Expect some renovations to be underway and others to be completed in 2019, thanks to new ownership here. At press time, the posh guest rooms still gleamed with understated elegance, outfitted in mahogany cabinets, stone-tiled bathrooms, and ceiling fans behind the signature plantation shutters. All have private lanais, some with ocean views looking over the ancient fishponds and the historic cottage where the popular “Twilight at Kalahuipuaa” monthly storytelling—one of many free cultural programs—takes place. Book carefully, though—some garden-view rooms hover just above the busy porte-cochère. Koi ponds and evening entertainment add life to the somewhat skeletal atrium lobby, one of the areas eyed for remodeling. Although the opulent two-bedroom bungalows (2,700 sq. ft.) have also been updated, it’s less costly to splurge on sumptuous dining at CanoeHouse or on a treatment at the spa, with an outdoor lava rock sauna. The two beach areas are small but popular with green sea turtles; the hotel raises hatchlings and releases some each July 4th.
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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
At the Mauna Lani Resort, 68–1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Puako
Our Rating Neighborhood The Kohala Coast Phone 800/367-2323 or 808/885-6622 Prices Doubles from $429 resort view, $569 ocean views; from $1,179 suite; $3,000–$3,500 bungalow (sleeps 6). Lower nonrefundable rates available for all room categories. Amenities 3 restaurants; bar; babysitting; free bike rentals; concierge; children’s program; 2 18-hole golf courses; fitness center with lap pool; oceanfront pool; hot tub; room service; spa; access to tennis courts at the Fairmont Orchid; watersports rentals; free Wi-Fi. Units 341 units Extra fees/info Extra person $75. Daily resort fee $30, includes valet or self-parking, Wi-Fi, local calls, beach cabana, and more. Web site Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
MapAt the Mauna Lani Resort, 68–1400 Mauna Lani Dr. Puako Hawaii (The Big Island)
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