Hotels: Overlooking Kauna'oa Bay, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is

one of four premier hotels operated by Prince Resorts Hawaii...and one

of my personal favorites. This exclusive hotel sits on 60 acres,

including one of the best white sand beaches on the Big Island. This

spectacular property is an oasis of fun and relaxation that blends into

its natural surroundings, accentuating the tastes, sounds, and sights

of the region.

Having been listed as one of the 150 best architectural works

in the United States by the American Institute of Architects, the Mauna

Kea Beach Hotel's stunning white façade looks as though it was carved

out of the hillside, flanked by a lush landscape showcasing multiple

shades of green. Inside, over 1,600 pieces of museum-quality Pacific

and Asian art are on display. The hotel's recent $150 million

refurbishment shows with fine details all around the expansive


The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has 258 well-appointed guestrooms

and suites with golf course and ocean views...even from the bathtub! No

expense was spared on upgrading and restyling the accommodations. What

was once three guestrooms have been redesigned into two, giving each

room a more spacious feel. Every room offers nightly turn-down service,

a private lanai, a 32-40 flat screen TV, media hub for Internet

access, iPod docking station, and movies on demand, an iPod

clock-radio, mini refrigerators stocked with bottled water replenished

daily, coffee maker, in-room safe, robes and slippers, iron and ironing

board, hair dryer, writing materials, and L'Occitane bath amenities.

Luxury linens and pillows in soothing colors along with vibrant and

modern décor finish off the beautiful accommodations.

The hotel offers a number of room categories to suit all types of

tastes and needs. Mountain and golf rooms vary in size from 400-600

square feet and some even have two lanais. Beach Club and Ocean View

rooms offer beautiful views and easy access to the resort's many

amenities, spanning up to 600 feet with nearly 300 additional lanai

space. There are also poolside and club junior suites that offer more

space, double vanities, sofa sleeper, and an espresso machine. Mountain

View and Ocean View Suites offer nearly 1,000 square feet of luxury

with two private lanais, a large master bathroom with separate tub and

shower, and an espresso machine. The Presidential Ocean suites are

1,200 square feet with 400 square feet across three lanais with a

separate living area, large master bathroom, dining area with dining

table, sitting area with sectional sofa, and other luxury amenities.

Around the property are many new and enhanced services that

make this feel like the ultimate getaway. Around the pool and beach

areas are padded chaise lounges, beach umbrellas, cabanas, thick orange

beach towels, and new beach activities and equipment.

Activities abound at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Enjoy a round

of golf or two on the renovated 18-hole championship Mauna Kea Golf

Course. After the game, hit up the new golf clubhouse and restaurant

called Number 3 for a cool beer or refreshing fruit smoothie along with

a wood stone pizza or mouthwatering fish tacos. Together with the

Hapuna Golf Course, there are a total of 36 holes, and many offer ocean

views and an exciting game for golfers of every experience level. If

you are a tennis nut, don't miss the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club

located along the ocean coastline north of Kauna'oa. There are lessons

from a number of on-site professionals, daily clinics, round robin

tournaments, equipment rentals, locker rooms, customized special event

services, a pro shop, and a comfortable lanai. Pro shop offering

equipment and apparel

Exercise buffs will rejoice at the new 2,500 square-foot

complimentary fitness center, which has just opened and offers 43 Life

Fitness exercise machines for strength training and cardiovascular

workouts. Complimentary core and agility instruction and aqua fit class

are also available. Other services are provided for a fee, including

aerobics, Pilates, and personal training packages.

For those seeking to pamper themselves, the Mauna Kea Salon

offers hair and nail services. Coming soon is the on-site upscale

Mandara Spa, offering a combination of Balinese and Hawaiian-inspired

massages, body treatments, aromatherapy and skincare services that use

the hotel's signature Elemis product line. The facility will offer five

luxurious treatment rooms, including a couple's suite with

balneotherapy. For those who cannot wait for the spa to open, outdoor

cabana massages are currently being offered and may be booked through



one will be bored at this resort. For adults, there are crafting

classes, lei-making, hula lessons, and more while kids get their own

exciting programs. Garden, art, and cultural tours can also be

arranged. Shopping is just a few steps away at a new boutique enclave

that is surrounded by beautiful koi ponds. A shop-a-holic's paradise as

well, retail therapies include designer resort fashions and swimwear,

fine jewelry, island art, and gift items. Those into more adventurous

activities will find a host of water sports- swimming, snorkeling,

scuba diving, sailing, boogie boarding, surfing, kayaking, deep-sea

fishing, canoe rides, paddle boards, and whale watching. Don't forget

helicopter tours and off-road adventures as well, which can all be

booked through the Concierge.

For those, ages 5 to 12, the Keiki Club provides fun,

education, and a great way to make new friends while on vacation. All

activities are supervised and are available on a half-day or full-day

basis. Some of the adventures include sandcastles on the beach,

shoreline explorations of the Kohala Coast, Hawaiian arts and crafts,

and games.

There is no shortage of delicious food and beverages at the

resort. Just opened, the hotel now offers a new restaurant and bar/café

called Monettes opened by award-winning restaurateurs, Mark and Scott

Monette, of the famed Flagstaff House Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado.

The restaurant offers stunning ocean views of Kauna'oa Bay and serves

enticing American French cuisine that has been influenced by the island

flavors but also includes several of its Flagstaff signature dishes,

including a divine rack of lamb. The focus is on fresh local products,

personal touches, fine food and wine, and exceptional service.

While the restaurant offers a fine dining experience, a more

low-key offering is located at the Bar M Café located both within the

restaurant as well as on the adjacent outdoor terrace. Delicious

cuisine and specialty cocktails comprised of fresh juices and herbs

compliment the casual atmosphere of the café. Additionally, there is

the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar that offers a dramatic exhibition

kitchen and extensive wine program. Also available on-site are a weekly

Luau, Sunday Brunch and beach-side clambake. In-room dining and special

food and wine events are also available. Every detail is attended to on

a customized basis, fulfilling every guest's whim. There is

complimentary valet parking and seated check-in service that includes

refreshments. Lobby hostesses escort guests to their rooms to ensure

that everything is acceptable. Complimentary inter-resort shuttle

service is offered between Hapuna and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel lobbies,

golf courses, beach access, and tennis facilities.

Meetings, events, and weddings also receive the personal touch. Indoor

and outdoor group function spaces and meeting rooms are available as

are picture-perfect postcard spots on the grounds for exchanging vows.

There is also a full-service business center on-site to handle all

business-related matters, including Internet and e-mail access,

self-serve computers, printing, shipping, faxing, copying, and mailing.

Standard room rates start at $450 per night for a Mountain

View room and go up to $3,500 per night for the Presidential Ocean


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