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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

There are many reasons Hawaii remains the ideal vacation destination for so many dreamers: from its incomparable beauty to the ever-present aloha spirit, Hawaii is a place to be experienced. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel sits on the Big Island's sandy Kohala Coast as if it was placed there by deities at the beginning of time, and not Lauraunce S. Rockefeller in 1965. Since then, Mauna Kea has undergone numerous renovations, always striving to remain contemporary and stylish, but never losing its understated elegance and distinctive island charm.

The moment you arrive at Mauna Kea you are welcomed with the spirit of lokomaika'i (sharing from kindness within). From the fresh flower lei greeting to the relaxed seated check-in, you feel as if your presence is valued and your comfort is a top priority. The accommodations are contemporary and chic, with simple adornments to complement the breathtaking views of the ocean, the island, and nearby golf course from your lanai, while lavish amenities such as high-definition flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and L'Occitane bath products provide a touch of luxury. Despite the romantic, comfortable ambiance created by the spacious guestrooms and suites, a trip to the Big Island would be incomplete without spending time on the beach. Enhanced beach services such as padded chaise lounges, cabanas, and opulently plush beach towels ensure a relaxing day in the sun for adults, while Keiki Club offers fun, safe activities for the little ones.

Pairing up with its kaikaina (younger sister) hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Mauna Kea offers guests exciting ways to fill the day, from shopping and water sports, to golf, tennis, and Hawaiian cultural experiences like lei making, music, and crafts. Make sure you head back to Mauna Kea as the sun sets, at night the beach truly comes alive! Mauna Kea's delectable eateries are a stimulating sensory experience: Copper Terrace sets the mood with torch-lighting, and serves delicious themed pupus each night, while Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar's exhibition kitchen demonstrates the true art of creating a culinary masterpiece. Casual dining at Hau Tree offers classic barbecue favorites, and once a week a traditional luau is held on the beach. The smells of imu-roasted kalua pig, island fish, and finger-licking poi tantalize your taste buds while the steel drums provide cool island melodies during dinner before a fun (and very entertaining) group hula. Hawaii remains one of the top sites for destination weddings, and if you set Mauna Kea as the backdrop for your special day, you will not be disappointed. Get picture perfect at the on-site salon, and let the hotel's gorgeous grounds set the tone for an unforgettable reception. At Mauna Kea Beach Hotel you are welcome to enjoy your ideal vacation experience, whatever it may be, because at Mauna Kea the most important guest is you.

Location of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive Kohala Coast
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Nearest Airport: KOA

Amenities for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

  • General Information
  • 310 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 6 Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Shop
  • Sushi Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa Services
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Laundry Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Currency Exchange Service
  • Sauna
  • Live Entertainment
  • Boutiques
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Art Collection
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • Car Rental
  • Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 18-Hole Golf Course
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Turndown Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • DVD Players
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Satellite Television
  • iPod Docks
  • Luxury Linens
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Private Lanais
  • Activities
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Pilates
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Whale Watching
  • Fitness Classes
  • Surfing
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Family
  • Children's Programs
  • Cribs
  • Babysitting
  • Kids Club
  • Nearby
  • Golf
  • Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

The Mauna Kea is the grande dame of north of Kona hotels. The crescent beach is spectacular and surprisingly waves were very gentle this year. Too tame for body surfing or wave jumping but great for snorkeling. On clear night, manta rays visit the north side of the bay! Service was friendly and efficient. As a very quiet week, many events were cancelled without notice. Holiday decorations were wonderful. But, the great lady is showing her age. Furniture was scuffed, fabrics frayed, drapes didn’t function, bathroom dated. None of this really matters as everything was clean but at top end prices one expects better. Still sitting on our deck watching, glass of good wine in hand, the sunset was spectacular!

