Makena beach is an area noted for its untouched natural beauty. Located in the Makena state park, Little Beach and Big Beach draws visitors from across the island.
Makena is a state park, which means there isn’t much in the way of development, so that hotels and accommodations are a bit farther away from the beach than other areas.
Luckily, Wailea is noted for having some of the best hotels on Maui. Whether you want low-key luxury, family fun, or romantic privacy, Wailea and Makena have a hotel for you.
The Best Hotels Near Makena Beach
Makena Surf, A Destination by Hyatt Residencies
Guaranteed ocean views await at Makena Surf condos. Unsurprising, considering they’re situated directly on the coast.
These amazing condos are the closest you can get to Makena beach without setting up on the sand.
Found on Po’olenalena beach, the Makena Surf rentals are surrounded by a mixture of tropical gardens and vacation amenities. Play a game of tennis, have a barbecue with an ocean backdrop, and toast the sunset from the private lanai.
Makena Surf by Coldwell Banker Islands
Create your own luxury at the Makena Surf property by Coldwell Bankers Islands.
Able to accommodate up to seven guests, these incredible beachfront rentals are sure to provide the vacation of your dreams.
Just a short drive from Wailea, the Makena Surf properties are located just the right distance from the busy destination.
A trip to Wailea’s restaurants and shops is only a quick drive, but the bustle of the area can’t reach the condo. Instead, you feel gorgeously isolated. Just you, the view, and a handful of nearby properties.
The Four Seasons Maui
There are few words that can accurately describe the Four Seasons at Wailea. This gorgeous resort is located just steps away from Wailea beach, and the sprawling hotel contains spacious rooms and world-class restaurants.
Wailea is a resort town associated with luxury, and the Four Seasons is a big reason for that. Fabulous ocean views make even the standard rooms feel opulent, and the numerous amenities add extra comfort.
Families will appreciate the waterfall pool and nearby beach. Honeymooners can enjoy the spa and serenity pool. And solo travelers will love the restaurants and convenience.
The Four Seasons Wailea is situated on Wailea beach, a short drive from Makena.
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Fairmont Kea Lani overlooks Polo beach, a slightly more private sand beach in Wailea.
Rooms at the Fairmont Kea Lani are some of the largest on Maui. Even the standard room is an exceptional 860 square feet. The modern design emphasizes earth tones and natural materials, creating a comfortable and welcoming space.
When you venture out of your room, the Fairmont Kea Lani continues with this theme of laid-back luxury. The award-winning spa blends traditional Hawaiian techniques with new technologies, and the restaurants use local ingredients to craft crowd-pleasing flavors.
Polo Beach and the Fairmont Kea Lani are at the far end of Wailea, just before Makena state park.
The Grand Wailea attracts visitors for numerous reasons, but the main one has to be the pool. Families flock to this resort for an opportunity to try the water slides and rapids, and even adults will get a thrill discovering the waterfalls and caves.
The rest of the Grand Wailea is just as impressive as the pool. With a spa and fitness center, relaxation comes easily.
The rooms have a laid-back elegance to them, well suited for both families and couples. Outdoor and indoor dining provides guests with a chance to try local ingredients, crafted by intelligent chefs.
The Grand Wailea is located on popular Wailea beach. North of the Four Seasons, it still provides easy access for a day in Makena. We recommend a morning spent soaking up the natural splendor of Makena beach, and an afternoon on the Grand Wailea water slides.
Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux (Adults Only)
Romance is the founding principal of the Hotel Wailea, an adults-only resort that combines intimacy and serenity to create an impeccable atmosphere. Sweeping vistas greet you from every direction, easy to enjoy from the many open air areas of this spacious hotel.
An adults-only resort, the Hotel Wailea is designed for romance. Large suites are scattered across the hotel, adding extra privacy to every stay. Still want to get away from it all? Book an evening meal in the Treehouse, Hotel Wailea’s private dining experience.
Unlike other hotels in the area, the Hotel Wailea isn’t on the beach.
Instead, a luxury car shuttle service provides transport for guests. This location adds privacy to the hotel, tucking it away from the busy beaches of Wailea. The serene atmosphere is ideal for guests who seek the calm of Makena park.
Polo Beach Club by Hyatt Residencies
Polo Beach Club by Hyatt Residencies is located just on the cusp of Makena park, at the beautiful Polo Beach. It’s an area that combines the luxury of Wailea with the natural splendor of Makena, for a vacation that feels both private and opulent.
The villas and condos of Polo Beach Club come with a guaranteed ocean view, and are located on the edge of the scenic Wailea coastal walk. Condo rental allows you to take charge of your vacation, whether that’s a lazy morning on the lanai, or a sunset stroll down the coast.
Makena beach is almost on your doorstep at the Polo Beach Club. With the untouched beauty of Makena so close, this is a luxury vacation that feels steps away from the wild.
Other Places To Stay In Maui
We’ve written quite a bit about all of Maui’s available lodging, and continue to do so, but we wanted to share a few more places to stay from our friends at Booking.com.
A Resort Stay: The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea is the cream of the crop of resort stays, with restaurants, ocean views, an on-site spa, and the Shops at Wailea are just down the road. Couples particularly love The Four Seasons!
Bed and Breakfast: Sometimes, it’s all in a name, and Adventure in Paradise is exactly what it sounds like, located in Haiku on Maui’s north shore. Wake up to a 180 degree view of Haleakala summit every morning from your private patio.
Hotel: The highly rated Maui Sunset hotel combines laid-back atmosphere and the beach of Waipuilani Park. Also, it’s only 1.7 miles from the Elleair Maui Gold Club!
Vacation Home: Find your home away from home at Puu Koa Palms, six minutes from Hookipa Beach, and near the Hana Highway. Also particularly great for couples!
Villas: If you’re looking to vacation in style with your own villa try the Andaz Maui, which include all the expected amenities along with grills and plunge pools.