Kapalua Gold Villas, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Guests at the Gold Villas at Kapalua have access to the same Kapalua community amenities as those staying at the nearby Ritz-Carlton: famous golf courses (where the Mercedes-Benz Championships are held each year over the winter holidays), DT Fleming Beach, the Waihua Spa, Merriman's restaurant, and the Mountain Outpost Adventure Center. Some people might even prefer this to the Ritz-Carlton, since the Gold Villas are multiple-bedroom units with full kitchens, washer/dryer facilities, and a parking garage—plus, they cost less. The Gold Villas are individually owned, but have a high standard of interior design, and include flat-screen TVs, Sub-Zero fridges, granite countertops, sunken spa tubs, and fine bedding. Outdoor balconies with a dining table, grill, and lounge chairs are perfect for friends or families traveling together. The Gold Oceanview Villas have stunning cliff views; book a Gold Golf Villa to stay right off the green.