Oh, the places you'll stay...

From private villas and six-star resorts
to boutique hotels and lush jungle lodges,
experience the luxury vacation
you truly deserve in the
world’s best hideaways...

Where, as a VIP guest, you’ll qualify for
special discounts on your accommodation
(often as much as 50% off) and be treated to
members-only freebies (like dinner for two
at the beach, a pair of theater tickets,
or a private golf lesson)...

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Can you remember the last time you had a special vacation?


Free spa treatments…
private cruises…discover the
world's best hideaways as a VIP guest…

I’m talking about a total get-away-from-it-all break in an exotic, out-of-the-ordinary location where you got to spend every day exactly as you pleased and were made to feel like a VIP at every moment...

Where you awoke in the morning to the gentle sound of lapping waves and the swishing of coconut palms (not the guy in the next room blasting up his TV set)...

Where the toughest decision you had to make the entire trip was whether to get smothered in cocoa oils at the onsite spa or, instead, join a small-party cruise around the bay to watch the sun set beneath the waves (all free, by the way, as part of your exclusive deal)...

Where, before you even landed, you never had to worry about the standard of your private beachfront villa, because you knew -- from your trusted travel informers and planners -- that you’d find only the most comfortable surroundings and have everything you needed -- to relax, explore, and have fun -- close at hand...

And where you didn't have to worry that you were paying over the odds...

In fact, as a VIP guest, you paid as much as 50% less than your fellow guests to stay at your little slice of paradise.

Welcome to a whole new travel experience --
full of perks and privileges

If you’re shaking your head -- thinking that this type of experience is reserved for celebrities and the jet-set only -- then now is the time to change the way you plan your vacations.

Now is the time to set yourself up to enjoy the travel perks and privileges you really deserve.

That way, come next vacation, you could be:

  • Enjoying the wind-in-your-face freedom that comes from zipping across the water to your private island escape...where in-room phones and televisions are sacrificed for maximum tranquility (and cell phones are even forbidden within earshot of other guests)...


Enjoy the trip of a lifetime…
every time you travel…
  • Swimming, snorkeling, sinking your toes in soft white sand, or searching for that special shell along miles and miles of forgotten beach...

  • Meandering past vineyards, farms, and timeless villages, sipping the local vintage and swapping stories with a handful of like-minded travelers aboard your intimate floating hotel...

  • “Glamping” (that’s camping of the glamorous kind) under the stars at a 6,000-acre ranch nestled between mountain peaks, before waking to cast a fly into a trout-filled stream (you’re almost guaranteed a catch for breakfast)...

  • Clanking through Alpine villages and spectacular scenery on a romantic European train journey, stopping off at a palace here, a coffee house there, and taking in a theatrical performance in the evening...

Yes, these types of experiences -- and a whole lot more -- are possible.

But you won’t stumble upon them all by yourself...

Your vacation, your way...

I understand the effort that goes into trying to organize a trip to somewhere new -- whether it’s within the confines of your own state borders or beyond U.S. shores.

This is your vacation time. You want to do it right...and have things your way.

But planning it all by yourself is tough. And especially tough when you want to find a special place where you can escape the tourist droves and cookie-cutter hotel rooms and instead be made to feel like family...or better, royalty... and not just another dollar-waving tourist.


See the best this world
has to offer with help from
a privileged circle of
in-the-know travelers.

After hours searching for the ultimate vacation experience...sifting through travel brochures...trawling through websites...being distracted by special offers...getting lost in traveler reviews...you finally take your chances and book something you hope will do.

Well, no more...

If you’ve had enough of taking a gamble on your vacation destination and worrying about what surprises might await at the other end (remember, not all five- or even six-star resorts are created equal) -- and would appreciate the insights and help from travelers who’ve been searching the world for the most luxurious hideaways for decades (and negotiating discounts and perks along the way) -- then I have the perfect solution for you...

In fact, this solution has been around since 1979, though enjoyed only by a privileged circle of in-the-know travelers. People, like you, who expect more from their vacations...who appreciate that vacation time is a special time when you should be made to feel like a VIP...

