December 20, 2021 – Incredible weather, beautiful beaches and an aloha vibe make Hawaii a top destination for people from around the world. But we humans aren’t the only ones who love to visit this tropical paradise! Each year, the warm, shallow waters of Hawaii attract humpback whales, or kohola, who come here to breed, calve and nurse their young before heading back to the colder waters of Alaska.
Discover The Stories Behind Each Distinctive Location In The Meritage Collection.
From Napa Valley to Huntington Beach, Austin to Kauai, get insider information on upcoming events and unique offerings, and learn how to make the most of your visit by going behind-the-scenes with the experts.
Best Times for Whale Watching in Kauai
5 Epic Proposal Ideas in Kauai
December 1, 2021 – With its majestic natural surroundings, beautiful sunsets and aloha spirit, Kauai is one of the most romantic places in the world. What better place to ask the biggest question of your life? For those ready to level-up their relationship, we’re sharing our favorite, one-of-a-kind ideas for truly epic proposals on the Garden Isle.
Hybrid Meetings, Pure Productivity
November 9, 2021 – With this shift in how we all do business comes the opportunity to improve hybrid meetings for your guests and treat your attendees to the very best.
Fall Happenings & Spooky Experiences
October 14, 2021 – It’s prime time to celebrate this season of abundance - taste the flavors of the harvest, get a little ghoulish and give thanks for everything that we hold so dear.
Hawaiian Summer Cocktail Recipes
September 8, 2021 – Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn't mean your summer has to end. Here on the garden isle, we believe any time of year is the best time of year to enjoy a tropical cocktail. Hawaiian drinks can transport you to the islands with just one sip. Here are two of our guest favorites. Drink it all in.
Summer Stunners: Our Top Cocktails
August 18, 2021 – It's 5 o'clock somewhere. One of our favorite parts of summer are the moments spent enjoying a delicious summer drink with a friend.
The Adventurer’s Guide to the Garden Isle
August 13, 2021 – Adventurers are always on the hunt for the unusual and exciting and crave explorations into unknown territory. Kauai is their perfect playground with famous natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and aloha spirit that invite escapades. For those who want to go deeper, get off the beaten path, maybe even experience a little adrenaline rush, we’ve gathered the Garden Isle’s most intriguing tours, trips and experiences – each absolutely one-of-a-kind.
Napa-Inspired Culinary Offerings for Your Next Event
August 9, 2021 – In Napa Valley, wine is a way of life. Meritage and Vista Collina Resorts in Napa Valley make it easy for guests to experience the local culture with eight unique tasting rooms conveniently located at Vista Collina Resort.
Mele Kalikimaka: Our Favorite Hawaiian Holiday Traditions
July 27, 2021 – There is something magical about celebrating the holidays on the Hawaiian Islands. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of Elvis’ Blue Hawaii song, or the melodies of Bing Crosbie’s Mele Kalikimaka, or the more recent feels from Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop. Regardless of the why, the islands create tropical holiday traditions unlike anywhere else on earth. That is why we gathered our top five reasons to trade in snowmen for sandcastles this festive season.
Holidays in Summer
July 19, 2021 – Let the merry-making begin with great winter holiday specials.
Hawaiian Hair & Skincare Secrets
July 2, 2021 – Tried & True Hawaiian Hair & Skincare Secrets
Make Family Summer Memories in Happy Hideaways
June 29, 2021 – It’s summertime! It’s time to make indelible, sun-filled memories that your family will remember forever.
Luxe Experiences for the Dad Who Has Everything
June 1, 2021 – From timeless fatherly favorites made modern to unique treats for the papa in your life, we have collected our top one-of-a-kind experiences to celebrate dad and make new lifelong memories with this special guy.
Mother’s Day Experience Round-Up
April 26, 2021 – Mother’s Day is THE day to celebrate that VIP woman in your life. It’s no time to hold back!
Nurture meets Nature with Earth Day Experiences
March 3, 2021 – We’re taking the whole month of April to celebrate our shared home. Join us for Earth-friendly experiences that let you to make a difference while you indulge your spirit.
January 13, 2021 – It's no secret that meditation is good for you. In fact, studies show that avid practitioners enjoy numerous health benefits including relief from insomnia, back pain and PMS, reduced blood pressure and so much more. But for those who have never tried it, it might seem daunting to know where to start. That's why our director of wellness and sustainability, Kenzie Vath, has taken out the guesswork and created three meditation videos to help you slow down and quiet your mind. Commit to just five minutes a day and help melt the stress away.
In-Room Adventures. Fresh New Experiences.
