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
Everything from the the valets to the concierge is top notch. The staff will bend over backwards to help you. The grounds are magnificent, love the drive in. The beach is beautiful and the restaurants are great. Take a walk on the hiking trail and go north. It is quite spectacular. I can’t say enough about how great this resort is. Highly recommended.
This place is beautiful. As nice a beach as you’ll ever see, modern and clean rooms, great location with easy access to many other activities. But while much is 5 star, some of the service staff is decidedly not. Now....the front facing staff is great. Front desk, concierge, beach attendants- we loved them. Couldn’t be more helpful, welcoming, and cheery. Restaurant staff was also good, if a bit slow (we’re in Hawaii, so understood there!). But the housekeeping and maintenance staff is a nightmare. We had a room near a housekeeping closet. No worries, understand there will be some occasional activity, right? Nope. Every single day, at 3pm and continuing until 8:30pm, staff would lay out three ironing boards and four housekeeping carts directly in front of our door. I am not joking when I say we literally had to turn sideways to enter or exit the room during this time. Throughout the afternoon and early evening, there would be 2-4 staff ironing, dropping bags of dirty laundry, and talking loudly and laughing consistently. I addressed it twice with an individual who seemed to be their supervisor. The first time he literally shrugged and walked away, the second time he said my room was unfortunately placed. Then, at 3am one night we needed to call the front desk since maintenance was using a leaf blower outside our room. Just crazy. It’s so sad...such an amazing place with really good staff...and they are allowing their housekeeping and maintenance staff to ruin experiences. I’d love to come back...the hotel is gorgeous. But there might be a slight pause.
We loved the location of this hotel as it was on the most beautiful beach. Beachfront rooms were very modern and nice but the bed was almost a hammock it was sinking in on both sides. DO NOT get a ground floor room as the roaches are everywhere! We had at least 10 of them in our room over 2 days and you could see them scattering across walkways on the grounds at night. They need to do a better job with pest control. The Manta for breakfast was great and the package is a way to save money as it's really expensive. We loved the Hau tree for dinner with great service and food. Overall the staff wasn't very friendly with a couple of exceptions and they seemed put out by any questions and had a very blasé attitude about the roaches. The pool is just ok but nice when the beach is windy. Overall a nice stay and we would go back because the location and beach were incredible.