Rate based on Check-in: Oct 5, 2014 Check-out: Oct 8, 2014

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

5 stars
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Big Island Of Hawaii, Kohala Coast, HI 96743
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.6
out of 5
32 reviews
8 nights in Kona

The Mauna Kea is fantastic. It's quiet and elegant. There is no nightlife there, no late night bar,... See full review

  • keyboarddoc
  • Jul 27, 2014
Mauna Kea Near Perfect

We spent a week at the Mauna Kea this January, 2014. This was our third trip over about a decade to... See full review

  • Annual vacation 2014
  • Jan 16, 2014
Magnificent Kohala Coast beach resort with award-winning golf course

Dreamed into reality by a Rockefeller and recently restored to its original glory, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is one of the Big Island's most legendary and spectacular destinations. Fronting a magnificent South Kohala crescent-sand beach, the multi-award-winning hotel melds amenities with its sister property, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, to offer 1,839 acres of resort paradise with golf, tennis, yoga classes, a full-service spa, swimming, an art tour, restaurants and much more. Luxury guest rooms include artful designer decor and cutting-edge amenities. 

Highlights

  • Explore the hotel's collection of Asian and Pacific art, with more than 1,600 works
  • Play at the Mauna Kea's award-winning, newly renovated 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.
  • Visit the hotel's Manta Ray Lookout, a popular evening destination for manta ray viewing along the shoreline 

Location

Located north of Kailua-Kona on the South Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel fronts the crescent-shaped Kaunaoa Beach, considered one of the Big Island's most beautiful. Kings' Shops and Queens' MarketPlace, less than 10 miles south, offer plentiful shopping and dining.

Rooms

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's 258 recently renovated luxury guest rooms offer grace, comfort, spaciousness and cutting-edge style -- plus golf course/mountain or ocean views. Each includes a flat-screen TV, media hub, iPod dock, L'Occitane amenities, private balcony and high-speed Internet access (fees apply).

Dining

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers an incredible variety of onsite dining – all overlooking the sea. Cuisine ranges from a traditional Sunday Brunch, al fresco clambake and luau, to the award-winning fish and steak restaurant Monettes. Want privacy? Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers in-room dining. 

Recreation

Enjoy a bevy of on-site recreation facilities here, from a golf course and spa to 11 tennis courts, a fitness center and swimming pool. Mauna Kea Golf Course, the Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay-designed 18-hole championship course, features spectacular views of the Kohala Coast and Pacific, and the snow-capped Mauna Kea volcano as a backdrop. Endless activities for adults and kids include fitness classes, hula dancing, t-shirt painting, movies and more (fees apply). The Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers a Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired therapies from massage and aromatherapy to skincare services. 

Transportation

  • Kona International Airport (27 mi/43.5 km)

Attractions

  • Kaunaoa Beach ("Mauna Kea Beach") (Adjacent)
  • Hapuna Beach (2.8 mi/4.6 km)
  • Kings' Shops/Queens' MarketPlace (9.9 mi/15.9 km)
  • Lapakahi State Historical Park (13.2 mi/21.3 km)
  • Kailua-Kona (33.5 mi/54 km)
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (53.3 mi/85.7 km)

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Rooms

Golf Vista
King or 2 beds View of the mountain and golf course. Features two private lanais balconies/ separate shower and tub/ 40 inc Hi-Definition television/ i-pod clock radio/ and upscale toiletries in an understated elegant decor.
Plumeria Beach Club
One king or two twin beds. Each room has a CD player, a VCR, and a rattan settee plus chairs. Beach view. Furnished lanai. Refrigerator. Robes, slippers. Welcome fruit bowl in room. Tile floor, teak furnishings
Ocean View
King or 2 beds. Panoramic view of the ocean. Features a private lanai balcony/ 40inch Hi-Definition television/ i-pod clock radio/ and upscale toiletries in an understated elegant decor.
Deluxe Ocean View
One king or two twin beds. Floors 5 through 7. Ocean view. CD player, double sinks, a VCR, and a rattan settee plus chairs. Furnished lanai. Refrigerator. Robes, slippers. Tile floor, teak furnishings
Mountain View
One king or two twin beds. Floors 5 through 8. Mountain and fairway views. Furnished lanai. Refrigerator. Robes, slippers. Welcome fruit bowl in room. Tile floor, teak furnishings.

