Makena Beach & Golf Resort Unveils Nearly $50 Million Rehab

In late 2010, on the eve of its 25th anniversary and shortly after Landmark Hotels Group took over its management, Maui’s Makena Beach & Golf Resort embarked on a multi-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation that would beautify all aspects of its 1,800 majestic acres. The Makena, which has 310 rooms and suites and more than 107,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, is situated on secluded Maluaka Beach, which boasts 330 days of sunshine and a paltry seven to 13 inches of rain each year.
The first change that visitors will notice immediately is the overhaul of the hotel lobby. The space has been transformed from an uninviting hallway into an open-air “living room” for guests, with comfortable lounge areas and Wi-Fi access. Upgrades to the rooms and suites include new and contemporary furnishings, granite countertops in the bathrooms, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, and Tommy Bahama bath products. The resort’s new executive chef, Marc McDowell, is also a certified Master Gardener and has brought the farm-to-table concept to Makena, harvesting ingredients from new onsite fruit trees and herb and vegetable gardens. Meanwhile, the resort’s Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course has been restored to tournament-quality condition, with nearly every one of its 18 holes providing spectacular views of the ocean and Mt. Haleakala.
Makena's Ka'eo Ballroom, which features a wall of windows looking out onto the water, can host up to 520 for a reception, while the resort’s largest outdoor space, Pu'u O'Lai Garden, can host up to 1,200 for a banquet. Makena is also a five-minute drive from the attractions of Wailea, including shopping and fine dining.

By the time all the work has been completed, Landmark will have invested nearly $50 million in the property (formerly the Maui Prince Hotel), says Glynis Esmail, Landmark’s vice president of sales and marketing.