Travel Industry In-Depth Profile: Mike Cuthbertson (Maui, Destination Residences Hawai’i)

WAILEA, HAWAII — Mike Cuthbertson is the managing director (since June 2017) of Destination Residences Hawai‘i, a resort management company specializing in exclusive vacation residences on Maui, Kauai and the island of Hawaii for more than 30 years. Its luxury portfolio presents over 660 private homes within a variety of independent resorts including Wailea Beach Villas, Wailea Point, Wailea Elua Village, Wailea Ekahi Village, Wailea Ekolu Village, Wailea Grand Champions, Polo Beach Club, Makena Surf, Lahaina Shores, Ka’anapali Ali’i, Pu’unoa Beach Estates, The Islands at Mauna Lani, Mauna Lani Point, Champion Ridge, The Residences at Laule’a and The Lodge at Kukui’ula. Cuthbertson leads the Destination Residences Hawai‘i’s team in overseeing all the resort properties, expanding guest service experience and growing the brand.

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Mike Cuthbertson, Managing Director of Destination Residences Hawaii

“Mike’s senior leadership experience in entering new markets, evaluating opportunities and executing strategies that result in increased revenues and guest satisfaction will lead our growth in Hawaii,” says Steve Santomo, senior vice president of Destination Resort Management at Two Roads Hospitality, parent company of Destination Hotels. “His strong financial acumen, customer-focused intuition and multi-disciplinary knowledge enables him to build synergies between teams for accelerated success.”

Cuthbertson is a present and action-oriented leader. He is quickly immersed into his new role and destination by working with and listening to his team, and engaging with the communities of Wailea and Makena.

“Our people are the pillars of our success, I am learning our operations from the inside out by working side by side with our team,” says Cuthbertson. “We are putting aloha into action, focusing on our homeowners and guests by delivering outstanding service, developing authentic relationships and creating experiences rooted in Hawaiian culture while celebrating life on Maui. We will continue to evaluate strategic opportunities to grow our network and portfolio of properties.

Our vision is to be the best employer, and the premier vacation rental and property management company in the state of Hawaii.”

All of Destination Residences Hawai‘i’s private residences offer the comforts and conveniences of a home with the full-service amenities of a resort like housekeeping, concierge, front desk check-in and a manager on duty 24 hours. It manages a variety of studio-, one-, two-, three-, four- and five bedroom condominiums in golf-front and ocean-front resort communities with swimming pools, jet spas, and tropical gardens in proximity to championship golf courses and tennis courts, pristine beaches, shopping and dining. Each residence features spacious living and dining space, fully equipped kitchen, en-suite washer and dryer, and a private lanai.

Before joining Destination Residences Hawai‘i, Cuthbertson held management positions with resort hospitality industry leaders including Intrawest, Playground Destination Properties, Hyatt Residences Clubs, Island Outpost Hotels, Carefree Resorts and Grand Bay Hotels in destinations such as Tuscany, Miami and Aspen. He moved to Hawaii in 2012 as managing director of development and principal broker for Timber Resorts on Maui and then Kauai.

While on Kauai, Cuthbertson was an active member of the community. He supported and raised money for the Kauai Lifeguard Association and Wilcox Hospital, and served on the board of directors for Kauai Visitors Bureau. He plans on continuing his philanthropic work on Maui.

The decision to return to Maui and join the Destination Residences Hawai’i family was easy for Cuthbertson and his family. “We always knew we would return to Maui. We could not be more excited about joining the Wailea community with a company that shares and practices the same values as our family. It’s a perfect fit.”

He and his family are already living the culture and active lifestyle of the destination. Their favorite authentic experiences to share as a family are hiking the Na‘ili‘ili Haele (Four Waterfalls), stand-up paddle surfing at Launiupoko and diving at Molokini Island.

Cuthbertson holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on environmental policy and economics from the University of Washington.

For more information about Destination Residences Hawai‘i call toll-free at 1-800-367-5246 or visit www.DestinationResidencesHawaii.com.

About Destination Residences Hawai‘I — Destination Residences Hawai‘i, part of Destination Hotels, offers the largest selection of premium vacation homes and villas in the luxurious destination of Wailea and Makena along Maui’s southern coastline in the Hawaiian Islands. It manages a variety of studio-, one-, two-, three-, four and five bedroom suites in seven distinctive resorts. Each resort features a swimming pool, jet spa, and tropical gardens in proximity to championship golf courses and tennis courts, pristine beaches, shopping and dining. Each vacation residence features spacious living and dining space, fully equipped kitchen, en-suite washer and dryer, and a private lanai. Destination Residences Hawaii is the only collection of vacation rentals in Wailea and Makena that offers enhanced hotel services starting with a centralized reception office, a Concierge Desk to assist guests with booking activities and a manager-on-duty 24 hours a day. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-367-5246 or visit www.destinationresidenceshawaii.com.

About Destination Hotels — Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and Caribbean. Offering authentically immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties, the award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 105 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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