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12 Family Activities at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort

12 Family Activities at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort

12 Family Activities at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort by Pixiebug Adventures – Copyright 2015

Families are treated so well at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort located on the south side of Maui, Hawaii. The 310-room resort, fronting the gorgeous Maluaka Beach Park, is a value-destination rich in aloha for families. There are no resort fees, no parking fee and there is free Wi-Fi internet. A Family Value Book is received at check-in, and features savings for kids 12 and younger. The value includes $40 Makena Keiki Dollars (per room, per night) to be used throughout the resort, and admission to Maui Ocean Center for up to two children.

There are so many activities on site making it easy for parents to keep young kids entertained including ukulele lessons, pool side movies and a Marine Life Tour with a Maui Ocean Center Naturalist.

The Makena Resort is one of our favorite places to stay on the island of Maui. Jon and I had our wedding reception and honeymoon at the resort in 2003. This visit was a lot different, but so memorable as well.

Sand Castle Building at Maluaka Beach

Sand castle building at Maluaka Beach steps from the Makena Beach & Golf Resort - Copyright 2015

Kieran learned that wet sand is optimal for castle building at Maluaka Beach – Copyright 2015

Lei Making with Fresh Flowers 

Ronan making a fresh plumeria lei at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort.   Copyright 2015

Ronan made me a fresh plumeria lei at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

Eating Shave Ice at the Beach

Ronan eating shave ice at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort - Copyright 2015

Ronan eating shave ice at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

Free Body Art & Glitter Tattoo Application Poolside

I got a fairy glitter tattoo poolside at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort - Copyright 2015

I got a fairy glitter tattoo poolside at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Kieran picked out a Spider-Man design – Copyright 2015

Campfire Storytelling and S’mores with Aunty Tita

The boys loved the campfire and s

The boys loved the campfire and s’mores making at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

The Keiki Artist Platter

Cookie and cupcake decorating in our room was a nice indoor-activity at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

Koi Fish Feeding

The boys enjoyed feeding the colorful koi fish at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort atrium - Copyright 2015

The boys enjoyed feeding the colorful koi fish at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort one acre atrium – Copyright 2015

Makena Keiki Dollars

The boys loved spending the Keiki Makena Dollars on shave ice, poolside food,  cookies, a toy in the gift shop and more! - Copyright 2015

Keiki (children) Makena Dollars were spent on shave ice, poolside food, cookies, a toy in the gift shop and more! – Copyright 2015

Makena Sunday Brunch at Molokini Bar & Grille

Sunday Brunch at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort is an award-winning dinning experience not to be missed - Copyright 2015

Sunday Brunch at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort is an award-winning dinning experience not to be missed – Copyright 2015

Resort Play Park – Mini-Golf, Volleyball, Badminton, Shuffle Board, Table Tennis & Bocce Ball

Kieran played golf at the Ewalani (heavenly nine) Miniature Golf Course at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort - Copyright 2015

Kieran played golf at the Ewalani (heavenly nine) Miniature Golf Course at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

Quality Pool Time 

There are two pools and one hot tub at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

Share Lunch from the Pool Bar & Grill

Fresh grilled tacos ordered and enjoyed in our poolside cabana at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort – Copyright 2015

 

 

Pin-up Girl at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

For one week, I took over the Grand Wailea’s Instagram account by posting a few images each day of our amazing stay at the luxurious resort on the south side of Maui. Jon, Kieran, Ronan and I experienced a phenomenal family vacation that included tons of fun and relaxation in paradise.

Vacationing with children is wonderful, but it’s important to get a little “me” time. Fortunately, the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort caters to guests of all ages with amenities like the award-winning Spa Grande and the 20,000-square foot children’s center called The Rock. Raising two boys, ages 6 and 4, takes every ounce of energy and patience and Jon and I were ready to relax. As soon as we checked into our suite at the Napua Tower, I surprised Jon with the news that he had an appointment at Spa Grande for a massage. In the following days, I made sure to slip away and experience the Spa Grande; voted “Top 10 Spas in the United States” by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines.

The spa is amazing. If you are even near the Grand Wailea you must….I repeat…you must experience the Spa Grande. Each treatment includes the Terme’ Hydrotherapy Circuit featuring a Roman tub, saunas, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo and five specialty baths. I chose to relax with the Pohaku (stone) massage where hot stones dipped in oil are used as an extension to the skilled massage therapist’s hands.

I came up with a fun “Pin-Up Girl Makeover” where I had an anti-aging facial, mani-pedi and hair and make-up all done by talented technicians. We headed down to the beach for sunset and Jon snapped a few photos of me and the boys as they serenaded to me on their new Kala Brand Music shark ukuleles from the resort’s Wailea Gift Shop. It was music to mommy’s ears and a memory I will cherish for ever.

 

Pin Up Girl Photo Fun at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Pin-Up Girl Photo Fun at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort  –  June Harper Copyright 2014

 

Sabrina Orozco - Love this pic! You and the boys are adorable–your just missing Jack :)

PixiebugStudio - I know! I always miss Jack when he isn’t in the pictures. :) Thank you!

