My husband and I took another couple to the Makaha for their first trip to Oahu. We chose the resort because of the very pleasant time we had there on our first trip to the island years ago, when the Sheraton chain owned the resort. We hoped it would be an equally great experience for our friends, and we were in no way disappointed!
The Makaha is off the beaten path, to be sure. If you like the high-rise, traffic-laden, crowded beach atmosphere of Waikiki, the Makaha is not for you. But if you want to enjoy the tranquility and lushness of a secluded resort, especially if you're on a budget, this is definitely the place to stay. A rental car will take you anywhere on the island you want to go, and at night the peace and quiet of the beautiful Makaha welcomes you back. The wonderful ladies who checked us in and worked at the desk during our stay were so helpful and friendly, willing to chat and answer our questions, giving us information and tips to make our stay even more enjoyable. Our room was clean and very spacious - huge, by Waikiki standards! - the bed was quite comfortable and our housekeeper took great care to supply us with all we needed each day.
The mountains on Oahu are spectacular, and each day we walked out of our room to a view of the Waianae range in front of us, with the Pacific Ocean just off to the right. The grounds of the resort are sprawling and well-kept, from the tree-shaded parking lot to the palms lining the walkways to the abundant plumeria trees, the manicured lawns and golf course, tropical vegetation kept in check throughout the grounds, but growing naturally beyond the perimeter of the resort's guest rooms - with all the beauty of Hawaii around us, we really could have stayed the whole week without leaving the resort!
The pool is old and in need of renovation, but it is still a very pleasant spot to stretch out on a chaise and just enjoy your surroundings. We ate at the hotel's restaurant one evening, at a table on the balcony overlooking the golf course. During a delicious, beautifully-presented and well-served dinner, we witnessed the sun set beyond the golf course, over the Pacific - spectacular! Our waitress was attentive, and we never lacked for a thing throughout the meal. This evening was one of the most pleasant experiences of our entire trip.
We took the opportunity to travel around some of the local roads during the daylight hours (it's true, the area beyond the resort is not one you want to be idly wandering after twilight), and we met folks who were all friendly and willing to talk with us about the area and things to do. We ate at a hole-in-the-wall walk-up and enjoyed delicious, authentic Hawaiian food. We stopped in at a little off-the-beaten-path gift shop and were charmed by the young lady who was employed there. We got tips on where to find the best local beach, a great, huge cave by the side of the road, and other not-in-your-travel-book points of interest. We drove to a beach and were alone as we walked along the sand. While we also saw many of the usual tourist-oriented sights on the island, being at the Makaha gave us the chance to see entirely different aspects of the island and the lovely folks who call it home. We would recommend this beautiful resort to anyone who wants to get away from the city and longs for a real taste of the everyday life and beauty of Oahu!
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