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 25, 2020 josefineS0925

Truly recommend to have you foto taken by the photographer and his crew next to the reception. He was so nice and great and got the most amazing memories for our family. I think his name was Antonio! He was great. The beach is wonderful.
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Apr 28, 2020 buzzearl Pasadena, California

I stayed at the Mauna Kea for an extended stay of about 2 weeks in the Summer of 2019. Although we generally stay at the Fairmont or Mauna Lani, I have to say, I became a convert: Each room was stunning, whether you were staying on an ocean front or a golf view. The staff was incredibly helpful, the location was terrific, and the beach is… Read more
I stayed at the Mauna Kea for an extended stay of about 2 weeks in the Summer of 2019. Although we generally stay at the Fairmont or Mauna Lani, I have to say, I became a convert: Each room was stunning, whether you were staying on an ocean front or a golf view. The staff was incredibly helpful, the location was terrific, and the beach is beautiful. My only issue might be for a few more food options .. but I would definitely come back. Thank you, Mauna Kea for a beautiful 2 weeks. Read less
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Mar 28, 2020 Cindy J Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We booked our room with Marriott points, and the room bookable with points is a standard room with a golf course view. We are Platinum members with Marriott and when we checked in, we were told that we had been upgraded to a beach front room on the second floor (Room 209). We couldn’t have been happier with the room assigned to us. We had a… Read more
We booked our room with Marriott points, and the room bookable with points is a standard room with a golf course view. We are Platinum members with Marriott and when we checked in, we were told that we had been upgraded to a beach front room on the second floor (Room 209). We couldn’t have been happier with the room assigned to us. We had a beautiful view of the beach, ocean and the hotel grounds. Our room had a large bathroom with a separate shower and tub, separate toilet room, and double sinks. Our room included a large closet with a safe as well as a small refrigerator, coffee machine and coffee. Also included was a very large television and desk area, king size bed and a chair and ottoman. The patio was large with two comfortable chairs and a nice sized table. We received a lovely bottle of champagne from the hotel manager in celebration of my birthday which was very kind and much appreciated. The grounds of the hotel are large and beautifully landscaped. It is a hike from one end of the resort to the other. We didn't mind at all but someone with mobility issues might have a hard time if their room is at the far end of the beach front rooms. The pool was nice and not at all crowded. In fact, it was never difficult to find lounge chairs on the grounds. We valet parked ($30 per day) and the valet workers were very friendly! Check-in was very easy, quick and friendly! On the Big Island, nothing is within walking distance outside of your resort, so you need to get your car and drive wherever you would like to go. We were so pleased to be staying at such a beautiful resort with great dining options during our visit because we didn't want to leave this lovely resort. As Platinum members of Marriott we were given complimentary breakfast buffet each morning in the Manta Restaurant. The staff in Manta was always very friendly and attentive. Floyde was the omelet maker and always greeted us with a smile and warm regards. We also enjoyed the Hau Tree which is the beachfront bar and restaurant. Jacque is a great bartender and made us feel so welcome. We really enjoyed talking with him. In the evening, be sure to check out the manta rays that come out about 7:30 just past the Manta Restaurant. The Mauna Kea is an outstanding resort and we hope to visit again soon! Read less
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Mar 22, 2020 eduardocorteziv Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

People are so nice, the breakfast was amazing and the rooms were great. The beach was perfect because our 2 year old could enjoy it without is worrying about waves since it’s so enclosed. Highly recommend this place.
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Mar 18, 2020 Q9381OHjohnr Fernandina Beach, Florida

Our second time here and it was wonderful. Calm bay with wonderful beach. Good snorkeling spot on either side of the bay or a great place to learn to stand up paddle board. Easy to get to Kona area for any excursions. Amazing to see mantas swimming at night feeding on plankton.