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Member Report - Our Trip to Hawaii

Our Trip to Hawaii

Hawaii has been one of my most hidden desires for a long time, which I have connected to a fantasy like “if I win the lottery one day...” The first serious contemplation about the possible travel to on one of the Hawaiian Islands started at the time when Disney’s movie "Lilo & Stitch" appeared. A friend from Los Angeles, who was lucky to travel to the "Aloha State" several times, recommend Maui, the most beautiful of all the Hawaiian Islands in her opinion. This year, as a member of Wholesale Services of America, our dreams finally came true.

While going through Frommer's Maui Guide several times while I was preparing for the journey, it became clear very quickly that the list of all the things we wanted to see and experience was not short. Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island, which is endowed by the nature with exotic beaches, spectacular waterfalls and lush tropical vegetation. Therefore, I immediately decided that we won’t be staying at the resort, but in a smaller hotel, which was centrally located and from where we can make different short trips, to whatever side of the island we set our mind to, every day. Maui Beach Hotel in downtown Kahului immediately seemed as an appropriate choice. Being a member, we were able to save almost half the cost.

Direct flights from Chicago to Kahului, the largest town on the island of Maui, lasted about eight and a half hours. While we were waiting for our luggage, we had the opportunity to see traditional Hawaiian welcome on several occasions - floral wreath donation, which Hawaiians call "lei". I heard that such a welcome at the airport can be pre-ordered, of course, for appropriate cost. Immediately after leaving the airport building, the scent of the sea and flowers was in the air. It made me want to pinch myself, I still thought I was dreaming. Were we really in Hawaii?! This trip used to seem like only a dream, but not this was real! We would never have been able to afford this trip before becoming members.

We took a car, which we planned to keep for all 7 days, at the airport - our short daily adventures around the island would be unimaginable without the necessary vehicle. The ride to the hotel took around ten minutes. While being checked in at the front desk, we recognize the family of four in front of us: they were sitting in a row next to us on the plane. Smiling to each other, we still didn’t know how many times we would meet in the next several days, even on excursions - as if the same person planned our travel programs! Upon entering the room, my friend was a bit disappointed with a view - she did not like that the balcony was overlooking the parking lot and outbuilding next to the hotel at all. I’m not sure if my assurance that it didn’t matter was much helpful, that we would anyway spend the least time in the room, I only know that she was delighted when we were told, at the reception desk, that we would be transferred to a room with a sea view, the next day.

The next day we woke up in the dead of night, because of the time difference, but rested. As soon as the dawn broke, we sat in the car and headed to the south side of the island. Huge difference in the quality of streets is immediately noticed - no holes like in Michigan. Of course, when you don’t sprinkle the salt for 5 months a year! After forty minutes, we arrived at the Wailea Beach, where we intended to spend the day sunbathing and swimming. The beach was a classic copy of the Hawaiian postcards, surrounded by several luxury resorts. Part of the beach in front of the Four Seasons Hotel looked the most attractive to us, so we booked our place under the sun there. From the beach we had a view on the smaller crescent-shaped island, Molokini. Molokini is actually the top of a sunken volcanic crater. Due to the very rich underwater flora and fauna, it is among the 10 most popular scuba diving places in the world.

While we were resting on the hot sand, our attention was drawn to the northern end of the beach, where we saw people coming and watching something on the rocks, every so often. Curiosity took its toll, so we went there, down the paved promenade. The subjects of interest were Hawaiian "sacred stones", stones that the locals consider holy. It is white and its structure reminds of the chorale. We found out later the custom of local fishermen is to offer sacrifices here, with a hope for successful catch. We took a small pebble as a souvenir - I didn’t know if this was allowed at all, in any case no one stopped us. Hawaiian experience is something that cannot be forgotten. The time passed quickly on this beautiful island, but we hope to see it again. Thanks Wholesale Services of America!

-The Dentons

Member Report - San Francisco Museums

San Francisco

I’m a transportation enthusiast – planes, trains, automobiles and everything in between have always held a fascination for me. I booked a trip through my membership with Wholesale Services of America and checked out some cool museums in San Francisco.

