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
My wife and I stumbled across the Mauna Kea last year when we were on an extended vacation and we had issues at another resort on the Big Island. We fell in love with the Mauna Kea. It's a perfect location, with a perfect beach, it has a neat history and storied past. We loved it so much that we returned this year with another couple, both of us celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect anniversary and the other couple traveling with us on our return trip, agreed as well. We will definitely return many more times in the future. The general manager (Kansas Henderson) and his staff have hit a home run!
Since every time we drive onto the property, I start humming that song-Blue Hawaii. Stunning grounds, trees, flowers, beach, and ocean. Ocean view room worth the extra money. Watch the swimmers, paddle-boarders, etc. from your balcony. Good food, great hospitality, friendly cleaning staff, fast service. Family oriented. You do have to be in good shape, not easy for handicapped folks like me. Quite a walk to rooms, the beach, etc.
One of the nicest resorts in Hawaii, intimate, quiet, great beach, fantastic breakfast buffet. Rooms are done in Koa wood, very beautiful, very large marble bathrooms, balcony with views of the ocean. Staff was wonderful! Check in was nice, cool towels and juice upon arrival. Nice beach bar as well. Would recommend for couples, did not see many families.
THis is my idea of heaven... white crescent beach, warm aquamarine water with surf, award-winning designed hotel with stellar open lobby and cordial, welcoming staff... you will return time and time again to this paradise.
We just returned from a 1 week stay at the Mauna Kea. Booked a 'deluxe golf course view' room via Cost Co, but paid extra at check-in to be upgraded to a 'deluxe ocean view' room... the upgrade was worth the price!!! The view from the room & balcony of Mauna Kea Beach is mesmerizing. We enjoyed many breakfasts and lunches on the balcony. The deluxe rooms have a very spacious bathroom area, with the bath + shower in a separate room from the 2 sinks. There is also a walk in closet. My wife, daughter, and I felt like we had plenty of space, especially for a hotel room.
We spent a lot of time enjoying the beach. There were plenty lounge chairs and umbrellas. The hotel provides chair covers and towels. In the mornings, snorkeling on the right side of the beach was decent. In the afternoon, the waves got big enough to do some beginner-level boogie boarding.
We thought the food at Copper Bar was decent for lunch & dinner. Prices were about what you would expect at a resort hotel. We ate dinner at Manta on our last evening... the food and views were excellent and the service was friendly.
I played golf at the hotel's golf course, which was just a 2 minute walk from my room. The course was in great shape and play was fast (< 4 hours). It seemed like at least half of the holes had ocean views, and the signature 3rd hole was over the ocean.
Check-in was great. We were greeted with leis, cool towels, and a glass of juice. Diane at the front-desk was friendly and helpful. Valet service always had our car ready when we called from the room.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience. We will definitely return to the MKBH whenever we visit the Big Island.