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Makena Beach & Golf Resort

At a Glance

    Pros

  • new fitness center
  • quiet
  • great beach

    Cons

  • not as luxurious as nearby properties in Wailea
  • far from attractions

Fodorite Reviews

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Makena Beach & Golf Resort Review

This resort (formerly the Maui Prince) has a superb location just south of Makena, in a secluded spot amid a magnificent golf course and abutting a beautiful, near-private beach. The pool area is simple, but surrounded by peaceful and understated gardens. Guest rooms, on five levels, all have ocean views (in varying degrees) and surround the courtyard, which has an atrium garden with a stream. An activity desk can arrange a wide range of water sports, including snorkeling and stand-up paddling. The storytelling and stargazing session that uses iPads is popular with families. The day spa offers relaxing massages in oceanfront cabanas. At press time there were unfinalized plans to demolish the property and construct a new smaller hotel by the end of 2015, so check for updates.

    Hotel Details

  • 290 rooms, 20 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-21-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Highly recommended resort

    We were extremely happy that we decided to stay at this hotel rather than some of the larger, more expensive ones to the north. We would highly recommend it to others.

    The staff members were very competent and helpful, particularly the beach shack staff.

    We had a beachfront room that was large and well-maintained. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were soft (something my girlfriend always notices). We liked that the bathroom had a bathtub area with a clothes line AND a stall shower so we didn't have to take things down that were drying when we wanted to shower. There is a self-service washer and dryer on the main floor.

    The balcony was large and had a good view.

    The hotel was a good value considering that there was no resort fee yet we got free beach chairs, free valet parking, and free WiFi (although it could have been stronger). There was a $25 daily fee for a beach umbrella that seemed steep yet typical for Maui. (We later stayed at the Sheraton which charged $15 per day for beach chairs and didn't offer umbrellas because it was too windy. The wooden twin chaise cabanas were $45 per day.)

    I enjoyed snorkeling off the hotel's beach and did swim with a turtle. The snorkeling was good (but not as good as at Black Rock by the Sheraton where we stayed later). We didn't try snorkeling anywhere else while staying here because we liked having beach chairs, an umbrella, restrooms and a bar handy when we were finished.

    We got a package that included the breakfast buffet and enjoyed it. Some of the items were changed each day so there was sufficient variety.

    The hotel is not sprawling like many of the other Maui properties and it felt more Hawaiian than the Fairmont, Hyatt, and Westin that we visited.

    The hotel is slightly remote but that seemed like a good thing. Wailea and Kihei were only a short drive away and I believe that the hotel had some sort of shuttle service for guests without a car.

    One warning -- There was significant construction on the north side in mid-May 2013 when we were there and it looked like it might be around for a while.

    by mscarls, 5/19/13
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    Best value

    Five star resort at half the price of the nearby locations. Private beach and good restaurant. Free buffet brunch. Clean rooms. Got an upgrade and always found a space to sit by the pool or on the beach. Concierge will help you out with all your day plans. Try the sunset horseback ride. White escalade shuttle service to the golf course and nearby resorts.

    by luxgirl, 9/9/12
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    Superior

    The Maui Prince is superior in every regard, in marked contrast to some of its neighbors in the Wailea vicinity to the north.
    The Maui Prince is Japanese in the very best sense - in attention to detail, exquisite service, and beautifully understated elegance. If you're looking for a tropical Las Vegas experience, check out the gaudy Grand Wailea nearby.
    The only possible complaint is that the hotel is located near the southern end of Maui's west coast, and the drive to Lahaina takes at least an hour (if you don't get caught in traffic). The hotel offers no shuttle service to Lahaina, so a rental car - and a long drive - is your only option if you want to go elsewhere in the island.

    by JoanWells, 11/23/07

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