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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing - beyond words!

Mar 24, 2019 girlblair Saint Louis, Missouri

Our family of five stayed here for two nights and we wanted to stay much longer! We’re already planning our return for next year. Check-in was awesome - they gift you a lei (females) or a kukui nut necklace for males. Fresh juice and cool, wet wash cloths as well. Marguerite was especially helpful at check-in. As a Marriott Titanium Elite… Read more
Our family of five stayed here for two nights and we wanted to stay much longer! We’re already planning our return for next year. Check-in was awesome - they gift you a lei (females) or a kukui nut necklace for males. Fresh juice and cool, wet wash cloths as well. Marguerite was especially helpful at check-in. As a Marriott Titanium Elite member and our suite upgrade request, we were upgraded to their largest room at the far end. It had three rooms with two pullout couches and a king bed. Two large bathrooms with plenty of closet space. Large living room with separate dining area. It had a mini fridge - would have loved a kitchen sink and microwave, but those were minor annoyances. Being on the first floor, we had two walk-out lanais. At first we were concerned about lack of ocean view, but we could indeed see it and it was awesome just opening our patio doors and walking straight across the lawn to the beach - no elevators or stairs required! We also had a lot of privacy being on the end. Breakfast for two was included in our benefits. It runs until 10:30, which is nice for those of us who don’t eat early. Beautiful views from the restaurant. We didn’t eat anywhere else as we fixed food in the room for the other meals. The gym is cramped, but very well equipped. It even has four Peloton bikes. Go early if you want good machines or small area for weights. The hotel itself is architecturally stunning and they even have a Discovery Room with history and videos to learn more. Being at the far end we did have to take a lot of long walkways, elevators and stairs to reach areas of the hotel, but it was an adventure. They have a laundry room with brand new big washers and dryers and they’re FREE! Having to not trek to the front desk for quarters was amazing. And they even provide free soap and dryer sheets! The beach is awesome - plenty of waves for boogie boarding, not too crowded. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Beach and Hotel on the Island

Mar 20, 2019 LifetimeTitanium Dallas, Texas

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… Read more
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! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful beach and fun activities - great family hotel

Mar 14, 2019 LVNJtrip Dallas, Texas

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… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating great service by the entire staff

Mar 12, 2019 ushaba Belvedere, California

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… Read more
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! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Resort. Stay here!!

Mar 9, 2019 jacksonpcannon Holladay, Utah

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… Read more
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. Read less