HAWAII Island’s Mauna Kea Resort is home to two of Hawaii’s most gorgeous natural white sand beaches and world-class hotels.
It’s the Island’s only oceanfront resort where guests enjoying the timeless luxury of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (252 rooms) or the more contemporary Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel (350 rooms) have the full resort, it’s more than 1,800 acres, and all amenities at their fingertips.
This includes signing privileges for dining and guest rates at two 18-hole championship golf courses, the legendary Robert Trent Jones-designed Mauna Kea Golf Course and the Arnold Palmer, Ed Seay-designed Hapuna Golf Course.
Visionary developer Laurance S. Rockefeller founded Mauna Kea Beach Hotel in 1965. More than fifty years later, it remains a landmark of luxury. Iconic interior designer of the day, Davis Allen, assembled a museum-quality collection of art from Asia and Oceania of more than 1,600 pieces, the first hotel ever to incorporate art from country-of-origin into its design.
Today, a weekly complimentary art tour shares the fascinating history and background on the collection, which includes a seventh century granite Buddha from India and the largest standing collection of Hawaiian quilts in the world.
Guests fill their day with beach activities including snorkeling in the warm, clear waters of Kauna’oa Bay, canoeing, stand-up-paddleboarding or just enjoying the serene setting.
If the need arises to burn a few calories from the morning breakfast buffet, then guests might take a lesson or join a round robin tournament at the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club, hike a portion of the historic Ala Kahakai beach trail connecting Mauna Kea to Hapuna Beach, or rent a Golfboard at either course to “surf the earth.”
For the ultimate in indulgence, the Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara offers Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired body and skincare therapies. Luxurious treatment rooms include a couples’ suite with balneotherapy.
In addition to a sumptuous morning buffet at Manta Restaurant, the beachside Hau Tree serves up light lunch fare and dinners along with Mauna Kea’s signature “Fredrico” frozen rum and Jack Daniels concoction, or a cold, refreshing Ovaltine Froth.
Number 3 Restaurant at the Golf Clubhouse adds to the dining options along with the hotel’s iconic gathering place, the Copper Bar, in a setting that says “relax.” Open daily from 11am until 11pm, magical sunsets and a shared-plates culinary concept shake things up in a fun and inspired way with gorgeous panoramic views of Kauna‘oa Bay.
Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar makes dinner a special occasion with a menu that highlights fresh local foods and wines to enhance every course. Mauna Kea’s luau has been a Big Island tradition for decades.
Sizzling pig is unearthed from its imu (underground oven) and accompanies poi, poke, fish and contemporary foods and desserts as precursors to an evening under the stars of music, hula and thrilling fire knife dances.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel opened in 1994 and welcomes visitors to enjoy its all-ocean-facing rooms and suites. Nestled on the bluffs above the soft white sands of Hapuna Beach, this resort is ideal for families with its large pool and the expanse of Hapuna Beach to explore.
Couples can enjoy the resort’s lush landscaping and sculptured walkways that meander from the 8th floor lobby to the pool and beach beyond. Private pool cabanas encourage long lazy days enjoying the warm Hawaiian sun and shade in luxury.
The adjacent Beach Bar offers refreshing foods and libations throughout the day and into the evening. As the sun dips beyond the ocean’s horizon, live Hawaiian music beckons guests to linger and enjoy the moment.
At Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s signature dining room, Coast Grille, a monthly locavore menu highlights a Big Island ingredient in a prix fixe menu while an Oyster Bar and Design-your-own-Poke menu complement a selection that utilizes ingredients from the on-site Coast Grille garden.
For road-weary vacationers, Hapuna Spa and Salon offers indoor treatment rooms plus a private open-air lanai and a new ocean-side cabana. Both are ideal settings with soothing ocean sounds as the backdrop.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel encourages discovery and relaxation. Guests can expect features like deep soaking tubs in guest rooms, large furnished lanais for enjoying golf or ocean vistas, an award-winning mid-century modern design that remains ageless, colors that match the sand and the sea, and a charming sensibility that welcomes guests like family.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s flowing contemporary design is a place of renewal and rejuvenation. Together, the award-winning beachfront hotels, golf courses, tennis club, and multiple dining options provide countless opportunities for destination weddings, memorable family vacations or romantic honeymoons.
Stay at one, play at both and experience Hawaiian culture, the warm spirit of Aloha, and the professional service of staff that knows how best to share their ho’okipa, their hospitality.