Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Big Island, Hawaii

The hotel

A statement of pure luxury, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the most expensive hotel ever built when it opened in 1965. It’s maintained its high-class status ever since with dramatic renovations creating oversized rooms while still keeping it’s mid-century modern magic. Consistently winning awards for its scenic golf course, oceanfront tennis club, and incredible dining, the white sands of Kauna’oa Bay are the stage for this luxury Big Island retreat. Mauna Kea’s decadent dining prime location is Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, where you can take the stone path to see Manta Rays ‘dance’ at night, but it’s the authentic Hawaiian twists of the hotel that make this place truly special with lei-making tutorials, lu’au parties with local dishes and fire dancing, beachside clambakes with dancing on the sands and Sunday Brunch Buffets with legendary dessert tables.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On a stretch of sand along Big Island’s Kohala Coast, it’s 20 minutes from the scenic ‘cowboy country’ town of Waimea, with its ranches and restaurants, 40 minutes from the seaside town of Kailua-Kona, and 2 hours from traditional Hilo. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

252 rooms and suites. All with private lanai (balcony), 32-40” flat-screen HDTV with movies on demand*, media hub, WiFi*, iPod clock radio, mini-fridge (bottled water restocked daily), coffee maker and Kona Blend coffee service, safe, hairdryer, iron and board, copy of The Art of Mauna Kea, and bathrobes and slippers. Golf Vista Rooms provide a view of the championship golf course’s lush green fairway and the distant Kohala Mountains and offer 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping a maximum 3 adults.

Beach Front Rooms offer a view of green lawns and the ocean with direct access to the beach and have 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean View Rooms offer unobstructed panoramic views of the ocean and Kohala coastline and have 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean Front Rooms offer an unobstructed panoramic view of Kauna‘oa Bay, the ocean and the Kohala coastline and have 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean Front Deluxe Rooms offer two balconies with unparalleled views of Kauna‘oa Bay, the beach and coastline. The bathroom has a soaking tub and separate shower. These rooms offer 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Premier Ocean Front Deluxe Rooms are on the hotel’s top floor with unsurpassed panoramic views of beach and coastline, there's an oversized bathroom with soaking tub, wall-less shower and walk-out balcony. These rooms offer 1 king size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Hau Tree Beachside (casual menu and cocktails, daily grab-n-go breakfast, daily lunch and Sun-Fri dinner). Number 3 (casual dining and cocktails, lunch and light afternoon menu, located at golf course). Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar (show kitchen, extensive wine list, breakfast and dinner). Copper Bar (creative casual menu, craft cocktails and beer, wine list, lunch and dinner). Sunday Brunch Buffet (featuring dessert table, terrace with ocean views). Mauna Kea Lu’au (Hawaiian menu, hula and fire dancing, Tue and Fri). Clambake (beachside buffet including seafood selection and dessert bar, Hawaiian music and beach dancing, weekly). Room service* (6:00am-10:00pm). Swimming pool. Beach and pool service (padded chaise lounges, cabanas, beach umbrellas, beach towels, beach activities, and equipment). Mauna Kea Golf Course (18-hole championship course, golf clubhouse, pro shop). Seaside Tennis Club* (11 courts, equipment rental*, tennis clinics*, pro shop, oceanside setting). Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara. Fitness centre. Mauna Kea Salon*. Hawaiian experiences*. Ocean sports* (including outrigger canoe charters, snorkelling, scuba-diving, sailing, boogie boarding, fishing, seasonal whale watching, and evening Glow SUP stand up paddle boarding with LED lighting). Yoga and fitness classes*. Kids’ activities. Shops. WiFi*. Self-parking $15, valet parking $20, plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Highlight of Our Hawaii Trip

