Meet The Wailea Inn Team

Owners Gal Cohen and Xorin Balbes juxtaposed the exciting location of the Wailea Inn
next to the beach with a contemporary Hawaiian elegance, serene retreat environment and surf lifestyle.
They’ve created an intimate oasis of luxury and perfection set in the natural beauty of Maui, and invite you to join them.

Meet The Wailea Inn Team

Owners Gal Cohen and Xorin Balbes juxtaposed the exciting location of the Wailea Inn next to the beach with a contemporary Hawaiian elegance, serene retreat environment and surf lifestyle. They’ve created an intimate oasis of luxury and perfection set in the natural beauty of Maui, and invite you to join them.

Gal Cohen born and raised in Israel, Gal Cohen’s diverse career includes the Real Estate Development, Construction, Landscape & Design, Consulting and Property Management Industries. Gal Cohen is the founder of Cohen Development Group, a real estate investment company active across Maui in the development, ownership and operation of luxury residential and commercial properties. He discovered his passion for identifying investment opportunities and his talent for creating beautiful, unique spaces while flipping his personal investment properties on Maui. Gal has since established his reputation on the island as a creative and knowledgeable real estate developer. His abilities to identify rare investment opportunities and to design and build unique spec homes has enabled him to quickly expand his portfolio across the State of Hawaii. Gal has mastered the art of modern and contemporary design and construction that compliments the existing environment. His signature earthy, contemporary and eclectic style can be identified in each of his projects, ranging from oceanfront residential homes to the renovation of Lumeria Maui, a historic luxury retreat and educational center, and the remodel of Wailea Inn.

In partnership with Xorin Balbes, Gal purchased and remodeled Wailea Inn in 2014. He oversees its day to day operations and continuously updates and improves the property. An avid traveler, Gal wanted to create an accommodation that combined his memorable stays from all around the world. The result being Wailea Inn – a combination of comfort, luxury and tropical landscape all with convenient access to daily surf sessions and the Maui sunsets. Outside his passion for work, he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, stand-up paddling, traveling and practicing yoga.


Xorin Balbes Award winning architectural conservator, lauded designer, and philanthropist, Xorin Balbes discovered his passion and vision for the design and re-design process while renovating his first home in Santa Barbara. He is founder of TempleHome, an award winning architecture and design firm recognized nationally for conservation and a holistic approach to design that nourishes the soul and harbors an impressive high-profile celebrity client list. Xorin is also well known for his remarkable restorations of several architecturally significant properties in the Los Angeles area including the Sowden House, a 1926 Lloyd Wright; Talmadge Villa, the Los Feliz replica of a 17th century Italian villa and the former home of 1920s screen legend, Norma Talmadge; and the award winning restoration of the 1929 Art Deco Security-First Pacific Bank. Creator of Lumeria Maui, a retreat center he designed and renovated on a historic site in Maui, Hawaii, Xorin created another oasis where guests could relax and renew just steps from the beach at the Wailea Inn.

Xorin’s impressive succession of re-designs and renovations encouraged him to develop his own philosophy for home design entitled, SoulSpace. The process was born out of Xorin’s discovery of a deeper purpose and meaning in his life, and his aspiration to share this deeper more soulful way of living with others.


Wailea Inn Sales Manager

Chelsea Dimin is the Wailea Inn Sales Manager that assists guests when booking their reservations. A people-person, she’s known for having a positive attitude, boundless energy, integrity and follow through. Chelsea enjoys the island lifestyle that living on Maui offers, and loves sharing her experience with others who are coming to visit the island. She comes with over eight years of marketing experience developing global brands in new markets and over 10 years of experience teaching yoga, barre classes and hosting retreats. This is of particular value to those planning retreats at the Wailea Inn who may not be familiar with how to structure retreat pricing and itineraries. She loves to sweat through hot yoga, beach runs, stand-up paddle boarding and barre classes. Creating a life that she loves is a daily practice and absolutely lights her up! Contact Chelsea at 1(800)405-0476 to inquire about availability, request a quote or book a reservation.