Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive | Kohala Coast, HI 96743  [SEE MAP]Kohala Coast, HI  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Resort boasts tennis, golf, a spa, a beach and several dining options
The service received mixed reviews
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection is one the Big Island's more historical properties: In the 1960s, the site was hand-picked by founder Laurance S. Rockefeller specifically for its beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline. Although most of the original architecture was battered in 2006 by an earthquake, the modern and sweeping redesign lends a sense of fresh and airy luxury to the hotel. Each of the 252 spacious rooms and suites comes appointed with minifridges, flat-screen TVs and your very own lanai (Hawaiian for "veranda") off of the bedroom. Although this hotel may not be as flashy some of the Big Island's other luxury resorts, it does boast a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, the full-service Mandara Spa and seaside tennis courts. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also boasts several restaurants, all of which serve up different island-inspired cuisine, but note that some require advanced reservations. Recent guests had glowing praise for the adjacent beach, one of the island's best, though the service throughout the hotel received mixed reviews. Keep in mind that Marriot Bonvoy members can use or redeem points by choosing to stay here.
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Location
Kohala Coast, HI
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Resort hotel, 252 rooms
Primary View
Bay, Ocean
Style
Traditional
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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Scorecard

  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List

Frommer's

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Old-money travelers have long embraced this golf-course resort, which began as a twinkle in Laurance Rockefeller’s eye and in 1965 became the first hotel development on the rugged lava fields of the Kohala Coast.

Frommer's Exceptional

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The atmosphere is sophisticated and quiet, though both families and couples can be found here.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1530 have reviewed the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1530 reviews 4.5 (based on 1530 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The hotel offers rooms with views of the ocean or the rolling greens of its golf course. They are bright and airy with off-white walls and light wood furniture. Each accommodation includes a private lanai, and some also include direct access to the beach.
  • HD TV and iPod clock radio
  • Coffee maker and Kona blend coffee service
  • Ironing board, iron and hair dryer
  • Standard Wi-Fi is free; Enhanced High Speed is $14.95 per day

Standard room size590 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Mauna Kea is located on the Big Island's golden Kohala Coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is located in a secluded spot, surrounded by the Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Golf Course.
  • Kona International Airport is 27 miles southwest
  • Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area about 3 miles south
  • 24-hour valet parking ($30)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

The hotel has multiple dining options. Manta serves brunch, a breakfast buffet and dinner and has a wine list with dozens of bottles to choose from. At Number 3 Restaurant, the golf course's clubhouse eatery, guests can take a break from the greens and enjoy lunch and beverages.
  • Beachside restaurant Hau Tree serves lunch, dinner and cocktails
  • Al fresco clambake
  • Grab-and-go options
  • Room service offered daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesBuffet, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

The hotel has an outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and padded chaise lounges. Umbrellas and sports equipment are also available for lounging and use on the beach.
  • White-sand beach and turquoise water one of the biggest hotel draws
  • Towels available
  • Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The Mandara Spa offers Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired treatments like massages and facials as well as aromatherapy and skincare services. There is also a couples suite that offers balneotherapy. The Mauna Kea Beauty Salon offers hair treatments, manicures and pedicures, makeup services, bridal services and more.
  • Five treatment rooms
  • Outdoor cabana massages available, must be booked with concierge

Services offered:

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

Kids

The hotel’s Keiki Club Adventures program is for children ages 5 to 12 and engages youngsters with supervised activities, including hula dancing, arts and crafts and sand castle building. Programs are either half-day or full-day and include lunch.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs

    Fitness

    The hotel has a 2,500-square-foot fitness center that features numerous cardio and strength-training machines and a full-time attendant. There is a minimum age requirement of 14 years to use the facility.
    • Open 24/7
    • Personal training packages
    • Peloton equipment
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

    Business

    The hotel offers about 11,444 square feet of event space across a number of venues. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection also partners with its sister hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, to offer other meeting options.
    • On-site business center
    • Audiovisual equipment available
    • Seven meeting rooms available, the largest of which can accommodate up to 850 guests

    Number of meeting rooms7

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

    Golf

    Often recognized by industry giants like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, the Mauna Kea Golf Course features a driving range, putting green and more. Guests can take private lessons or join a group clinic at the resort with views of the Kohala Coast.
    • Clubhouse eatery, Number 3 Restaurant
    • Golf vacation packages
    • Golf carts
    • Golf packages
    • Club rentals
    • Club house
    • Refreshment stand or restaurant
    • Caddie service
    • Pro shop

    Wedding

    The hotel hosts weddings that range from extravagant to intimate – from barefoot beach ceremonies to grand ballroom receptions. The hotel has "romance specialists" on-site to help couples with wedding details.
    • Wedding packages
    • Wedding at the Mauna Kea Golf Course + Audiovisual equipment available
    • The South Pointe Lawn can accommodate receptions with up to 850 guests or sit-down banquets with up to 650 guests

    Maximum wedding guest capacity850

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

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