I had heard it was one of the best beaches on the Big Island, and a few locals told me it’s the top beach in all of Hawaii. When I walked through the open-air lobby at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and onto the powdery sand at crescent-shaped Kauna’oa Bay, I understood why it’s all about the beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
The Beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
During our vacation at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, we spent every day at the beach. Early morning swims in the calm, blue-hued Pacific Ocean. Then onto the boogie boards as the swell picked up. Finally, sunset cocktails at Hau Tree followed by manta ray watching from the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel oceanside path.
Laurance S. Rockefeller selected the best beach-front property for the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – his premier resort in Hawaii – during a helicopter tour of all of the Hawaiian Islands. Once Mr. Rockefeller saw the white-sand beach and swam in crescent-shaped Kauna’oa Bay, he felt inspired to build a hotel. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was designed to reflect the Big Island’s natural environment – trade winds blow through the open-air structure providing natural cooling, blue-tiles throughout the lobby lead to the similarly hued Pacific Ocean, and the hotel exterior is painted the same color as the sand on nearby Kauna‘oa Beach.
Beyond the Beach – More Reasons to Stay at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
The beach is a compelling reason to stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, but it’s not the only one. Recognized by leading travel authorities including Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has many other desirable attributes.
Design and Decor
Integrated into the natural surroundings, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s design and decor is a mix of mid-century modern and Hawaiian Island tropical. It’s timeless. And soothing to the senses with ocean blue tones, koi-filled water features, and splashes of brilliant orange by way of Mauna Kea’s five-petaled plumeria logo.
Dining options at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel are plentiful and diverse. Choose from ocean and sunset views at open-air Manta, toes-in-the-sand dining at Hau Tree, the iconic Copper Bar with nightly hula, or Number 3 located at the first tea of the 18-hole championship Mauna Kea Golf Course.
Golf, Tennis, & Culture
Mauna Kea Golf Course
The beach is irresistible at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, and so is the on-site golf course. I didn’t play the resort’s award-winning 18-hole course because I was too busy training for a triathlon. However, I’ve run and cycled by a few of the oceanfront holes – the course is spectacular.
Created in 1964 by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and christened by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player in December 1964, the Mauna Kea Golf Course is one of the top courses in Hawaii.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club
You don’t have to wander too far from the beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel for a game of tennis. Recognized as one of the top ten tennis resorts in the world, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Seaside Tennis Club offers 11 oceanside courts.
Guests at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel can sign-up for lessons, daily clinics, and a game-matching service. Tennis equipment is available for rent or purchase at the pro shop.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Cultural Experiences
Opportunities to learn about Hawaii’s rich culture through hula lessons, lei making, and the ukulele are available to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel guests.
The beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is a big draw, but it’s not the only reason to choose this Big Island resort for your next vacation. And if you play golf or tennis, visit the spa, or relax in a hammock surrounded by tropical plantings, the beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel isn’t far away.
Travel Tips – Why It’s ‘Almost’ All about the Beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers a traditional luau – I’ve heard it’s fantastic. I hope to experience the music, dancing, and dining when we return to the Big Island of Hawaii.
- If you plan to stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as a family, look for the Mauna Kea Family Promotion. This offer provides 50% off a 2nd room. Click here for more details. Another money-saving offer is the 7th night free plus breakfast.
- We often fly Alaska or Hawaiian Airlines to the Big Island. Read about flying Alaska Airlines Premium Economy and Hawaiian Airlines First Class.
- You may also be interested in this article on a few of the best beach products for your next vacation.
- If you plan to visit the Hawaiian Islands during Christmas, you might appreciate these tips on spending Christmas in Hawaii.
Have you been to the beach at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Hawaii’s Big Island?