ResortQuest at Poipu Kai
Togethering. That’s the industry buzzword for traveling with
friends and extended family, and as the movement grows in
popularity, ResortQuest Hawaii has created a new line of properties
catering to that specific market.
According to a YPB&R/Yankelovich survey of national travel
trends, 80 percent of leisure clients bonded with loved ones
through travel in 2007. A recent AAA study found that 24 percent of
U.S. women have taken a girlfriends getaway in the past three
years, and 39 percent plan on taking one in the coming three years,
with guys-only trips on the rise as well.
In response, ResortQuest Hawaii is now actively marketing a
group of its properties deemed perfect for multi-generational
travel or vacations with friends. The new collection of private
estates, cottages and villas holds additional appeal to clients
booking destination weddings, executive retreats and small board
meetings, said ResortQuest Hawaii president Kelvin Bloom.
“Spacious home-away-from-home accommodations are ideal settings
for bonding and relaxing,” Bloom said. “Our private estates,
cottages and homes cater to the tastes of every traveler. Flexible
arrangements with individual bedrooms allow for comfort and
privacy. Fully equipped kitchens are handy for simple meals and
elaborate feasts, and on-site barbecue grills provide a fun,
affordable break from restaurants.”
On Kauai, the new collection includes the historic Hanalei Faye
House and Cottage, a North Shore family beachfront vacation estate
with six bedrooms in the house (from $925 per night) and one in the
cottage (from $525). To the west of the island, togethering clients
can book the three-bedroom, three-bath Kauai Harbor House, boasting
a large oceanfront lawn suitable for private parties, family
reunions, weddings and corporate meetings (from $525). Nearby
awaits the Kruse House (from $600), a two-story, five-bedroom,
air-conditioned home which is part of Waimea Plantation
“The unique feature of this specialty house is that each bedroom
has a private entrance,” Bloom said. “Many corporate retreats use
the home for their meetings and gatherings because of the privacy
it offers their guests when they need to retire.”
Also at Waimea Plantation Cottages, the five-bedroom four-bath
Manager’s House will appeal to a wide array of group travelers
(from $600). South Kauai’s ResortQuest at Poipu Kai provides
private three-bedroom condominium accommodations within the
resort’s 70 acres. A key selling point is its proximity to popular
Brennecke’s and Shipwreck beaches, connected by walking paths
throughout the property (from $260).
For clients togethering on the Big Island, Bloom suggests
Waikoloa Colony Villas, the newest of ResortQuest Hawaii’s
properties (from $350). Set behind a gated entryway on the 15th
fairway of Waikoloa Resort’s Beach Course, its luxury one-, two-
and three-bedroom villas are perfect for the upscale traveler.
Another Kohala Coast option is a gated condominium community called
the Shores at Waikoloa, providing two- and three-bedroom
2,000-square-foot golf villas overlooking the 18th fairway of
Waikoloa’s Beach Course (from $320).
Agents booking a ResortQuest Hawaii private estate, cottage or
villa are eligible for the company’s overall benefits, including a
bonus for each materialized booking of at least five consecutive
nights (valid for travel April 1-June 30 and Aug. 18-Dec. 21).
Rates are commissionable at 10 percent.