Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- A 2013 head-to-toe revamp has this grande dame looking better than ever
- Four restaurants, plus a twice-weekly Luau and clambake on the beach
- The new Balinese-inspired Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara
- A dramatic open kitchen at restaurant Manta
What To Know
- WiFi costs around $15 per day
- Parking onsite is available, from $15 per day
- Pets are not allowed
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This legendary Big Island resort has been luring VIPs since the 1960s, when Laurance S. Rockefeller discovered the sublime white sand beach on the Kohala Coast. Revamped rooms by L.A.’s Barry Design Associates have brought up-to-the-minute technology, airy modern white interiors with splashes of tropical sunset colors, and luxe touches like soaking tubs with views of the golf course or ocean. The walls are adorned with the museum-quality Pacific and Asian art collection gathered by Mr. Rockefeller and Davis Allen in 1965. Patrician activities abound, from golf on the newly updated course to tennis on one of 11 seaside courts. Those more interested in pampering can chill at the spa, which offers exotic treatments from both Southeast Asia and Hawaii, from lomi massage to bamboo massage–you can even book an oceanside cabana.
In the Area
Experience some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery from above on a flight-seeing tour over the island with Sunshine Helicopters. Fly direct from the Hapuna Helipad to the live Kīlauea volcano, taking in lush green valleys and waterfalls along the way. Closer to home, frolic on Kauna‘oa Beach, in front of the resort, widely considered one of Hawaii’s best–the concierge can help arrange a slew of activities from whale watching tours to stand-up paddle boarding. After dark, take in the spectacular night sky at the summit of Mauna Kea; the Visitor Information Station at 9300 foot offers daily free star-gazing sessions.
How to Get There
It's clean, got several good restaurants, Manta in particular, albeit a bit expensive. Copper pot is good for a cold beer and something less formal. Look at the pictures and reviews - can't go far wrong to be fair.
The Mauna Kea was an absolutely spectacular experience. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and on one of the most stunning beaches on the Big Island. The snorkeling right on the beach is fantastic - you don't need a boat or a tour, just strap on a mask and you can go to town. The service was great - we had a problem with ants in our bathroom - the hotel took care of the issue and sent up a bottle of sparkling wine to make up for the issue. The food at the restaurants was fantastic. We just had a wonderful stay and will definitely be back!
This review pertains specifically to the hotel's handling of breastmilk that I was pumping for my baby. As a breastfeeding mom, I took a small vacation away with my husband as my parents watched my 4 month old. I called ahead of time and was assured that the hotel would be able to handle putting my pumped breastmilk in the freezer, and then asked again when I checked in. Everyday someone picked up the milk and we tipped them for helping us put it in the hotel freezer. However, at checkout, turns out that the bags were put in the fridge and not the freezer, and so most of it had to be thrown out. This was particularly disappointing as the service at manta, copper bar, and hau tree were great and we loved the staff, however this was so important to us and our family that we could not believe this had happened at such a nice resort. Manager apologized, but only after this was mentioned at checkout, without anything comped. We enjoyed our stay otherwise, but were so upset by this that I had to leave this review.