Once you've stayed in a private, vacation condo in Maui you'll never look back. For so many seasoned tourists they are the preferred vacation, hands down, when compared to hotel stays. The ease of relax vacation living with your own kitchen, washer/dryers and other "at home" amenities will give you the best vacation experience. Who doesn't enjoy drinking their morning coffee in their pajama's? Most hotels frown on p.j.'s in the dining room.
The future of the travel industry will look different from the past. Corona Virus will change the way we vacation but I think it will make renting condos directly from the owners even more appealing. Here are some things to consider about Hawaii vacation rentals going forward.
1. Far less contact with other travelers and staff. For example, a vacation rental home/condo lets you go directly from your car to inside without coming in contact with anyone. Often no elevators and less amenity sharing is needed.
2. New industry standards will soon include cleaning and disinfection products and methods. Vrbo President Jeff Hurst said, “New cleaning guidelines will reassure travelers that vacation rentals are safe places to stay for their next vacation.”
3. Increased inspection to assure cleanliness. All the vacation condo owners I've spoken to plan to meet or exceed suggested cleaning standards. After all, these are our homes where we bring our families. It is in our own best interest to have a disinfected, sanitized clean home for our vacations too.
4. Enhanced digital guest interaction. Look for automated check-in and check-out, more key-less entry, and guest apps as examples, including phone numbers to a virtual concierge service.
As a reminder, please only stay in legal rentals that are in designated tourist areas in Hawaii. Staying in illegal rentals is problematic at every level. It takes away housing dedicated to local families and there will be o help if things go wrong. Hosts should post the Tax ID on their listing.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.