The Resort Lifestyle – Makena Maui
Resort development came to Makena in the early 1970s with the acquisition of 1,200 acres of Ulupalakua Ranch lands by Seibu, a Japan-based conglomerate. Unlike neighboring Wailea, a master-planned resort destination developed on 1,500 acres of ranch land to the north, Makena is a development of resort and residential properties that has continued to evolve with changes in ownership and environmental challenges. In addition to its choice location on the shores of two of Maui’s best sandy beaches, Makena attracts both visitors and buyers with a luxury beachfront hotel, Robert Trent Jones golf courses, and a collection of upscale condominium and single family home properties that typically command premium prices.
The hotel developed by Seibu as the Maui Prince, which opened in 1986, was sold in 2007 together with the golf courses and surrounding lands to Maui developers and investors. In 2010 the properties were acquired by another group of investors and the name changed to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.
The current owner, ATC Makena, has announced plans to partner with Discovery Land, a high end resort developer, to convert the hotel into a “members only” spa and resort condominium. In addition, the partnership is proposing to create an exclusive resort neighborhood of luxury properties including custom estates, cottages, vacation rental units, and condominium buildings clustered on the hillside site.
The resort, now 1,800 acres, currently comprises condominium properties, including the Makena Sunset, the Makena Surf, Na Hale O Makena, and Makena Place, as well as single family homes and large private estates with prices that reached a record $41,775, 000 in 2015; currently $21,500,00 tops the price range.
In addition to the two Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf courses, one of which is temporarily closed, the resort includes a tennis club with six courts rated as one of the top facilities of its kind in the U.S. Nearby is Makena State Beach Park fronting Oneloa (Big Beach), one of the largest beaches in Maui. A mile and a half long and more than 100 feet wide, the golden sand crescent is washed by clear waters that are calm much of the time. Just over a knoll to the north is Puuolai (Small Beach), which is 660 feet long and sandy with waves suitable for body surfi ng. The area’s numerous archeological remnants and historic sites make hiking and exploring a popular activity at Makena. The Keawalai Congregational Church, founded in 1832 and one of Hawaii’s oldest churches, was built partly with rock from the beach and koa wood from nearby forests; the church conducts regular services and also serves as a wedding chapel.
Realtor-Broker Guida Anderson of Island Sotheby’s International Realty, which maintains an offi ce in the Shops at Wailea, is offering one of Makena’s premier properties, a private, gated 2.39-acre estate with sweeping ocean and mountain views.
The elegant, spacious home with 5,129 interior square feet augmented by outdoor decks and lanais includes five bedrooms, six baths, a large open living/dining area, and chef’s kitchen. The beautiful, thoughtfully designed home overlooks manicured gardens and a free-form swimming pool.
“This private residence is the perfect blend of Hawaiian informality and sophisticated elegance,” Anderson said. “Architectural features include a welcoming entry and connected pavilions to create privacy for both residents and guests. The main living and dining areas open to large covered lanais and the custom, solar-heated saline pool, spa and waterfall…a setting designed for our Hawaiian indoor/outdoor lifestyle and gracious entertaining. High quality finishes throughout include hardwood cabinetry and trim on custom floor to ceiling doors and windows, hardwood and tumbled marble fl ooring, and recessed ceilings. The home is bright and airy and designed to take advantage of Makena’s wonderful dry, sunny weather. And it’s just a short stroll to some of the world’s fi nest beaches.”
Anderson, a specialist in Maui luxury properties, is offering the home for $9,998,000 and showing it by appointment. Island Sotheby’s International Realty Realtor-Broker Deborah Davis is co-listor.