
• 4-Day Compact Manual Car Rental
• Chosen Area Guidebook, Map and Suggested Itineraries
• 2 Wine Tastings plus LightLunches
• Bottle of Wine in Room
• Daily Breakfast Italian Villas:
   Wine Discovery

 

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  •  CALL 925-518-1084   FOR A QUOTE OR TO BOOK 

Sandals

 

Experience The Luxury Included Difference

More Quality Inclusions Than Any Other Beach Resort In The Caribbean:
At 14 luxury beach resorts created for two people in love, you get what you want, when you want it, on the Caribbean’s finest beachfront settings. Experience every land and water sport, Red Lane® Spa, and dine at up to 15 specialty restaurants accompanied by Beringer® wines and unlimited premium brand drinks at our Luxury Included® resorts. Stay in the most unique suites, many with personal butlers. The Sandals difference makes all the difference in the world.

  • Sandals Emerald Bay
  • Sandals Royal Bahamian
  • Sandals Whitehouse
  •  Sandals Royal Plantation
  • Sandals Royal Caribbean
  • Sandals Negril
  • Sandals Montego Bay
  • Sandals Grande Riviera
  • Sandals Carlyle
  • Sandals Grande Antigua
  • Sandals Grande St. Lucian
  • Sandals Halcyon Beach
  • Sandals La Toc
Contact me for more information.

 

Honeymoon Planning Tips

A couple of tips

  1. Plan early,  Brides and grooms often leave honeymoon planning to the last minute. A destination may be in mind, but leaving it to the very end will only make your trip more expensive and also compromise on your experience. Start your honeymoon planning as early as you start your wedding planning. If it’s within your budget, this is a good time to contact a Travels By Monica.  this can help you spread out the costs over a few months, which will reduce the financial and scheduling stress.
  2.  Pick a location that you both want to go.  Do you want to go to an all-inclusive resort, or do you want to take a cruise or an adventure trip?  What kind of scenery do you want, are you hoping for some place tropical? Mountainous? Historic? These factors will help you narrow down the location itself.
  3. Set a budget –  Be realistic about what you want to spend and what experiences you are looking to share, and allow ample funds for those experiences. A great solution is to set up a honeymoon registry in advance that allows guests to help with some of your travel costs or enhance your trip with special services and experiences. Travels By Monica offers a honeymoon registry.
  4. Here’s a tip you really should live by. When you’re on your honeymoon, make sure that your itinerary is easy, relaxing and flexible.

 

Carnival Cruise

 

Save up to 20% AND get free upgrades for a limited time

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY SAVER RATES WITH FREE UPGRADES

REGULAR RATE*FROM EARLY SAVER RATE*FROM

3-5 Day Cruises    $309                                             $249

6-9 Day Cruises    $599                                              $479
10+ Day Cruises   $1,469                                          $1,179

*Early Saver: Cruise rates are in US dollars, per person and based on double occupancy. Offer is capacity controlled. Category restrictions and exclusions apply. Carnival reserves the right to withdraw and/or change offer at any time without prior notice. Cruise Fare does not include Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses range from $37.06 to $319.82, and are assessed on a per guest basis and according to the itinerary. Full payment of the per person deposit is required at the time of booking. All cancellations that occur prior to final payment due date will receive a future cruise credit in the amount of the deposit less a $50 pp service fee. The future cruise credit can only be redeemed on bookings made in USD currency, will be applied to your cruise fare, is non-refundable, non-transferable, any unused portion will be forfeited, and must be used on a sailing within 24 months from the date of cancellation. Full names are required for each guest. Guest may select the stateroom. Early Saver fare is only available for short cruises (5 days or less), 3 months prior to sail date, and available for long cruises (6 days or longer), 5 months prior to sail date. No name changes are allowed. Early Saver fare is backed by a unique price protection policy that allows you to adjust your cruise fare to the best available fare advertised by Carnival and available to the general public. Carnival will honor your request for price protection if the reduction on the total amount paid for your booking results only from a lower cruise fare and not from the booked ancillary services, such as air, transfers, pre-paid gratuities, or government taxes and fees. Early Saver price protection does not apply to Super Saver and Instant Saver fares, group rates, membership programs, charters, select promotional fares, travel agent rebates, or other travel agent promotions not offered by Carnival to the general public. The price protection policy applies only to the category booked; no downgrades allowed. Price protection will be subject to the prevailing fees. A $50 change fee per guest will be assessed for ship and/or sail date changes made prior to final payment due date. The guest is responsible for increases to ancillary services such as air, resulting from changes to ship and/or sail date, or adjustments to cruise fare. Subsequent upgrades in lieu of price protection will no longer be offered. Cancellation penalties apply. Request Early Saver. Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas, Panama & Malta.

