As seen on "LifeStyles of The Rich & Famous," 1986
"If your vacation dreams deal with being cocooned in pampered luxury while remaining definitely out of the mainstream, Rob Dorman, with the skill of a wizard, can make such dreams come true."
Dee Dickenson,
EXTRA, Continental Airlines, 11/79

"Private paradise: Rental homes range from luxurious to low-key"
Tracy Cabot & Marshall Whitfield,
DENVER POST 3/7/93

"For that special vacation, you gotta have a Dorman. And in Hawai'i it's Rob Dorman, of Celebrity Getaways, a business that custom designs vacations for anyone seeking the unique."
Tim Ryan,
Star-Bulletin 5/27/94

"...and, if I were you, before I set foot in Hawai'i I would call Rob Dorman, and if he was out of town, so would I be."
Nancy Holmes,
TOWN & COUNTRY 1/81

"Rob Dorman has become a combination of Robin Leach and Mr. Belvedere while catering to the every whim of the People Magazine
crowd."
Valerie Monson,
Maui News 5/28/89

"Rob places his guests behind the wheels of Rolls-Royces and aboard yachts to boot. He'll go to all the fuss of arranging a private luau on some obscure beach complete with dancers, musicians and bundles of fragrant frangipani."
Jerry Hulse,
L.A. TIMES 12/2/84

From the San Diego Union Tribune:
DESTINATION: HAWAII 

A celebrity getaway in paradise
Specialist makes dreams come true 

by Jerry Hulse 
Jerry Hulse is former travel editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is based in Hawaii. 

14-Nov-1999 Sunday

KAPAA, Hawaii -- Sleep in Charo's bed on Kauai, Sylvester Stallone's
honeymoon digs on Oahu, country singer Randy Travis' home on Maui or the cottage on the Big Island that Kevin Costner occupied while filming "Water World." 

If your vacation plans call for a secret hideaway in Hawaii, an expatriate
from Los Angeles, Rob Dorman, can provide shelters ranging from $200 a day for a cottage on Kauai to the legendary Paul Mitchell estate on Oahu for $3,500. 

Randy Travis' three-bedroom, multilevel cedar-and-redwood home overlooking Kaanapali Beach -- including a private waterfall, swimming pool, courtyard and soaring ceilings -- is up for grabs at $390 a day with a four-night minimum. 

Another Travis property facing Front Street and the ocean in Lahaina is
reached via a bridge that spans a pond. It has four bedrooms, a spa,
swimming pool and a Japanese Zen garden. Move in for $665 a night. 

If all one desires is a humble shelter, Dorman can handle that, too. Indeed he'll even put you in a treehouse. 

Suffering from the Y2K blues? Dorman will book you into a condo or a home for a two-week minimum at rates ranging from $575 to $2,000 a day, the latter an estate on Maui with five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and its own private waterfall. 

On Oahu, the former home of Joan Kroc of McDonald's fame is also in the rental pool. On the beach near Diamond Head, it is priced at $3,500 a day for the turn-of-the-century celebration. 

In 1978, while steering Hollywood moviemakers to homes in Hawaii, Dorman came up with the idea for the company he calls Celebrity Getaways. Copycats have followed but none with Dorman's expertise. Besides the rich and famous, he caters to vacationers seeking reasonable shelter. Honeymooners, lovers. Anyone wishing to escape the daily grind for a day, a week, a month. Perhaps forever. 

Dorman, who lives on Kauai, arranges weddings as well -- barefoot affairs on beaches with glorious sunsets, orchids showering down from a helicopter. Once Dorman scripted the honeymoon for an Arab prince, filling a mansion on Maui with $3,000 worth of flowers. In addition, he rounded up six limousines and a yacht for the prince and his entourage. With one of the prince's staff he shopped a local supermarket, filling a dozen carts with nearly $3,500 worth of groceries. The final tab for the prince's 10-day stay came to a trifle over $100,000. 

Soon thereafter, Dorman was contacted by another Saudi prince seeking to take advantage of the suite life on Maui. This time he secured a cluster of villas near Kapalua with a semi-private beach, access to a couple of championship golf courses and a shocker of a view, particularly at sunset. It's precisely the sort of action that gets Dorman's adrenaline pumping. 

An estate on Oahu's Lanikai Beach -- six bedrooms, five baths, hand-carved doors from Bali, a dance pavilion, indoor-outdoor waterfalls, a swimming pool, carp pond and a Japanese bathhouse -- is available for upwards of $3,000 a day. 

Dorman's a dream salesman, a genie who leads romantics to deserted beaches with blazing sunsets -- visions to be recalled the next time one is stuck bumper-to-bumper in Southern California traffic. 

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Dorman has put together a production he calls the Tour Le Grand that features a round-trip flight from the mainland by private jet, a staffed, six-bedroom estate on Oahu, trips to neighbor islands (sightseeing by helicopter and chauffeured limousine), a horse-drawn wagon tour through the storied Waipio Valley, a private luau and the use of a Ferrari. The whole glorious 10-day holiday prices out to $150,000. (For an extra $1,100 a day, Dorman will put you behind the wheel of a Lamborghini.) 

Once he sent rock star Rod Stewart by private jet to a luncheon engagement on Maui -- a four-hour fest that cost a tidy $3,800, lunch and jet included. 

During more than 20 years, Dorman has led the likes of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Helen Reddy, Dave Brubeck, Willie Nelson, Robert Redford, Norman Lear, the Osmond family and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to homes and villas on all the islands. Once comedian Jerry Lewis sent Dorman scurrying for a bucket of fried chicken after the local KFC closed for the night. Dorman used his old magic and got the owner to reopen. In a wink, Lewis got his fried chicken -- delivered personally by Dorman. 

Other clients seek to go skiing on Mauna Kea and kayaking along peaceful rivers on Kauai and Maui. 

Dorman takes on all requests. When a guest on the Big Island requested a grand piano, Dorman sent it (same day service) across the briny from
Honolulu. 

Primarily, though, he's into home rentals, serving both celebrities and
fans wishing to vacation where the famous do. Some properties are staffed with housekeepers, chefs and gardeners. Not long ago Dorman steered a vacationer to such a manse, including staff, on the beach near Diamond Head. The tab: $60,000 a month, service included. 

Dorman greets guests at the airport with leis and hula dancers. He'll even
hire the Royal Hawaiian band if requested by arrivals. 

A college dropout, Dorman bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii in 1971 and has never looked back. Is he happy? You bet. He tells you flat out that he has no intention of ever going home again. 

Information 

Besides Hawaii, Rob Dorman sends vacationers to the Texas ranch of "Dallas" television fame, Merv Griffin's estate in Ireland, Elvis Presley's former abode in Palm Springs, Sinclair Lewis' cottage in Vermont, Oscar Hammerstein's villa in Jamaica and the private estate of Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands. 

Contact Dorman at Celebrity Getaways International, P.O. Box 1596, Kapaa, HI 96746. Phone (808) 823-8667 or send e-mail to 4aloha@GTE.net.

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