San Francisco Railway Museum

So when I visited San Francisco recently, my very first stop was at the San Francisco Railway Museum .Up until the 1950s, practically every city had its streetcar lines, until the car companies got together and persuaded politicians to start focusing on the car driver instead of public transit. But in San Francisco, of course, you can still ride on streetcars and cable cars and the experience is fantastic. The San Francisco Railway Museum, which is open Monday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (excepting during the winter when it’s closed on Mondays) was just one fascinating exhibit after another.
There was only one disappointment – once a month an organization called Market Street Railway offers a trolley tour of San Francisco, featuring a vintage trolley and riding along a historic rail line (or even more than one, depending on the month). I wish I’d done some research on this sooner because I would have adjusted my visit so that I could have taken in the tour.

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum

The San Francisco Railway Museum deals with street cars, so of course I had to visit the Cable Car Museum to immerse myself in the history of these classic “museums in motion.” The very first cable car in San Francisco began running in 1873, and there are three lines still running today (the Powell-Mason, the Powell-Hyde, and California Street Cable Cars).
I didn’t have time to actually ride on one of these cable cars, much as I would have liked to, but I did the next best thing and went to the museum. Among other exhibits are three antique cable cars from the 1870s, including the only surviving car from the very first cable car company running in the city. There’s history for you!
-Mike P.

Member Report - Royal Caribbean Cruise

Member Report - Royal Caribbean Cruise

Hello, I wanted to share my experiment booking a cruise through Wholesale Services of America. Travelling with the Royal Caribbean Cruise line was a unique experience for me. The cruise had everything one needs in a travel and I really enjoyed my days in it. The ship helped me get a nice time at sea. My trip to the Bahamas with the Royal Caribbean Cruise was really special since it was my first travel in a Cruise and also my first trip I booked through WSA. The ship environment was really nice and enjoyable. The ship was in the perfect size for a short cruise and helped me pass my time with various indoor activities. The staff in the ship was very friendly and accommodating. There were great views of nature and sea combined in the balconies of the ship. The quality of ship was awesome and I got best cabin support from them. The onboard activities at the ship were awesome. The food and drinks served fantastic!
This experience really made me a fan of cruising. There are so many beautiful islands in the Caribbean that I would like to explore. I can’t wait to book my next vacation! Wholesale Services of America is a life (and money ) saver!
-Beth

Member Report - Mauritius

Bruce,
Thank you so much for the package! This is our first trip and it's amazing! I wish I found you guys sooner!
Bob and Kathy Roberts

Your Welcome! I hope there are many more to come!
Wholesale Services of America

Member Report - Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort

Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort

This was my first trip book through Wholesale Services of America. Besides the amazing price, the Resort was first class as well. High end service. Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort have a unique charm and structure, the facilities has it owns uniqueness, spacious, and gives you every freedom to keep living life of your own dream, the buildings are so special. Lovely rooms, very clean and stocked with everything I needed, including all toiletries. The rooms were made up nicely and I had bed turn-down service each night, the facilities are build to suit the comfort of their clients. Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is the most magical place I have been to. And of course the people are magical people. Just so talented and beautiful, and lovely This was a beautiful resort with wonderful, kind, helpful and friendly staff everywhere you went. I would definitely be there again with my family. I was impressed by the multitude of activities and resources available to the residents, especially the wellness spa and the garden areas, one of the best. I stayed for a few days and wished I had remained for the rest of the trip. Everything about my stay here was good but a few things stand out. Firstly the hotel staff and their service was outstanding. Without exception the staff took time to talk and anticipated our needs gracefully. They truly made us feel looked after. The second outstanding feature was the restaurant. From main meals to freshly baked pastries in the morning, the kitchen didn't put a foot wrong and served up some of the best food we have had in a long time. This is an above average hotel in all respects Very recommended. - The Comptons

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Comfort, luxury, and style are hallmarks of Sheraton Vistana Resort-Fountains, the ideal home base for any trip to Orlando.

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