Located a short distance south of our condo at Makena Surf is the Makena Beach and Golf Hotel.
This hotel will be closing and redeveloped into an exclusive high end resort. The permit for this construction lists the redevelopment as a $230 million dollar project. The owner of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, ATC Makena, has partnered with Discovery Land Company to complete this project. In 2014, the project manager of Discovery told the Maui Land Use Commission that ATC has losses in excess of $20 million dollars since taking control of this property in 2010 and that the hotel as it currently exists is not sustainable. Discovery is a real estate development company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that specializes in building luxury residential private club communities in the U.S. One of these properties is Kukio in the Kohala area on the Big Island.
Time estimates are still rather fluid and the hotel currently does not have a projected closing date. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and last for 3 years. The existing 310 room hotel will be renovated and redeveloped into 50 private residences that will range in size from approximately 2,400 to over 5,600 square feet and will vary between 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans with different levels of finishes.
Development plans also include building a new boutique hotel that will have 76 rooms as well as 12 multi-family condominiums, 5 spa hales and nine beach cottages. The developer has indicated that daily room rates at this new hotel will be comparable to other luxury Wailea hotels and that the residential units would range from $1.9 million to $6 million. The 12 condominiums, known as Kula Villas, will be constructed on the mauka or mountain side of the existing hotel and will range from 3,000 to 4,000 square feet and will include covered lanais and spa plunge pools. The 9 beach cottages will each be approximately 3,500 square feet, consist of 4 bedroom and 4.5 baths and will have ocean views. These cottages will be constructed south of the existing hotel near the parking area of Maluaka Beach and will feature architectural details reflecting the culture of an historic Hawaiian village. The Spa Hales will be the smallest and least expensive of the development project; these will have 2 bedrooms and will not have ocean views.
Those who buy one of these properties will automatically be members of the Makena Golf and Beach Club which will offer members’ only amenities including access to the now private golf courses, dining and other activities including horseback riding and tennis. The private community will be gated and will also include a rustic “downtown” called Makena Village that will comprise a general store, restaurants, post office and retail stores. Despite this, the permit requires the developer to provide 10 public beach parking stalls and to maintain public beach access during daylight hours. Additionally, the developer is required to provide periodic shuttle service from the parking area through the resort complex to the beach.
Indications are that most of the property will be off limits to those who are not members. For those of us who like to walk through this area, that is disappointing. Time will tell how much access remains.