The entire hotel is showing its age, but they are now doing more upkeep.
Pros - quiet, "removed" location that feels much more serene than Wailea or anything in northern Maui. Staff is fantastic, genuine aloha spirit. The layout of the hotel is open, airy, and it's not overcrowded or glitzy, just comfortable. Beach is great. Service overall is very friendly and comfortable, the staff really like being there and it shows. The pricing has become quite competitive. Room upgrade was given from Scenic View up to Ocean View without even asking. Breakfast is a really pleasant ritual and included in many packages, which I suggest booking. Short drive to Wailea shops or restaurants, or to eat at other hotels.
Cons - smallish pool, but it will be okay for laying around! It is not a hip clientele, if that matters to you (doesn't to me) - average age is 40s or early 50s. Restaurant selection is a bit poor except for breakfast buffet. I really can't think of many cons to Makena, it's just a special place.
Bottom line, if you ran across this and are wondering if you should try a stay here - yes, it will surprise you positively at every turn, it is even much better than some bargain prices might indicate (yes, that means it is a smart choice).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beach front resort located on Maui's southern coast, the family friendly beach front resort, formerly known as the Maui Prince, offers guestrooms and suites complete with private lanais and ocean views, tennis club, convenience to Wailea Golf, an inviting white sand beach and a aloha-spirited staff; it is the Maui vacation you have been waiting to have in luxury style beach resort. Makena Resort is a great value with no resort fee, no parking charges (valet or self) and complimentary Internet throughout the resort! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makena Beach & Golf Hotel Makena
- Makena Beach And Golf Resort
- Prince Hotel Maui
- Maui Prince Hotel
- Prince Hotel Wailea
- Wailea Prince Hotel
- Makena Beach & Golf Resort Wailea, Maui