With luxury rentals booming, finding a good online broker is trickier than ever. Here’s a four step guide.
STEP 1. The best villas get booked a year in advance, so it pays to plan ahead.
STEP 2. Focus in on a specific area you want to visit and a price you are willing to pay. This will narrow down the number of regional specialists (see Resources).
STEP 3. Do a background check. Some brokers brokers are registered with the Better Business Bureau (bbb.org): otheres are partnered with trustworthy companies like American Express. Ask for references and make sure the broker employs a concierge or representative nearby. (If a pipe bursts in your Barbados villa at 3 am. for example, you won’t want to wait until the morning hours to call your broker in New York.)
STEP 4. Sweat the small stuff. Ask for a floor plan: often rooms are of varying sizes, an issue if you’re dividing the bill. If a villa is described as near the beach, find out exactly what that means, and how you access the ocean. If it’s on the water’s edge, is the beach sandy or rocky? Is it private or open to the public? Ask for its GPS coordinates and check it with Google Earth.
HAWAIIHIDEAWAYS.COM Operated by locals, this broker has 150 villas spread throughout the islands; prices start at $5,000 per week. It also serves as an adventure fixer, organizing surf lessons and rounds of golf.
I just wanted to let you know that our stay on Oahu at Honeyed Jade was amazing. My family was blown away by the beauty of the house and the kindness of the Property Manager. We loved the house cockatoo, Lola. She was the life of the party! Thank you to you and Iris for all your help and professionalism. It was greatly appreciated.
If you are looking for the Perfect House in the Perfect Location with the Perfect Hosts
If you are looking for the Perfect House in the Perfect Location with the the Perfect Hosts, you could not possibly find a better Maui Vacation Rental.
From the moment we contacted Sunny, our every need and desire to create a dream trip was effortless. She took care of shopping, dinner reservations and answered every ‘stupid’ question like a true professional.
Any small issue with the house was taken care of promptly by Eric. Always polite and understanding to our requests, he fixed things in a flash!
And the Home….
Great Location on the Beach
Plenty of room(s). We had 7 people.
Modern electronics and Wifi
The Best of Maui!
Harvey & Sandy P
You Were a Delight to Work With
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!