HONOLULU -- Here's some advice for Hawaii-bound clients who'd like
to live like they're rich, if only for a week: Call Debbie Morris.
Morris, an owner of an Oahu outfit that buys, then rents, luxury
homes to average Joes who want to wax wealthy while on vacation, is
aching to show them how.
Morris, who appropriately named her 3-year-old company Elegant
Hideaways, personally chose each of the 100 luxury beachfront
homes, resort villas and estates in the firm's portfolio on the Big
Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu.
But what really separates Morris' business from competition
isn't just the upscale homes. It's the "lifestyle management"
available to guests.
Anything visitors want can be arranged and brought into the
home, according to Morris.
In-house massages and spa treatments; tennis lessons on the
backyard court; a full-time chef; hula dancers; musicians; a guest
lecturer; storytellers; butlers; daily housekeepers; a car and
driver; and a yacht on-call are a few examples of the
Plus pre-arrival grocery shopping ensures the cupboards and
refrigerator are stocked before guests step foot in the house.
"People who rent houses are a different breed," Morris said. And
vacationing in a neighborhood is a very different experience, she
added. "[Visitors] appreciate it so much more."
The houses also are popular among celebrities because their
availability helps them avoid the lobby, she said.
And the good news for agents is that the accommodations and the
concierge services booked with the accommodations pay 10%
An updated Web site lists the properties by number and provides
detailed descriptions -- with photos -- of each one, including
minimum stay, price per night and other services available.
Agents or consumers may also search the site by desired
If a family or a couple wants a certain number of bedrooms, a
pool or air conditioning, for instance, those features can be
checked off on the Web site to narrow the search.
A five-night minimum stay is typical throughout the year, with a
14-night minimum during the holidays.
Rates vary considerably, depending on the property. One house
starts at $175 per night, while another -- a one-bedroom home on 11
acres on Kauai -- may begin at $395 per night.
The most expensive home runs $6,500 per night. Located on the
beach in Kailua on Oahu, it houses 22 people in nine bedrooms with
10 bathrooms, and includes a private chef.
Morris said the Kailua home has worked out well for family
reunions and vacations of multiple generations.
For more information, call (877) 254-8554 or visit www.eleganthideaways.com.
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