Our last hotel spotlight is on The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. The Mauna Lani is situated on the Kohala Coast on acres of gorgeous Hawaiian land. The hotel can best be described as classic luxury. It has maintained its clean look and feel over time; not over done or understated, The Mani Lani boasts its tropical elegance through its open-air hotel architecture, lush gardens, and sandy beaches on the property’s oceanfront.

The experience at The Mani Lani extends from the cushioned lounge chairs poolside to the turndown service guests receive each night. Every guest room has a lanai, and the hotel is constructed so that each room captures as much ocean view available. The interior of the hotel is highlighted by plants and ponds, which are inhabited by baby sea turtles and fish.

If you’re one that prefers more seclusion from other hotel guests, the bungalows are only a short walk away. Each bungalow has its own private beachfront and driveway access, providing a truly exclusive experience. With 4,000 square feet of living space in each bungalow, more than a few people can stay comfortably in them.

A lot of the activities at The Mauna Lani are free of charge and the kids program focuses on exploration of the natural grounds. With so many sea creatures and ancient petroglyphs close by, the family will never run out of things to see and do. For those that want to relax, there is a spa that features a Vichy shower and natural lava sauna and also a fitness center.

If you’re a golfer, The Mauna Lani is the place for you. There are 2 18-hole golf courses on the property with sweeping views of the ocean’s expanse. They were carved out of lava formations and are rated within the Top 10 Eco-Friendly Courses. Words cannot begin to describe the breathtaking views one gets to experience when playing on a Mauna Lani course.

The Mauna Lani has 3 restaurants to choose from, and dinner at the CanoeHouse is a real treat. Fresh island-sourced ingredients, a chef that combines wonderful flavors, and an expert sommelier make dining at the hotel an experience not to be underestimated. Breakfast at the Bay Terrace is delicious as well, featuring tropical twists on American standards like French toast and waffles.

Complimentary activities, while staying at the Mauna Lani:

  • Floral Lei & Tropical Fruit Juice upon arrival
  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Fitness Club Lap pool
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Morning Coffee & Tea
  • In-room Kona Coffee & Tea
  • Local Newspaper
  • Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Valet & Self-Park
  • Bicycles to explore the resort
  • Joggers Amenities
  • Beach Amenities
  • Guest Laundry Room
  • Resort Shuttle Service
  • Fish & Turtle Feeding Tours
  • Ukulele & Hawaiian Weaving Lessons

Rates at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel start at over $200.

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows
68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive
Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii 96743

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  1. Among the many activities Mauna Lani Bay Hotel offers for guests and other Big Island visitors is the daily ‘Fish Tour’, one of my favorites. It’s great family fun when all the ocean creatures like jack fish, turtles, baby sharks, sting rays etc. get fed. Always something new to learn, even for mom and dad!

  2. I love their restaurant right on the beach. The foot is fantastic, and they have a very nice wine selection as well.

    The property isn’t one of the newest on the island, but it has a very nice feel to it.

  3. In most cases you get double the space for the same price as a hotel room, plus the added benefits of separate rooms like bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, etc. If you rent a home, you even get a your own private yard! These are all great factors to consider when traveling in large groups.