January 11, 2021 – Explore new ways for you to have a new, enriching, indulgent – and safe - experience without even leaving the luxe comfort of your beautiful room (or suite!)
Six-Day Self-Love Reset
January 6, 2021 – Practicing self-love is as easy as trying one of the Six-Day Self-Love Reset’s self-care strategies every day.
Visualization – The Key to Realizing Your Dreams
January 5, 2021 – Visualization is about harnessing the power of those thoughts.
Let Love Rule: Safer Celebrations with Micro-Weddings, Minimonies and More
January 4, 2021 – Whether a palm-lined beachfront, a cozy garden courtyard, or a mountainside with a sweeping vista, outdoor wedding venues have always been desirable.
Last Minute Stocking Stuffers, Gift Ideas & Experiences
December 22, 2020 – Here is few last-minute shopping tips that will guarantee you a spot on the “nice” list.
How to Create Outdoor Meeting Experiences
November 19, 2020 – Activate your senses and creative mindset amidst the sunshine and natural beauty of the Meritage Collection properties.
Holiday Baking 101 – The Meritage Collection Chefs’ Favorite Tips & Tricks
November 10, 2020 – Check out our favorite time-saving tricks, helpful hints and tips to make this season’s bakes the best ever.
Our Pawséa Holiday Gift Guide
November 1, 2020 – It’s no secret we love to pamper pets. There is a reason we were named Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards (humble brag). That is why we rounded up our favorite holiday gifts to give your four-legged bestie for the holidays.
“In the Spirit of Partnership”
October 20, 2020 – “You can judge a person’s character on how they act when things do not go their way”
Be You - Be Beautiful
October 15, 2020 – Mineral Makeup is making headlines everywhere you look today
Top 5 Things to Do on Kauai 2020
October 13, 2020 – According to US News and World Report, the best time of year to visit Kauai is from September to November and we couldn’t agree more. Although there are few days where the highs on the island are below 70 degrees, the fall months are full of picturesque sunny days. Although 2020 has brought many challenges, there are still plenty of things to do. Here are our top 5 things to do on Kauai in the months ahead.
Count Memories and Not Calories with our Executive Chefs' Favorite Desserts
October 13, 2020 – In honor of National Dessert Day, we asked our Executive Chefs what dessert brings back memories and here is what they shared.
FALL SELF CARE
October 12, 2020 – Autumn is a natural time for self-reflection and thankful hearts. It creates awareness for changing of the seasons and with that we shed our summer mind and give in to the cooler comforts of fall. We believe that this is a wonderful time of year for self-care as we prepare for the busy holiday season. Here are a few of our favorite self-love moments to try as we usher in a new equinox.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Superfood Donut Recipe
October 9, 2020 – We're taking Pumpkin Spice Latte season up a notch with this epic Pumpkin Spice Latte Donut Recipe.
Top 20 Resorts in Hawaii: Readers' Choice Awards 2020
October 6, 2020 – Condé Nast Traveler readers rate their top resorts in across the Hawaiian Islands. Ko'a Kea ranks no. 1 on Kauai and no. 5 on all the Hawaiian islands.
Top Travel Technology Trends
October 6, 2020 – What is your tech travel gear? What tech is necessary for the traveler on the go week after week or the monthly traveler?
FALLING FOR FALL: AUTUMN ACTIVITIES
October 5, 2020 – It’s beginning to really feel like autumn, and we could not be more excited! Every season we like to share a list of the hotel happenings you can find across our resorts. If you’re looking for some things to do this fall, here’s a few fun ideas to add to your list.
Laird's Superfood Pumpkin Muffins
October 1, 2020 – "Your taste buds are sure to thank you after enjoying these nutrient-packed pumpkin muffins. they’re perfectly sweet with just a little spice.” -Cate Ritter
Alternative Creamers Taking Over National Coffee Day
September 29, 2020 – It may seem like a simple morning beverage, but the truth is there are thousands of ways to dress up your traditional cup of joe.
NEW BEGINNINGS: THE FALL EQUINOX
September 22, 2020 – Hello Fall! Autumn has arrived with crisp weather in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, apple picking and pumpkin spice lattes at local coffee shops.
Coconut Mojito Recipe
September 16, 2020 – Nothing reminds of the island life quite like a mai tai or a mojito. That's why we wanted to share with you our favorite coconut mojito recipe you can enjoy at home or on your next visit to our resort.
How Meeting Planners Can Get the Most Out of LinkedIn
September 16, 2020 – Let's take a deep dive into LinkedIn, providing usage tips that will help meeting planners get the most out of this social forum.
3 Great Remote Team-Bonding Ideas
September 9, 2020 – Ensuring your team members feel appreciated and connected will help keep your employees happy and your company’s culture alive during this time.
