Are you allowed to invite guests to your vacation rental?

Interesting question.... different vacation rental owners have different rules about this one.

From a guest's perspective... you are on vacation, your friends or family are on Maui at the same time and you want to have dinner or hit the pool and hot tub and enjoy an evening together. I get it. Eating out as a group can be expensive and cumbersome, and potlucking at the condo is much cheaper and easier.

From a neighbor's perspective... you are looking forward to enjoying the peace and quiet of your condo after a busy day at the beach or sight seeing, when you hear a group of people loaded down with food and beer knocking at the neighbor's door. They look like they are obviously settling in for a longer visit. Great. How long til quiet hours start? Where's that number to call security?

From the owner's perspective... the guest has signed a rental agreement, agreeing to rules and promising to take good care of the condo. The owner has agreed to a certain number of people staying in the condo and has priced the stay accordingly (more people means more wear and tear, increased power and water usage etc). The resort has limits on number of occupants per unit (typically two per bedroom, sometimes two per bedroom plus two on the living room sofa). The resort most certainly also has disturbance/noise regulations. And of course the insurance policy has limits too.

So how do you find a balance between the guest's wants and owner's needs?

Here's my perspective for my condos, but if you are staying at another owner's condo - please check with them or their rental agency.

1. Overnight guests - You are not allowed extra overnight guests. Only the people listed in the rental agreement at time of booking are allowed to stay overnight in the condo. Small children and infants are included in the head count (from experience with my own, they are usually messier than adults).

2. Daytime guests. I don't mind if you have guests over once or twice per week of your stay, but subject to the following:

What are some alternatives for getting together with friends?

1. Pack a picnic and meet up at a beach park! Have you seen how the locals have parties of all kinds at Kamaole III beach park? What a great idea! There is no fee, just show up early to get a spot in the shade or with tables. Remember, alcohol and smoking are prohibited at all County beaches and beach parks.

2. Reserve the party area/kitchen at the resort you are staying. Check with the front desk on how to do that.

3. Take turns visiting at your friend's condo. You host one night, get your friends or family to host another night at their place. It is fun to check out other complexes.

We want you to have a great vacation and the last thing I want to do is be a party-pooper. Please be respectful of our property and have a wonderful vacation!