I’m talking about the Hideaways Aficionado Club, where, on becoming a member, you will:

  • Get exclusive publications packed with insider reports and tips -- from well-traveled Hideaways staff writers and fellow members -- on the best little vacation spots in the world (start reading just one newsletter and watch your destination wish-list grow!)...as well as special deals -- many exclusive to Hideaways Aficionado Club members only...

  • Have a Hideaways staff expert at hand to help you plan a trip that fits with your personal requirements...

  • Get to stay at luxury accommodation, but pay less than rack rate (again, up to 50% off and sometimes more)...

  • Be treated as a VIP guest and offered special gifts to help you get the most out of your vacation (from a complimentary dinner for two to a 90-minute spa treatment)...


With the Hideaways Aficionado Club, it's VIP treatment all the way…
all over the world…

With the Hideaways Aficionado Club, it’s VIP treatment all the way. In fact, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation long before you pack a bag...

You can rely on somebody else to seek out the best destinations around the world (including the United States)... and help plan your itinerary and make your booking, saving you hours of research and stress.

And, all throughout your vacation, you’ll feel like a star...getting to experience parts of the world that others only dream about...enjoying special privileges (like early check-in and late check-out)...not to mention your members-only gifts...

You’ll return with so many special memories. Just imagine the stories you’ll tell... Not that you travel to impress your friends. But let’s just say you won’t be stuck for conversation at your next dinner party or cocktail evening...

"We joined in 1979 and have stayed at Hideaways properties at least once (usually twice) a year since. From Hawaii to Costa Rica, New Orleans to Greece, Jamaica to London, and Paris to Italy, [Hideaways] provided the means for us to create a lifetime of memories."

-- Nick and Joanna V., IL
From hammock to treetop:
you choose the pace...

Luxury and comfort are important for members of the Hideaways Aficionado Club, yes.

But this doesn’t mean that you must sway in your hammock 24/7 and be waited on hand and foot (though that option is available, too).


Ultimate luxury…
at seriously discounted rates…
for members only…

Sometimes you want a highly-charged, adrenalin-pumping adventure. Other times, you just want some R&R...

Even when your trip is more for business than pleasure, wouldn’t you appreciate somewhere special to wind down at the end of a busy day? Or maybe add on a few days to your work trip for some chill-out time...or pure adventure...

At Hideaways, all options are catered for -- and with total luxury in mind.

Here’s just a taste of the kind of special experiences you can enjoy as a Hideaways Aficionado Club member (all of these opportunities have been shared with club members in the past):

  • Wake up to smell the coffee at an organic coffee plantation where you can climb the nearby volcanoes, horseback ride, and even help in the picking, processing, and roasting of the local coffee...taking some home to brew later...

  • Take an aerial tram through tropical rainforest to spot monkeys, sloths, macaws, toucans, iguanas, and other exotic creatures hanging about in their natural habitat...

  • Visit the locals on a remote Chinese island and take part in a tea ceremony where you sip your way through three courses of bitter, sweet, and spicy teas -- and hear the background of how each one represents a different stage of life...

  • Indulge your “inner pirate” by climbing to the crow’s nest (with a safety harness), then sink back into a cozy sofa to take in the bird’s-eye view from your Caribbean cruiser...

  • Take a horse-drawn carriage to one of America’s most prestigious resorts...where the porter will greet you by name and your entertainment options include everything from falconry to trap-shooting, on-site shopping to off-road driving (this place even has its own clinic)...


Private villa…private pool…
private beach…
  • Stay at a small island of 14 private villas (with a choice of 14 private, white-sand beaches)... where the entire “island family” comes out to greet you on arrival and your villa is manned with its own “mama” to look after you during your stay...making you picnics for those private beach escapes...

  • Have your body treated with cocoa oils and balms while staying at a “Cocoa Cottage” in the Caribbean (at a resort owned by two top London chocolatiers). You’ll also get to take part in the cocoa harvest, find out about the production of chocolate, and have fun cooking up chocolate concoctions in the hotel’s kitchen...