To submit a Price Protection claim, visit carnival.com/earlysaver. When requesting a cruise fare adjustment, you must provide the lower rate amount and where the rate can be found. Requests will be accepted up to two business days prior to sailing. Lower rate must be: (i) for the same ship, sail date, stateroom category and number of guests; (ii) a qualifying Carnival advertised rate (iii) available for booking at the time the request is reviewed by Carnival’s reservation agents. Verified rate difference is issued as an on-board credit. The on-board credit is non-refundable, non-transferable and has no cash value. Any unused portion of the onboard credit will be forfeited.

 

Cruising

          

How To Pick Your Perfect Cruise: There are 160+ ships, 24+ cruise lines, 7,500+ itineraries . You can cruise just about any where you want for almost any length of time.  Here’s a couple of guidelines to help you decide which cruise works best for you.

Where do you want  to Cruise to: Decide on destinations and itinerary first, ship second. Cruise lines are always changing their itineraries and adding new ones.

Caribbean cruises offer Eastern, Western, Southern and Exotic South Caribbean itineraries. Hawaii cruises see up to 5-islands, Alaskan cruises, tend to follow two routes: Inside Passage itineraries round-trip fr/Seattle or Vancouver OR Gulf of Alaska itineraries, north to south, south to north. Head for the high seas, the excitement of a cruise! Choose from exotic destinations, explore fascinating ports, relax in luxurious accommodations, let loose with fun-filled activities on board your cruise vacation. Add a destination wedding or honeymoon!

Which Cruise line should you cruise? Each cruise line has a personality.  From fun & feisty to formal and everything in between.  Some cruise ship are small and quaint other are as large as resorts with waterslide parks, bowling alleys, zip lining and broadway show.   Travels By Monica can help you decide which one fits you.

When is the best time to go, price wise.  Shoulder seasons save money (varies with destinations). Cruises are popular with wedding couples, families, reunions and couples. Shoulder season translates into less cruisers, better cruise deals.

Mexico Hot Deals

 

 

RIVIERA MAYA

OCCIDENTAL AT XCARET DESTINATION All-Inclusive Includes EXCLUSIVE $100 OFF per booking and
$500 in resort credit per room.

VACATIONS INCLUDE:
• Roundtrip air • 3 nights’ accommodation • Taxes

VACATIONS FROM

$541 SACRAMENTO departures

$636 SAN FRANCISCO departures

$724 FRESNO departures

 

 

