Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
|Kohala Coast, Big Island Hawaii
Overlooking a dramatic landscape of black lava rocks and white-sand beaches, this 1,839-acre resort has been a Big Island staple since its opening more than 30 years ago, the vision of innovative hotelier Laurance S. Rockefeller.
The property's Seaside Tennis Garden offers private and group lessons on 11 plexi-pave shoreline courts. Overseen by director of tennis (and Prince tennis products advisory board member) Craig Pautler, the facility's amenities include ball machines, racquet-stringing, video analysis, game-matching, and a continually replenishing supply of chilled, mint-scented towels and ice water. The tennis calendar also includes a variety of weekly clinics and round robins, and thanks to Paulter's association with Prince, the resort often receives new equipment even before it's on the market.
Off the Court
The resort's luxury spa and fitness center offers an extensive array of cardio and weight-training equipment, group exercise classes, massages and body treatments, as well as watersports gear for use at nearby Hapuna Beach. And with its panoramic Pacific and volcano vistas, the 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course is world-renowned for its legendary ocean-meets-shoreline Third Hole, one of contemporary golf's most photographed landscapes
Accommodations and Dining
The eight-story Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features 310 guest rooms and suites, each with private balcony or lanai. With an open-air architectural design, natural-wood interiors, and Japanese-inspired accents (including "yukata" robes and slippers), rooms are meant to evoke Zen-like serenity and understated elegance; sharing the property is a second accommodation option, the similarly upscale Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Several on-site restaurants and lounges include Batik, the Mauna Kea's Euro-Asian fine-dining room, and the Pavilion at Manta Ray Point, which offers a lavish daily breakfast buffet. The resort also hosts Tuesday-night lu'aus and a Saturday under-the-stars clambake and seafood buffet.
Recreation packages include mountain-view accommodations and $100 daily tennis, golf or spa credit.
- Double-occupancy room: $390 and up/night
*Prices may vary
The Keiki Club children's program provides full-day, half-day and a la carte activity
sessions for kids ages 5-12.
The closest airport is Kona International (KOA), 25 miles to the south.