Maui Villa Tours & Inspections

Maui Villa Tours & Inspections

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By Shanon Searls

Among many qualities that sets Exotic Estates apart in the vacation rental market, is that we regularly inspect our villas in our most popular destinations. Recently, our team traveled to Hawaii to tour villas on three islands, some old, some new, but all equally amazing in quality!

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Kaanapali Coffee Farms

When you are looking rent a luxury vacation home in Hawaii, you want to be sure that you are in good hands and that the people you are working with know the home and can speak to its qualities first-hand.  With Exotic Estates, you can rest assured that our team has your interests at heart and will use their personal knownledge and expertise to connect you with the ideal home.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection

During our inspection process, there is a detailed amenities checklist that is completed and is then transferred into our central database to provide you with a comprehensive overview of your vacation homes features and services. Not only is this done when we acquire a home, but at least bi-annually we are completing tours and walk-throughs to keep our records accurate and up-to-date.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Shanon

During our recent Maui tour, our schedule was packed full of home inspections. With several Maui vacation villas on this gorgeous island, we spent five days touring and inspecting amazing homes. The limited time we had between, we spent sightseeing and exploring the local Maui shops and restaurants so that we could provide you with first-hand experiences on all the best places to discover.

Although Maui isn’t the biggest Hawaiian Island, there are plenty of beautiful and unique areas to choose from when seeking an ideal vacation home for your group!

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Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection

Upon arriving in Maui, we stayed in the historic town of Lahaina where you will find a plethora of gorgeous vacation homes, yummy local restuarants, a town full of shopping and a coastline of beautiful golden-sand beaches.

Lahaina - Stocking Up on Local Eats

We stopped at the local Foodland, which is a great place to stock up for your vacation and the spot where you will see locals shopping as well.  If you are brave, there is a great selection of local foods, including my favorite, Poke!!

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection


Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Poke

Kapalua & Napili

We started our tour in Kapalua and Napili, just north of Lahaina Town. Kapalua, which means “arms embracing the sea” is one of Maui’s premier resort areas and sits as the base of the West Maui Mountains and along the gorgeous western coast of Maui. The shoreline of Kapalua and Napili features gorgeous bays where you can snorkel, sun bathe, and even swim with the turtles.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Kapalua Montage Condos

Home to the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, you will find a plethora of boutiques, delicious local dining, historical sites, and world-class golf courses.

Closer to Kapalua there is the oceanfront and renvoated Turtle Cove villa, offering incredible views of Molokai and dreamy sunsets. It sleeps eight guests, has a hot tub, and is close to the world-famous PGA Plantation Golf Course. 

Turtle Cove

We then stopped at cute Napili Cove Villa, located on a quiet cove where turtles spend their day nibbling seaweed in the clear waters just below the home. It's two-bedrooms are perfect for a couples' escape or family getaway. The views for Molokai from here are stunning! 

Napili Cove Villa

Napili Cove Villa

Napili Cove Villa


Exotic Estates has a handful of homes in the Kaanapali area. Both of these spots offer special charms, with some home on the ocean and others higher up on the hill, affording you expansive views of the outer islands - ideal for sunset lovers.  Just north of Lahaina Town, Kaanapali is technically party of Lahaina although it feels like its own small town.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Kaanapali Coffee Farms


Kaanapali is the first planned resort destination of Maui and it boasts one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island. This town also has many activities that can be great for any type of group such as Luau’s at the famous Old Lahaina Luau, golfing, snorkeling, cliff diving off Black Rock and even zip lining.

Kaanapali is also home to the Kaanapali Coffee farms, which is a private agricultural community that fuses contemporary island living into the plentiful farming culture of Maui. Established in 2003, this is an amazing area to rent your vacation home and features the fresh fragrance of the coffee flower as the warm Maui breeze blows from the Pacific!

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach is a gold-sand beach that ends at Black Rock (a large volcanic rock formation where you will often see brave cliff-divers). The snorkeling at this beach is often amazing but beware of shallow waters and sharp reef. Although this beach borders the hotels, no beach in Maui is private and you can park in one of the hotel parking lots, from where it's usuall just a short walk to the beach.  During the day enjoy snorkeling with the kids and in the evening, you can have a drink at the hotel bar.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Kaanapali Beach


The drive from Kapalua down south to neighboring Kaanapali is easy and allows visitors the chance to stop off at some of the amazing beaches that dot the sparkling blue Pacific.


