Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island (Hawaii), Hawaii
Founded in 1965, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was once the most exclusive and expensive resort of its day and, following extensive renovations nearly 50 years on, the hotel remains a landmark on the Big Island's Kohala Coast, the golf capital of Hawaii.
The Mauna Kea has its own par-72 golf course in addition to the Seaside Tennis Club, a fitness centre, spa, kids club, boutiques, outdoor swimming pool and a wide array of water sports. The resort features a number of restaurants where international cuisine is combined with locally-sourced Kohala Coast ingredients, from Lu'au and Clambake to Monettes and Manta.
The Copper Terrace and Pavilion Wine Bar also provide attractive settings for pre and post-dinner drinks. Each featuring a private lanai, the 258 bright and airy guest rooms overlook either the ocean or golf course and amenities include a flat screen HDTV, iPod clock radio, wi-fi, mini-fridge and coffee maker.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Accompanied by a local guide, you'll visit some of Hawaii Big Island’s volcanic sites on this private tour, as well as its beaches. The tour starts in Volcanoes National Park, viewing an active shield volcano, and can end on the coast.
Manta rays feed most prolifically at night, and on this experience you can snorkel above them as they glide slowly through the waters around Hawaii scooping up plankton. The trip is led by a team of qualified guides.
Journeying to the summit of dormant volcano Mauna Kea for sunset, you can navigate the Hawaiian night sky by telescope under the expertise of your stargazing guide. On the way, you’ll see the lava flows of the volcanically shaped landscape.