This page compares making your own reservation versus using a travel agent who specializes in Maui hotels and condos.
1. Do it yourself
Using the links on the Maui hotels and condos pages of this website, you can get more information, compare prices and make reservations at any of the hotels and condos that I have described. You can call the hotels directly at the phone numbers listed for each hotel on those web pages. For the big hotel chains (Hyatt, Marriott, Westin, Sheraton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, Ritz Carlton) compare prices by also calling each hotel chain’s national toll-free number. You can search Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity to see what deals they offer. Use this box to quickly search for good deals on Maui hotels or condos at several of those discount travel websites at once:
Don’t pay rack rate. “Rack rate” is the official list price for a hotel or condo on Maui or anyplace else, but you don’t have to pay that much. Always ask the hotel or condo for discounts, seasonal specials, weekend rates, holiday rates, AAA discount, AARP discount, and any other lower rates. For the major hotels, join the hotel chain’s Frequent Guest program (usually free, like airlines’ Frequent Flyer programs), and ask about discounts for members of that program. Ask about package plans that include hotel and rental car and airfare.
2. Use a travel agent who is knowledgeable about Maui
If you have a travel agent in your home area who has been to Maui at least a few times and is knowledgeable about the choices of available hotels and condos on Maui, then that would be a good person to book your trip. But if you don’t know of such an agent in your area, then I recommend that you use one of the following agents who specialize in Maui. They can help get you the best Maui Hotel or Maui condo for your own particular needs at the best price available. Each of the following agents either lives on Maui or has been to Maui many times and has personally seen many of the hotels and condos that you are choosing between.
Kay Ryan email@example.com www.mauikay.com
Kay lives on Maui and specializes in personal service. Kay will email back and forth with you before you arrive, send you a packet of info brochures about Maui, book activities in advance before you arrive if desired, meet you in your hotel or condo, spend an hour with you highlighting maps and answering questions and orienting you to Maui, and allow you to call her any time during your stay on Maui with more questions. Kay will be right there with you on Maui if you need personal help during your stay. Most condos will not let you reserve a specific room to be sure you are getting one of the nicer units. But if you book your condo through Kay then she can often recommend and reserve a specific unit that she knows is one of the best in whatever building you and she select. Kay can also get you a vacation package that includes air, room and car. All of this service costs you nothing, since Kay gets paid by commission from the hotel or condo or activities that you book with her. Here’s a link to my 2011 interview with Kay Ryan
Monica DeSoto firstname.lastname@example.org www.heavenlyconcierge.com
Monica lives on Maui, where she owns and runs Heavenly Concierge Services. She specializes in air, accommodations, rental cars and/or ground transportation, lei greeting, all island activities, and her personal concierge services are included with every guest she works with. In order to gain first hand knowledge, Monica and her staff stay at small inexpensive condos all the way up to luxurious five star properties. They dine at small local establishments as well as fine dining, they golf, test spas, experience all of Maui’s activities, beaches, snorkeling spots, luaus, hiking, helicopter trips and anything else they can think of. She will find you the best accommodations based upon your needs and desires. There are no fees for Monica’s services.
Bryan Brown Hawbreezes@aol.com www.hawaiianbreezes.com
Bryan has close family on Maui and so goes to Maui frequently. He specializes in Maui vacation packages that include air fare as well as hotel or condo.
When you email any of the above three Maui specialists, you will get the best service if you tell them you were sent by Jon’s Maui Info website. They know they have to please you if they want me to keep recommending them.
Should you rent from an individual Maui condo owner, such as through VRBO?
Sometimes you can get a lower price by renting a Maui condo from the individual person who owns that condo unit. But I don’t like using this method, because it is less reliable than renting from the condo building or the agency that manages that building’s rentals. If you rent from an individual owner, and you don’t like the unit when you arrive, he can’t offer you any other unit instead. If you rent from the condo building or the agency that manages it, and you aren’t satisfied when you see your unit on arrival, they can usually show you other condos in the same building or other buildings that they manage, and switch you that same day to something you may like better.
If you would prefer just an alphabetical list of links to the pages about each specific Maui hotel and condo, use this link:
Maui Hotels and Maui Condos alphabetical list