On day two of our tours, we spent most of the day in Lahaina. One of the most visited spots in Maui, Lahaina is an eclectic mix of history, local restaurants, boutiques and art-galleries.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Lahaina Town

Lahaina town is completely walkable and is within a 5-10 minutes’ drive from most West Maui vacation villas. Some of our favorites are nestled right in the mix, such Ka'anapali Hale and Lahaina Oceanfront Villa

Take a walk along Front Street and you will see over 40 fine art galleries. An artist-lover's mecca, there are many known galleries such as the Wyland Gallery, which is where we like to stop in when we come here.  In fact, every Friday night from 7-10 PM the galleries offer “Art Night,” which is a great opportunity to see and maybe even aquire a fabulous piece of Maui-inspired art!

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Every Sunday, head to one the most famous landmarks in Lahaina, the Banyan Tree. This massive and majestic tree was planted in 1873 by the Sheriff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Mission and still stands in all its glory today. Here you will find a collection of local artists as you take a tour around the tree. My favorite stop on our last visit was at the Maui Dog Wear stand where I purchased an adorable sea-turtle bandana for my pup back home.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Lahaina Town Banyan Tree

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Maui Dog Wear

For a fun history lesson, make a stop at the Baldwin House (read more about this on our blog here). Afterwards, walk right across the street for a delicious Dole Whip (trust me, it’s YUMMY)!

Many homes in Lahaina are comfortable, luxurious, and feature amazing views on the coastline, Pacific Ocean, and the surrounding islands of Lanai and Molokai. Each home is inspected by our team, and again by the property manager just prior to your arrival to ensure that everything is in top-notch condition for your stay.

Lahaina Oceanfront Villa

Lahaina Oceanfront Villa

Kaanapali Hale

Kaanapali Hale

Makena Hoku

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Inspections Maui Makena Hoku

Our excellence standard checklist is extensive and we keep our guests in mind as we tour each home. From kitchen appliances, to bathrooms, water pressure, and bed linens, we walk-through the home as though we are staying there to guarantee a quality experience.

Kihei & Wailea

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Inspections Maui Kihei and Wailea

On day three of our home inspection tour, we headed south to Kihei and Wailea.  Kihei is a sunny and somewhat drier area of Maui located on the southwest shore. It features six miles of beaches with amazing views of Kahoolawe (the smallest Hawaiian island that was used briefly as penal colony for sheep and cattle ranching and was eventually transferred to the U.S. Navy to use as a bombing range), Molokini, Lanai and West Maui.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Inspections Maui Kihei

There is much to do in this area, such as swimming and surfing, snorkeling and Kayaking, and when the season is right the Whale Watching is magnificent. The town of Kihei also has reasonable accommodations and is close to restaurants, farmer’s markets, and a fun nightlife.

In south Maui we have gorgeous Makena Kai, a great family-friendly vacation home, which features spectacular ocean views and can host up to eight guests, with just enough space for everyone to enjoy.

Makena Kai

Makena Kai

Hale Makena

We also have fabulous Hale Makena, which features oceanfront views from a fabulous lanai and luxurious living area. 

Hale Makena

Paia Town & the North Shore

On our fourth day of touring, we headed over to the wonderful town of Paia and Maui's North Shore. 

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Paia town is an eclectic collection of old plantation-town-style buildings that form the town's Main Street. Close to its bustling little shopping and entertainment district are the homes that ring the north coast and draw those guests looking for a more quiet, local Maui vacation experience. This adorable little town often gets lumped in with an excursion to Hana, but we suggest taking a little more time to dedicate!

You will definitely feel the local vibe in Paia and you will find this throughout the many boutiques and restaurants as well. Rather than the resort-minded tourists who flock to the large hotels,  you are likely to see a pro surfer and kids playing barefoot in the surround neighborhoods or buying groceries at the local organic grocery store - Mana Foods.

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Maui Inspection Paia Maui North Shore

Although we suggest trying just about any restaurant, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to visit the deli counter at Mana Foods, which is great for picking up a picnic lunch! I also stopped into Biasa Rose boutique, which features consignment clothing, perfect for those who want a unique item of clothing to wear back home.

You also don’t want to miss Pakaloha Bikinis where you can customize your bathing suite. Choose from the menu of styles and colors and get a custom fit Maui bikini!

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Inspections Maui Bikini

Exotic Estates Vacation Rental Inspections Maui

As our time in Maui came to an end, I was delighted that we have such an amazing inventory of vacation homes to offer our guests. We only work with owners and property managers who we trust, and who share our values and standards that put your vacation experience first.

When you work with an Exotic Estates Villa Specialist, you will soon see what sets us apart from the rest!

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