Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island

Posted On April 1, 2011 

Laurance S. Rockefeller, the founder of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel once said that each great beach is worthy of a great hotel and so is this one. Fronting the ideal crescent of the gold dunes, the hotel is on the Hawaii’s Kohala shore at Kauna’oa where it is accompanied by a spectacular golf as well as extraordinary dining. Despite the fact the new luxurious counterparts have outshine this one over the years, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel still keeps on welcoming its old loyal guests who love to come back here again and again. And for that, all credit goes to its remote location for ultimate tranquility, excellent golf, cozy ambiance, and the yet living ancient ways – the combination that is not to be found in any other counterpart. And that the guests of all generations love to explore the stirring past, get hugged by its present charm, and be excited by enticing chances ahead.

However, as all hotels undergo a renovation, even this most elite as well as expensive resort is now a $150 million treasure once again retaining its honor of luxury landmark. So, this one is an architectural style-modernizer featuring 1,600 Asian as well as Pacific works of art, gardens, and golf.


There are 258 rooms at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with louvered shutters, teak closet drawers, lanai doors, gliding closet, and postcard replicas of walls’ watercolors.  Among the amenities, you can expect ceiling fans, air conditioning, rattan chairs, teak writing desks, phone, bathroom, bathroom phone, bathrobes, lace-edged shower caps, Neutrogena toiletries, slippers, lanais with lounge chairs and table, high-speed Internet access, pay movies, hypo-allergenic bedding, climate control, voice mail, free local calls, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, complimentary bottled water, wake-up calls, housekeeping, extra towels/bedding, turndown service, designer toiletries, hair dryer, in-room massage, clock radio, cable television service, iron/ironing board, safe, rollaway beds, cribs, and opening window.

All of them are 100% non-smoking.


• Self parking (surcharge)  • Valet parking (surcharge)  • Parking (surcharge)  • Supervised child care/activities  •    Breakfast available (surcharge)  • Coffee shop or café  • Elevator/lift  • Business center  • On-site car rental  • Express check-out  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby  • 4 restaurants  • Room service (limited hours)  • Lounge  • Concierge   services  • Internet access in public areas – surcharge  • Event catering  • Business services  • Audio-visual equipment  •    Limo or Town Car service  • Doorman/doorwoman  • Security guard  • Banquet facilities  • Multiple conference/meeting   rooms  • Safe-deposit box – front desk  • Porter/bellhop  • 24-hour front desk  • Medical aid  • Multilingual staff  •    Domestic help  • Currency exchange  • Laundry facilities  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • Translation services  •    Babysitting or child care  • Tour assistance  • Multiple small meeting rooms  • Wheelchair accessible  • Shopping on site  •    Shoe shine  • Gift shops or newsstand


• Swimming pool – outdoor  • Spa tub  • Clubhouse  • Hair salon  • Fitness facilities  • Children’s club  • Library  •    Beach/pool umbrellas  • Picnic area  • Arcade/game room  • Billiards or pool table  • Full-service health spa  • Beauty services  • Garden  • Patio  • Hair salon  • Golfing and Golf – driving range  • Surfing/boogie boarding  • Windsurfing  •    Kayaking  • Whale-watching  • Sailing  • Snorkeling  • Aerobics  • Hiking/biking trails  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing  •    Tennis  • Volleyball


At the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, you majestically dine in the architecturally rich restaurants. The Manta Ray Point’s Pavilion boasts the blissful structural patterns that are from the Buddhist temples of the 18th century. At its southern doorway, dual big Japanese koi of bronze along with the round bronze Japanese bowl holding lilies as well as a small fish welcome you. Then, you walk on the floors of hardwood amidst the doors of glass reaching the lanai seating. You can expect á la carte, full buffet, or Continental breakfast, while the dinner is delicious with the Hawaiian ingredients. Do taste the sweet onion salad of Maui and Waimea tomato here.

Asian as well as European cuisines are best served at the Batik restaurant featuring glass-enclosed room, ocean vistas, and garden views. You cannot leave without tasting its signature dish, the Indian curry. And at the end of the meals, candies capped with dry ice are a must. Do get the reservation for dinner here.

19th Hole in the golf clubhouse offers casual lunch including American salads, sushi, hot dogs, burgers, and katsu-donburi.

At the oceanfront Hau Tree restaurant, you enjoy lunchtime salads, ice creams, cookies, and sandwiches. On the other hand, Lu’au is the site where a buffet feast is offered once a week in the traditional Hawaiian style outdoors where music and dance predominate. For a Sunday brunch buffet, the open-air Terrace restaurant is your choice.


From $325 per night.

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