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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 1 day ago

I recently stayed at the Mauna Kea and I can't recommend it enough for families! We had 2 rooms connecting that worked great for our family of 5. It has a very good balance overall of things for kids with great service and food for adults. The beach is second to none on Hawaii great for snorkeling, swimming and boogie boarding. The restaurants are all quite good and the Manta breakfast buffet should not b missed. If you are looking for your next family vacation spot on the Big Island of Hawaii look no further than the Mauna Kea.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

I've stayed at a lot of hotels around the world in my lifetime, and I have to say that this hotel was a bit underwhelming. Based on the other reviews on this site, I was expecting a luxury beach resort. Almost all of the reviews are 4 or 5 stars. I have to wonder if these people were staying at the same place. One of the best things about this hotel is the beach. I've stopped at a number of beaches on the big island, and this is the best I've seen. It is long, wide, and full of clean, white sand. Pretty much exactly what most people want in a beach. The waves, on the other hand, were lackluster. Now, the quality of the waves will depend on the time of the year you go, but in April, the waves were just a bit above "kiddie pool" level. I (and my kids) tried (and mostly failed) to boogie board on them for four days straight. So if you are going to play in the water, don't expect much on the wave front. If you have small children, it will be fun for them. There are a couple of reefs on the sides of the cove where the hotel is located. The water was pretty cloudy while we were there, but there were plenty of fish to look at. The reefs looked rather bleached and dying, but I'm no expert. Maybe that is normal. Now let's talk about the things that are within the hotel's control... Service: When we arrived at 8:30 on our first night, the front of the hotel was dark and empty. "Is it open?" I asked my wife. "I guess so," she said doubtfully. We unloaded our bags and went in to the open air lobby to check in. Eventually, a person came up and offered to valet park our car. We later learned that everyone (else) who comes to the hotel is greeted with a free lei or necklace made of nuts (and we did eventually get one). Down at the beach, the people running the towel hut had a way of being really annoying. First thing in the morning, my job is to get towels for the whole family (4 of us). "Only 2 towels per person." "What? Why?" "That's our policy." So now, I have to call my kids out of the ocean so that a 10 year old can beg for a couple more towels. Totally nuts. I should have brought a fake mustache so I could go back and get more without them catching me violating their "policy." Rooms: Our room was decent, but not luxurious. Our toilet was broken when we arrived, and the light in the shower of our second room was falling out. The patio doors have two locks, but only one worked. The beds had sand in them when we got there (how?), and the floors were sandy, too. In fact, for our entire stay, the floors were continuously sandy/dirty, even after the cleaning crew came through. The room cleaning was pretty spotty in general. Every day, we requested early room cleaning, and every day, they cleaned our room in mid to late afternoon, usually when we were back in the room getting ready to go out for the evening. They were super stingy with the toiletries, and we had to request refills of the conditioner, and when we used up the soap in the shower, they did not give us more for 2 days. The decor of the rooms was nice, though a bit dated. The ergonomics were mediocre. The rooms suffer from a lack of outlets. There is no way to charge your phone at the bedside table, for example. Oddly, the plugs in the bathroom are situated so that it is impossible to plug the hairdryer in. There was only one chair in the room, though there were some nice seats on the balcony. Food: Food is probably this hotel's weakest point. It is surprisingly hard to obtain food here. For one thing, there is no service along the beach at all. Nothing beats sitting in your beach chair, sipping a margarita and watching the waves roll in. But