Love Yourself This Labor Day Weekend
September 2, 2020 – Treat yourself to some self-love this Labor Day, from bike rides to hiking trails, to a dip in the pool and enjoying a relaxing bubble bath.
4 Habits of a Healthy Business Traveler
August 20, 2020 – You can thrive while on the road by focusing on four things: Good Nutrition, Hydration, Exercise, and Good Sleep!
Go From Dull Skin To Glowing After Wearing a Face Mask
August 16, 2020 – Sometimes we don’t realize the effect stress has on our skin until the damage is already done. This is where good daily skincare routines can help.
Virtual Meetings, Conferences and Trade Shows Going Viral
August 11, 2020 – With having to avoid face-to-face meetings, our industry is finding ways to move forward and make things happen – one being virtual trade shows.
2020 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
August 4, 2020 – Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
10 Perfect Places to See the Sunset on Kauai
August 1, 2020 – Tiki torches at Sunset
Fun ‘Wellness Connection’ for Meetings of All Size
July 30, 2020 – We are in an ever-changing world and we have to adapt. However, keep in mind you have the power on how you plan to adapt. Meeting groups are getting smaller, going digital and being completely canceled all together. We need to stay connected more than ever to regulate our emotions and promote self-esteem.
MC Master Tips: Pampering Your Pup
July 27, 2020 – When it comes to puppy love, Paséa Hotel & Spa knows a thing or two. From an 1,100 square foot dog park, to in-room dog amenities, and even a pet package which includes a spa day for your pup, this hotel knows how to treat a four-legged traveler. It is no wonder the resort, who embraces the nickname of Paw-séa, was named one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Dog-Friendly Hotels. Join the Paséa Hotel & Spa team for a 10-minute anatomy walk through of your pooch on how to properly give them a massage taught by the expert Aarna Spa therapists.
Cooking with the Collection
July 10, 2020 – Have you been scrolling through Pinterest and overwhelmed with the number of recipes at your fingertips? We’ve been there too! Lucky for all of us, the Meritage Collection has tapped all of their executive Chefs—from Hawaii to California—and they have compiled their favorite recipes (cocktails included!) for you to make at home. Here are new recipes for Meyer Lemon Jam and a cocktail perfect for Summer, from Meritage Resort & Spa Chef Jose Mejia!
5 Ways Your Home Can Make You Feel Better (Right Now)
July 2, 2020 – In a world with lots of uncertainty, a little bit of happiness can go a long way.
Celebrating with the Collection
July 2, 2020 – Celebrations and holidays are a little different this year and this weekend will see less fireworks and block parties than we are used to.
Spa at Home: Unmasking Facial Tips
June 30, 2020 – Unmasking SOS Facial Tips. While wearing a face mask has been this season's must-wear accessory, they can wreak havoc on your skin. We have tips from our pros for a beautiful “unmasking” DIY facial.
Working from Home with Pets
June 26, 2020 – Pets brighten up even the best days. And we know some of you may be working from home still. So, in celebration of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, we are giving you some tips to make your at-home work day with your new coworker, more relaxed and stress-free.
Cooking with the Collection
June 23, 2020 – The Meritage Collection has tapped all of their executive Chefs—from Hawaii to California—and they have compiled their favorite recipes (cocktails included!) for you to make at home. Here is a new chicken dish for you to try from Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort Chef Noelani Planas!
US 101 Road Trip
June 16, 2020 – California was made for road trips and we have created the ultimate coastal guide from Huntington Beach to the sweeping Napa vineyards. We’ve included everything you’ll need to plan your trip including the best foodie stops, most instagrammable spots and even a custom playlist.
Virtual Drinking Games
June 16, 2020 – These days, there’s a tremendous sense of community even if all our connections are happening virtually. Which is why we’ve compiled 10 virtual drinking games to play with friends, colleagues, and family members alike.
Wine Glassware Class & Virtual Tasting
June 10, 2020 – To get the scoop on how exceptional wine glasses help you savor even more of what great Napa wines have to offer, join us and Riedel for a wine glass webinar on Wednesday June 24th, from 5:30PM to 6:30PM PST, in partnership with Trinitas Cellars.
The Oceans Were Made for You and Me
June 8, 2020 – For the many people who don’t live by the ocean it may seem that your daily choices don’t affect our vast waters. But shockingly they do! Our Director of Wellness and Sustainability Kenzie Vath has provided best practices to maintain clean oceans.
hawaiian flavors cooking class
May 29, 2020 – Explore the flavors of the garden isle with native Kauai chef, Noelani Planas. Join the Ko'a Kea team as chef guides you through making flavorful poke bowls and coconut mojitos.
