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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 14 hours ago

We stayed for two nights for an anniversary trip and we were upgraded from a garden room to an ocean view room. The views of the bay and beach from our room were great. The room was large and well appointed, as was the balcony with the two chaise lounges. We got to the beach around 9:00 am and 80% of the chairs were taken, but we were able to get two together up front. The snorkeling was good near the manta ray lookout point and between there and the right-hand floating mat - saw a sea turtle, large moray eel, a school of large needlefish, and several of the typical colorful fish found in/near many Hawaiian reefs. I also snorkeled at night with the rays and that was the highlight of my trip (or at least my snorkeling adventures). Oh, and the staff was friendly too.

ahself - Georgia

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Hotel is located about 50 minutes away from the Kona airport. Stayed two nights. At check in I was offered fresh juice. Room was very spacious. The beach at the hotel was well taken care of. Had breakfast buffet at Manta and thought the selection of food/fruits was decent. Dinner at Manta was somewhat disappointing. Food was okay, but the server kept asking about pairing dinner with wine when I had already told her I was not interested in any alcoholic beverages for the evening. I declined the first time, and when I was asked about having wine the third time I really could not enjoy the food anymore. I felt like the hotel was very quiet, private place. always plenty of empty chairs on the beach. the open design of the hotel allowed cool breeze to come throughout the day. This hotel stay can be used to earn Marriott or Prince Preferred points (choose one or the other depending on which points matter the most to your travel needs). Overall beautiful property, recommend for anyone looking for a quiet vacation.

Hannah J

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

What an amazing hotel; we had a terrific room (802) with a great view of the beach, the spaces outside the rooms are mostly open air, there is large art throughout, the grounds and hotel are very well kept, the beach and facilities on the beach are top tier, there is a real 24hr gym, and the hotel is so large you just feel like you have more space. The staff was helpful we never had to wait for anything. Tips: The reefs on both sides of the bay are good for snorkeling, you can probably see the mantas from shore at night, the guest wifi was included and worked well in our room, get the printed paper at the desk every day as events and some onsite restaurant schedules change daily, and be sure to check out the number 3 restaurant for lunch - it was our favorite. We are planning a return trip.

JimSei - Washington State

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent 5 nights at the Mauna Kea in the beginning of May. Upon checkin, we were upgraded to an ocean view (though with double beds, rather than a king bed). The view was AMAZING in room 636. The hotel is a bit older, with a mid-century modern vibe. The setting is absolutely fantastic, gorgeous grounds and landscaping on one of the best beaches on the Big Island. One of my favorite parts of the resort are all the isolated sitting areas so that you can have a picnic lunch or curl up with a good book in a variety of settings - some quite private. The sunsets on the beach were second to none. We did not experience any of the issues that others did with folks lining up for beach chairs early in the morning. In fact, it seemed so un-crowded that I asked the front desk about their current capacity which was at 70%. The dining options were good - we were not fans of the beach restaurant but loved Copper bar and Manta. We considered booking the Manta Ray snorkel but observed the snorkel from the rocky outpost above and then swam with the Manta Rays in the same area during the day. We found the staff welcoming and accommodating at all times. Valet parking was very convenient and fast. We did not use the spa but will next time. Honestly, the Big Island is not our favorite Hawaiian Island but we would HAPPILY return just to stay at the Mauna Kea.

Jill B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best beaches in the world. Older classic hotel that has been kept up very well. Restaurants are excellent, golf course is great, service is exceptional, and the prices are well pricey but welcome to Hawaii. Love ya orange:) will see you again.

James J

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