  • Trade in those trusted golf carts (with GPS systems) back home for leather-faced caddies (with wonderful wit) in the British Isles. This is golf as it once was played -- without all the trappings of luxury. (The luxury is all in the accommodation here, you see, as this is one of the world's most impressive golf hotels.)…

Again, you’ll read about these special places in your members-only communications. And, once you’re a member, all of these resorts, cruises, and adventures -- and lots more -- can be booked with help from a Hideaways Travel Specialist.

Your passport to luxury (at a special price)

And the great news is that, right now, as a Live and Invest Overseas Reader, you can join the Hideaways Aficionado Club at a generously discounted price.

You won’t find this offer available anywhere else around the web, by the way. It’s exclusive to readers of my e-letter, as a gesture from the folks at Hideaways who I’ve known and worked with for more than 10 years.

More about how you can join the ranks of this privileged travel circle (and avail of your special reader discount) in a moment.

But first, I’d like to give you a quick run-down of the full benefit package that awaits...

As I’ve mentioned, the Hideaways Aficionado Club has been around a while. More than three decades, in fact. And, all that time, the folks at Hideaways have been seeking out the world’s best (and often tucked away) resorts, hotels, villas, cruises, and adventures -- that are off the radar of most tourists -- and putting their valued members onto them.

So, how exactly do they communicate all their findings, tips, and secrets to members?

Well, it’s all through the Hideaways collection of newsletters, e-letters, and website services...

Membership Benefit #1: Hideaways Life newsletter

Every two months, you’ll get a copy of Hideaways Life directly to your door. The full-color print newsletter is Hideaways’ signature resource. It shares in-depth information on the world’s most exceptional destinations. Every recommendation is sourced from Hideaways’ staff, ambassadors, and members, and each issue is packed with:

  • Travel reports from the field (candid, first-hand insights from Hideaways staff and fellow members) of top-class travel, including adventure trips, cruises, tours, and places of private luxury...

  • Details of special deals at lodgings around the world...


Another VIP luxury adventure
awaits tomorrow…
  • Up-to-date reviews of both new additions to -- and old favorites from -- “The Hideaways Collection” (a treasure-trove of special accommodation)...

  • Feedback from members -- just like you -- on their trips. Again, these folks tell it like it is, rating their accommodation and offering more insights so that, should you follow their footsteps, you can get the most from your experience.

And, if you just can’t wait for the mailman, you can always take a sneaky look at the issue, a little ahead of delivery, at the website. More on your members-only website features below...

Membership Benefit #2 - Timely travel updates and offers

Between issues of your print newsletter, you’ll be sent news through regular e-letters, including:

  • Hideaways Life: Insider: This monthly e-newsletter highlights timely travel advice from Hideaways’ panel of experts; shares the “Hideaways Take” on breaking travel news and trends; offers behind-the-scenes insight into featured destinations and escapes; details exclusive-to-Hideaways travel deals; and more…
  • Hideaways Life: TopX: This monthly e-newsletter reveals Hideaways’ top list of the best in travel, from villas to family vacations, plus candid reports from Hideaways’ staff, ambassadors, and members…
Meet Mike Thiel --
Professional Traveler and Founder of the
Hideaways Aficionado Club

Mike Thiel, President and Founder of Hideaways International, has spent a lifetime living and traveling the globe, and the last 30 years as a professional traveler seeking out its most unique vacation experiences. He's seen the world from a hot-air balloon, turn-of-the-century steam train, luxury cruise ship, vintage DC-3, and even dogsled.

Thiel's extensive journeys and distinctive travel finds are the essence of the Hideaways Aficionado® Club. Discerning travelers seeking unique vacation experiences join Hideaways to access his travel expertise, discerning taste, and eclectic discoveries from around the globe.

Hideaways grew out of Thiel's yearnings for the villa vacation life and far-from-the-masses travel experiences. A natural-born wanderer, Thiel has lived and traveled extensively overseas, first as the son of a United States Diplomatic Corps officer and later as a management consultant for the oil and gas industry.