Cooking with the Collection for National Hamburger Day
May 28, 2020 – Life’s new reality: you’re home now for at least a few weeks with your kids, not knowing how to fill time since playdates and outings are limited.
Unplug the Electronics and Plug into Family Time
May 26, 2020 – Life’s new reality: you’re home now for at least a few weeks with your kids, not knowing how to fill time since playdates and outings are limited.
Spa at Home with Items Found in Your Pantry
May 20, 2020 – Looking to relieve stress without leaving the house? We’ve got you. Head to your pantry, grab these items, and then fill up the bath!
Keto Live Cooking Class
May 18, 2020 – Explore the flavors of Napa-Valley with a keto twist. Join Chef Vincent Lesage as he guides you on a light, keto menu to get you ready for those days in the sun, with wine pairings from Trinitas Cellars.
Shapes & Pleasures – Wine Glassware 101
May 13, 2020 – At Meritage Collection, it is no secret we love wine. No, like we really love wine. That is why we put a bottle of Trinitas Cellars Wines from Napa Valley in every single room.
Movies and Milkshakes
May 11, 2020 – Listen up, friends, families and loved ones: You don’t want to miss out on the best milkshake recipes for your next movie night indoors.
Since We Have Some Time...
May 8, 2020 – Trying to stay healthy when our daily activities are limited is rough, no question about it. But try taking this time to look at the positives!
Ways to Give Back - National Nurses Day
May 6, 2020 – In recognition and celebration of National Nurses Day, our Meritage Collection family extends their gratitude and thanks to the nurses and countless healthcare workers on the front lines during this time.
The Art of Staying Busy
May 5, 2020 – Maintain a Zen-state-of-mind while staying indoors. We asked our Area Director of Spa, Brisa Huezo, for tips on the art of staying busy and relaxed while we all stay safely at home.
How to Surprise Mom with Extra Pampering this Mother's Day
April 29, 2020 – A mother’s love is instant and endless; her support, guidance, and affection stay with you your entire life. She celebrates with you during the good times, lifts you up during the bad, and lets you know you are loved every day. Tell her just how much she means to you with a relaxing Mother’s Day surprise.
How to Properly Pair Dinner + Wine for a “Night In,” According to a Certified Sommelier
April 27, 2020 – The Meritage Resort and Spa’s Assistant Director of Food and Beverage and Certified Sommelier, Mike Lee, shares how to best pair dinner with the perfect Trinitas Cellars Carneros Chardonnay or Pinot Noir for a cozy night in, so you can feel like a true wine pro at home.
5 Books to Read for World Book Day
April 23, 2020 – Reading allows us to explore the world without ever leaving our homes. So, in honor of World Book Day, April 23rd, we thought it would be fun to share a book list inspired by our resorts. Whether it’s a beach, garden, island or countryside you’re craving, this list will transport out of your house and on an adventure.
At Home Fitness with Katie Dunlop
April 20, 2020 – Join Katie Dunlop of @LoveSweatFitness as she shows you how to stay active and well in the comfort of your own room or outdoors at our celebrated destinations. Katie is a nationally recognized fitness expert that is well traveled and knows a thing or two about how to stay active on the road. We call this: Love, Sweat, Paséa
Facebook Live: Beach Grilling Class
April 11, 2020 – Chef Prabeen brings his beach side grilling favorites into your home. Join us live from the Huntington Beach as Chef Prabeen Prathapan guides you step-by-step through some HB grilling favorites with wine pairings from Trintas Cellars wines.
5 Zoom Backgrounds to Inspire Your Next Conference Call
April 10, 2020 – As most of us have shifted to working from home with social distancing measures restricting our ability to meet in person, online meetings have become the new normal. So instead of your living room or home office as your backdrop, why not brighten up those virtual meetings for you and your team members with some inspiring views from the beautiful hotels in The Meritage Collection? Sunset by the pool anyone?
10 Bucket-List Attractions Without Leaving Home
April 5, 2020 – Have you been daydreaming of walking through the tropical gardens of Hawaii? Always wished you could take a trip to Italy, to marvel at Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel? Perhaps you’d even like to spend an afternoon enjoying the sight of frolicking giant pandas at San Diego’s famed zoo? Now, you can turn daydreams into reality without leaving your own couch.
Facebook Live: Easter Brunch Cooking Class
April 2, 2020 – We will miss our guests' smiling faces this year for Easter brunch so we wanted to do something special for you to enjoy at home. Join us live from the Napa Valley Food & Wine Center as Chef Mackenzie Rupp guides you step-by-step through a home made Easter dinner with wine pairings from Trintas Cellars wines.
