Surfer Rosa

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  • 24th February
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  • 29th November
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Daydream Destinations: Auluani, A Disney Resort

My late-year (and admittedly last-minute) jaunt to Hawaii may not have happened, but I can still dream about the spots that I was aiming to hit on my tour. Disney’s Auluani is a brand-spanking new resort located on a private cove on the capital island of Oahu. The sprawling property is perfect for families looking for a happy holiday away from home. There are loads of accommodation options (personally I’d opt to stay in a sea-view villa), buckets of activities (I swear I never, ever, jamas surf better than I do in Hawaii) and a rad spa. I know, I know, it may be too much of the Mouse, but honesty, after my sailing on the Disney Dream this spring, I was pleasantly surprised (and pampered) by all of the adult offerings.

Of course, my Hawaiian tour was intended for the day job, which means I would have been checking out all of the wedding options. Did you know that in the 20 years that Disney has been hosting the Happily Ever After Weddings, they’ve married more than 40 thousand couples? Packages are offered on the beach avec or sans arguably the most famous long-term couple.

[photos from Disney]

  • 19th April
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Daydream Destinations: Surf Goddess Retreat, Bali

I’ve got Bali maj on the brain lately. Maybe it is because one of my friends is on a private EPL adventure for a few months on the Indonesian island. And another friend recently tempted me into touring Bali in the fall. (Details on that adventure are still developing.) And while I’m excited to tour temples, lounge on the beach and test out all of those amazing Balinese spas, the adventure that’s really calling my name is a week at the all-women surf camp called Surf Goddess. I attended a surf camp in Mainland Mexico a few years ago to honor a big birthday and it totally changed my life. And now that I’ve got a board, wet suit and all the accoutrement one needs to ride waves, I’m in need of some brush-up tips on form. Taking a week at this laid-back retreat will get my pop-up back in form and my turning moving forward. They provide all the gear, along with yoga classes, yum-o, island fresh meals and my time-away-must have: massages, all in the gorgeous jungle-ringed beaches of Bali. Charge it!

[That’s me in Maui.]