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.

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Jul 17, 2019 Jet825810

Loved our stay at the Mauna Kea...the property is such a gem. Love the original architecture and the updates are just enough to not take away from the original charm. The beach is stunning. Would highly recommend checking it out...great for families too. Can't wait to return with my kiddos.
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Jul 15, 2019 Luci C Palm Beach, Florida

This amazing spot has a fantastic hotel with beautiful rooms and layout. It has a extraordinary beach in a cove and the views are spectacular. Golf etc. We went to the Easter Brunch and a Hawaiian luau in the out side special dining area as well. Fun lunch by the beach. Great restaurant choices. Lobby lovely. Privces not for the faint of heart but… Read more
This amazing spot has a fantastic hotel with beautiful rooms and layout. It has a extraordinary beach in a cove and the views are spectacular. Golf etc. We went to the Easter Brunch and a Hawaiian luau in the out side special dining area as well. Fun lunch by the beach. Great restaurant choices. Lobby lovely. Privces not for the faint of heart but they measured up for us. Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 bmmartino Houston, Texas

The Mauna Kea is an amazing hotel. Classically Hawaiian designed hotel. The hotel is centered around an impressive open air lobby that overlooks the beautiful beach. We were given a deluxe room which was really spacious and very comfortable. The beach is great, very calm in the morning and still easily swim-able in the afternoon. Decent… Read more
The Mauna Kea is an amazing hotel. Classically Hawaiian designed hotel. The hotel is centered around an impressive open air lobby that overlooks the beautiful beach. We were given a deluxe room which was really spacious and very comfortable. The beach is great, very calm in the morning and still easily swim-able in the afternoon. Decent snorkeling around the reefs and rocks on either side of the beach. The only reason I gave the Mauna Kea 4/5 is the service was just slightly off. It wasn't a big deal, and at a lower priced hotel I would have just given a 5/5. However, at a hotel at this price point service should really be on point. The food at the breakfast buffet was good and the views were awesome, but the service was hit or miss. My wife asked twice for orange juice one morning and never received it. We had dinner at the Copper Bar one night and the service was friendly, but very slow. The server said it was her first day, which is completely understandably, but at a hotel of this level I would've expected a new server to have a trainer helping out to ensure the right level of service. Only other recommendation is that many activities start early in the morning and during our early morning start there was no valet staff working and the front desk staff had to get the car. Still a beautiful hotel and we wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Read less
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Jul 10, 2019 BermudaTraveler1 Bermuda

Third trip to Hawaii. The Mauna Kea is a beautiful, sophisticated resort. The structure itself is a bit dated. However, everything else is beautiful and new and elegant. The beach is not very crowded and has lots of services. No issues getting chairs, etc. Lovely welcome with leis. Took the shuttle to the Westin one night for dinner which… Read more
Third trip to Hawaii. The Mauna Kea is a beautiful, sophisticated resort. The structure itself is a bit dated. However, everything else is beautiful and new and elegant. The beach is not very crowded and has lots of services. No issues getting chairs, etc. Lovely welcome with leis. Took the shuttle to the Westin one night for dinner which was convenient. Also ate at Manta and the luau - both were great. View of the golf course/mountains was fine. Amazing bathroom. Seeing the mantas swim at night was also very cool! Read less
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Jul 9, 2019 travel4free Delta, BC

We spent 1 week at the Mauna Kea hotel on the Big Island . I’m sitting here waiting for my flight home and feeling sad . I never wanted to leave this place . All I can say is WOW ! We have visited all the Hawaiian Islands ( yes even Molokai) and this is our new fav. I loved: - the beautiful private beach - the hotel gardens , flowers , and art… Read more
We spent 1 week at the Mauna Kea hotel on the Big Island . I’m sitting here waiting for my flight home and feeling sad . I never wanted to leave this place . All I can say is WOW ! We have visited all the Hawaiian Islands ( yes even Molokai) and this is our new fav. I loved: - the beautiful private beach - the hotel gardens , flowers , and art work - the private areas for reading a book or gazing at the ocean. - mantles for breakfast ( ask for table 105 ) outside on the lanai - the comfortable guest rooms - the clambake at Hau restaurant - the resort feel - I was not a huge fan of the Luau I would recommend renting a car , we loved going the the Waimea farmers market and eating at Merimans restaurant. We also saw the 4th of July fireworks at the Waikoloa Bowl . Overall it’s the top Marriott in the Hawaiian Islands!!! Read less