Janice H - Berkeley, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful property with its own private beach and the added bonus of a Manta Ray sanctuary. Wherever you are on the property you are surrounded by lush vegetation, the aroma of tropical flowers, and gorgeous views. The are benches and seating around to enjoy the ocean views. Birds and butterflies are everywhere. The staff embody the "Aloha" spirit and are welcoming and gracious. Rooms are comfortable and luxurious without feeling stuffy. Balconies are a great place for morning coffee or an afternoon glass of wine. Restaurants offer fresh caught seafood and creative menus. The store sells wine, convenience items, grab and go sandwiches and snacks and espresso. I did not want to leave, EVER!

InternationalGal - Portland, Oregon

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We make a couple of annual visits to the Big Island and have been loyal to the Mauna Lani for more than a decade, but now realize we've been fools. The room we were assigned, facing the ocean with modern beachy décor and a giant shady lanai with a direct ocean front and shade trees was beyond our expectations. Instead of hiking to the beach at ML, we grabbed only what we needed and strolled across a lawn. When we felt like an espresso we had two options a flight of stairs away, not the zero options of the other hotel. The gym was on site and facing the sea and not a bike or car ride away. There was even great snorkeling. But the best part of all was the warm, endless swimming pool that is the beach! How could we have spent year after year visiting this island and not have known about this beach? We spent hours in the water, whereas at the ML, we are always too cold to stay in (it must have something to do with currents?) There are downsides: the sit down restaurant food is overpriced, even for a resort (but it was nice to have modest options at breakfast in the Copper Bar); there should be no charge for tennis; there should be bicycles available to guests and more shade options on the beach or lawn. There is nothing romantic about Manta, especially when crowds from the luau descend to watch the actual Manta Rays and parade right past the fine dining tables. Overall, this is a place for a family vacation, not a "sexy" vacation and feels closest to the larger Maui resorts. But based on this stay we are adding this hotel to our plans for the future and can't wait to return.

starsparkles - starsparkles

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first and still classic Beach resort. Through several updates the hotel is still fantastic! The rooms are spotless and the service impeccable. Food is very good though very pricey. The grounds are meticulously maintained and a pleasure just to walk through. This is a great place for romantic escapes, couples, families, and anyone who just wants to escape the real world.

russellboydquinnell - Lake Oswego, Oregon

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to take a 3 day side trip to the big island for a stay at the Mauna Kea. We first visited the Mauna Kea in the early 1970's for their weekend brunch buffet. Subsequently, we have used the beach when renting homes in the Puako area. We had always liked the "feel" of the resort: the beach is one of the best in Hawaii; and the buildings and the artwork integrated well with the environment. We reserved a larger size, golf view room. The bathroom was extra large, including beautiful tile work on the floor. The sinks were in a separate room. And, the bathroom had its own lanai. It was very tastefully appointed, private, and with lots of space - a very nice place to relax and sleep. The beach was terrific as always. The food ranged from good to excellent. The restaurant at the golf course was fine for lunch, but it really had nothing special to offer. We particularly liked the bar. It's view opens out to the beach and we liked the food, particularly the fresh catch of the day. They also had a great singer of Hawaiian music. He was accompanied by a very good hula dancer. The entertainment was all low key, but very professional. It allowed diners to have conversation, eat, drink, and listen to the music to the degree they desired. But, the part I liked the best was the beautiful architecture of the resort. I believe it was constructed in the 1950's or the early 1960's, financed with Rockefeller dollars. The different levels open out to the ocean in a way that the tropical breezes flow through the building as visitors sit and look out over the bay. The walls of the public areas are tastefully decorated with Asian art that blends in perfectly with the surroundings. And, the public spaces are filled with comfortable seating areas that feel truly private. I mention all this because the Mauna Kea is a great place to spend a day, particularly if you want to read a book, catch up on email, or lay in the sun. I should also mention the golf course. I play a lot of golf. This course was truly a challenge. Most every green was of the tabletop variety, surrounded by sand traps. Unless you are a very good golfer, expect to spend a good part of your round in the sand. It was one of the more difficult courses I have played. Overall, the Mauna Kea was a most satisfying experience. It shows a little wear around the edges, but we preferred to view the wear as part of the character. It was a great place to relax and to soak up the tropical breezes.

Kevin S - Maple City, Michigan

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