Here’s a novel concept coming out of the affluent hotel world: luxury meets charity.
Picking up a hammer or getting your hands dirty in a garden may not be the first activities that come to mind when you think of five-star hotels in paradisiacal havens like Hawaii.
But new this year, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for guests who may want to offset their luxurious spending by helping to build a home or dishing out food for the homeless.
On the winter-spring itinerary this year are partnerships with the local Habitat for Humanity, where volunteers would help build homes and landscape for those in need of shelter.
Guests with green thumbs can contribute their talents at a botanical garden where volunteers meet every week to help maintain indigenous plants. Guests can also lend a hand at the local soup kitchen, which serves free hot meals every day. Duties include food preparation, cooking, serving and home delivery for the disabled.