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Families Find Fun in the Sun at Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Hotel & Resort | Makena Beach & Golf Resort | Janeen Christoff | July 30, 2015

Families Find Fun in the Sun at Makena Beach & Golf Resort

When families are traveling, they are looking for fun and relaxation, but also a good value. Makena Beach & Golf Resort combines this to offer the family vacation trifecta in an ideal location for multigenerational groups. With no resort fees, complimentary parking and free Internet access, Makena eliminates many of the additional fees that add up for families. And the resort’s spacious family-friendly accommodations, complimentary cultural experiences, kid-friendly dining and white sandy beaches, mean that fun and relaxation is built right in.

Situated on 1,800 acres at the southwestern end of Maui and fronting the Maluaka Beach Park, the resort is easily accessible from the airport and just a 10-minute drive from Wailea. The property features 310 guestrooms and suites with private lanais, sweeping ocean and Mount Haleakala views.

There are six tennis courts, two oceanfront massage cabanas and an adjacent white-sand beach, featuring the famed Turtle Town and a variety of water activities. There is also golf nearby, meeting facilities and banquet services on property.

Family-Friendly Accommodations

Families will appreciate Makena’s spacious room categories. Standard rooms offer a generous 435 to 500 square feet of space and sleep up to four. Cribs and rollaways are also available. There are scenic, partial oceanview, oceanview, premium oceanview and oceanfront room categories available. In addition, the resort offers a variety of suite categories ideal for families.

Makena has 10 partial oceanview suites, nine oceanfront suites and one presidential oceanfront suite. Hallmarks of these accommodations are large living rooms, dining areas, multiple private lanais, wet bar areas, entertainment centers and multiple bathrooms. Ideal for families, the resort’s oceanfront suites are available in king or double queen bed configurations and feature a wraparound lanai with oceanfront views of Maluaka Beach. They range in size from 900 square feet to 1,100 square feet of space. All suites come with the resort’s Oh So Suite Amenity Program, which features daily newspaper delivery, complimentary beach rentals, tropical fruit amenity upon arrival and more.

Family-friendly amenities include Just for Kids items that can be purchased. These include the Keiki Artist Platter — ideal for your budding chef — which includes everything you need to decorate cupcakes and sugar cookies. The Just For Kids Snack & Play amenity includes a Hawaiian Coloring book, skittles, gummy bears, beach pail and the Night At the Movies Amenity includes two soft drinks (Coke, Diet Coke, Sierra Mist, Diet Sierra Mist or Ginger Ale), a bag of popcorn, M&M's (plain and peanut), Snickers, gummy bears and complimentary in-room movie voucher.

The concierge team can also assist families in booking babysitting services and there is an onsite photography team that can help families document their vacation with family portraits at economical prices.

Around the Property

There are several dining options for families. Barista 5400 is perfect for snacks and morning coffee with a selection of fresh-baked items, cookies and Starbucks coffee. Café Kiowai serves a morning breakfast buffet and a la carte brunch overlooking koi fishponds. Kids will love the complimentary fish pellets with which to feed the koi. There is also the Pool Bar & Grille, which is ideal for lunch with burgers, fries, hot pizzas and other kid-friendly items. Molokini Bar & Grille serves dinner and is ideal for sunset dining. They also serve a variety of kid-friendly options.

In addition to pool and beach activities, there is access to a variety of tours, including eco-kayak tours, snorkeling tours, a two-hour outrigger canoe experience, stand-up paddleboarding lessons and more. There’s no need for families to lug cumbersome surfboards or bodyboards through the airport as these items can all be rented on property from the Makena Beach Activities Center. The Maui Dive Shop offers scuba certification courses and there are HUKA tankless dives and complimentary lessons at the pool offered on select days.

Kai Kanani Catamaran Tours provides morning snorkeling tours to Molokini Islet, sunset tours and whale watching as well as private trips. Guests can golf at the Wailea Golf Club or relax at the Makena Kai Day Spa as well. Makena Beach & Golf Resort also offers an outdoor play center offering family recreational activities such as miniature golf, croquet, shuffleboard, volleyball, table tennis and volleyball.

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