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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.6
out of 5
33 reviews
Amazing beach hotel

This is the hotel for people who like the beach. The setting is gorgeous, the beach perfect. You... See full review

  • Beryl J.
  • Jan 17, 2015
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
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)

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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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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.

Ratings and reviews for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Overall score

4.6 / 5
5.01.0
33 out of 33
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.8
Comfort:
4.7
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.1

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Scruff
Business
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Call
Business
Saratoga, CA, USA
Oct 18, 2011

Family Vacation

We love the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and have been returning to this wonderful location for over 40yrs. While the resort has made some lovely updates, we were disappointed in two important areas: 1- there is no longer shuttle service available between the two resort properties 2- wireless internet service is VERY expensive ($15/day per device)

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
money keepa
Business
New Mexico
Mar 18, 2012

Mauna Kea Takes Your Money

While the hotel is a great location with the beach...the best on this side of the island, the hotel likes taking your money. $14 for a Mai Tai while you can get them downtown for $5, and $20 for a hamburger...please Mauna Kea (or Money Keepa) As a resort, one would have thought certain things were included...we wanted to play tennis and the charge was $50 to use the court, $10 per racquet and 10 for a 3 pack of balls. While I understand the equipment rental fee, $25 per person to play on the court was outrageous!!!!! Plus a $15 per night parking fee when the hotel is effectively 30 miles from anything....As a 5-star, we expected a better class of service, we shouldn't have had to ask for more cream everyday, the glasses should have been restocked without asking, and for the price paid per room along with the remoteness of the hotel location, it sure seems they could have taken care of their guests better!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Happydogx2
Business
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Denver, CO
Nov 8, 2009

Relaxing!

Beautiful beach, very relaxing...has to be the best on the big island!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

food in all restaurants was fabulous

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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

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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
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

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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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