Insider’s Guide: Maui’s Most Luxurious Villas


Account Manager Kirsten Schneider’s travels have taken her to countless Caribbean islands and European destinations, as well as Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand. We checked in with her following her most recent family getaway to two of our most luxurious villas in Maui

Jewel of Maui

Maui Highlights 

My favorite excursion or experience: “Our full day trip to Hana and ending the day with a dinner in the surf town of Paia at Flatbread Company, a great pizza place.”

My best night out:Watching my husband join the nightly sunset cliff diving ceremony at Black Rock, followed by a dinner at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua.”

My best drink discovery: “The Mai Tai at the Mala Wailea.”

My most memorable moment: “Watching my daughter take her first surf lessons!

My favorite local treat: “Mauna Loa Macadamia nuts.”

My Maui villas: Kirsten and her family split their time between Jewel of Maui and Horizon of Gold, both in Kapalua, Maui.

Jewel of Maui 

Jewel of Maui

What I loved most about this villa: “Everything…from the moment you walk into this place you feel like you are on top of the world. Just a few highlights:  best master bedroom I’ve seen anywhere around the world, amazing outdoor area with a 60’ infinity edge pool, 2 jacuzzis, a waterfall and the location just steps from Oneloa Beach.”

Jewel of Maui

My favorite place to sip my morning coffee was: “Sitting on the terrace right off the master suite and gazing at the ocean and surfers.”

I’ll never forget… It is such a unique property in the perfect location and will always be remembered as one of our best villa vacations ever!”

Jewel of Maui

I would recommend this villa for:Beach lovers, families, golfers, surfers…anybody who wants to experience Maui at its best!”

Something I think guests would like to know about this villa is: “You can access the Kapalua coastal trail/ boardwalk just below the villa, which brings you to 2 other beaches and there are several restaurants within walking distance or a short drive from the villa.”

Jewel of Maui

A detail that made all the difference was: “The living room features ceiling to floor pocket glass doors that open to the pool area for the ultimate outdoors-while-indoors experience.”

The best thing about this location is:Oneloa Beach – a spectacular uncrowded beach, great for surfing.” 

Horizon of Gold 

Horizon of Gold

What I most loved about this villa was:  “The views, privacy and if you are a golfer this is paradise…the villa has 2 golf greens, four sand bunkers and six different tee boxes. The largest hole is over 170 yards and there is also a large putting green!”

I’ll never forget this villa’s: “Pool size! The infinity pool is 80’ in length.”

I would recommend this villa for: Golfers and anyone who is looking for privacy.”


Horizon of Gold Maui

Something I think guests would like to know about this villa is:It is located within Plantation Estates, which is the most exclusive gated community in all of Hawaii … also known as ‘The Beverly Hills of Maui.’”

A detail that made all the difference was: Horizon of Gold is set on 5 acres.  My kids had a blast running around and discovering the property!”

The best thing about this location is:The privacy and proximity to some of the best swimming, snorkeling, diving and surfing just minutes from the villa. Free shuttle service within the Kapalua community is also available!”

Horizon of Gold Maui



By Katherine Scott

Our Website Editor and Social Media Specialist, Katherine has experienced many of Luxury Retreats’ destinations first-hand, including Spain, Italy and the French Riviera. A gourmet traveler, she’s happiest discovering exotic new flavors in Thailand or sipping her way through a European vineyard tour.

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