Some uncharitable folks label apartment complexes “beehives,” because of their boxlike shape, uniformity of design, and ease of access. But you can’t say that about a luxury resort like the Grand Wailea. The sprawling, 40-acre spread on Wailea Beach in Maui is designed for comfort – for pleasure – and not the workmanlike activities of hives and, OK, apartments.
But Grand Wailea is a home for bees. Yup, this luxurious resort houses a unique amenity: a rooftop beehive. The brainchild of managing director Matt Bailey, executive chef Eric Faivre, and director of landscaping James Heid, the project began in 2009 with five hives. Within a few years, the hives increased to ten. Why? Because the trio realized the bees were both unobtrusive guests (none of the humans guests were stung or harassed) and valuable.
After feeding on nearby flowers, the bees returned to their rooftop hive and produced—you guessed it—honey. This honey was then incorporated into chef Faivre’s dishes. It was also bottled and sold to guests eager to take home this delicious, locally sourced treat. Pollinate, return, repeat.
Now, it seems the Grand Wailea has earned a reputation as more than a dazzling resort. Talk about creating a buzz.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.