Below is a roster of villa rental agents whom I consider best qualified to match Conde Nast Traveler readers with properties. To compile the list, I created a 53-question application designed to assess a rental agent’s competency, connections, and business practices.
We asked each agent to send a sample house book (that invaluable guide to a villa and its environs), sample driving directions and other preparatory information and questionnaires that they give clients, checklists they use to evaluate properties, and at least one client reference. After carefully combing through these materials, we interviewed the most promising rental agents, by phone to evaluate their friendliness, honesty, and familiarity with the villas and regions they represent.
Only 48 agents made the cut. What separates the honorees from the also-rans? The best personally visted all of the villas they represent and slept in a good may of them. They inspect the properties at least annually. They speak the local language fluently. They handpick villas that have an authentic sense of place. And they themselves write or at least vet their house books, update them at least once a year, and fill them with insider tips. Some agents have a preponderance of modest cottages, others fairy-tale estates, and we’ve characterized their overall portfolios accordingly, from a single dollar sign($) for the least expensive to four ($$$$), indicating generally very expensive accommodations. Unless otherwise noted, prices relfect the cost of one-week rental. If you would like to nominate a villa rental agent for a future list or to comment on your experience with one of the agents listed below, please email me at email@example.com
Anne Pawsat, Hawaii Hideaways, Kula, Maui
115 properties (low season $7,350 – $54,500, high season, $8,000 – $72,000) overall portfolio $$$
Pawsat’s sumptuous oceanfront Hawaiian villas come with the latest and greatest amenities (granite counter tops, Bosch appliances) 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, who lives on Maui, combines intimate knowledge of the islands with (unusual in Hawaii) a type A efficiency born of a Yale education and years in the Northeast (808) 878-8559; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We had a wonderful trip last week- thank you for all your help. The house was perfect!
We truly enjoyed our time on Maui! Very satisfied customer!
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!!!