Amenities

  • Pool
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities

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Hotel Map

20.01 -155.823
Area served
Kohala Coast
Nearby airports
Keahole-Kona International Airport (Koa)Drive time to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is 40 minutes and distance is 26 miles.
Area description
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Dining

The Terrace
Home to the famous Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Sunday Brunch, the number one favorite choice of the local Big Island community. The menu features a sushi bar, extravagant chilled seafood bar, specialty carvery stations and decadent dessert selections. Dress: Casual Resort Attire.
The Pavilion
Indulge in the finest local ingredients used to create the spectacular dishes you will experience each evening. Also enjoy experiencing in the Exhibition Kitchen - all prepared with the freshest ingredients and created to perfection. Experience the creation of masterpiece dishes as our chefs perform in our exhibition kitchen. Or be wowed by the latest in wine technology -the enomatic system- featuring 48 top vintners with selections to tantalize the taste buds.
Hau Tree
Located on Kauna'oa Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the United States by Conde Nast, the Hau Tree is the perfect retreat to indulge with your favorite refreshing libation or a culinary creation.
The Copper Bar
The Copper Bar has long been the favorite gathering place for the Mauna Kea guest. Located a floor below the lobby the Copper Bar is the ideal place to enjoy the Mauna Kea signature drink or pupu.
19th Hole
The Mauna Kea Golf Course is a Golfers Hideaway by day and Family Retreat by night.
Clambake
Dive into the Best Seafood Buffet on the Kohala Coast with some of the freshest ingredients found in the Pacific Rim.
Luau
Luau feast on Hawaiian food and enjoy authentic Hawaiian entertainment - live.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (32)

Ratings and reviews for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Overall score

4.6 / 5
5.01.0
32 out of 32
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.8
Room comfort:
4.7
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.1

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
keyboarddoc
Southern Cal
Jul 27, 2014

8 nights in Kona

The Mauna Kea is fantastic. It's quiet and elegant. There is no nightlife there, no late night bar, frequently no one in the hallways after 930 or so. These are all major pluses. The beach is one of the best in the world. Ample loungers with pads, towels, umbrellas etc. The pool is small but really nice. We opted for the daily breakfast buffet....strongly recommend this. Excellent selection, service and location to die for, overlooking the beach. All staff are obviously well trained and very professional and friendly. Kona offers great natural beauty and variety..the Kohala coast is sunny, dry and perfect for beach activities. There is a huge reef which comes in all the way to the beach at the hotel. Anyway, it all comes at a price, but they deliver. We'll go back for sure..this was our second time at this hotel

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

2 great spots in Kawaihai 4 miles away. Several more in Waimea, 10 miles up the hill. Merriman's is widely known and fabulous

Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Annual vacation 2014
California
Jan 16, 2014

Mauna Kea Near Perfect

We spent a week at the Mauna Kea this January, 2014. This was our third trip over about a decade to the Mauna Kea. I believe that whoever is managing the property today is doing a wonderful, wonderful job. While the hotel has always been a five star location, the recent updates to the rooms and the level of current service are simply as good as it gets.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
GDoug
Portland, CT
Dec 22, 2013

Awesome

Bodysurfing and snorkeling with all the sunshine you could ever want. Resort is quiet and beautiful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Happydogx2
Bend, OR, USA
Nov 6, 2013

