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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderfull Stay at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Aug 19, 2019 smwck batavia, il

We had a great experience at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The room was excellent with a great view of the ocean and plenty of space to store our belongings. My wife injured her leg near the end of our stay and the staff responded quickly, got us the support that we needed and followed up the next day to ensure that my wife was OK. The beach is… Read more
We had a great experience at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The room was excellent with a great view of the ocean and plenty of space to store our belongings. My wife injured her leg near the end of our stay and the staff responded quickly, got us the support that we needed and followed up the next day to ensure that my wife was OK. The beach is fantastic and the food at the Copper Bar was gtreat. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WOW

Aug 17, 2019 ericaP1961FJ Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Everything from the the valets to the concierge is top notch. The staff will bend over backwards to help you. The grounds are magnificent, love the drive in. The beach is beautiful and the restaurants are great. Take a walk on the hiking trail and go north. It is quite spectacular. I can’t say enough about how great this resort is. Highly… Read more
Everything from the the valets to the concierge is top notch. The staff will bend over backwards to help you. The grounds are magnificent, love the drive in. The beach is beautiful and the restaurants are great. Take a walk on the hiking trail and go north. It is quite spectacular. I can’t say enough about how great this resort is. Highly recommended. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wanted to give it 5 stars, but staff was lacking

Aug 15, 2019 gold233790 New Jersey

This place is beautiful. As nice a beach as you’ll ever see, modern and clean rooms, great location with easy access to many other activities. But while much is 5 star, some of the service staff is decidedly not. Now....the front facing staff is great. Front desk, concierge, beach attendants- we loved them. Couldn’t be more helpful, welcoming, and… Read more
This place is beautiful. As nice a beach as you’ll ever see, modern and clean rooms, great location with easy access to many other activities. But while much is 5 star, some of the service staff is decidedly not. Now....the front facing staff is great. Front desk, concierge, beach attendants- we loved them. Couldn’t be more helpful, welcoming, and cheery. Restaurant staff was also good, if a bit slow (we’re in Hawaii, so understood there!). But the housekeeping and maintenance staff is a nightmare. We had a room near a housekeeping closet. No worries, understand there will be some occasional activity, right? Nope. Every single day, at 3pm and continuing until 8:30pm, staff would lay out three ironing boards and four housekeeping carts directly in front of our door. I am not joking when I say we literally had to turn sideways to enter or exit the room during this time. Throughout the afternoon and early evening, there would be 2-4 staff ironing, dropping bags of dirty laundry, and talking loudly and laughing consistently. I addressed it twice with an individual who seemed to be their supervisor. The first time he literally shrugged and walked away, the second time he said my room was unfortunately placed. Then, at 3am one night we needed to call the front desk since maintenance was using a leaf blower outside our room. Just crazy. It’s so sad...such an amazing place with really good staff...and they are allowing their housekeeping and maintenance staff to ruin experiences. I’d love to come back...the hotel is gorgeous. But there might be a slight pause. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Would be 5 stars if not for unfriendly staff and the roaches!

Aug 15, 2019 BGTGNewJersey New Jersey

We loved the location of this hotel as it was on the most beautiful beach. Beachfront rooms were very modern and nice but the bed was almost a hammock it was sinking in on both sides. DO NOT get a ground floor room as the roaches are everywhere! We had at least 10 of them in our room over 2 days and you could see them scattering across walkways… Read more
We loved the location of this hotel as it was on the most beautiful beach. Beachfront rooms were very modern and nice but the bed was almost a hammock it was sinking in on both sides. DO NOT get a ground floor room as the roaches are everywhere! We had at least 10 of them in our room over 2 days and you could see them scattering across walkways on the grounds at night. They need to do a better job with pest control. The Manta for breakfast was great and the package is a way to save money as it's really expensive. We loved the Hau tree for dinner with great service and food. Overall the staff wasn't very friendly with a couple of exceptions and they seemed put out by any questions and had a very blasé attitude about the roaches. The pool is just ok but nice when the beach is windy. Overall a nice stay and we would go back because the location and beach were incredible. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Breathtaking views, beautiful beach, pure paradise

Aug 8, 2019 Harris F South Florida

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel far exceeded every expectation we had. Photos just cannot do this resort justice. From the moment you drive up to the hotel, you just know it is special. Every inch of the property is serene, with beautiful art and sculptures, flowered trees, parrots greeting us, comfortable seating in every corner, soothing music,… Read more
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel far exceeded every expectation we had. Photos just cannot do this resort justice. From the moment you drive up to the hotel, you just know it is special. Every inch of the property is serene, with beautiful art and sculptures, flowered trees, parrots greeting us, comfortable seating in every corner, soothing music, manicured lawns, interesting trees to climb on, rocks to explore, the list is endless! However, the views of the beach are the highlight. The beach is pure white sand, no shells or rocks to step on, with perfect ocean waves and tropical fish and manta rays to snorkel with. We even saw a sea turtle swimming along the shore! The staff lays out umbrellas and different types of chairs and lounges to rest upon, and provides water and fruit all day. You needn't even leave the resort to do the night snorkel with the mantas (you just wade in from the beach!), and they rent snorkels, boards, kayaks, paddle boards, etc... We highly recommend you stay in a beachfront room, with a balcony overlooking the ocean- pure bliss. The sunsets are incredible. Our beachfront rooms were very modern and comfortable, with all the amenities. The staff is very courteous. The buffet breakfast at Manta is sublime. Drinks are very well prepared. The only minor complaint we have is that dinner was very expensive at all venues, and the service at all the restaurants was noticeably slow. Overall we have never stayed at a resort quite as beautiful as the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel a.ka. paradise!!! We are so glad we opted to spend some downtime from the sightseeing, and just soak in the beauty of the resort. Read less