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Make Yourself at Home: Maui's Stunning Private Villas

Article by Marnie Masuda

Where do well-heeled privacy-seekers stay when visiting the Magic Isle? In unique oceanfront luxury homes, of course! From ultra-chic party-palaces to intimate tropical hideaways, private vacation rentals include the priceless benefit of feeling right at home in paradise.

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Golden Sands

This house tops the list of Maui’s most exclusive, jaw-dropping rental properties. The 11,000 square foot home occupies an entire acre directly on the widest, most serene stretch of Kaanapali Beach, just north of Black Rock. The Mediterranean-style estate features four pools (a lap pool, a children’s wading pool, an infinity pool and oversized hot tubs) set in an Asian-inspired pavilion. Its eight bedrooms and nine-and-a-half baths feature Balinese antiques and gilded silk window treatments and bedding.

Sunken jacuzzi baths and glass-enclosed showers give each bathroom the ambiance of a private spa. The open-air Great Room offers views of neighbor islands Molokai and Lanai. A billiards room, library, indoor gym and high-tech big-screen media room provide indoor diversion - when lounging by the pool or playing in the surf become just a bit too much. Golden Sands is ideal for family reunions or group getaways - with outdoor seating for 20, built-in gourmet barbecue, Bose stereo system with property-wide amplification, and an expansive beach front lawn perfect for picnics or impromptu ultimate-frisbee games. Rates for Golden Sands start at $7,334 a night.

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