A Personal Touch

Wailea Beach Villas introduces personalized adventure package

By: Dawna Robertson

Wailea Beach Villas has brought a new twist to discovering the magic of Maui. Guests of the upscale property can explore the island in the hands of the resort’s private adventure guide who entertains, educates and awakens recreation lovers to unique outdoor activities and environments. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, Wailea Beach Villas has created a Maui Adventure Guide Experience package to bring it all together for vacation ease.

The personalized plan covers five-night accommodations and one complimentary half-day excursion with the resort’s private adventure guide, Charlie Fleck. Through Dec. 19, rates are from $1,225 per person, based on a maximum of four people in a two-bedroom penthouse.

For their Maui Adventure experience, guests can choose from hiking in a bamboo forest, paddling an outrigger canoe complete with snorkeling at Turtle Town, taking surf lessons and other island activities. For maximum flexibility, the half-day itinerary can be customized to meet the needs of each group.

Fleck has been showcasing the beauty of Maui to guests since Wailea Beach Villas opened two years ago. He is a two-time state champion Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddler who spends almost equal time on and in the water as he does land. Along with his knowledge of the island, Fleck uses his deep love for nature and happiness to help him provide memorable experiences to guests.

Fleck launched the private adventure guide service for guests of the resort to provide them with an alternative to larger, more commercialized trips. His philosophy synchronizes with that of the resort to tailor each outing so visitors can discover something new and different every day of their vacation. Fleck also can be reserved for full- and multi-day excursions that are customized to meet each guest’s needs.

“We get all kinds of requests, but hiking seems to be the most popular,” said Fleck. “I've gotten to know the visitors and owners at Wailea Beach Villas really well, and work closely with many of them to customize special excursions. For example, I went on a multi-day trip with one family to show them some of the other islands, as well as the unique things to see and do while exploring other areas.”

Fleck noted that guests appreciate the option since it’s not so cookie cutter.

“A lot of our guests say their special outing was the highlight of their trip. Most are really glad to get out of the normal tourist routine such as going on large, organized trips,” he said. “They’re happy to have the unique experience and see things that most people don't get to see.”

As for Maui’s myriad of options, Fleck personally prefers outrigger canoeing or hiking.

“Or for guests who aren't as active, I can take them on picnics or driving tours,” he said.

Another one of his favorites is to take people on a picnic to the Garden of Eden on the drive to Hana.

“But for those seeking a little more activity, I really enjoy the outrigger canoe trips with snorkeling off the shores of Wailea. I compete in outrigger canoe races, so this is a unique way to share my passion and a slice of Hawaiian culture with our guests.”

Wailea Beach Villas is an exclusive residential resort with an enviable location along Maui’s famed Wailea Beach. It offers luxurious accommodations ranging from 1,900 to 3,100-square-foot villas situated on 12 acres of lush gardens and refreshing pools. Guest amenities include two swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, business center, an activity room and room service.

The resort is within walking distance of more than five resort restaurants and is conveniently located next to The Shops at Wailea with its upscale boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars. The dedicated concierge staff at Wailea Beach Villas is prepared to accommodate guests with their vacation desires, from personal chefs to in-room spa services, private butlers and more.