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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

We spent a week at the Mauna Kea Resort. We chose it specifically for the beach location and it was very relaxing. There are plenty of comfy beach chairs and umbrellas for all the guests at the beach and the pool. With gorgeous views throughout the resort, we were sad to have to leave. The resort was opened in the 60's, and the architecture is mid-century modern with several pieces of art displayed throughout. This might not appeal to everyone; my husband thought it felt more like an office building. However, it's very fitting for the area and blends in with the hillside. The open and airy design allow for ocean breezes to drift through, and for many places to sit and enjoy the view of the beach. The location of this hotel is a little isolated from several of the other resort areas, so dining & shopping offsite requires a little longer drive. It's easier to dine on site, but options are limited and can be expensive. Even the beach bar and grill requires reservations at dinner time. However, because of the isolation, there aren't as many people and the crowds as you find in the other resort areas of Mauna Lani, Waikoloa, and Kailua-Kona. We really appreciated the solitude of this resort. We had not been to Hawaii in the winter before, and we were surprised at how easy it was to see the whales from the shorelines. Bring your binoculars, it's amazing! This hotel also has manta rays which can be viewed at night when a light is shined into the water. If you plan ahead, you can book a snorkel excursion with a guide from the shore to be in the water with them at night. There are only 6 people in a group. The staff is generally friendly and works to anticipate your needs. We especially appreciated the bottled water available in our room. The gym facilities quite good and I was happy to be able to keep to my normal exercise routine in the morning.

PMBeagle - Anacortes, Washington

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a fabulous resort. Understated elegance and idyllic location on a gorgeous (and relatively quiet) beach, said by many to be the best on the big island. We loved our private lanai and ocean view from our 4th floor room in the beach-side wing. The room itself perhaps lacked the luxury feel one might expect at this price but I don't want to overstate this as it was far more than adequate and we were very comfortable. On-property are two very good restaurants (also with tremendous views) plus a beach cafe. Luau was pricey and the food only so-so, but the show was very entertaining, Golf on the well-known course is also expensive but excellent. Service was great throughout the resort. We had a wonderful time here and would go back in a heartbeat. I also visited all of the other high-end hotels on the island while having dinner and/or beverages and none compared to this one (the Four Seasons is the only other one in its class in my view although it had a different feel). My main reason for giving it 4 stars versus 5 stars is that a hotel of this stature really needs to have its own concierge. Instead it has outsourced its concierge service to an outside company that is focused solely on booking tours. Getting objective advice or information about independent travel was very difficult if not impossible.

sparcouvol - East Lansing, Michigan

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We attended a conference at the Mauna Kea decided we would extend our stay. So glad we did. We had a second floor room over looking the beach. It was absolutely gorgeous. From our balcony, we watched whales spouting and swimming and saw amazing sunsets. Our friends at home kept sending suggestions of other resorts we might want to check out, but when you are surrounded by such beauty, who would want to leave? We ate most meals off the premises once the conference was over so that we could broaden our experiences. One thing I was surprised by was the lack of evening activities. Everything pretty much shuts down at 10:00. Most places we’ve been have a bar or club for late night music and hanging out. And another thing, due to the humidity during our stay, some of the surfaces in our room had mildew on them. We called the housekeeping. They “attempted” to clean the surfaces but didn’t get it all. I scrubbed the surfaces with soap and water and removed most of it. I wish I’d had some Clorox wipes. I have allergies and mold and mildew really bother me.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed five nights at this resort enjoying the beautiful beaches, beautiful weather, and beautiful grounds. There were several restaurants on site to choose from. Although we didn’t play, there’s a lovely golf course attached to the resort. The pool was very nice, overlooking the ocean, and the lounge chairs were quite comfortable. And upcountry Hawaii and why am Maia is only 20 minutes north of where this resort is located.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

Hotel is a 5 Star destination. The private beach is for hotel guests. First class. Never overcrowded. Golf course is simply amazing. Perfect. Words can not describe. Hawaii as seen on TV. The perfect getaway.

geralds247 - Nome

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