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
- 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
The Mauna Kea exceeded our expectations. This property has the best beach and amenities on the island. The snorkeling is amazing; I saw an array of fish and a manta ray while snorkeling along the rocks. We enjoyed the delicious breakfast buffet at the Manta restaurant which offered fresh-squeezed juices and an omelet bar. The rooms are overly spacious with a comfortable bed and have large bathtubs to soak and relax. The property is embedded in lush manicured gardens that give the property the Hawaiian tropical resort feel. The first four nights of our stay we stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and it was night and day. We were excited to change properties and leave the mass crowds of the Hilton and enjoy a property with an actual beach and better accommodations. We highly recommend the Mauna Kea and we will be back!
Had a great time at this hotel with the family. Clean, friendly staff and good food. The beach is perfect for snorkeling on our own. They had a really yummy breakfast buffet. We got a suite upgrade and stayed in a room with beach access and was perfect for us. They also have a table tennis and pool table to take a break from the water. They have some really nice shopping options as well.
They had a few options for vegetarians at the Hau Tree beach restaurant. We would like to see them expand on the vegetarian options for dinner.
my wife and I recently had a wonderful week at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel...what a fabulous experience from start to finish...beginning to end.
We were particularly impressed with the concierge support-particularly Amy Joy Matsen. Wow, talk about above and beyond assistance, help in ways one would never expect.
The entire staff-from restaurant servers, to bell service to beach helpers to room cleaning to making reservations-kudos to Terry Andrade.
Bottom line: can't wait to return!
This property is as good as it gets, look no further if you’re going to the Big Island.
We used a Marriott Suite Upgrade to get a Premier Oceanfront Deluxe room in the Main Tower. The room and views were amazing and the huge shower looking out over the bay was incredible.
The beach is the best on the island with soft sand that extends out as far as you can touch in the ocean. We rented paddle boards right from the hotel and cruises around the bay. The snorkeling was also good on both sides near the rocks.
Breakfast buffet was great and has outside seating with beautiful views of the ocean.
We stayed at the Mauna Kea for five nights in early March. In the previous three weeks we had been touring and cruising in Australia and New Zealand. Friends had stayed at the MK before and recommended the property as an ideal place to unwind. A direct, non-stop to DFW from The Big Island is a plus.
We enjoyed our stay and made the most of it, seeing as much of the island as possible and utilizing the MK in the process. Our room was comfortable and the restaurants more than adequate. Our dining choices changed daily throughout the property, depending upon our mood. We spent time by the pool and went to the luau which is advertised as the best on the island.
I no longer play golf, but understand that a golf vacation based at the MK works well. We didn’t take advantage of the reciprocal dining options at the Westin, but that’s an attractive component as well.
We rented a car two days at the hotel and, thanks to the ladies in the concierge, found our way around the island very well. High points were the chocolate farm, the Botanical Gardens and the helicopter rides over the island, including the volcanos. And the whale watch catamaran ride.
And certainly the property is beautiful. We did go to the beach one day and hiked down the shore and past the Westin before the trail was no longer marked (my only criticism) and we got lost.
All that having been said, we’ll likely return.