Makena Beach & Golf Resort Celebrates 30th Anniversary
PHOTO: The backyard of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, in all its glory. (Courtesy Makena Beach & Golf Resort)
The year was 1986.
Ronald Reagan was in the middle of his second term as President of the United States.
The New York Mets were on their way to a championship season.
Madonna had the No. 1 album in the U.S. with “True Blue.”
And the Makena Beach & Golf Resort opened as the Maui Prince Hotel.
Hard to believe 30 years have gone by, and while there have been improvements and remodeling that every resort inevitably goes through, the heart of Makena Beach & Golf Resort remains the same – a “place of abundance,” which is what Makena means in Hawaiian.
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An abundance of white sand beaches on a rocky lava shoreline, of the most gorgeous mosaic of colors of the Pacific, and of 1800 acres of tropical paradise.
An abundance of amenities within the hotel, of first-class service, and of attention to detail.
None of that has changed in 30 years. In fact, a visitor to Makena Beach & Golf Resort earlier this month wrote in the comments section of a tour operator praising the staff of the resort after getting lost at night on the way from the airport in Maui.
“We called the hotel for direction and (were) barely able to tell where we were due to the lack of adequate street lights in some parts close to Kihei and Wailea. Thanks to Lisi Amoti, Assistant Night Manager, who was so patient, courteous, and extremely helpful, we were guided to the hotel tired and relieved. The night staff greeted us warmly and the door man even brought us water. Thank you!”
That’s Makena Beach & Golf Resort.
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The 310 rooms include 290 guest rooms with a minimum of 500 square feet and all of them with a balcony – and most of them facing the Pacific Ocean. The 20 suites measure a minimum of 1,000 square feet. They all include 37-inch flat screen televisions, complimentary high speed wireless internet, tea and coffee maker, bottled water, refrigerator, granite-top bathroom counters, and no resort fees.
As for outside your room, well, welcome to paradise. Snorkel and dive in the Pacific, or stay on the land and bike, play tennis, horseback ride and, of course, golf.
But know this – now is the time to go!
After a Japanese consortium that bought the resort in 2007 ran into economic difficulties, the Maui Prince was bought at foreclosure by a group of investors that included Landmark Hotels Group, Inc., and renamed the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. The resort went through an extensive makeover and beautification process, to the point where it consistently ranks among Trip Advisor’s Top 10 hotels and was named one of the top resorts in Hawaii by Conde Nast Magazine’s Annual Readers Choice Awards.
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