For clients who want to enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive in a more exclusive setting or plan to bring the whole family along, look to Hawaii Hideways (www.hawaiihideaways.com), whose portfolio includes privately owned mansions throughout the Hawaiian islands. (See Luxury Travel Advisor's June 2007 issue to learn about our own experience with Hawaii Hideaways.) Hawaii Hideaways' well-connected staff can tailor-make a vacation package that includes everything from accommodations and concierge services, to private chefs and transportation.
Although the selection is vast, insiders say rooms Sun Kissed and Grand Pavilion are among client favorites for their villa-style composition and ability to accommodate large groups. We also hear that Villa Kumulani, Kapalua Crest and the Paul Mitchell Estate are amoung clients' favorites for their outright luxurious offerings. Tip: While many properties offer daily cleaning service, the services of a personal assistant, private concierge or butler can easily be arranged.
Luxury travel advisors should contact Director of Sales Denise Pancurak (email@example.com; 866-962-5642, ext. 104) to pick out and reserve the perfect home. Then , ask Director of Guest Services Autumn Quintero (firstname.lastname@example.org; 866-962-5642, ext. 103) to assist if your clients would like to commission the services of a personal spa therapist, yoga teacher, surf instruction or other staff.
We hear the Hawaii Hideaways' staff once planned a 60th birthday celebration with a group of eight friends from across the country, complete with golf, fine dining and decorations throughout the house according to special instructions provided by the guest of honor's wife. Sending a client for the holidays? Hawaii Hideaways staff can also custom decorate Christmas trees and take delivery of packages on guests' behalf.
Note: Christmas, New Year's and Spring Break are the most sought-after weeks, so plan to book a year in advance for a stay then; we do hear, though, that there is always last-minute availability.