Rates are based on roundtrip air travel to/from Sacramento (SMF), San Francisco (SFO) and Fresno (FAT), CA, and are per person, based on double occupancy. Advertised vacation rate(s) valid for departure 5/21/17. Rates for other travel dates may vary. Rates, terms, conditions and itinerary are subject to availability. Certain restrictions apply. Rates shown include government-imposed fees and taxes. Rates are current as of 2/16/17; at the time you purchase your package, rates may be higher. For current prices, please see http://www. pleasantholidays.com. Airline fees for optional services, including, but not limited to, fees of up to $50 per bag for the first checked bag and up to $100 per bag for a second checked bag, may apply. Baggage fees are current as of 2/16/17. Airline tickets are non-refundable and subject to airline change/cancellation penalties and rules, including pre-flight notification deadlines. Fees and policies vary among airlines and are subject to change without notice. Please contact the airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Additional restrictions apply. Advertised rates do not include any applicable daily resort or facility fees payable directly to the hotel operator at check-out; such fee amounts will be advised at the time of booking. Exclusive $100 Off Offer: Valid on new bookings made 2/27 – 4/16/17 for travel 2/27 – 12/16/17. Blackout dates may apply. Discount is per booking, taken at time of booking and reflected in rates shown. Roundtrip air and 3-night minimum stay at a participating hotel or resort required. *Age restrictions may apply. Not responsible for errors or omissions. [Pleasant Holidays acts only as an agent for the various travel providers shown above.] CST# 1007939-10. UBI# 601 915 263. TAR# 5308. Copyright © 2017 Pleasant Holidays, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Hawaiian Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spouting Horn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lava flowing into the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAUI

Known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui is dotted with quaint towns, artist communities and local favorites that have been around for generations. Head to Wailuku for pastries from a “mom and pop” bakery, or head to Lahaina for a taste of Maui’s famed farm to table cuisine. From shimmering beaches and sacred Iao Valley to migrating humpback whales and sunset on Haleakala, it’s not surprising Maui was voted the “Best Island” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for more than twenty years.

Maui Highlights:
Lahaina – Whale watch, shop and dine in this historic hot spot.
Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach) – One of Maui’s largest beaches.
Iao Valley State Park – Historic site home to the iconic Iao Needle.
Haleakala National Park – Scenic home to Maui’s highest peak.
Hana – Famous for the scenic drive to this small, charming town.

KAUAI

The oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on Kauai. Explore the beaches of the Coconut Coast, see Waimea Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” or take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.

Kauai Highlights:
Wailua River –Hawaii’s only navigable river.
Napali Coast – Spectacular sea cliffs on Kauai’s north coast.
Poipu Beach Park – Voted one of America’s best beaches.
Waimea Canyon – Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Spouting Horn Beach Park is a delightful lookout where you can watch a blowhole spout a plume of sea water into the air.

ISLAND OF HAWAII

Larger than all of the other islands combined, Hawaii Island, or Hawaii, the Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones—from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. See waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, explore the calm and clear water off of Kona, or view Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii’s Big Island Highlights:
Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) – Historic seaside hot spot.
Coffee Plantations – Get a rich taste of fresh Kona coffee.
Downtown Hilo – Discover local treasures in the island’s capital city.
Hamakua Coast – See waterfalls along the coast.

 

OAHU

Home to the state capitol and the majority of Hawaii’s population, Oahu is a vibrant mix of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the legendary North Shore, relive American history at the memorials and museums of Pearl Harbor, or soak up the sun and take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach.

Oahu Highlights:
Waikiki – Iconic gathering place for visitors from around the world.
Pearl Harbor – Explore the historic sites recounting the Pearl Harbor attack.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – One of Hawaii’s premier snorkeling sites.
Nuuanu Pali Lookout – Historic spot with fantastic mountain views.
North Shore – Legendary birthplace of big wave surfing.

MOLOKAI

With almost half of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back in time to the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, view the verdant flora in Halawa Valley, or learn about the works of Saint Damien at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

Molokai Highlights:
Kaunakakai – Molokai’s main town and seaport.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Historic seaside settlement.
Papohaku Beach – One of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.

LANAI

Without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance and privacy away from crowds. Get away from it all at Lanai’s opulent resorts in Hulopoe Bay and Lanai City, see the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, or 4-wheel drive amongst the pine trees along the Munro Trail.

Lanai Highlights:
Hulopoe Bay – Once named America’s Best Beach.
Lanai City – Central town with local shopping and dining.
Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods) – Otherworldly barren landscape.