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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Awesome! My girl friend and I love this place sooooooo much!

You'll understand what I mean as soon as you drive onto the property. It's exactly what you think of when you picture tropical paradise. The beach is immaculate. Perfect surf that you can bob around in all day. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, watching mantas and turtles, all right there in a secluded beach. It is better than the pictures show. The hotel is amazing. The grounds are landscaped and manicured to perfection. We stayed in the Beachfront wing which is a 2 minute walk from our door to our beach chairs. I've never been greeted with such a warm welcome! The staff at the activity huts in the beach were friendly and helpful. Everyone that worked there had a smile on their face and it's obvious why. Loved the food in all the restaurants. We had the most amazing anniversary dinner at Manta. Copper Bar was probably our favorite spot for everyday meals. It is VERY expensive but it's the price you pay for a hotel of this caliber. Food and Drink tip: bring a cooler and a koozie. Stop at Costco, grab your drinks of choice, and every morning you can call for ice and they'll bring you a big bag. Viola, ice cold beverages all day. But try a Fredrico cocktail at least once. It's the hotels signature drink. Martinis we're great. Good beer selection. We also brought light food and snacks. Beach food from Hau Tree was reasonable and delicious with generous portions. I can't say enough about the Mauna Kea. It's heaven on earth. Once you go you'll never want to go elsewhere.

Great room , restaurant and entertainment in lobby. Great waking beach,swimming and surfing

A wonderful building that is all open to the sea and nature surrounding it.

Lovely, if not over priced. Room has a lot of noise from lawn mowers if on mountain side. great roomy bathroom. expensive breakfast. decent sized room.

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

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.

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

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beautiful beach, warm staff, nice rooms, good fitness center. Complimentary yoga classes.

The Mauna Kea is a wonderful, quiet, location for a Hawaiian getaway!! The grounds and Beach are the best kept in all the Islands! They wait on you as if you were the only ones there! The meals and rooms are wonderful. Food is expensive, but well worth the cost. The morning buffets and the Monetes Dining was out of this world. I would recommend the hotel to everyone, looking for a romantic getaway.

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)

This is the best beach resort that I have been to on any of the Hawaiian islands. The beach was fantastic. The snorkeling was fantastic. Food was great but on the expensive side which was expected. Rooms were large and elegant. Staff very attentive. Drinks potent and tasty. Orbitz was able to put a package together that no one else could touch which made the stay very affordable. Went late September when there were no crowds which was wonderful as well. Would stay longer and play golf (looked like a good course) the next time I come.

The Mauna Kea Beach is the perfect resort hotel. Enjoy the Tuesday night luau. Snorkel both sides of the bay. In early morning, there are usually turtles on the south side, and I saw a manta on the north. Scuba dive with Kohala Divers four miles north in Kawaehei.

this hotel is mostly worth the money bc of the incredible beach right outside. eating at the hotel was pricey, but we rented a car and ate out most of the time. the rooms were gorgeous and the beds very very comfy. the service was incredible as well. can't wait to go back (although i hope by then wifi is free....)

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr Kamuela HI

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa
  • Golf course

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Hapuna Beach State Park and Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. This 252-room, 4.5-star resort has a golf course, a full-service spa, and 4 restaurants. It's on the beach and also near Mauna Kea Beach and Waialea Beach.


Dining

Enjoy dining at Manta Dinner, one of 4 onsite restaurants. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the resort and get a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


Rooms

The 252 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Guests can expect to find WiFi and 32-inch TVs with digital channels and pay movies. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. IPod docks, refrigerators, and coffee makers are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection have access to a golf course, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. Parking is available for USD 15 per night (USD 20 per night for valet parking), and there's also limo/town car service. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a health club, a spa tub, and an outdoor tennis court.

Room options

Standard Room, Beachfront (Floors 2-4)

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Room, Oceanfront

King 1 | Full 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, Ocean View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Room, Golf View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Everyone (4) Couples (22) Family (7) Friends (1)
5
Everyone

Awesome! My girl friend and I love this place sooooooo much!

By on Nov 4, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 18, 2017

Aloha and mahalo for choosing to stay with us! We happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope you're already making plans to return one day soon.

5

a perfect paradise

Everyone
View from lanai, 3rd floor Beachfront wing Great snorkleing Epic Sunsets

You'll understand what I mean as soon as you drive onto the property. It's exactly what you think of when you picture tropical paradise. The beach is immaculate. Perfect surf that you can bob around in all day. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, watching mantas and turtles, all right there in a secluded beach. It is better than the pictures show. The hotel is amazing. The grounds are landscaped and manicured to perfection. We stayed in the Beachfront wing which is a 2 minute walk from our door to our beach chairs. I've never been greeted with such a warm welcome! The staff at the activity huts in the beach were friendly and helpful. Everyone that worked there had a smile on their face and it's obvious why. Loved the food in all the restaurants. We had the most amazing anniversary dinner at Manta. Copper Bar was probably our favorite spot for everyday meals. It is VERY expensive but it's the price you pay for a hotel of this caliber. Food and Drink tip: bring a cooler and a koozie. Stop at Costco, grab your drinks of choice, and every morning you can call for ice and they'll bring you a big bag. Viola, ice cold beverages all day. But try a Fredrico cocktail at least once. It's the hotels signature drink. Martinis we're great. Good beer selection. We also brought light food and snacks. Beach food from Hau Tree was reasonable and delicious with generous portions. I can't say enough about the Mauna Kea. It's heaven on earth. Once you go you'll never want to go elsewhere.

By , from Bellingham WA on Sep 22, 2017

Review comment responded on Nov 16, 2017

May we first say THANK YOU for your awesome review but also our apologies for this delayed response. We are happy your enjoyed your visit and we hope you'll return for many anniversaries in the years to come. Again, mahalo.

5

great access to water and exclusive

Everyone
Best beach Lava cliffs and Mantas Fun surfing

Great room , restaurant and entertainment in lobby. Great waking beach,swimming and surfing

By , from CA. on Dec 18, 2016

5

architectural landmark

Everyone

A wonderful building that is all open to the sea and nature surrounding it.

By on Sep 25, 2016

4

great place.

Families

Lovely, if not over priced. Room has a lot of noise from lawn mowers if on mountain side. great roomy bathroom. expensive breakfast. decent sized room.

By on Jun 15, 2015

5

8 nights in kona

Couples

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

By on Jul 27, 2014

5

mauna kea near perfect

Couples

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.

By on Jan 16, 2014

5

awesome

Couples

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

By on Dec 22, 2013

4

extraordinary beach setting - ordinary hotel

Couples

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.

By on Nov 6, 2013

5

quiet restful getaway

Couples

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!!!

By on Oct 2, 2013