Fodor's Expert Review Mauna Lani Point and The Islands at Mauna Lani

68-1050 Mauna Lani Point Dr., Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii, 96743, USA See on Map

Surrounded by the emerald greens of a world-class ocean-side golf course, private, independent, luxury condominiums at Islands at Mauna Lani offer spacious two-story suites, while Mauna Lani Point's villas are closer to the beach. In the former, the privately owned units, individually decorated according to the owners' tastes, have European cabinets and oversize soaking tubs in the main bedrooms. The latter are smaller but have better views and are steps away from the water. Both properties are a short distance from the shopping, dining, and gourmet groceries at the Shops at Mauna Lani.

room

Units vary, but the website is great for picking on that best fits your needs. At Mauna Lani Point, guests can choose between one- or two- bedroom condos that range from 1,100 to 1,700 sq ft and have ocean views, full kitchen, and large lanai. At The Islands at Mauna Lani guest can find even bigger accommodations – two story condos with either two or three bedrooms, ranging from 2,100 to 2,500 square feet, with golf course views.

D units at Mauna Lani Point are close to the entertainment pavilion, which might be a good consideration if you have kids.

bathroom

Bathrooms vary based on the unit, but at Mauna Lani Point each 1-bedroom comes with 1.5 baths and each 2-bedroom has two full baths, and at The Islands at Mauna Lani each 2-bedroom has two full baths and each 3-bedroom has three full baths.

lobby

High ceilings and lots of natural light make for an inviting welcome at check-in.

pool

Both properties share the community’s heated swimming pool and oversized jacuzzi in the entertainment pavilion, as well as a white sand beach that is great for snorkeling, swimming, and watersports.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Don’t lose the key card that you’re issued for the beach club – that one will cost you $100 to replace!

gym

The Mauna Lani fitness center is large and well lit, with plenty of cardio and weight machines.

dining

Napua Restaurant at Mauna Lani Beach Club works to weave ancient Hawa’i into contemporary times through locally sourced food, including plenty of fresh items from the ocean. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and has lovely ocean views.

LOCATION

Getting Around

You will need a car to get to your accommodations and around the island.

Restaurants

Pueo’s Osteria (16-min drive) offers farm to table Italian-inspired fare that, while it isn’t what you’d think of as Hawaiian food, includes some local favorites like Hamakua mushrooms and lilikoi cheesecake. A lovely wine menu and a late night happy hour with limited food menu for night owls from 9:30 p.m. to midnight make this a great spot to wine and dine.

Heavy on the seafood and its specialty cold bar featuring oysters, lobster, and shrimp, The Blue Room Brasserie and Bar (5-min drive) marries the traditional French brasserie with island flavors. The inspiration for the décor is the reception room at Iolani Palace, the royal home of the Hawaiian monarchy.

Bars

Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (52-min drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list.

Kona Brewing Company (49-min drive) has some of the best pizza you’ll find in Hawaii, paired with a fun atmosphere and the chance to taste a variety of their famous brews.

WHY WE LIKE IT

This resort has all of the perks with no resort fees and daily maid service included, which makes for a good value. The websites are also extremely helpful when picking out a unit, utilizing a combination of photos, descriptions, and 3D tours of each.

QUICK FACTS

Rental
Quiet
Near the beach
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 800-642–6284;808-885–5022

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