Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition Models Shacked Up at Maui's Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea Resort in Maui is having quite the turbulent February. First, it filed bankruptcy and was bought by new owners, despite its almost $2 billion in debts, and then it was featured in the movie Just Go With It. There's even a contest open now to win a good vacation stay at the resort as a tie-in with the movie.
Finally, the Grand Wailea is again the center of attention, as today it was announced that it was the temporary Hawaii home of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's bevy of models, stylists and photographers when they stayed in Maui to shoot the 2011 issue, hitting newsstands today. We've visited the Grand Wailea before and found it a bit too family-oriented for our luxury tropical relaxation tastes, but all those models and famous photogs could've shifted the balance for at least a weekend.
The cover model of the special issue, 25-year-old Russian (and Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend) Irina Shayk, also managed to get her bikini-ed butt featured in another destination spread in the mag, where they all went to the Philippines.