DIY SPA DAY FROM THE PROS
April 1, 2020 – Looking for a way to add a little relaxation and Zen time into the household? Normal life can get so hectic that we sometimes let those small, yet most precious, moments slip away from us. That is why during this time, it’s important to enjoy every moment and take advantage of being with your loved ones--but in a blissful way, of course! That’s why our Spa Director, Brisa Huezo, (a hard-working mom of three) is spilling the details on how to curate the perfect spa day at home for the family.
COUCHELLA A.K.A HOW TO PARTY TOGETHER IN A TIME OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
March 26, 2020 – Stay connected and be social with your friends and family.
How to Organize Your Home Office to Boost Productivity
March 24, 2020 – “In its highest and purest form, good Feng Shui signifies perfect alignment between inner and outer worlds.” - Lada Ray
Finding the ‘Golden’ Lining: International Day of Happiness!
March 19, 2020 – We created a short list of a few items you can do to increase your positive psychology.
Romantic Spa Escapes for Valentine’s Day
January 14, 2020 – Whisk your love away for a Valentine’s Day weekend you’ll never forget.
Top California & Hawaii Wedding Destinations
December 15, 2019 – The holidays are one of the most popular times of year to pop the question.
12 Days of Christmas Travel Deals
November 29, 2019 – Treat yourself to some end-of-year cheer with incredible Christmas travel deals from the one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts of The Meritage Collection.
Experience Your Destination Like a Local With DISCOVERY
October 25, 2019 – Your DISCOVERY membership is free, and joining is quick and easy. Uncover a world that few get the opportunity to explore, join today.
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award Winners
October 7, 2019 – Condé Nast Traveler readers have spoken! Two of the remarkable hotels and resorts within the Meritage Collection portfolio of properties have been selected as 2019 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award winners.
Travel Savings with AAA, AARP, and DISCOVERY
September 13, 2019 – Getting away to the world’s most idyllic destinations doesn’t have to break the bank. Book your next California or Hawaii vacation today with your AAA, AARP or DISCOVERY membership.
“Crushing” on Napa Valley During Harvest Season
August 26, 2019 – Napa Valley is undeniably beautiful year-round, but there’s nothing quite like a visit during Harvest Season.
Sweet Deals for End-of-Summer Escapes
August 11, 2019 – Labor Day getaway? Enjoy last-minute summer vacation deals in some of California and Hawaii’s most breathtaking destinations.
Epic California & Kauai Surfcations
July 26, 2019 – Sun, sand, sea – that’s all you really need for the perfect surf getaway.
Holiday Parties to Remember in Unforgettable Destinations
July 12, 2019 – What really makes a holiday company party unforgettable? Location, location, location.
Make the Most of Your Three-Day Getaway
June 30, 2019 – Three-day weekends are made for getaways. Make yours unforgettable – escape to one of extraordinary hotels and resorts of The Meritage Collection.
Summer Fun in California & Hawaii
June 11, 2019 – Make this summer one to remember in iconic California and Kauai destinations. Don’t forget your sunscreen, shades, and sense of adventure.
Sun, Sand, Sips…Last-Minute Staycations Done Right
May 30, 2019 – Why travel when you can plan an unforgettable vacation practically in your backyard?
Dream Destinations to Retie the Knot
May 17, 2019 – Your love story is like no other. Celebrate it and start the next chapter with an unforgettable vow renewal ceremony in an exceptionally beautiful California or Hawaii destination.
Sun. Sand. Sweet Memories.
April 29, 2019 – Leave the schedules and stress behind when you escape to a breathtaking California or Hawaii beachside destination with your beloved.
Spectacular Ways to Celebrate Mom
April 16, 2019 – From an unforgettable brunch in beautiful Napa Valley to luxurious spa treatments in sunny Huntington Beach and Kauai.
Beyond the Conference Room…
April 1, 2019 – Long gone are the days of team meetings in stuffy conference rooms. Today’s meeting planners seek vibrant, educational experiences for their attendees, and the Meritage Collection delivers.
Culinary Getaways to Remember
March 15, 2019 – Add a little zest to your next getaway. The tempting hotels and resorts of the Meritage Collection offer unforgettable culinary experiences – from hands-on cooking classes in Napa Valley to sublime seafood in Kauai.
Spring Break Getaway…Redefined
March 4, 2019 – The luxurious hotels and resorts of the Meritage Collection offer idyllic spring escapes from California to Kauai.
Stay Well, and Thrive, While on the Road
February 4, 2019 – The right environment is key to maintaining inner peace and wellbeing while away from home.