We just came back from an 8-day stay at the Mauna Lani Hotel, and I couldn't imagine a better place to stay while on the Big Island. My reasons for recommending it highly are as follows:
1) The hotel and grounds are beautiful, spacious, and relaxing: The hotel is situated right on the ocean, with its own private beaches, ocean-facing restaurants, beautiful landscaping and grounds, including decorative fish ponds (with turtles and sharks!) and a beautiful open-air atrium, its own golf course, tennis courts, and spa, etc. The grounds include several ancient Hawaiian ponds for food fish culture, which the hotel maintains and explains. The part of the beach about a 15-minute walk from the hotel has great snorkeling; it was awesome to be able to wake up and just walk to excellent snorkeling. We did come during an off-week in November when construction was occurring, so the hotel was almost empty; maybe a different week would have been more crowded. In our case, everything was very easy and relaxing -- cabanas and hammocks were always available, we could always park in a space near the hotel, and the hotel felt very intimate despite being so large.
I particularly recommend watching the sunset from a hammock on the beach.
A note about the construction: when we were there the first through second weeks of November, the pool and hot tubs were being worked on, and the rooms on the left side of the hotel were closed off for some kind of renovation. The construction noise generally did not bother us, since we were out and about during the day anyway, and we couldn't hear anything from our room. It was mostly a problem when we ate breakfast at the restaurant one morning. However, it was probably due to the construction that we got a 50% discount on the room rate online, so I felt the small inconvenience was definitely worth it.
2) They don't nickel and dime you for "extras": Parking, wifi, cabanas, beach towel service - all included with the price. There's even a free laundry, stocked with detergent and fabric softener! Also a "hospitality room" so that guests taking the redeye out on their last day, who have already checked out of their rooms, can enjoy their last day on the beach, and then use the room to shower and change (and use the laundry to dry their clothes before packing as well).
3) The hotel staff is friendly and helpful: I mean they seem to be truly friendly, not just courteous. The feeling that the hotel staff really wanted to help you enjoy your stay made a big difference.
4) They run many interesting activities - There are about 8 activities per day run by the hotel (yoga on the beach, snorkeling...), some free and some not. During our week we took a 1-hour ukelele lesson, and a 1-hour hula lesson (both free). We also enjoyed the Hawaiian music and hula dancing in the atrium several nights. In all cases we felt like the teachers and performers were people who were truly advanced in their art form and loved their craft -- not just token lessons/performances for tourists. And the teachers were very patient with us as well!
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- Mauna Lani Bay Hotel And Bungalows
- Mauna Lani Bay Resort
- Mauna Lani Resort