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The world is a colourful and exciting place to explore!  Here we bring you travel stories and news from our regular newsletters - adventurous, picturesque or even outlandish tastes of worldwide travel destinations.

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GERARD EXPLORES CLUB MED BALI

Earlier this month I headed up to Bali to road test Club Med Bali. From the loud and crowded arrivals area at the airport through to the scooter-infested roads and traffic mayhem, Bali is a crazy place which quickly has you looking forward to going through the gates of the nearest resort.

So behind the gates how does Club Med measure up? Read my report here.

GERARD EXPLORES CLUB MED BALI

INSIDE TEAM NEW ZEALAND

We are just two races away from Victory in the America’s Cup. As some of you know I was up in San Francisco for the start of racing in the Louis Vuitton series. While we were there we were lucky enough to spend a few days down at the Team NZ base – a very inspirational experience! Naturally I took a few photos and thought you may like to see inside the team base and read about the experience.

Read more about my Team New Zealand visit here

INSIDE TEAM NEW ZEALAND
Half a week in Hong Kong

"In the space of a mere three days, a slothful , thrifty, shy, careful me was compelled to run, shop, tai chi and eat my way around a city that proved an absolute delight. Hong Kong was served up on a platter thanks to a quick bite-sized trip on an extended weekend trip. Here's how to do it..."

A Tour of the Majestic Pacific Pearl

A couple of weeks ago we were able to take clients on a tour of the Pacific Pearl. One of our guests Rio Faleafa is an 8 year old ship spotter. He is so keen on ships and cruising that his cat was named Edward Smith after the Captain of the Titanic! So we decided to take him on a cruise ship for the first time!

On board the Queen Elizabeth

Michele writes of her memorable experience sailing on the majestic Queen Elizabeth from Auckland:
"The first person I saw was Elizabeth Taylor.  She was there along with stars of yesteryear – Janet Gaynor, Robert Mitchun, Alfred Hitchcock.  Winston Churchill even had an appearance peering from the walls over the intimate cluster of leather chairs in the serenity of the cigar room... "

JILL & JUDY'S FABULOUS AFRICA ADVENTURE

Earlier this year our Jill and Judy Bailey have got together to plan a fabulous exploration of Africa. Jill has travelled on safari in Africa several times and lived in Southern Africa for a while years ago. Judy has travelled to Africa previously with World Vision to see their projects. 
 

20-something and exploring the USA

Michele's niece Jenna heads to the USA:
"In 2011, a friend and I decided we would travel to America together with the idea of partying, eating and pretty much having the time of our lives. Enter: Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel. I received an email from Michele with a flight special that was too good to refuse. Ideal flight path + ideal price = paid and confirmed trip for two AKL-LAX-JFK-SFO-AKL a week after receiving that initial email."

Pacific Pearl 2011: Gerard & Michele's Cruise Report

On January 19th, Gerard and Michele sailed out from Auckland with sons Josh and Nick on an 8 night family cruise aboard P&O's Pacific Pearl.  See the photos and read about their impressions of their South Pacific cruise...

Michele Murphy in Beijing

Watch out Peter Jacskon! We recently sent Michele on a three night dash to Beijing to check things out. Travelling with a friend, another Michelle, they managed to resist the shops – so they said – and got out and experienced the city.  Highlights were The Great Wall and The Forbidden City and the just the sheer size and rush that is Beijing.

Of course Michele is happy to talk about her trip and offer travel advice from her experience at any time.  She took the video camera and with her new-found filmmaking skills has personally shot, edited and added the soundtrack to give you a brief Beijing experience! 

Tonia discovers paradise in Fiji

"It's not a holiday" protests Tonia, when teased about her recent trip to Fiji to check out around 20 of the best resorts in Fiji for weddings.  Going the extra mile to collect first-hand information for her clients, Tonia braved hair-raising speedboat transfers to outer island resorts, balanced out with three massages in one week and an unrecollectable number of cocktails!

Read more about Tonia's impressions of top Fiji resorts here and contact her for the full story - tonia@bonvoyage.co.nz or 09 368 6804

Maison de Bibby - Boutique accommodation in Martel, France

Have you ever dreamed of packing up, relocating to a medieval village in France and immersing yourself into the French lifestyle?

Our lovely client Anna did just that and in the space of two short years has opened her own boutique bed and breakfast in the beautiful village of Martel...

Tonia explores the resorts of Vanuatu

Two years on from my interrupted visit to Vanuatu I finally got back there this month.  With 20 resort inspections over 6 days in temperatures averaging 36 Degrees it was a busy time but very rewarding….. and I made it home without a broken ankle!

Divert to Daylesford (Victoria, Australia)

Initially some rellies expressed disappointment that the wedding wasn’t next to a shopping mall in Melbourne city, but all of us fell in love with Daylesford within minutes of our arrival by charter bus from the airport...

Badminton, bicycles and beaches in Vietnam

‘Try something new everyday!’  While living in Hue, Vietnam, for 3 weeks in April this became the mantra for Tamra and her 8 year-old daughter – easy enough to do in such a vibrant city with surprises everywhere! 

10 Things to do in Rarotonga

Whether you're planning a wedding, romantic getaway or even a family holiday in Rarotonga, here is a handy 'Top 10 Things To Do" list that will help you to make the most of your visit to this piece of paradise in the Cook Islands.

 

Tonia rediscovers Rarotonga, 2014

Read about Tonia's recent trip to Rarotonga. While her main mission was to check out new and some old favourite resorts, reviews their wedding package offers and most importantly bring back more fantastic offers along with her recommendations, here she provides some intersting information for anyone planning a trip to the beautiful Raro, including must-do's-and-see's.