Hotel

Mauna Lani, Big Island

Whilst the trappings of the Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection leave you in no doubt as to the luxury on offer, this tropical island resort is not defined by its world-class restaurants, spa and golf courses (though it has all in abundance). Rather, it’s by the stories it tells. Life at the Mauna Lani revolves around the spirit of Hawaii with Uncle Danny, the resort’s own Kahu Hanai, a guardian of the island’s secrets, poised to share stories of its history and its people. Elsewhere, you’ll feel the integral connection between land and sea, Mauka and Makai, running through each dish at the CanoeHouse, in each of the 333 rooms and in the adventure that lays ahead.

Location

Looking out over the ancient Kalahuipua’a Fishponds of the dramatic Kohala Coast, the Mauna Lani finds its home amid the wilds of Hawaii’s Big Island. Adventure extends in every direction here, from the Petroglyph trails of Ala Kahakai to the black sand beaches and the Pacific waters bursting with marine life. A quick half-hour drive from Kona International Airport, you’ll be watching the sunset from Ha Bar in an instant.

Your Room

A neutral color scheme creates a sense of serendipity in each of the 333 rooms, whilst flashes of color from fresh flowers and local design elements serve to connect you to the tropical surroundings. Stepping out onto your private lanai, that sense of feeling is amplified as the warm air envelops you and a hint of saltwater lingers in the air. Whether you opt for a room or a suite the views are transporting, looking to either the mountains behind or the ocean before. But if it’s privacy you’re after, the bungalows ought to do it with their private beach access, multiple bedrooms and private pools.

Why we like it

For those looking for a different side to island life, head down to the Surf Shack and meet the Kainalu team. Translating as ocean wave, Kainalu is about so much more than surfing – but a way of life. Taking an innovative approach to land and sea, you’ll find yourself learning the art of the outrigger canoe one second and joining a kanikapila jam session beneath the moonlight the next. For those looking to stay active, the Mauna Lani offers unique experiences such as underwater rock running, an ocean swim clinic and waterman HIIT training. If you feel like doing nothing at all though? That’s fine too with three pools, three swimmable beaches and the Auberge Spa to keep you company.

Sustainability

Mauna Lani wears its heart on its sleeve with a commitment to local culture but also to local wildlife courtesy of its Malama Honu turtle programme. Caring for hatchling sea turtles in its saltwater ponds, Mauna Lani is doing its part to educate on conservation of species. For a rewarding experience, visit the hotel over 4th July for annual ‘Turtle Independence Day’ as you bear witness to these turtles’ release back into the wild.