Island Togetherness

ResortQuest Hawaii markets a new line of properties

By: Marty Wentzel

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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 sleeping

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 Cottages.

“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 cash-back

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.