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“Why stay here when you can stay on the beach?”

Makaha Valley Country Club
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Fort Bragg, California
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Why stay here when you can stay on the beach?”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

This is an ugly golf resort, but the do have an amazing heiau nearby with limited visiting hours.

Visited January 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“West Side”
Reviewed October 7, 2011

Got this deal off of Living Social...great deal but buyers beware!
The Resort says it has a golf course but it closed. The grounds are beautiful and the room was nice. They have am activity desk where the only activity is the spa, they will book things for you elsewhere on the island but they charge you, really?
There are peacocks and chickens running around so that is kinda cool. We got a room with a king bed which was ok. The bathroom had a tub that looked well used and a little dirty. The windows/sliding glass door was also dirty.
Overall this is not a 4 or 5 star resort, like Trump or Disney where your every need is fulfilled and people wait on you hand and foot. No this is a get away from everything and relax type resort. This place is on the west side of the island away from everything "touristy".
Now the restaurant is awful and I mean awful. They changed the menu the second night there and made it into a Trump type menu except that there are only like 7 entrees. 2 Steak dishes that are like 30+ dollars. I ordered a salad and took 3 bites and told the manager and waitress that it was awful. The manager said she was sorry to hear that and then proceeded to spend 20 minutes speaking with 2 gentlemen who she knew on a first name basis.
My meal was not comped. I was not asked if I wanted something else and to make matters worse I was charged for the salad. The special is the "Catch of the day"..which of the 5 nights we were there they did not have. So you have a restaurant on a island, and you cant get fish! Something is really wrong with that.
Overall the resort is nice and I would go back just DO NOT eat @ the restaurant.

Visited October 2011
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West Covina, California
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38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“An outstanding experience!”
Reviewed April 25, 2005

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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“Awful Experience!!!”
Reviewed April 20, 2005

You don't want to spend your vacation at this place. They should be ashame to call themselves a resort. Motel 6 is a better. The service is slow, food is bad, rooms are dirty.

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“great resort”
Reviewed April 16, 2005

we ate there and the service was excellent. the meals were great. will eat there again.

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