Our family has been coming to the Mauna Kea for many years and it's just magic every time. We have stayed all over Hawaii, Kauai, Maui and Oahu at many of the large resorts with huge pools, slides, etc. and prefer the Mauna Kea over them all even though it does not have the bells and whistles of those places. At the Mauna Kea there is just a small circle pool and a huge, lovely beach. The hotel provides basic chairs, towels, etc. on the beach and you can usually find a great seat unless you are there during a very crowded time. The water is generally very gentle with small or no waves, great for stand up paddling, snorkeling and just floating. During the winter months there can be more surf providing good boogie boarding and very rarely, larger waves. There is a stand that provides rentals of various ocean equipment. This is not our favorite part of the hotel as we are fairly certain our paddle was stolen by one of the staff. These workers are not actual hotel staff, the hotel staff is fabulous! Friendly, competent, helpful and a joy to see every visit. There is a bar and restaurant down by the beach that serves great (over poured) cocktails and staffed by lifetime bartenders with stories to tell about the many interesting patrons that have visited the Mauna Kea over the years. The restaurant serves good, basic fare and is not open for dinner every day. Make sure you check before you plan that as your dinner!
There are two other restaurants on property, one at the golf course that is not open for dinner but is a fun choice for lunch and the main restaurant that serves a fantastic breakfast buffet and is also open for dinner. In general there are not a ton of restaurant options in the area and it is about 20 minutes to most restaurant options though there are a few things you can do a little closer. The first time we went we were a little frustrated with this but everything else was so great we just figured out how to make it work. The rooms come in a wide range. The lowest priced rooms look out on the golf course side of the property. There are some that are right above the entrance to the hotel that are a little loud with arrivals coming in at all hours. Our favorite rooms are in the wing of the hotel facing the beach off the grassy lawn. All the rooms are newly decorated in a kind of modernist Hawaii theme. The beds are comfy but I do not think there are rooms with two doubles, they just have two twins or a king in the rooms I have seen.
The bottom line is that when we go to the Mauna Kea we experience a week of total relaxation. The kids love it, the adults love it, what more could we want?
- Also Known As:
- Mauna Kea Beach Kamuela
- Hotel Mauna Kea Beach
- Mauna Kea Beach
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Hawaii/Kohala Coast
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel located on the big island of Hawaii. Gracious hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees. ... more less
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