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There are few who haven’t dreamed of going to Hawaii. Perhaps you’re considering surprising your better half with a trip for your anniversary. Maybe you’ve received an unexpected bonus or raise, and are contemplating a weekend getaway to celebrate the influx of extra funds.
Regardless as to your reason for wanting to embark on an island adventure, Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort is one Hawaiian destination you won’t want to miss.
Resort owner Chuck Spence is not just part of Maui Sunseeker’s executive team. Prior to purchasing controlling interest of the property in 2008, the East Coast transplant was among its biggest fans.
“I first stayed at the resort about 12 months after it opened and I absolutely fell in love. I kept coming back year after year,” Spence said. “When some of the owning partners started talking about selling their interest, I joined those conversations. At that time I was living in New York and worked in the financial industry but I knew I wanted to live on Maui. I decided I wanted this to be the next phase of my life.”
Spence said his transition from the financial world to running a hotel was a lot easier than some might think.
“With my previous job I worked in sales and was constantly on the road,” he said. “I’ve stayed in everything from the Holiday Inn to the Ritz-Carlton Four Seasons. I know very well what it’s like to be a guest and I want my guests to be treated as exceptionally as I was in many of the properties I went to. That’s my main philosophy.”
At the same time, he noted, his financial and analytical background provided a solid foundation in terms of knowing what needed to be done to make a company successful.
“The transition has worked out very well,” he said.
Those who visit Maui Sunseeker will soon find they have the island at their fingertips. Hotel staff can help you register for zipline tours, bike tours, hiking adventures or trips to the Maui Ocean Center or Ali’I Kula lavender farm. If sailing, snorkeling or paddle sports are more your speed, they can assist with that as well. What differentiates Maui Sunseeker from many of the other resorts on the island, Spence said, is their encouragement for guests get out and explore.
“Many of the big resorts are like big bubbles,” Spence said. “People fly out from the mainland but they never leave the property. They don’t get to experience life on Maui or the beauty of the island. Instead they check in, hang out at the pool and do all of their dining at the hotel. You could fly to Miami or Santa Monica if you wanted to do that.”
Would-be visitors may also be excited to learn the resort’s pool and Jacuzzi area are clothing optional.
“The complex is surrounded by fencing all the way around. People feel a lot more free on Maui and because of that we offer two clothing optional, nudity not required areas,” he said. “We want people to be comfortable while they’re here just being themselves.”
Due to the clothing optional policy, however, those who wish to travel with children should know this is an 18+ destination. This child-free policy is popular with both members of the LGBT community as well as their heterosexual counterparts.
“We had one straight couple who recently came to stay with us specifically because we are an adult-only property,” Spence said. “The wife was a schoolteacher, and she was thrilled to be able to vacation in a place where there weren’t any kids.”
Maui Sunseeker is a place where men, women, gay, straight, questioning and curious can come and feel welcome. It is a place where you can get away, feel safe, and not worry about being judged.
“We certainly cater to LGBT tourists but this isn’t just a gay male or lesbian resort. We want everyone to feel comfortable here,” Spence said. “We want people to come and be who they are and to know they can be themselves.”
For more information on Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort or to talk to someone about booking a stay, call 800-532-MAUI or visit this website.