Hawaiian-inspired spa treatments using red sea salt and black volcanic clay
Two golf courses offer different challenges but equally stunning views
What To Know
About a 30-minute drive from the Kona airport
Within walking distance of the Shops at Mauna Lani (or a quick bike ride using the hotel’s free bicycles)
Pool is small
The property accommodates children 5 to 12 with daylong activities as part of the children’s program (for a fee), and kids 17 and under stay free when using existing bedding
Parking on site
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Big resort perks with a small resort heart, including two golf courses, a turtle sanctuary, and a Hawaiian-inspired spa
With 341 rooms, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is a full-service beach resort that manages to retain an independent spirit. You’re as likely to see locals staying here as A-listers from the mainland. The six-story building, shaped like an arrowhead to maximize the number of rooms facing the ocean, has a retro-modern feel, mixing islandy textures such as rattan and wicker with a sunset-hued color scheme.
Bed & Bath
Open, airy rooms start at 500 square feet, with a white and sand palette punctuated by mosaic-print pillows and rugs reminiscent of turtle shells (a nod to the on-site sea turtle sanctuary, perhaps). There are no sprawling spa bathrooms, no Zen-inspired teak-paneled walls here, but the simplicity allows you to focus on the views of Mauna Kea, the lush tropical gardens, the tranquil fish ponds or the turquoise ocean visible from louvred doors that slide open onto each room’s private balcony or porch. Bathrooms can be on the small side, but they make good use of space with shower-tub combos.
Just a few steps away, the beach is the resort’s focal point, with hammocks, cabanas and chairs aplenty. It’s a little rocky, though, so some guests prefer the serene pool. Feed the sea turtles in their sanctuary pond, play tennis, swing through two golf courses, hit the beach volleyball court or learn how to hula or make leis. Then unwind at the spa, where small paths lead to a meditation garden, watsu water massage pool and lava rock saunas. At night the open-air Canoe House restaurant, lit by tiki torches, is a great place to drink a little too much wine, eat a little too much fresh grilled mahi mahi and top it all off with a little bit too much dessert (banana brown butter tart, to be exact).
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
How to Get There
The closest major airports to Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows are:Kamuela, HI (MUE-Waimea-Kohala) - 20.2 km / 12.6 miKailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.) - 29.9 km / 18.6 miThe preferred airport for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is Kailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.). Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.