Hilton Waikoloa Package Even Wows the Diva


Your Diva on the Go is always a bit dubious about  hotel “packages.” Many just aren’t as good as they sound. However, the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii, is offering an enticing deal guaranteed to save you a bundle. I’m on it.
For only $399 per room nightly two can live large with  daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel (even romantic room service), and a meal  “off campus” at any of the fine restaurants spread out in the charming Waikoloa Village thrown in. 

My husband Richard and I have stayed at Hilton Waikoloa Village many times and love  the spacious accommodations with their luscious lanais overlooking the blue Pacific.   Your  pamper-pursuing Diva however really digs the spa with a fully-equipped fitness center and salubrious treatments. Once we splurged on romantic seaside rub which took place in a quaint thatched roof hut overlooking the sea.  The sweetly scented plumeria and other tropical blossoms filled the  balmy air and set the mood for the theraputic/relaxing massages. We could hardly walk back to our suite after.  

We also like walking around the  nearby shops and sampling all the fun restaurants like the Water’s Edge,  Imari, Lagoon Grill and Boat Landing Pavilion, Orchid
Marketplace, Roy’s and more.  
As is common with specials  Restrictions Apply:

Offer can’t be combined with any other program or discount, three-night stay required, valid through March 31, 2010. * Cannot be combined with any other program or discounts.  Minimum three night stay required.  Valid from July 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.  Blackout dates: Dec. 20-31, 2009. Beverages included, but Alcohol excluded. Kirin & Kimo Bean excluded. Dinner includes up to three courses per person, with a maximum of one entrée as a course. To book the Inclusive Exclusive Package at Hilton Waikoloa Village or for more information visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com  or call 1-800-HILTONS.  Use booking code P2.

                                                   About Hilton Waikoloa Village
 Hilton Waikoloa Village a 62-acre Pacific resort offers housing 1,240 attractive  guest rooms with views of  Waiulua Bay  features three fresh-water swimming pools; an ocean-fed snorkeling lagoon; waterfalls and waterways; locally inspired treatments at the Kohala Spa; Dolphin Quest educational center; nine dining outlets; a Museum Walkway; Camp Menehune children’s program; Legends of the Pacific Luau; an 18-hole seaside putting course and expansive tennis complex.

Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Resort offers a wealth of diversions from cultural to nautical. You can snokel, scuba, swim,  learn to hula or play the ukulele lessons, head out on  historic Petroglyph tours or play golf on  two championship courses.


The Diva Goes to Spago for Restauant Week Special

The Dining Diva at Spago Beverly Hills
The Dining Diva at Spago Beverly Hills

My husband and I love Spago but not the prices, so when we heard they were part of DineLA Restaurant Week and offering a  $28 price fixed three course menu, we jumped at the opportunity to go back.

It was all good save for a little creative accounting with our check. While the triple course menu is listed at $28, when the tab came there were four  added $1 for this and that which confused us.  The captain explained that is was “internal” accounting, but geez Louise, can’t you do this behind the scenes.
That aside, we loved our meals: Proscuitto and Burrata Mozzarella with roasted pears, old Balsamic and Micro Arugula Salad (me), Maine Lobster and Spinach Raviolini with confit cherry tomatoes, basil and shellfish butter (Richard, my husband), Pan-Roasted Chatham Cod with cranberry bean ragout, pancetta, wild mushrooms and mascarpone emlusion (both of us and man was it delicious).spago foodWe washed it all down with a feisty Ramey Chard, and ended with a platter of dreamy cookies and an apple caramel upside down cake.
You have until Friday Oct. 16, 2009 to eat at Spago for less–or at any of the other 250 participating DineLA Restaurant Week restaurants (www.dineLA.com/RestaurantWeek
www.wolfgangpuckrestaurants.com.  If you’re into star-spotting by the way Spago’s the spot, this is celebrity central any day of the week especially on Fridays.
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The Diva Does Spa Luce at the Hollywood Renaissance

mona illustrrationIllustration by Mona Safer Edwards

The Divaonthego is off to sample the year old Spa Luce at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa. I’ve booked 80 minute couple’s massages for my husband Richard and I. I will be reviewing the spa so come back on Tuesday for a full report.

It does sound devine, 6400 square feet of  luxury with  “celebrity-inspired”  treatments and top quality creams and elixirs from Sonya Dakar Skincare, Somme Institute and Red Flower. 

They also have a Red Carpet Spa Package designed for you know who..that includes an overnight in deluxe view room, wine and truffles on arrivl, 80 minute anit gravity facial, mani, pedi, two Martinis, breakfast for two and valet parking. 

A la carte pampering possibilities include a 5-part Japan Ritual massage which employs therapeutic flower oils, furit essences and minerals from earth and sea.  Apparently you’re purified with yuzu mimosa sea algae, deeply scrubbed with gingergrass, polished with nutrient rich rice bran and hydrated with rose, camellia and plum. My goodness it sounds exotic and yummy.  The grand finale is a shiats rub with kinmoxei wild lime silk oil that wakens you back up.

If you need cleansing the Hammam Ritual is another 5 part session which starts with a cleansing of Moroccan mint tea nd silt, then a vigorous scrubbing with coffee, oile stones and fresh lemons and a wrap in rich rhassoul clay. Hmmmm. Then you get a Turkish massage of cardamon, jasmine,bergamot, amber and cloves. What will they think of next.  Sound pretty herbacious to me.

Hey I’ve been spa trekking for years and pretty much have had everything done to me, tried on me and explained to me.  So I am really looking forward to a simple 80 minutes of salubrious massage side by side with my honey. I think they throw in a Martini and a whirlpool. Not sure. I’ll let you know.

The Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa at Hollywood and Highland Center, 1755 N. Highland Avenue, 323-856-1200, www.renaissancehollywood.com.

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