The resort is on a secluded, sandy beach in south Maui. Maluaka Beach, commonly known as Turtle Town, provides some of the best snorkeling on the island, as well as boat tours and cruises.
A corridor of oleander and blossom-laden trees leads to an open-air lobby. Asian-inspired gardens, waterfalls, and streams embellish the atrium lobby. 4 resort dining options include Molokini Lounge, which specializes in contemporary island cuisine. Café Kiowai prepares buffet-style and à la carte breakfasts at a glass-sheltered, garden-view terrace. Poolside Grill serves lighter fare and drinks for happy hour; it opens for lunch, as well. Barista 5400 serves breakfast and lunch. Makena Luau features a 5-person fire-knife dance finale. The resort supplies free wired and wireless Internet. A total of 65,000-square-feet of outdoor function space combine with 7,000-square-feet of indoor space to accommodate events of up to 350 people. Recreational amenities include an outdoor saltwater pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center equipped with 2 massage tables, plus cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. The resort's 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. 6 tennis courts are adjacent to the golf courses. Guests can enjoy a massage in the spa's oceanfront cabanas. The property also features valet parking for an extra fee.
The Makena Beach and Golf Resort offers 310 air-conditioned, non-smoking guestrooms, all open to a furnished, over-sized lanai (100 square feet or larger) and most of them overlooking the ocean. Beds feature premium Eqyptian-cotton linens with triple sheeting. Each room includes a refrigerator with complimentary bottled water refreshed daily. Coffeemakers are stocked with Kona coffee. Rooms include complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, 37-inch high-definition LCD TVs with premium digital service, and CD and DVD players. All rooms have phones and local calls are free. Bathrooms feature marble vanities, robes, and designer toiletries. All rooms were renovated in 2011.