In the days when only the rich, famous, and well-connected were privy to the secrets of private villa vacations in the Caribbean, Europe, and other parts of the world, Thiel envisioned a villa matchmaking service that would link travelers and vacation homeowners. And so, in 1979, he founded Hideaways International. An outspoken advocate of the villa vacation experience, Thiel was dubbed "Mr. Villa Vacation" by travel writer Arthur Frommer. Since 1979, Thiel has brought the best of his experiences at villas, hotels and resorts, cruises, and specialty tours to those who seek the best travel and want to know more, get more, and travel better.

Membership Benefit #3 - The Hideaways website: Your portal to the world’s best luxury breaks

As well as the news and insights provided in these regular publications, you’ll find even more at the Hideaways website. Once you join the Hideaways Aficionado Club, you’ll have immediate access (via the website) to:

  • Details of special breaks that match your own interests (based on the information you provide in your member area of the site).

  • Access to back issues of newsletters and articles. Join today and you’ll be able to delve into the past five years of Hideaways newsletter recommendations and insights on havens around the world.

  • Access to special reports to help you get the best out of your travels... If you’re not already a cruising advocate, for example, the insights provided by the special cruise report may just open you up to a whole new vacation experience...

  • Browse the Hideaways portfolio (“The Hideaways Collection”) of luxury properties across the world.

Did I mention the freebies?

Because the staff at Hideaways has been visiting (and returning again and again to) the world’s best hideouts all this time, they’ve been able to build and nurture friendships at these special places. Which brings me to...

Membership Benefit #4: Discounts at top resorts

As a Hideaways Aficionado Club member, you’ll be made aware of deals at special resorts around the world -- places that meet the high expectations of both Hideaways staff and members like you. And, often these deals are exclusive to Hideaways Aficionado Club members only.


Special deals at special places all around the world…exclusive to
Hideaways Aficionado Club
members…

For example, members were recently offered a “Summer Bonus Nights” deal at a Thai resort on a seven-mile-long stretch of white sand in one of Founder Mike Thiel’s favorite settings...

By booking a minimum of two nights here, they got the same number of nights free. So, staying for 10 nights on the shores of the Andaman Sea got you another 10 nights free. And, there was complimentary breakfast with sparkling wine every morning.

"We saved over $1,500 by working with Hideaways. We will call you again when we are ready for our next trip."

-- J. & K. Risdal, MO

Membership Benefit #5: Members-only perks


Check in early, check out late,
get upgraded to a suite
at no charge…

I mentioned “The Hideaways Collection” above. It’s a group of hotels, resorts, and other retreats around the globe that Hideaways staff has recognized as extra-special -- and where staff will go the extra mile to make Hideaways Aficionado Club members feel like royalty...

All the places that make it into “The Hideaways Collection” offer you, as a respected club member, a gift during your stay...something to make you feel even more like a VIP...

Freebies being offered to members right now include:

  • Two tickets to the London Royal Academy of Arts...and a fruit platter in your room...

  • Complimentary breakfast for two throughout your stay...

  • A credit of US$100 to spend on food and drink at one of Scotland’s best golf resorts...

  • A bottle of Prosecco or a couple’s massage when you stay on the Caribbean island of Grenada...

  • A private golf lesson for two AND a 25-minute reflexology massage in Costa Rica...

  • A specially prepared house tea, for everyone in your party, in “the Switzerland of South America”...

  • A three-hour sunset cruise in the Caribbean...

  • A private dinner for two at the beach on a Mexican island...

  • A 90-minute hands-on Bahamian cooking class for two -- preparing conch and other local fish -- and discovering the history of local dishes...

Another perk of being a Hideaways Aficionado Club Member is that you’ll often find yourself upgraded to a superior room, suite, villa or cabin...and be able to check in early and check out late...

"We got the Hideaways member-only upgrade from a Seafront Cottage...to a two-bedroom villa upon arrival without even having to ask. "

-- Samuel T., LA

Membership Benefit #6: Worry-free travel with full planning assistance

Sometimes only an exotic, out-of-the-ordinary destination will satisfy your travel yearnings.

And, when those travel desires go well beyond the do-it-yourself approach, it helps to have the services of a knowledgeable travel planner. Someone who can tap into their global network and put together a highly-personalized private or small-group tour that caters to your interests, your “must-see” list, and your particular travel budget...

