Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 10, 2007

MONTAGE HOTELS & RESORTS has acquired 122 acres at the Princeville Resort on Kauai. The company has no immediate plans for development, although a five-star Montage property is anticipated for the panoramic site overlooking Hanalei's bay and mountains. The acreage includes several historic remains that are likely to be restored. Montage Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotelier and resort management company with properties in Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills, Calif. Properties in Park City, Utah; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and the Bahamas are all scheduled to open by 2010.

TROPICAL VILLA VACATIONS is partnering with travel agents, offering Web-based support in selling to the luxury market and paying commissions of 10% to 15%. The company serves as property manager and/or rental agent for nearly 60 luxury vacation homes and villas in Hawaii, including beachfront estates and resort villas priced at $3,500 to $70,000 per week. Tropical Villas also provides complimentary concierge services customized to the needs of individual guests. Call (888) 875-2818 ext. 205, or visit www.tropicalvillavacations.com.

ROBERTS HAWAII has added backroads tours on Oahu and Maui. The Upcountry Maui tour includes stops at a lavender farm. The Back Roads of Maui tour includes a visit to the Surfing Goat Dairy, where cheese is the specialty, followed by a visit to the Tedeschi Vineyards and the Ulupalekua Ranch. The Haleakala Sunrise tour features a breakfast stop at the dairy. Back Roads on Oahu visits farms and plantations to sample pineapple and other crops. Visit www.robertshawaii.com.

AQUA HOTELS & RESORTS has renamed the Ocean Tower Hotel as the Hotel Renew. The Waikiki property is the first hotel in Aqua's new Elite brand.

TRAVEL HAWAII maintains a database to keep visitors and travel agents abreast of resort construction that might potentially impact their choice of a booking. Visit www.travel-hawaii.com/hawaii_hotel_construction.html.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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