if you want to do this, you have to hike down to the bar and wait in line to place an order. This is truly a missed opportunity for the hotel, because they could easily make a profit selling food and drinks to all the families relaxing on the beach. If you get hungry during the day, there is a small beach side restaurant (Hau Tree). The menu is pretty limited, though, and it is mostly junk food (burgers, sandwiches, chips, fries, tater tots, and a couple of salad options). The grilled cheese was pretty good, but it would be nice to have a few more options. God help you if your kids get hungry for a snack at 3:30 or 4 in the afternoon. The restaurants all shut down, and there is no snack food to be had anywhere (unless your kids enjoy eating olives or bacon, which are both freely available at the copper bar.) There is a nifty ice cream freezer by the towel hut, but the guy in charge of ordering fell down on the job, and all that was left were a few peanut-encrusted items that would send my daughter to the hospital. Next shipment of ice cream was expected in 2 days, which was 2 days too late for us. The staff was blissfully unaware that the gift shop sells ice cream sandwiches, too. During our time at the resort, we ate at all the hotel's restaurants. Copper Bar was terrible, Restaurant Number 3 was uninspiring. The one bright spot was the one night we scored a reservation at Manta for dinner. The food was actually quite good, which took us by surprise. Here's a tip for you: If you don't have a car, be sure to make advance reservations for dinner. One night we were there, it was impossible to get a reservation at the one restaurant that was open, so we went to a fairly decent pizza shop in a nearby town (Cafe Pesto). The main breakfast option is at the Manta restaurant. The buffet is rather expensive and inspires overeating. The food, however, was good (for a buffet). It is interesting to note that the bagel prices are all over the map. Our son would only eat bagels for breakfast, and we found that you could get a $17 bagel at Manta, a $7 one at Hau Tree, or a $4 one in the tiny shop/closet in the lobby. Grounds/Activities: At some luxury hotels, the beach activities are free. Not here. Snorkel gear will cost around $25/day. Boogie boards? Same. Want to go sailing, paddle boarding, anything fun? Prepare to pay extra. For a family of 4, we could have spent $500 on snorkeling gear alone. Tip: Drive 10 minutes to Snorkel Bob's just down the street and get snorkel gear at an 80% discount. They also have boogie boards and know the best beaches for seeing turtles and such. On the hotel patio, there is a pool table and a couple of ping pong tables. Unfortunately, the equipment appears to have been ravaged by unsportsmanlike gorillas. The ping pong paddles have long lost their rubber coating. There is only one pool cue, no chalk, and a broken triangle. The swimming pool is super small by modern luxury hotel standards. It is simply a big circle (maybe 40 feet in diameter). It has a deep end, a shallow end, some steps, and absolutely no character. Otherwise, the grounds are fairly nice. The building's architecture is interesting (and award-winning) There are many flowering bushes and trees. Groundskeepers are out every morning cleaning up dead leaves and such. I did notice a rather large number of dead roaches laying about. I would suggest to the hotel that they put a bounty on dead roaches, giving employees a quarter each time they turn one in. The number of dead roaches on the sidewalks would quickly go to zero. Mantas!: By far, the best thing about this hotel is the mantas. There is a spot on the right side of the cove where a light is mounted. If you are lucky, sometime shortly after sunset, a manta ray (or maybe a few) will show up and start feeding in the light, eating tiny fish and plankton. You can watch them swooping around from an observation platform or sign up for a tour to swim out and watch them from the water. It is also possible to just swim out on your own (if you have your own snorkel gear) and watch them at your leisure. This involves swimming in shallow water for about 100 yards in the dark, but it is not difficult. Seeing a manta in the water is really amazing, and it might be worth putting up with all the weaknesses of this hotel just to experience this once in your life.