On becoming a Hideaways Aficionado Club member, you’ll have access to Hideaways International’s in-house boutique travel agency, where the staff are standing by to help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

All Hideaways Travel Specialists have visited -- or are highly trained on -- the destinations they book. Once they know your personal interests and needs, they’ll be able to recommend the best accommodation, side-trips, tours, and activities for you.

Here’s how some Hideaways Aficionado Club members rate the service:

"Hideaways maintains one of the most talented and gracious groups of telephone reservationists that I, for one, have ever encountered."

-- Arthur Frommer
"Thanks to Kathy. She was the only responsive travel agent I contacted. I was beginning to think independent travel had died! I will remember her in the future when I need an agent. I appreciate her assistance and attitude. Guess that's why I've been a Hideaways member for years!"

-- Judy H., TX
"Darcy at Hideaways was terrific. She was attentive, responsive, and thorough; she readily upgraded our accommodations at our request, and she obviously was exceptionally knowledgeable. I would not consider using any other travel agency than Hideaways."

-- David S., TX
Save 25% on your annual membership to the
Hideaways Aficionado Club

By now, you have a feel for where your future vacations could take you.

What, I’m sure you’re wondering, is the price of access to all these travel perks and privileges?

The savvy world travelers of the Hideaways Aficionado Club pay just US$195 for this VIP treatment.

But, as I mentioned earlier, Mike at Hideaways is offering Live and Invest Overseas Readers an exclusive discount...

Yes, as a follower of these pages, you qualify for annual membership to the Hideaways Aficionado Club at the reduced rate of US$145. That’s US$50 (or more than 25%) off the regular yearly subscription.

So, for just US$145, you get a full year’s worth of:

  • Insights, tips, and offers via the Hideaways series of newsletters and e-letters, including Insider and TopX
  • On-the-ground reports from the world’s best retreats, travel news and updates, members’ feedback, and word of special deals through the bi-monthly print copy of Hideaways Life…
  • Generous discounts on special accommodation, tours, and adventures around the world…
  • VIP treatment (with lots of perks) at special retreats around the world...
  • Freebies (including complimentary meals, spa treatments, and leisure activities) at properties in “The Hideaways Collection”...
  • Worry-free travel (everything has been tried and tested by your travel experts)...
  • Personal assistance from Hideaways in-house Travel Specialists with planning and booking your vacations, based on your own preferences...
  • Member-level access to the Hideaways website where you can browse private villas, resorts, and accommodation...find special deals...browse the archives of past newsletters...and connect with Hideaways travel experts...

And, once you start taking your vacations, it won't be long until you recoup your membership fee...many times over...

When you consider how members have saved as much as US$1,500 on a single trip (taking full advantage of Hideaways discounts and freebies), this will surely be the wisest US$145 you spend this year...

Rediscover the lost art of travel...

Since the arrival of the Internet, low-cost airfares, and a string of budget hotels, much of the joy has been stripped from our travel experiences.

Whatever happened to steam trains, four-poster beds, and full concierge service?

They still exist, of course...in special parts of the world.

And, by becoming a member of the Hideaways Aficionado Club, you'll have the chance to restore a bit of that Old World romance to your travels while still enjoying 21st-century amenities and comforts…all at specially discounted prices).

You’ll get to enjoy every minute of the journey from the early planning stage through booking, traveling, staying at your accommodation, and returning home with special memories and stories to tell...something that the average tourist can only dream about.

You’ll savor the memories until the next great vacation...and these special experiences will stay with you for a lifetime...

Join the distinguished ranks of the Hideaways Aficionado Club to start experiencing the world in a whole new way.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Peddicord
Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas

P.S. Luxury and affordability don’t often come hand in hand...especially when it comes to travel. This really is your chance to have your cake and eat it, too. By joining the Hideaways Aficionado Club now (with 25% off annual membership), you’ll get to stay at the world’s best (and mostly unknown) getaways and, thanks to your VIP status, pay far less than the average tourist for that pleasure. Just click the button below to join the special ranks of this unique travel circle.