I am a Certified Travel Advisor with 15 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.
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.