dhuber23 - Pittsburgh

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

The hotel has stunned us from the moments we checked in, until our last moments. The property is amazing, I am not a golf fan or player, however it has one of the greatest golf courts in the world. Watch out and make sure to take some pictures of the famous 3rd hole looking to the Pacific Ocean. I am a beach person and probably this one of the most beautiful beach I have ever been. The white sand is amazing and crescent like beach has snorkeling sites on its 2 edges. There are thousands of them for you to watch and enjoy, not to mention in the night manta rays come and visit as well. The hotel has a great service and cleanliness. There are multiple restaurants, though it would have been better if they had couple more, may be some more casual ones, especially open in the night. After some days we were tired of the same menu items, since there is not much around to buy food. After couple of days we realized that the artifacts scattered to every floor and to the property are very old and it is like an open air museum. Check the magazine/books in your room for more information about them. Overall, it is a great vacation and fun place for both children and adults. We didn't want to leave after 7 nights and already want to go back.

Davit A

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

WOW! Just wow! I have traveled to many beaches and stayed in many, many Marriott's and this one is among THE BEST. Where to start?? The Beach: Gorgeous. Crystal clear water, clean sandy beach. It was mostly calm while we were there. I swam out to about 30 feet deep and could still see the bottom without goggles! The water had a beautiful greenish tint and was as clear an any Caribbean beach I have been on. Imagine a Caribbean-like beach with Hawaiian tropical breezes. Absolutely.Perfect. Hotel Accommodations: It doesn't get much better than this. The architecture of the hotel complements the perfect beach and brings the outdoors inside in an open-air facility. We had an oceanfront room with two balconies - One in the bedroom and another one off of the bathroom! That was a first for us! Both balconies had gorgeous lounge chairs topped with comfortable towels and plenty of room to enjoy the beautiful beach scenery. Hotel Facilities: This is a free beach and can be accessed by anyone. So you need to get there early to save the free beach chairs and umbrellas. However, if they are taken, you can also rent cabanas from the hotel. They will set them up and provide you with a cooler filled with cold water. Hotel Restaurants: This hotel is not for the budget-conscious traveler. In addition to the steep room prices, the restaurants are pricey. And since the hotel is rather remote, you have little choice but to use them. But the food is really good and the service excellent. So if you are willing to spend a bit of money to have the perfect vacation in the best beach on the Hawaiian islands (and maybe in the US), this is THE place!

Pam W - Texas

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is what this place is all about. I live on Long Island which consistently has a few beaches on the world's ten best list and aside from Maui and Oahu, I've been to many places in the Caribbean and Bermuda and the west coast of Florida and the Mediterranean and I'm telling you that this is the best beach in Hawaii and up there with the best in the world. The sand is fine and light and the beach has an aesthetically pleasing crescent shape. The water is light blue and clear as can be. You can see your feet when you're in up to your neck. There is literally zero sea weed. Once you pass the breakers, the water is quite calm. The hotel provides comfortable chaise lounges with pads and umbrellas and nice towels and chair covers. The beach is the main reason to come here and the reviews of it are what made us decide to come here and they were accurate for sure so thanks to the other reviewers. The grounds are equally beautiful, especially because the hotel has been around for a while so the trees have had time grow full and so have the flowers and other vegetation. I didn't golf but the course looks spectacular. The room is small but the terrace is huge and if you're beach front it faces the sunset. The room is a little dated. For instance, the apple docking station has the old receptor which hasn't been used since the iPhone 4. I don't know anyone who uses that receptor anymore. It's obsolete. There is a USB port but it's by the tv and not by the bed and every outlet by the bed is being used so unless you're going to start unplugging their stuff, it's hard to charge yours at night. We were greeted with leis and fruit juice and cold towels upon arrival and that was very nice. Our bags were brought up to the room promptly and there was some papaya and bottled water waiting for us. Also a nice touch. However, my room's front door had a line of WD-40 running down the center of it from the elbow joint. I don't know how anyone could've missed it. I wasn't inspecting with a magnifying glass and I was surprised that no one cared enough to wipe it away. The bathroom is unusually small. The hotel was built in a different era and I get that. Still, the commode is an inch from the wall on your right it's barely functional for someone who is 6'1" 225. The shower is in the tub and the tub is very high. Short people have trouble getting in. More troubling is that around the handle, there is black mold. Simply unacceptable. Cleaning staff should take pride in seeing to it that there's no mold ever. Grab the tilex like I do at home and get rid of it. The floor is tiled which is somewhat unusual especially for Hawaii where in my experience people are crazy for carpeting. So when you get into bed, unless you're very careful, there's sand. On day three they put little mats for us to clean our feet. We didn't ask but appreciated it. I thought why was this not done on day one? It's these little things that differentiate four and five stars in my book. The restaurants have not been great. See my review of copper bar. Manta breakfast was just ok as well. The luau was fantastic. Food was good and plentiful and the show was great and a lot of fun for the kids and the parents and it's in a very pretty location with a great sunset view. I highly recommend it. All in all, I will recommend this place to friends and family, especially the beach lovers, because of the spectacular beach, but there is certainly room for improvement if they want a five star review.


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