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Starlight Cinema at Baccarat

Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to attend the Starlight Cinema at the Baccarat Resort. It was a great evening of film in a spectacular setting. I thought it might be worth sharing a little bit about the locale for this Maui Film Festival Event and the film.

Baccarat Wailea Resorts and Residences is a new luxury condominium development planned in the resort community of Wailea. It is located on 15.5 acres of beachfront at the former location of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Hotel. The owners of the resort have stripped the old hotel and are slated to begin transforming and rebuilding the Baccarat into a boutique resort that will raise the bar for luxury service and amenities in Wailea. The new resort will include 193 ultra luxury condos sized between one and four bedrooms. The low density resort will have thirteen total buildings housing the condos, a world class spa and two Baccarat branded restaurants. The finishing for both the individual condos will be top of the line, but is likely the services and amenities that will really distinguish the resort. Full service concierge, grocery delivery and numerous other residence care services will allow owners to truly relax and relish their home ownership.

After Wednesday night, I can speak to the natural environment of Baccarat. It was tough to beat sitting on the grassy lawn that separates the old Renaissance and Mokapu Beach. The night air was a perfect temperature. The stars and a half moon were shimmering in the sky. Towering palm trees swayed in a light breeze and a moderate south swell provided a bass like thump every so often as a set of waves rolled on to the crescent shaped beach. It was apparent that this resort has the potential to be one of the finest in the world. Prices start at $1,836,000 for one bedroom/one baths and $9,758,000 for a four bedroom/four and a half bath beachfront residence. Contact us for additional information or to have us represent you as buyer’s agents for this property.

The great venue was a perfect setting for the Starlight Cinema’s featured documentary film The Humpback Code. The Humpback Code was shot primarily in the coastal waters off of Maui. It was a look into the recent studies of the Maui Based Whale Trust. The group has been studying the social behavior of whales. The results of their efforts have changed many of our previous assumptions on whale behavior. The film itself was both incredibly fascinating and visually captivating. With most of my own experience with whales coming from watching whales on the surface, it was amazing to watch the footage of the whales shot under water. It was even more remarkable because the footage was shot while free diving without scuba tanks. The film deepened my tremendous appreciation for the Humpback. We are lucky to have this wonderful animal grace our coastal waters every winter. If you want to see the Humpback code yourself, tune into Animal Planet on July 6th for its American television premiere.

Pete Jalbert

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