Hawaiian Luxury: Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalow

Few things are more welcoming than a necklace of fresh flowers and a cold tropical drink. That’s how every guest is greeted upon arriving at Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalow. And whether you decide to stay in one of the elegant hotel guestrooms with their panoramic views of the ocean, gardens or mountains, or one of the luxurious ocean-side bungalows, it’s sure to be an unmatched experience.

Enjoy daily maid service as a guest at Mauna Lani, bathrobes, a guest laundry room and complimentary shuttle service throughout the resort. Each of the bungalows boasts a 1,3oo sq. ft. outdoor lanai with a private pool, a jacuzzi and a barbecue. The bedrooms are appointed with four-poster beds and headboards carved with the Hawaiian flower the bungalow is named after. And the two full baths in each bungalow feature a private tropical garden with a rain shower and a stand-alone tub.

Golfing and water activities, such as snorkeling, sailing and catamaran rides, are popular ways to pass the time at Mauna Lani. But there are also daily cultural activities and natural attractions to keep you entertained and enraptured. A green, eco-friendly resort, Mauna Lani has been lauded for its dedication to solar energy and its solar innovations. The resort generates the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world.

Explore the historic Kalahuiupua’a fishponds, hike to the summit of Mauna Kea, or view an active volcano on the east side of the island. And if you’re at the resort during the fourth of July, you can witness the release of mature honu–Hawaiian green sea turtles–into the wild. Complimentary cultural activities include hula lessons, bicycles for exploring the resort, tours of historic petroglyphs (rock carvings), ukulele lessons, Hawaiian basket weaving classes, floral lei making classes, sand volleyball and more. Be sure to take advantage of the Resort Activity Package, which affords every guest in the hotel or bungalow valet parking; daily 30-min. long-distance phone calls; a double beach cabana; discounts at the spa, gift shops, restaurants and on designated water and land activities; and more.

The dining options at Mauna Lani are just as captivating as the rest of the resort. Reservations are recommended for the casual but elegant Bay Terrace restaurant, which features an open-air garden setting. The restaurant serves breakfast from 6:30AM to 11AM and a Sunday crab feast buffet from 5PM to 8:30PM. The Ocean Bar and Grill is a casual, pool-side restaurant perfect for lunch and sunset cocktails. Also an open-air restaurant, it provides views of dazzling Kohala Coast sunsets and, from November through April, migrating humpback whales. CanoeHouse restaurant is the place to be for an extra-sensory dinner experience: see–breathtaking views of the Pacific, hear–the soothing rhythm of a slack key guitar while you dine, and taste–island-fresh Hawaiian cuisine that’s locally sourced. Reservations required.

It’s Mauna Lani’s award-winning brand of green luxury and accessible Hawaiian culture that sets it apart from other resorts. Treat yourself to a luxury experience on the Big Island you won’t soon forget. Check out the gallery below for a brief visual tour of Mauna Lani Hotel and Bungalow.

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