We booked our trip to Maui on a whim. A great flight deal came up, which we saw in a Facebook travel group, it was too good to pass up, so we jumped on it. 2 months later, we arrived in Maui from Los Angeles.
The humid air hit us as soon as we stepped foot out of the airport, then a nice cool breeze with a light plumeria scent filled the air. We headed over to the Budget rental car area where a complimentary shuttle whisked us away to pickup our convertible Ford Mustang. A convertible is a must in Maui, but ladies, remember a scarf to avoid “convertible hair”. We let the top down and got the GoPro rolling (watch the video HERE) to catch the scenic ride to our destination, Makena Beach & Golf Resort. ( Check out the video of our trip on YouTube)
We love everything about the Makena Beach & Golf Resort and the greatest part is the staff and location, right on the private Maluaka Beach. The hotel will be turning into condos in mid-2016 so book now if you are planning on going. The hotel offers complimentary valet parking to guests and there is no resort fee to pay, both are usually standard in the area. Its the last resort in South Wailea on Makena Beach, and since this is a golf resort, the environment is more adult oriented, with little to no kids around. This is a big plus for us. We usually stay at adults only resorts and having kids scream throughout our lazy beach day just isn’t our cup of tea. Though the resort is kid-friendly, and offers a ton of beach rentals and activities, it isn’t as kid oriented as the nearby Grand Wailea or Kea Lani.
Heading down to breakfast, past the koi pond is Cafe Kiowai, a perfect brunch at $27/per person. Keep an eye out for deals when you book, sometimes they throw in resort credits that you can use on meals. We enjoyed omlets and eggs cooked to order as well as an array of fresh fruit juices and lots of other hot breakfast items. Breakfast runs until 11am, which is great, because who wants to get up early while on vacation?
The Mr. did have an encounter with management when he tried to bring in outside beer that wasn’t served at the resort later on that day, but they were kind enough to still let him drink it with a warning for the future. He just couldn’t resist the Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing.
After brunch everyday we headed down to the beach where soft, white sand awaited us. There was no fighting over beach loungers as there were plenty. During the low tide we took advantage of the snorkel, scuba and paddle board rentals offered at an hourly or daily rate. If you are interested, they also offer lessons and certification classes. As you look out at the water from the resort, to your left there is a reef where the snorkel gear comes in handy to see some wonderful fish and turtles, and the famous Humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
Float Away In Paradise
After a day at the beach, we cooled off by the pool and used our new floats for some relaxation. Just Add Noddles has these awesome floats that are super easy to pack up and travel with. They come in a cute pouch with blow up inserts that you can use anywhere.Photo via Just Add Noodles
If you are planning on just using your float at home, just cut up a pool noodle and you are set to go! The Mr. is still a novice swimmer but the crazy amount of floatation gave him confidence to just float around all day.
The grounds are immaculate and the landscape is lush, well maintained, and there are beautiful flowers and plants everywhere you look. Since it was a birthday trip for the Mr., we had complimentary champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries waiting for us inside with a congratulations note from management. A nice touch that was definitely appreciated. If you stay here, a ocean view and top floor is optimal. We stayed in room 414 and it was breathtaking.
Makena Beach and Golf Resort is a great choice for a getaway in Maui if you’re seeking peace and quiet with romantic settings.
As much as we love the hotel, rumor has it that the resort will be converted to condos. This was also speculated back in 2014 in this article. No closing date has been set, and they are scheduled to stay open throughout 2016.
“A new hotel will be built to the south of the existing building where the empty space is now”, says a reliable source at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, who has already signed contracts to work at the new hotel.
We hope to make it back to the hotel before the changes start.