Wendy Perrin’s 8th Annual Worldwide Guide to Foolproof Villa Vacations
The Villa Pros
With the explosion of Vacation-Rental Websites, it’s never been easier to find a house.It’s also never been risker. How much can you trust the online description? Is the house really as nice as it looks in the photos? Does “a short walk to the beach” mean five minutes or five miles? Committing to a vacation rental sight unseen is one of the more nerve-wracking decisions you can make-especially if you’re choosing a house not just for your family but for a long-anticipated friends’ getaway or a family reunion, exactly the kind of trip where you need everything to be perfect. My advice? For sheer peace of mind, nothing beats the voice of authority. Tht’s why for the past eight years, we’ve been rigorously vetting villa rental agents around the world-renting from them, accompanying them on villa inspections, interviewing them extensively, and hearing feedback from readers. Getting on our list of top villa specialists means filling out a 47-question application and sending sample house books, checklists used to evaluate properties, and at least one client reference. Staying on the list is even tougher: It requires proving user-friendliness, conscientiousness, and honesty again and again. Forty-one agents made this year’s cut, representing properties in all our favorite destinations- from Tuscany to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. To read reviews of these agents or to post your own, visit condenasttraveler.com/villa-specialists. To nominate an agent for a future list, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org – Wendy Perrin
Hawaii Hideaway, Maui
250 properties (low season, $7,350-$54,500; high season, $10,000-$85,000)
Overall portfolio: $$$
Pawsat-Dressler’s sumptuous, mostly oceanfront Hawaiian villas come with the latest and greatest amenities (Bosch appliances and HDTV)and a 24-hour concierge who can line up everything from a private heli-hiking tour of Molokai to a pedicurist who makes house calls. Pawsat-Dressler, who lives part-time on Maui, combines intimate knowledge of the islands with type-A efficiency (808-878-8559; cntrvlr.com/anne).
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!!!