Should Hawaii-bound families visit Disney’s Aulani resort in 2021?
For better or for worse, Americans have been flocking in near-record numbers to Hawaii this summer. With many international destinations still closed or restricted to American tourists in ever-changing ways, Hawaii has fit the bill for travelers wanting a more far-flung vacation without all the hassle of crossing international borders during a global pandemic. My …My husband, two kids and I were some of those Hawaii-bound tourists this summer. We spent a week on Oahu in late July and early August 2021 at Disney’s Aulani resort.
Owning a home on a tropical island amid swaying palm trees, balmy breezes, and ocean views is a dream for many of us. Buyers of vacation homes in Hawaiʻi are making that dream come true, creating huge demand for island properties. According to Rob Kildow, director of residential sales at Hualālai Realty on the Big Island, "The pandemic caused many people to hit 'pause' and take stock of what was important to them, from careers to remote work and spending time with family. People have been looking for safe harbor and are still actively seeking their Hawaiian dream home." © Provided by Travel + Leisure Douglas Peebles/Getty Images
Lauren Bradley, principal of Experience Studio at Kukuiʻula on Kauaʻi tells Travel + Leisure, "We have many buyers who have chosen to work from home at Kukuiʻula in the wake of the COVID era, and many new owners have even put their kids in school here." Demand for real estate throughout Hawaii is strong and outweighs supply significantly. An increasing number of people desiring vacation homes are even purchasing them sight unseen, according to data from Vacasa. Buyers are relying on their agent's assessment of the home along with online tools because properties are selling so quickly.
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You can love them or hate them, but vaccine passports are increasingly being used to prove immunization status to travel and visit indoor venues such as restaurants. The United States uses a paper card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prove that people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Obviously, that can …The United States uses a paper card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prove that people have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Obviously, that can become a problem when it comes to travel for several reasons, such as the potential for fraud or losing your card.
Vacation homes in Hawaiʻi are located in gated developments, single-home residential communities, multi-acre estates, resorts, and condominium projects. The islands of Oʻahu, Maui, Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, and Lanaʻi all offer vacation homes, although availability, price, style, and amenities differ widely. Within each island, microclimates range from dry and desert-like to lush and green. For that reason, Donna Hansen of Hansen Ohana - Maui Luxury Real Estate has agents on the other islands who specialize in details like rainfall, weather, and things to watch for when purchasing property. Asked about luxury vacation homes in Hawaii, she responded, "Living in Hawaii is a luxury in itself." © Douglas Peebles/Getty Images Welcome to your tropical home away from home.
We couldn't agree more — and with that in mind, here's a look at where to buy vacation homes in Hawaii.
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These days, vacation plans are extremely unpredictable. Entry restrictions for different destinations are frequently changing, and when or where the next COVID-19 surge will happen is a gamble. It’s almost impossible to know if your anticipated vacation will truly happen — especially if it’s a trip that involves flights and/or passports. That’s why having a …Entry restrictions for different destinations are frequently changing, and when or where the next COVID-19 surge will happen is a gamble. It’s almost impossible to know if your anticipated vacation will truly happen — especially if it’s a trip that involves flights and/or passports.
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Kauaʻi - "The Garden Isle"
On the island's south shore, Timbers Kauaʻi features oceanfront residences, championship golf course, farm-to-table dining (with an on-site farm), and luxury amenities. Chris Burden, chief development officer at Timbers, tells T+L that "closings in 2021 have already doubled year over year." Burden added, "While details for Timbers Kauaʻi at Hokuala's forthcoming townhomes are to be announced in the coming months, buyers can expect the new luxury duplex homes to offer Timbers' signature five-star resort services and amenities."
Also on the south shore, Kukuiʻula is set on 1,000 acres with golf, ocean views, plantation style architecture, and "barefoot luxury." According to Bradley, "We've seen prices accelerate 30% or more in the past year, and when people can't find the home they want, our available homesites have drawn some to build. We currently have only 28 new home sites ranging from $735,000 to $12 million, and just one move-in ready resale home." She continued, "In response, we are planning to bring another new neighborhood to market in the near future ahead of its original planned release date."
Would you take a personal loan for these expenses?
Would you take a personal loan for these expenses?Maybe you’re too busy thinking about the upcoming college semester — whether yours or your child’s — to be thinking too hard about winter break just yet. Or maybe you’re just trying to sneak in one last epic summer vacation. No matter what your life looks like this August, here’s how to tell whether or not a personal loan might be worth considering.
On the north shore of Kauaʻi, the Princeville area features condos, townhouses, single-family residences, and home sites at a wide range of prices.
Oahu - "The Gathering Place"
Some buyers of vacation homes in Hawaii are looking for the convenience of high-rise living, close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and walkable destinations. Honolulu offers many options in sleek, modern buildings with a variety of amenities. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach features on-site pools, restaurants, and concierge services. At ONE Ala Moana, amenities include a heated pool, fitness center, yoga room, putting green, and more.
On the sunny leeward coast, Ko Olina features a variety of vacation home communities on the grounds of the oceanfront Ko Olina Resort. Condos, townhomes, and single-family homes are available, and the resort includes four luxury hotels, shops, golf courses, and a marina.
The north shore, known for powerful surf and quiet beaches is home to the newly reimagined Turtle Bay Resort along with several developments of condos in Kuilima Estates and Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay. Available inventory is minimal at this time.
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Hawaiʻi - "The Big Island"
Set on the warm, dry Kona-Kailua Coast, Hualālai Resort has been an acclaimed luxury destination for 25 years, with a Four Seasons Resort, championship golf course, spa, stunning beaches, and ideal location. Currently, inventory is low and turnover is minimal. According to Kildow of Hualālai Realty, "Many buyers are seeking a home that will accommodate friends and family with the intent [that] the home will stay in the family for generations to come."
Hapuna Beach Residences comprise oceanfront homes from one- to four- bedrooms, golf course residences, and expansive home sites. Amenities include the opportunity for membership in the Club at Mauna Kea Resort for golf courses, tennis courts, water sports offerings, a fitness center, a spa, and ocean view dining venues.
One Ocean, on the southern edge of the Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast, is an oceanfront gated enclave among lavascapes and golf fairways. A limited number of luxury contemporary homes are available, with access to select experiences at the resort.
In Hilo, on the northeastern side of the island, the climate is moist, and vegetation is green, with waterfalls, fertile rainforests, and lush gardens. A variety of homes, condos, and home sites include Hilo Country Club Estates.
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Maui - "The Valley Isle"
In South Maui, Makena features some of the most luxurious vacation homes in Hawaii, with golf, tennis, boating, and secluded beaches. In the same area, Wailea, Maui Meadows, and Kihei offer condos, home sites, and residences.
On the west shore of Maui, Kaʻanapali, home to several famous golf courses, is located between Lahaina and Kapalua. The historic whaling town of Lahaina includes homes, condos, restaurants, and a marina.
Spreckelsville, on the north shore, was once a sugar plantation founded by the Spreckels Sugar Company. "Upcountry," away from the coasts, with higher elevations and cooler temperatures, offers residential areas, many with excellent ocean views.
Lanaʻi - "The Pineapple Isle"
Formerly home to pineapple plantations, Lanaʻi has one town, Lanai City, and two luxurious resorts: Four Seasons Resort Lanaʻi and Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort. Very few vacation homes are available.
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