May 22, 2019 Max W

We stayed here May 2018 for two nights. The resort felt very private and exclusive (the beach in theory is public, but it's not crowded at all), and reception was very welcoming. We were a party of 3, so I booked a Beachfront 2 Queen Beds room since all other types of rooms only offer 2 double beds. The hotel actually added a roll-away bed for us… Read more
We stayed here May 2018 for two nights. The resort felt very private and exclusive (the beach in theory is public, but it's not crowded at all), and reception was very welcoming. We were a party of 3, so I booked a Beachfront 2 Queen Beds room since all other types of rooms only offer 2 double beds. The hotel actually added a roll-away bed for us at no additional charge, which we really appreciated, and the beachfront view room was great - beautiful view of the lawn and ocean, with a modern and spacious bathroom. The resort is beautiful and well maintained. People say Big Island doesn't nice beach, but this resort has an amazing beach. There are also fun, free activities. The manta rays are attracted by the spotlight at the hotel every night. You can sign up for a tour hosted by the hotel at ~$100, but really, if you are good at snorkeling, you can just do it on your own. The two parrots at the resort are beautiful, and paddle boarding was so much fun. This resort is a great place to relax and unwind. We wish we stayed longer, so we are coming back later this year. I highly recommend this resort. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Location is amazing and I live on the island so I am use to beautiful.

May 21, 2019 Peggy K Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

We had a ground floor room in the beachwing, so were able to just walk out the door to the lawn and beach. It is an older hotel so it doesn't have all of the fancy upgrades of a new property. I was able to swim with the manta rays just off the beach which was magical.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great experience

May 21, 2019 yannis63 Redondo Beach, California

My wife and I stayed for five nights. We stayed in an ocean view deluxe room and it was beautiful. Great bed and linens and bath amenities. Service was excellent. Everyone was very polite and friendly and accommodating. We have platinum elite membership for Marriott and breakfast was included. It was a buffet style and it was one of the best… Read more
My wife and I stayed for five nights. We stayed in an ocean view deluxe room and it was beautiful. Great bed and linens and bath amenities. Service was excellent. Everyone was very polite and friendly and accommodating. We have platinum elite membership for Marriott and breakfast was included. It was a buffet style and it was one of the best breakfasts we have had anywhere. Very extensive menu that kept changing daily, so I did not get stale. The beach is one of the best on the islands. We never used the swimming pool, but it looked very small. We will definitely return. Read less
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May 17, 2019 Corban H

I was expecting an amazing experience coming to this hotel, it was suppose to be the highlight of our trip to big Island but it was not to be. Basically a joke from the start, checked in and waited for our bags to arrive to our room, half an hour after check in I had to go back down to the concierge and ask for our bags as we wanted to go straight… Read more
I was expecting an amazing experience coming to this hotel, it was suppose to be the highlight of our trip to big Island but it was not to be. Basically a joke from the start, checked in and waited for our bags to arrive to our room, half an hour after check in I had to go back down to the concierge and ask for our bags as we wanted to go straight to the beach, concierge lady assured that they would bring them up, I saw the young concierge man walking past me and reminded about our bags, he rudely ignored my request so I ended up taking my own bags to our room and the rude concierge lady even refused to let me use the hotel trolley so here I am walking through the lobby with 2 suitcases and snorkeling gear all the way to the 7th floor, unbelievable! Worst experience I’ve ever had in a hotel! Rooms are old and tired, no jug to boil water for a cup of tea, had to request one, went to use the room telephone and it was not connected. This kind of nonsense I would tolorate from a budget hotel but this is expensive. The service is where this hotel fails, none of the staff seem to care. These days as there are many better options willing to look after their guests and exceed their expectation for this kind of money, won’t be back or recommend. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful hotel in a gorgeous location

May 14, 2019 GDubareno

Stayed at the Mauna Kea for three nights recently, first time in Hawaii. This is a truly incredible property with great service. Great beach, incredible vistas, truly helpful and knowledgeable staff. We had a romantic dinner at the "Manta" restaurant one night and it was perfect. The food was incredible, but the setting was even better. If you… Read more
Stayed at the Mauna Kea for three nights recently, first time in Hawaii. This is a truly incredible property with great service. Great beach, incredible vistas, truly helpful and knowledgeable staff. We had a romantic dinner at the "Manta" restaurant one night and it was perfect. The food was incredible, but the setting was even better. If you decide to eat at Manta, I would recommend getting a reservation at about sunset just as we did It was like a story book.. Can't think of a single thing that could have made it any better! Read less