Extraordinary Beach Setting - Ordinary Hotel

Mauna Kea Hotel is 33 miles north of Kailua Kona and sits on a knoll, in its own little oasis, above a fantastic 2nd-to-none beach cove. Water is clear, sand is white and the snorkeling was great. Ate at all three of the restaurants on premises including the Sunday buffet and the food at all three was excellent. Although we didn't golf the course is in excellent shape w/great vistas of the private cove and ocean. The Mauna Kea is showing its age (please! get rid of the rope decor on the lower level walls) and we didn't appreciate our "turn down service" knock on the door at 8:20 in the evening. We stayed in the Deluxe Ocean Front room but for the price I'd rather be at the Sheraton Maui.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Take the beach hike to the sister Prince Hotel - The Hapuna - beautiful small coves with turquoise water. It's about a mile walk w/some up's and down's but well worth it.

Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
MimiCarol
CA
Oct 2, 2013

quiet restful getaway

We have stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel dozens of times since 1987. Since school is back in session the Hotel definitely qualified as an Quiet Adult Getaway. Saturday Clam Bake. Not to be missed. All you can eat Maine Lobster!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JRT Hiker
Bellevue, WA
Jun 30, 2013

Excellent in all ways

We came here for our honeymoon and couldn't be happier with the hotel. The renovation respected the original elegance of the 1960's-era building, historic in its own right, but brought it up to world-class standards. I recommend staying in one of the rooms on upper floor of the old tower....the rooms are larger and the bathrooms are huge and spa-like. The bathroom even had its own balcony! The views from the mountain/golf course side are gorgeous and unless you have to have water views you can save a little by choosing one of these rooms. With the $200 credit the hotel offered, most breakfast and parking charges were covered. The breakfast buffet is fantastic, but a bit expensive. Eat breakfast at the hotel, then drive 10-20 minutes away to some of the small towns for lunch and dinner. The beach is stunning, quiet, and kept spotless clean by the staff, all of whom were nothing but cordial and professional. We will definitely come back here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Avoid the Kona area...go north to towns like Waimea and Kawaiihae for some of the best restaurants on the Big Island. Closer and better.

Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
J B M D
Ashland, Or
Jan 29, 2013

Beautiful Retreat

The architecture of this classic resort is unique and contains a marvelous collection of oriental art incorporated in the design. It sits above a beautiful semi-private beach with a stunning view out over the ocean. It is away from the main tourist areas and the quiet is lovely. The staff could not be nicer or more helpful and obviously work in a place they are very proud of. The food is also of the highest caliber.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kininc
Arlington, VA
Nov 19, 2012

5-days in paradise

We were greeted with a lea and were led to a beautiful ocean view room in the beach club area. It is a beautiful resort with many antiques from the Rockefeller collection. The amenities were lovely - 2- robes, terry and Japanese style. 2- sinks plenty of storage and hangers. The only criticism is that the food is very expensive ($80 for 2- breakfast buffets including tax and tip) and average.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to the Blue Dragon for dinner it's a great place - live music and good food.

Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Scruff
Waimea
Sep 7, 2012

High speed Internet is a joke

If you think that there is even a low speed internet access at this hotel, think again. It is FAR worse than a third world country. When connected, and this is iffy, the download speed averages 5kbs, often zero kbs. So if you think you can even get emails, think again. AND you pay a premium for this non-service. So, if you need internet access, bring your own satellite receiver.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Imilala
California
Jun 3, 2012

I will go there again

This place is a hidden gem. There's a private beach and really amazing snorkeling. We've seen turtles both trips to the Mauna Kea. On this trip, we saw huge schools of fish and turtles 5 feet from the shore. We've also been able to see Manta rays in the evenings. The staff work really hard to keep the rooms clean. They clean your room and replenish your towels twice a day and have turn down service as standard service. It's the perfect place to mellow out, enjoy white sandy beaches, snorkel and relax. Water is not too rough so it's great for people who aren't great swimmers. This is our favorite place to stay on the Big Island. We will continue to stay at the Mauna Kea.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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