$389 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 31, 2014 Check-out: Nov 2, 2014

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

5 stars
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Big Island Of Hawaii, Kohala Coast, HI 96743
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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

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  • 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)

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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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

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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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
California
Oct 1, 2010

Excellent

We started our Mauna Kea vacations in 1987. It's now 2010. I believe that says it all. Great quiet getaway. We were beach bums & used the fitness center daily. We met our daughter, son-in-law & grandchildren there. They are 15 mos & 4 years. Kids eat free!! We have expectations upon arrival & we are never disappointed. Great wedding venue also.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Kids eat free May thru Sept. Saturday Clambake a MUST!!! food is out of this world delicious. Endless buffet---lots of fish & shellfish including Maine Lobster.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Seal Beach, CA
Aug 3, 2010

Which one, Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani Bay?

I couldn't decide between the Mauna Lani Bay or the Mauna Kea so we spend a few days at both. The Mauna Lani Bay is huge. It has a separate spa/fitness center and two beach's. There is a lot of coral on the beaches so it's good for snorkeling and the water is very calm since it's a bay. Snorkel gear is included in your stay. The Mauna Kea grounds are huge, but it doesn't have a spa, though the gym was nice. The beach is simply AMAZING- there's a reason it's voted best beach in Hawaii. There are lounge chairs on the beach, and they set up an umbrellas for you once you find a place to settle- you have to find your own place to set-up, where they'll help you set up at the Mauna Lani. The Mauna Kea pool is pretty weak and we didn't notice any pool service for food or drinks, where as the food was very reasonable and good at the Mauna Lani pool- which is also much nicer, but not an infinity pool. It also has nicely padded round double loungers with a cover you can use. There are a lot more places to eat a the Mauna Lani Bay and you can choose a cold (cereal/fruit) or hot breakfast (full works) that is cheaper and better than at the Mauna Kea. There's also a small shopping center with a grocery store just outside the Mauna Lani bay. Both places give you an empty small refrigerator to use, which was very nice. We had a Plumera room at the Mauna Kea, which would not be worth it if it wasn't for the $100/night credit. The lounge is just a room with some cookies or brownies and some drinks. It's nothing like a Club Room at a Ritz. You do get a nice beach view room and the rooms are updated with a very nice bed and excellent bedding, though there was no carpeting in the room, which the wife didn't like. The room at the Mauna Lani Bay was a little dated, particularly the bathroom faucet and tub. The bed/bedding wasn't bad, but it was not as nice as the Mauna Kea. It's still a nice room, but the Mauna Kea was recently refinished. The Mauna Kea also had a lot more channels, including HBO, Food, HGTV that the wife liked. The service is more polished at the Mauna Lani Bay. The food server's interact better and know your name because they ask for your room number when you get a table. The pool and beach service is also better. It's not bad at the Mauna Kea, but we did notice a distinct improvement at the Mauna Lani. Internet and parking are also included at the Manua Lani Bay, as are a shuttle to the shopping center/fitness center/second beach, and other services listed on their website. The Mauna Kea charges a $15/night self parking or $20/night valet parking fee- very cheesy IMO. Both are nice places, but different. The Mauna Kea had a LOT more families and kids, where the Mauna Lani Bay was much quieter and seemed to have more couples there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Houston, Tx
Jun 14, 2010

One Great Week

Especially enjoyed the beach and pool areas. Could use a couple of drawers in bathroom make up area. Could use better lighting in comode and bath area and perhaps a ledge to hold reading material.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Bekalulu
Business
Burbank, California
May 24, 2010

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

We loved our satay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The setting couldn't be anymore perfect. The beach is the best one possible especially for little kids.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pittsburgh, PA
May 4, 2010

isolated but lovely

A heavenly way to escape the world. We really enjoyed walking the grounds and found something new each day. Laughed when greeted by the wild Turkey outside our room, woke every morning but the beautiful singing birds, and spotted a sea turtle. Finally saw a Manta Ray the last night... really exciting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Monettes was really great food, friendly professional service and great view.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
San Diego
Apr 2, 2010

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Great beach. Outstanding, personalized service.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Lake Tahoe, CA
Mar 30, 2010

Old Hawaiian Ambiance

We chose to spend four nights at the Mauna Kea because it had recently been remodeled and it sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. How True. We had a great stay, ate lots of yummy food (try the fish tacos at the third tee, golf course restaurant), and enjoyed the convenience of golf right out the front door.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Try Cafe Pesto down the road and also Merriman's in Waimea.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
seattle
Mar 7, 2010

Great hotel

Great beach, great rooms.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
san francisco
Feb 3, 2010

great hawaiin vacation

The Mauna Kea is an excellent hotel and we expect to return in the future.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Fresno, ca
Jan 25, 2010

very relaxing time!!!

We have been going to this hotel for over 25 years. We always have a great time. The beach is the best on the island. A lot of the same staff has been there for as long as we have been going. It's always nice to be remembered when we return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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