Fodor's Expert Review Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., , Hawaii, 96743, USA Fodor's Choice

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. Free cultural and educational programs include touring ancient petroglyph fields with the on-site cultural historian and enjoying an evening "Talk Story" session. Shuttle service throughout the resort area is complimentary. With soft hues reflecting the flora of the island, the spacious rooms have ceiling fans, dimmer lights, and expansive private lanai; many have ocean views. The flagship CanoeHouse restaurant offers romantic dining by the sea, the Honu Bar serves light bites and cocktails, and Ocean Bar & Grill serves casual fare by the pool. The resort is known for its two golf courses (check out the iconic South 15th hole over the ocean) and award-winning spa with Watsu pool and lava rock saunas. Families can take part in the year-round Camp Mauna Lani.

PROS

  • beautiful design
  • award-winning spa
  • many cultural programs

CONS

  • no luau
  • on-going renovations
  • 26 miles from airport

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Sophisticated
On the beach
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-885–6622 | 800-367–2323

HOTEL DETAILS

336 rooms, 5 bungalows
Rate Includes: No meals

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