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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

I love love love this hotel! My husband and I booked a last minute trip and unfortunately the hotel was sold out for some of the nights. We only stayed here for 4 nights and did have to switch rooms on the last night. This has nothing to do with the hotel except that you should plan your stay early bc you want to stay here longer than 4 nights! Our first three nights were in a beachfront room and it was amazing. We were sad to leave that room until we found out we were upgraded to an ocean front deluxe room. This room is amazing and I would definitely pay the upgraded fee to stay in this room. The hotel's mid century architecture was beautiful and I love the open air concept throughout. Even with modern amenities I felt like I had traveled back in time to the romanticized Hawaii of the 60's. The amenities are simple but it's all you need. I believe the hotel has over 250 rooms but even when sold out it didn't feel crowded. The grounds are beautiful. I recommend the Ala Kahakai trail between the hotel and Hapuna Beach (about a mile one way). I did it in flip flops but recommend shoes as it was pretty rocky. The trail also goes north of the hotel to Spencer beach but I didn't have time to check that section out. The check in experience was great. Concierge was very informative and helpful (only complaint was the map we were given for the whale watching tour wasn't correct and we almost missed our boat. However, the tour company seemed just as confused with giving directions). We ate the breakfast buffet at Manta and while a little expensive (it's resort pricing) it was good. We ate breakfast and lunch at the Copper Bar Cafe and it was good. Hau Tree was great for drinks during the day and you can't beat the sunset view. We had appetizers there as well and they were tasty. We also did their Luau which was good. The food was average but they did have a varied selection. The show was very well done. Overall, I am sad that we couldn't stay longer. I am just waiting for a chance to return.

NOLA5280 - New Orleans

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We've been staying at the Mauna Kea regularly since 1994. It almost always seems like a private getaway. Even though the hotel can be completely booked, one is never aware of this, and there are only a few areas of the property that one would ever be aware of this. Being a guest here is always a very relaxing and pleasant experience.

Richard B - Napa, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

What a place, beach at the front, golf course at the back, everywhere you look it is beautiful.Built in the 60s the hotel is getting on though you wouldn’t know it. The rooms are modern, comfortable and well equipped and there is that feeling of luxury. The selection of restaurants is excellent, in particular the Manta room. We dined there one evening and it was first rate, though the standout was breakfast. The Manta room overlooks the bay, the view is absolutely stunning. A fantastic way to start your day. The food is good too. I was happy to note the yogurt and granola were not over sweetened, there is obviously a healthy awareness in the kitchen. The staff are warm and welcoming and genuine. As guests we were made to feel special in a friendly way. We stayed 5 nights and felt very much at home. A disappointment was the convenience store in the hotel, it ran out stuff including snack foods and breakfast items. Also I wanted a bottle of gin but no gin. If you are planning a visit to the Mauna Kea I recommend you pick up a rental car at the airport. It is important to have transport. You can get a rental at the hotel and the prices are competitive but there is $90 charge if you want to drop it off at the airport when you leave. Taxi to the airport is around $90. The Mauna Kea has a great reputation which is well deserved. We loved it there and we hope to return next year. I am looking forward to playing golf on their spectacular course and enjoying the wonderful hospitality again.

DuaneH909 - Melbourne, Australia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best hotels in the world. From a setting standpoint, I don’t know how you can beat it. From the opening Mai Tai or fruit punch that the greeter hands you at the reception desk, to the lei Grandma places around your neck, the Aloha spirit is alive and well at the Mauna Kea. You get turn down service every night. You get a can do spirit. But mostly, you get a beautifully manicured setting overlooking the most gorgeous beach on the Big Island. This hotel is the Grand Dame of Hawaiian Resorts and she deserves the title. Most highly recommended.

Robert D - Oakdale, California, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for four nights. Its location in a crescent shaped beach, with Mauna Loa volcano as backdrop is as memorable as the day this hotel was first developed by the Rockefellers. The entire property has the mid-century modern theme, scattered with thousands of pieces of artwork, it was quite a pleasure just taking a leisurely stroll through the hotel. The view from my tower room has a stunning beach and ocean view. And you can hear the waves and enjoy the cool ocean breeze too. For hotel f&b, we tried the once a week seafood buffet at Clambake by the beach, it was such a sumptuous treat, with tons of steamed seafood and multiple courses of dessert dishes. Highly recommended! Also, do not miss the breakfast buffet, while the food selection is nothing to write home about, their fresh squeezed guava juice and bakery items are to die for! It was an extra bonus to enjoy the beach /ocean view while have breakfast as well! I somewhat agree with some of the comments regarding the subpar service at this hotel, but I do encounter a couple of smiling and sincere servers at the Copper Bar and Manta restaurants. Overall, we are quite happy with this hotel and would stay here again on our next visit to the Big Island.

teddy6180 - LA

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