Popular with honeymooners and anniversary couples for decades, this elegant Kohala Coast classic is still one of the most beautiful resorts on the island, highlighted by a breathtaking, open-air lobby with cathedral-like ceilings, Zen-like koi ponds, and illuminated sheets of cascading water. Under the same ownership since its opening in 1983, the resort maintains continuity via its longtime staff, who cultivate a personal connection with return guests. Eco-friendly practices
prevail here; the resort features one of the largest photovoltaic systems of any resort in the world. Even the golf carts are solar powered. Free cultural and educational programs provide guests the chance to enjoy a more authentic Hawaiian experience and "sense of place," whether touring ancient petroglyph fields with the on-site cultural historian, Danny Akaka, or enjoying an evening "Talk Story" session at the historic Eva Parker Woods Cottage. There are no hidden fees; services including Wi-Fi and DSL, shuttle service throughout the resort area, Kona coffee in the lobby, and valet parking are complimentary. With soft hues reflecting the flora of the island, the majority of the decidedly spacious rooms have ocean views, and all include climate-controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fans, dimmer lights, and expansive private lanai. The flagship CanoeHouse restaurant offers romantic dining by the sea, plus there are affordable options at Huli Sue's. The resort is known for its two golf courses (check out the iconic 15th hole over the water) and an award-winning spa with watsu pool located between two lava tubes. Families can take part in the free Camp Mauna Lani for lessons in coconut husking, hula dancing, throw-net fishing, and fish feeding.