The Stoop at the Maui Tropical Plantation

The Stoop at the Maui Tropical Plantation, located in Waikapu on the island of Maui, is a casual restaurant located next to the entrance of the plantation. Ronan and I tried the fresh pressed cane juice with lime and ginger. It’s a super sweet drink that has a little kick to it. I watered down the juice for Ronan and he loved it! The Stoop uses local greens from Kumu Farms to prepare items on their menu that include salads, paninis, curry, poke, soup and a Chef’s Special plate lunch of the day. Fresh baked goods are presented in cake stands at the counter and are hard to resist. In addition to fresh pressed cane juice they offer kombucha, coffee, tea and fresh Maui coconut water. Herbs and succulents grow in repurposed wood pallets at the curb and old surfboards are used as a fence to adding island charm to the location.

The word “stoop” refers to the porch or entrance to a house where people congregate. It’s the perfect name for this much needed casual dining offering in Waikapu. I even brought Jack and he was stoked to sniff the rainbow painted fire hydrant. The Stoop is open from 10 am – 4 pm daily.

The Stoop at the Maui Tropical Plantation Copyright June Harper 2015

The Stoop at the Maui Tropical Plantation                                                                                                                                            Copyright June Harper 2015

Chelsea Kohl - Aloha June!

Mahalo for your beautiful Blog post about The Stoop! You truly expressed the vision that we have been cultivating! We posted your Blog on both Facebook pages (Mill House Maui and Maui Tropical Plantation) and printed copies for our Employees to see.

We would love to meet you in person and further show our appreciation. Next time you plan to visit The Stoop please let me know : )

Best wishes,
Chelsea

Chelsea Kohl
Director of Marketing, Technology, & Strategy
The Mill House & Maui Tropical Plantation
chelsea@millhousemaui.com
work: 808-244-7643
cell: 808-281-1617
http://www.millhousemaui.com
http://www.mtpmaui.com

Sabrina Orozco - I love this picture, so beautiful! I love Jacks close up!

xoxo,
Sabrina & Coco

PixiebugStudio - Thank you!!!

Sunnycovechef.com - Hi June, it was fun meeting you and your family at the Sheraton. You are a gifted photographer. Aloa Gerlinde

Going up at the Grand Wailea Water Elevator

The world’s first water elevator is part of the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui. You’ll find an inconspicuous metal door between the Lava and Puka water slide exits. Once the elevator is at the bottom of the shaft, a pool attendant opens the sealed door so you can swim or walk to your seat on a large round ring. A gate valve is opened by a second pool attendant releasing thousands of gallons of water to form a giant waterfall. The ring can spin slowly around as it rises thus allowing everyone a chance to get soaked by the waterfall. Once at the top of the elevator, a gate is opened so that you can exit into another small pool. You’ll have three choices. You can ride down a long slide or a short one or you can just take the steps out and walk out the pool. The view from the top of the water elevator is stunning, but you’ll probably be too busy having fun in the nine separate pools, seven water slides, lazy river or Tarzan rope swing to notice.

Copyright 2014 June Harper - Water Elevator at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria

Copyright 2014 June Harper – Water Elevator at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Family Vacation at the Grand Wailea – A Waldorf Astoria Resort

One week in October last year we stayed at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort as part of an “Instagram Takeover.” I had the pleasure of documenting our stay by posting photos on Grand Wailea’s Instagram account.

The Grand Wailea is no ordinary resort. The phenomenal Maui resort is known for the largest spa in the state of Hawaii, the lush 40 acres fronting the beautiful Wailea Beach, the extensive art collection prominently featured throughout the property and more. These are all fantastic examples of what makes the Grand Wailea so extraordinary, but these aren’t the reason I find this property magical. The main reason my heart beats faster when I think of the Grand is because it is where I met and fell in love with my husband.

I will share the story of how Jon and I met, but I will save it for another day. This post is about our incredible weeklong stay with our two boys. Although Maui is a major destination for couples, families are treated like royalty at the Grand Wailea. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is a 2,000-foot-long liquid oasis with nine pools on six separate levels connected by watersides, rapids and the world’s first water elevator. The ROCK is a 20,000 square foot newly renovated mini-resort for children up to teens. There are no excuses to sneak away for some quality time when the boys are well taken care of by the awesome staff at the ROCK.

Our experience at the Grand Wailea was unforgettable. Our suite in the exclusive Napua Tower served as a luxurious “home away from home,” except that it was way fancier then any home I’ve lived resided. For example, the master bathroom is roughly the size of my bedroom at home. There is a complimentary breakfast served in a lounge that only Napua Tower guests are privy to and if you serve me anything I am forever grateful. There is just something about being a full-time private chef to two boys and husband that makes me appreciate any meal that I didn’t have to plan, shop and prepare in order to enjoy. Cocktails and pupus (appetizers) are served every day in the Napua Tower lounge and these are also included as a guest of the exclusive tower. We most definitely took advantage of this amenity.

Speaking of amenities, the boys were surprised with a cookie decorating amenity where butter cookies cut into a palm tree, turtle and fish were presented on a cute surfboard cutting board. Tubes of frosting and chocolate cups (yes, cups made out of chocolate!) filled with toppings gave the boys a fun activity to do after a long day at the pools. The pools. The pools. They deserve their own post, so stay tuned and I will share fun photos I captured while we frolicked in the fantastic pools at the Grand Wailea.

GrandWaileaCookieDecorating

June Harper Copyright 2014 – Grand Wailea Cookie Decorating Amenity