Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive | Waimea, HI 96743 [See Map]
#3 in Best Hawaii - The Big Island Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1218 reviews
Property Type Resort with 348 rooms, 6 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Modern
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

Located on the lush Kohala Coast, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows earns loads of compliments for its beautiful setting. You'll find picturesque nature trails criss-crossing the property alongside a saltwater stream filled with reef fish. The whole property has a bit of a wild feel to it — the Mauna Lani Spa boasts open-air, volcanic-rock saunas and lava-tube water therapy treatments, while the golf course sits perched atop craggy volcanic rock. Meanwhile, the accommodations here are merely inspired by the great outdoors (there's no roughing it here), with stylish green, blue and hardwood decor, private balconies and flat-screen TVs. If you're looking to splurge, previous guests highly recommend you do so on one of Mauna Lani's newly renovated bungalows, which come equipped with private gardens, personal plunge pools and ample living space. Even if you're not staying in a bungalow, you'll have access to the resort's pools, fitness club and cultural activities, which include hula lessons and lei-making classes. And when it comes time to eat, you can chow down on fresh, farm-to-table island fare at the CanoeHouse.

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“Popular with honeymooners and anniversary couples for decades, this elegant Kohala Coast classic is still one of the most beautiful resorts on the island, highlighted by a breathtaking, open-air lobby with cathedral-like ceilings, Zen-like koi ponds, and illuminated sheets of cascading water.”
Award: Fodor's Choice


“This beautiful luxury beach resort on the Kohala Coast is chock-full of excellent features: top-rated dining, golfing, tennis, fitness training, and spa experiences.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The resort's guest rooms were renovated in 2014. The rooms are spacious at 550 square feet, and their decor reflects the colors of the island. Nearly every room has an ocean view, and amenities include work desks, flat-screen TVs and climate-controlled air conditioning.

  • All rooms have a private balcony or patio 

Standard room size:

550 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1218 guests have reviewed the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1218 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is located on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. There are a large number of natural attractions on the island, including active volcanoes, beaches and rainforests. There is not much within walking distance of the hotel, but there are two golf courses on-site.

  • The nearby village marketplace and Shops at Mauni Lani has a number of shops and restaurants, and the hotel's free area shuttle offers drop-off and pick-up service
  • Resort offers a complimentary tour of ancient petroglyphs and fishponds
  • Airport shuttles and car service can be arranged at an additional fee, and valet parking is included in the $25 resort fee

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The resort has a number of dining options including the CanoeHouse, Bay Terrace and Ocean Bar & Grill. The oceanfront CanoeHouse is the resort's signature restaurant that serves Hawaiian plantation-influenced meals from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

  • The Bay Terrace serves a breakfast buffet and the Ocean Bar & Grill offers lunch and dinner options
  • Mountain Thunder Coffee Lani features coffee, light meals and appetizers
  • Huli Sue's at the Golf Clubhouse serves clubhouse fare

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The resort has two pools (surrounded by lounge chairs), a kids pool and a jacuzzi.

  • Poolside service and swim-up bar
  • Use of cabanas included in daily resort fee

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Mauna Lani Spa is located a short walk (or shuttle ride from the hotel). The spa has has an outdoor area for treatments, natural lava saunas, a meditation hale and a Watsu pool. Services include traditional body treatments and massage therapy.

  • Full-service salon offers pedicures, manicures and the latest hairstyles
  • Massages include deep-tissue massages, sports massages, Swedish massages and Thai massages

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The resort offers Camp Mauna Lani, a program for kids ages 5 to 12. The camp allows kids to learn about Hawaiian culture through a variety of activities.

  • Camps offer half- and full-day programs
  • Babysitting services can be arranged through the concierge

  • Kids club ($60 to $80)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club features cardio and strength-training equipment, a free weight studio, fitness classes, a lap pool, and on-site support staff.

  • Men's and women's locker rooms feature steam rooms, showers, and an outside relaxation garden.
  • Fitness classes are available for an additional fee, and special packages are available.
  • Resort offers one-on-one personal training.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats


The hotel offers basic business services, including computer workstations and printers. In addition to meeting rooms, there are a number of outdoor spaces and ballrooms for large events, the biggest being the 10,800-square-foot Hale Hoaloha.

  • On-site meeting planners available to assist with events

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available



The resort features two 18-hole courses, the North Course and the South Course, as well as the nine-hole Keiki Course that's intended for families and younger golfers.

  • Club rentals are available for players
  • Lessons and clinics available by appointment

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


At Mauna Lani, couples can have an intimate ceremony or a large celebration of up to 600 guests. The resort's weddings experts work with couples on all details.

  • Resort offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options
  • Pre-arranged packages aim to make the wedding planning process simpler

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive | Waimea, HI 96743 [See Full Map]