I am a Certified Travel Advisor with 12 years experience advising and booking luxury travel. Travel has always been in my blood. I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, and before I reached the age of six, I had lived in Iraq for 2 years, cruised on an ocean liner from Hilo, Hawaii to Sydney to visit my Australian relatives, and sailed on cruise ships in the Mediterranean. After college, I worked on the American Hawaii cruise ships that sailed the Hawaiian Islands!
And I have continued to travel the world throughout my life. I recently returned from a 10 month trip around the world, that included New York, a Caribbean cruise, New Zealand, Bali, a Thai island cruise, Borneo, Laos, Dubai, all over the United Kingdom, Ireland, Budapest and Lisbon!
This love of travel culminated in my career as a luxury travel advisor which has allowed me the opportunity to work with international clients on hundreds of fantastic trips and cruises around the globe. I have extensive knowledge of the best of the best in major tourist destinations, both in cities and in the countryside, as well as special excursions to exotic destinations well off the beaten path.
My focus is on luxury yacht cruises and planning exotic island vacations. I am especially excited about small ship cruising that offers both adventure and luxury, along with the convenience of an elegant boutique hotel that travels with you to out-of-the way ports you’d never otherwise discover. I also plan complete trips.
I have worked with luxury hotels around the world, I have relationships with the individuals at each hotel who can VIP your stay and can offer amenities at many hotels that provide you with the very best value, no matter your budget.
Friendly and Professional
Thank you Sarah for the excellent service you provided us on our family trip to Honolulu and our stay at the Moana Surfrider Westin Hotel and Spa. We had a wonderful time at that hotel learning to surf on Waikiki Beach. Due to your efforts we enjoyed a free breakfast on their beautiful terrace each morning and an upgraded room with a spectacular view. We would have paid much more for those extras if we had done it ourselves. In total, you made the booking and the planning of the vacation so much easier as you clearly listened to our needs and made great suggestions. Thank you, Sarah.
Frances Donovan, Berkeley, CA
Sarah is the best travel consultant we've used. She is extremely responsive to requests and questions, and given she is very well traveled herself, her recommendations come from personal experience. Through her connections, we most always receive perks and upgrades. Thank you Sarah!
Kevin Gooch & George York, Washington, D.C.
Her friendly and enthusiastic manner is infectious.
Sarah is the best person to help you plan your dream vacation. She comes up with amazing suggestions and advice which have proven to make all the difference time and again. While at the same time she makes the whole headache of getting booked at the right place, for the right price, totally smooth. Since we started working with Sarah, we do not go to any other travel agents. Her friendly and enthusiastic manner is infectious.
Eva Angell, Berkeley, CA
Fantastic Travel Consultant
Sarah is an absolutely fantastic travel consultant. Her recommendations come from her extensive personal knowledge along with her experience and research, and it is always tailored personally to us, based on keeping in mind personal preferences. And she provides this expertise without us even paying her in most cases. In fact, through her connections, we usually receive free perks and upgrades. She is extremely responsive to requests and questions. And her enthusiasm makes her a delight to work with. While it is a trite saying, it really is a no-brainer to use Martiniak Travel.
Mike and Ardith Plimack, Marin, CA
Sarah's love of travel is infectious. She inspired me to take vacations I have been dreaming about for years.
Robert Buch, Los Angeles, CA
Such an exciting trip!
Thanks so much for the VIP treats you got for me at the hotel in Patagonia! This has been such an exciting trip! We leave the beautiful lodge today and travel to Santiago. The people - group leaders as well as other travelers have been phenomenal. I’ll send a few highlights:
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Fay Gallus, Kenwood CA
Larisa brings over 13 years of experience in lifestyle, hospitality and travel public relations. She helped build restaurant, liquor/wine, hotel and various other lifestyle brands. She has brought that experience and expertise to travel advice and planning. As a mom of two young children, she focuses on family travel.
When planning our clients' travel, she strives to create memories by finding the perfect balance of relaxation for parents with fun, safe and enriching experiences for kids. She appreciates the desire to get away for a few days with trips around the Bay Area and California as well as planning for that fantastic vacation. Her most recent family travels sent her to Maui, the Big Island, Oahu, Bora Bora/Moorea, Jamaica, Zihuatanejo, NYC/Brooklyn, the California Coast and Lake Tahoe.
Martiniak Travel is an independent affiliate of Travel Edge - Silicon Valley, a Virtuoso member. Through this affiliation we are preferred partners with a worldwide network of hotel and cruise lines, including grand hotels and resorts such as the Four Seasons throughout the world, and beautiful boutiques, such as the Relais & Chateau hotels. Take a look at the partial list of impressive Preferred Partners. We are based in Berkeley California, but work from wherever we happen to be in the world so that we can provide remarkably responsive service.