Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala Coast, HI - Review
Nature and Nurture on the Hawaiian Islands
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows Review
It's difficult to find someone who hasn't yearned to visit the Hawaiian Islands, but not everyone wants to check into a high-rise hotel in Waikiki. For a breath of fresh and tropical air, consider Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Several types of accommodations are available from guest rooms and suites to villas and private bungalows. You're sure to find a space that suits you on these 30 acres surrounded by five stunning mountains, historic fish ponds, ancient lava and a private, secluded white sandy beach.
The hotel has an iconic arrow-shaped design that truly makes the most of the scenic oceanfront location. Ninety percent of the 343 guest rooms have an ocean view with the Ocean Front rooms located only approximately 40 meters away from the ocean. They are a prime location to watch the Kohala Coast's famous sunsets. The five Bungalows offer more of an exclusive Hollywood-esque experience. The spacious 2,700 square foot Bungalows come with two master bedrooms, a 50-inch flat screen television, a large hydrotherapy tub, steam room and shower that extends into a private garden, a large full kitchen and exotic outdoor living space. In the Bungalows you can enjoy your very own private heated swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.
Inspired by the Island of Hawaii's range of geographic wonders from the snowy peaks of Mauna Kea to the flowing lava of Kilauea Crater, Mauna Lani Spa is based around the theme of ‘Fire and Ice'. The facility resembles a Hawaiian village with thatched outdoor hale (huts) for treatments. Mauna Lani Spa is the only spa in the Hawaiian Islands to offer the signature Lava Sauna Experience and Lava Watsu Experience. The unique open-air Lava Sauna Experience is the perfect way to experience the spiritual powers of the surroundings as black volcanic clay is applied to your body followed by the signature body oil of Cocanilla a fresh coconut and vanilla blend. The Lava Watsu Experience is a passive form of aquatic body work that supports and gently moves your body through warm water in graceful, fluid movements. This relaxing meditative treatment is designed to bring you total tranquility as your therapist supports, stretches and massages you. The design of Mauna Lani Spa's Watsu replicates the experience of being inside a lava tube, which the Hawaiian culture symbolizes as the umbilical chord to Mother Earth.
Matching the luxury of the spa is the sumptuousness of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows' top-of-the-line dining experience, which includes a restaurant that has won accolades for its stunning location and contemporary Hawaii cuisine. CanoeHouse offers magnificent ocean and sunset views and Chef Sandy Tuason's menu showcases the best fresh local produce that is sourced from within a 100 mile radius of the resort. As for other dining experiences, start the day at Bay Terrace — the Crunchy Coconut French Toast with ginger syrup is to die for as are the Mauna Lani's famous breakfast tacos. The Ocean Grill offers a laidback casual dining experience for lunch and dinner.
Play golf on one of the resort's two 18-hole championship courses, or take part in the many free activities Mauna Lani has to offer, including lei making classes, hula and ukulele lessons, historic tours of the site, or snorkeling. Or take a free bicycle and explore the area. If you'd prefer, just sit back and relax on a poolside or beachside cabana and sip a tropical Hawaiian cocktail.
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