We recently spent 8 days there. The hotel really is on the best beach on the island - beautiful sand, picturesque, great swimming, a bit of boogie boarding for the smaller kids, and surprisingly good snorkeling on both sides, including lots of turtles. Fun beachside bar and casual restaurant.
We stayed in the least expensive room (mountain view, old wing), but found it pefectly fine - we even enjoyed the large balcony facing the golf course for having a drink in the shade after spending all day in the sun. The facility/buildings are perfectly adequate, but there is really no "wow factor" other than the beach.
The vibe is very relaxed, and this is very much a family resort. Lots of big family groups. Very few singles or young couples, and the resort shuts down early. This was all fine for us.
Restaurants are ok but not great. Overpriced, but that is to be expected at a place like this. The luau was in a beautiful location, food better than expected, entertainment ok. The clambake was organized shockingly poorly - 30 minute buffet lines, half of tables in the middle of the buffet lines, entertainment that could be seen/heard by only a quarter of the tables. We ultimately did plenty of damage to the lobster, prime rib, crab, etc., but they really need to straighten this out.
Golf at Mauna Kea course was spectacular, Hapuna course was up in hills, ocean views, and fine overall.
So come for the beach and golf, don't set expectations too high for the resort itself.
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- Hotel located on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast. Legendary, timeless hospitality. Exceptional value. No mandatory resort fees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mauna Kea Beach Kamuela
- Hotel Mauna Kea Beach
- Mauna Kea Beach Hotel