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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 2 days ago

As many people have told us, this is a beautiful resort hotel. The history of its development related to Hawaii tourism is fascinating. The art work bringing various Asian pieces is amazing and shows Laurence Rockefeller's vision of bringing the West and East together in the middle of the Pacific is also remarkable. The white sandy beach is amazing although I could do with a few less umbrellas on it! The food served at the restaurants have all been delicious. We wondered why there is no wait service for food and beverage around the beach chairs - this also causes a wait sometimes for a table at the restaurant and bar on the beach. Seems like a lost opportunity for revenue enhancement for the hotel. While it is difficult to maintain some of the metal structures within the hotel, they could use better upkeep of the steel straps on the railings as well as the metal bathroom fixtures. The staff are all very attentive, friendly and helpful.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

I was exhausted and looking for a last-minute 3-night getaway from San Francisco to a warm location. Being pregnant, I ruled out Mexico and the Caribbean, which essentially left us with Hawaii. After looking at weather forecasts, we chose the Big Island and booked our tickets with less than a week to go. I hate staying at large hotels and landed on the Mauna Kea after reading a few recommendations on the Andrew Harper site. Although the hotel is a Marriott property, it is part of the Autograph Collection and has more of a boutique feel. We had a beachfront room, which was in a different wing of the hotel. The location had its pros and cons. It was very convenient to get to the pool and beach, but quite a walk from the parking lot and restaurants. That said, the rooms felt new and were well maintained. The room had a partial ocean view (seen through the palm trees and past the lawn). Aside from the hotel's beach, the Mauna Kea is located near some other pretty beaches, like Beach 69. The service was very good, particularly at check in. The main downside of the hotel was the food quality, which we did not feel was up to par for a hotel billing itself as a luxury property. We found ourselves grabbing snacks from the convenient and very reasonably priced store in the main building and going out for meals after dinner the first night. Overall, we had a very relaxing stay and would recommend it as a solid choice on the Big Island, but wouldn't be dead set on returning. For a similar price point, you'd get a lot more bang for your buck elsewhere.

Shau-Ru L - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed at the Mauna Kea villas and were given access to both the Hapuna Prince and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The pool leaves a lot to be desired, especially as compared to the Hapuna Prince which offers both an adult's only pool and a huge children's pool. Part so the hotel exterior look old and tired and in need of maintenance. Other areas of the hotel, such as where Manta is, are perfectly manicured and very well maintained. We did not stay at the hotel, so no comments on the rooms.

MMCSydney - Sydney

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

We returned to Mauna Kea for the third year in a row, this time with our 9 month old baby, so we stayed at a vacation property on the resort, with access to both the Mauna Kea and Hapuna properties. The beach at Mauna Kea is the selling point of the hotel, so it is disappointing when you arrive at 8.30am to find every lounger taken with belongings but no one there. My family took towels and set up on the sand in the shade of a tree, and after about half an hour one of the beach guys found us some loungers and an umbrella. He was obviously as frustrated by the situation as I was - and reading these other reviews it seems we weren't the only family that had this issue. I get that the hotel is full but if you can't provide enough loungers for all the guests there needs to be a way to accommodate everyone. It was so frustrating to see loungers 'taken' but people not arriving to sit on them until midday. We have stayed at other resorts where a lounger left untouched for 2 hours is cleared for other guests - it would be easy for the hotel to do this by folding down the vacant loungers every hour - any loungers still folded two hours later could be cleared. If clearly communicated I can't see any guest having an issue with this - the process at the moment just encouraged people to take loungers they aren't using. At Hapuna there were always plenty of loungers available as the resort was still having some construction work done, trips to the beach there were far more relaxing and enjoyable for all and I was relived to have the choice to go there. The kids pool there is also much nicer than the pool at Mauna Kea.

hrs - UK

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Mauna Kea for 5 nights the last week of March. Without some significant changes and updates, we would never return. Although prices can be comparable certain weeks of the year, this property does not even compare to a FS, Ritz, or StR. In fact, I’m not even sure it is up to full service Marriott standards. Very disappointing because we wanted to love this place. Pros- -As many have stated, the beach is beautiful and perhaps our favorite of any hotel in Hawaii. -I thought the common spaces were charming enough and enjoyed the open air, mid modern architecture. -My husband enjoyed his round of golf. Cons- -The bathroom of our ocean front room in the beach wing had clearly missed the last couple rounds of renovations and looked nothing like any of the photos on the website. Picture 90s pink tile and rusty fixtures. Tub/shower combo with same pink tile. In addition, it wasn’t even clean with a mystery substance splashed on the wall opposite the toilet. -With the exception of breakfast at Manta, we found the food on property to be completely lacking in quality, and even bordering on inedible. My husband’s doughy flatbread containing a huge bone at our first dinner of the trip really set the tone. We would leave the beach every afternoon and venture off property in search of a decent lunch option. -As many have stated, the beach chair situation is a total circus. Prepare to wait in line by 7am to reserve a spot, and not even in the first row. The two towel limit is ridiculous and even then they still run out. There is no service on the beach and you will set up your own chair. -The pool is incredibly small and lacks any appeal. -Zero personalized service at all. Do not expect to be addressed by name, or anyone to go above and beyond to make your stay special. Many employees avoided eye contact and did not greet us when we encountered them. My husband actually thought we were leaving a day earlier than we had planned, and was quite upset to find that we were staying another night. With any sort of encouragement, he would have changed our plans to leave a day early. We ended our trip with a 3 night hop to Oahu to avoid the red eye home. The FS Ko’Olina provided much needed hotel redemption and we almost were able to forget our time at the campground.

adplack - Denver, Colorado

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