Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Kohala Coast
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Fairly nice place not perfectfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice, but.....from A TripAdvisor Member
As someone else said, this is an older, classic hotel. Very beautiful grounds, nice pool area, good restaurants although quite pricey. The atmosphere seemed somewhat "stuffy". The staff was very nice but not as warm and friendly as you might have liked. It felt like they are used to dealng with wealthy guests (not us) who prefer their privacy. The pool bar was a disappointment as it was very small for a resort that size. But I must say, they serve the best Planters Punch I've ever had.
Buffet breakfasts were unbelievable and had everything to offer. The setting was right in front of the lawn overlooking the pool and beach beyond. Just great. The Canoe House restaurant was great - and we had a huge red ball sunset as we were eating dinner - how magnificent. Our favorite restaurant though was the Gallery Restaurant - overlooking the golf course and the beach beyond. Great food, service and view and cost about the same as the Canoe House. The Concierge was very helpful, in that I lost some film at the Maui airport and he made every attempt to make contact with those who could help me locate the film. We probably won't go back to the Big Island again - not because there is anything wrong with it, but because the other Hawaiian Islands are more beautiful and with more to offer.
Very Quiet and Laid Backfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Very good resort balance. All of the restaurants were well managed and served excellent food. Dinner at the Canoe House was absolutely sublime. Of all the resorts on the Big Island, only the Four Seasons can touch it, IMO.
Fun in the sunfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is very nice, in a classy, understated kind of way. The kids enjoyed the fish ponds in the entryway of the lobby. The grounds of the hotel are well kept, and the hotel has an interesting architectural design.
Room: We had an ocean view room on the top floor, which had was very close to the water. I would say that the room was just average, but the bathrooms are above average. Housekeeping stopped by each night for a turn-down service.
Food: We enjoyed the breakfasts the most. The lunches by the pool were just so so. We did not eat dinner at the hotel, and would usually go exploring at the nearby shops.
Water: The kids loved the heated pool. It isn't a huge pool, but it's big enough to have fun and enjoy the sun. The ocean water is very calm, especially compared to they Hyatt in Maui. The water is very shallow and kid-friendly.
Nice surprises: + Included Valet Parking. By the second day, they were greeting me by name. + Leis for everyone and cold juice as we checked in + Ice buckets in the room were re-filled every day +
+ Nightly music entertainment in the lobby + Perfect weather
Hated it!from A TripAdvisor Member
Our first room was right over the entrance but we could deal with that.
We couldn't deal with the ceiling fan that almost fell off the ceiling when we turned it on. We were sent to another room, but the mold smell in that room was so bad that we couldn't even enter the room. We were then sent to a third room, which smelled even worse (and there was a tray of fruit from another couple who had also turned down this room).
We contacted the manager, who told us that she didn't smell anything, and said she could only offer us one more room(!). We were not being difficult, we just wanted a room that we could breathe in. We ended up leaving and going to another hotel. We hope to go back to Hawaii sometime soon, but next time we plan to stay at a real luxury hotel (Four Seasons, here we come!)
Great Rooms and Views, Mediocre Expensive Foodfrom 0421
Vacation of a lifetimefrom toddaz
Loved itfrom original21
Comfortable bed with nice linens, nice private patio, very small TV, but who cares! The most distinct thing is the huge sliding wooden shudder doors that you can close at night while leaving the sliding glass door open and listen to the waves while you sleep. The marble bathrooms are beautiful and huge. The beach is incredible with hammocks and upholstered lounge chairs. The service is impeccable which overshadows any possible shortcomings. Comp. valet parking. Greeted with leis, escorted to the lobby and given fresh juice, seated for checkin, upgraded 3 room levels. They are always at your service. They replenish your ice for you daily, have standard turn down service at night. Comp. champagne sent for the honeymooners was greatly appreciated. Lots of privacy, even in the public areas. We hardly saw any of the other guests except by the pool. The pool is nice, large and clean, very plain no waterfalls or gimmicks. The beach is so great here you don't even need the pool. Separate hot tub for kids and adults is nice. Beach side dining good, a little pricy. The Canoehouse restaurant is a must. The ambiance is priceless although the menu there is also a tad high. Hope this review helps...Had this been our first stop, I am not sure we would have left!
Truly Perfectfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Kohala Coast
Some great attractions in Hawaii Greenville Farms Coffee Tour - Very informative tour and good coffee. Drive up highway 190 - Simply stunning views. Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden - A lot of unusual looking plants. Green Sand Beach - It's about an hour walk and can get very windy but the end result is beautiful. Hike down the cindercone. There's a mini ladder to get you down the first part and then the rest is a short climb down to the beach. Pololu Valley Beach - The hike is very steep and can get slippery if it's raining outside. Beautiful black sand beach (not good for swimming) and breathtaking views of the valleys. Hapuna Beach - A great sun-bathing beach. Makaiwa Bay at the Mauna Lani Hotel - Great snorkeling and it's never crowded.
Beach vacation don't go here if you aren't interested in ocean swimming and snorkeliing. Also, don't go if you want lots of activities and night life. This is, usually, a quiet place with gorgeous ocean scenery, lovely true Hawaiian atmosphere, exxcellent (though expensive) food. Food everywhere in Hawaii is expensive, this is no more highly priced than usual. ...
Merriman's Restaurant We drove up to Waimea one day and had lunch at this fabulous place! Great food and fairly priced for lunch. Dinner is much more expensive so lunch is the way to go. My son said the fish was the best he's ever had. A Must Do!
Other names for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
- mauna lani resort
- mauna lani bay resort
- Address: 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive - Kohala Coast - Hawaii - 96743 - United States
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