Roving I Find: Maui Luxury For Less

In 2009, while planning our trip to Maui, I discovered the Wailea Beach Villas while searching for a place to stay online. These extremely upscale condos and villas are mostly owned by individuals and property companies. Once I saw the pictures, I was sold. My wallet was not. I started digging for deals. And after some negotiation with a VRBO owner, we booked the perfect place at a palatable price.

Roving I Finds:
Currently, on (Luxury Link's flash sale site - It's free to join.), you can get an ocean-view, two-bedroom penthouse for $825/night through Saturday 5/21/11. I know it doesn't sound like a phenomenal price at first, but here's why it is:
  • The published rate for the same accommodation is around $1500/night. 
  • Two bedrooms in this place really means two suites, suitable for two couples to share. Most penthouses also have a pull-out couch for additional guests. If you split the costs down the middle, you're spending around $400 a night/$2800 a week. 
    • Each penthouse features a fully equipped, gourmet kitchen (two Sub-Zeros may be overkill) and a patio with a top-line grill so you can save on meals while you're there. 
    • There's also a great gym, two pools (one for the kiddos) and beach access to Wailea Beach
  • The high-end outdoor mall, The Shops at Wailea, is next door. Makes it easy to pick up the perfect souvenir (from Tiffany?). 
  • Celebs stay here. The privacy and locale make it a perfect hideaway. (We ran into a popular soap star at the pool and Paris Hilton allegedly stayed in our villa the year before.)
There are lots of WBV listings this site. Most are posted by individual owners who "rent out" their homes away from home when they aren't there. TIP: Check the calendars, see what weeks are available and make the owners an offer. All they can say is "no" but they may come back with a price more in your range. VRBO Wailea Beach Villa Listings

On the surface, this is a pricey place. But with a little research, you can nab an amazing deal for a truly luxurious stay on Maui.

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Wailea Beach Villas Property
Photos: Scott Clark

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