Winter in Hawaii looks and feels something like this: 82 degrees, seemingly endless sunshine, refreshing ocean breezes, and bottomless Fredrico cocktails. Despite idyllic weather, the Island of Hawaii doesn’t experience an actual uptick in tourists from late December through late March. Lucky you! Thus, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel provides an unforgettable wintertime experience, especially for those who cherish crowd-less beaches, Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses, and fresh island cuisines. It’s hard to imagine a more paradisiac destination than Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, which is as biodiverse as it is undeniably enthralling.
Today, we’ve pieced together a brief read that dives into the many various wintertime offerings here at Mauna Kea, ranging from snorkeling with manta rays to oceanside luaus and guided hikes atop volcanic ruins.
Because Mauna Kea Beach Hotel remains one of the most romantic locales on the isle, it’s always smart to carry around a beach date idea guide. Pamper yourselves with soothing (and safe) spa treatments, board a jaw-dropping helicopter tour, try forest bathing, and stargaze after dark on our spacious great lawn. In fact, the island is widely regarded as the world’s most spellbinding stargazing destination.
Don’t forget to cap off an already sublime getaway with a world-famous Mauna Kea luau, a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. Start and finish each day of island relaxation in a comfortable accommodation, complete with ocean views, a private lanai, Kona Coffee, and distinctive island charm.
On- and Off-Site Exploration
The Island of Hawaii spans over 4,000 square miles, much of which is preserved, uninhabited land. Thus, most off-site exploration is accomplished via guided tours, including backcountry hiking, deep-forested birding, and countryside cycling. Because there’s so much to see along the Kohala Coast, we recently compiled a sample five-day “Big Island” itinerary, complete with zipline canopy tours, horseback riding, and moonlight snorkeling.
However, most travelers gravitate toward Mauna Kea Golf Course, a heavenly Robert Trent Jones-designed marvel. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s on-site concierge will quickly match your group with a suitable mid-day adventure, whether that’s at Kaunaʻoa Bay or off-site at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The Culinary Arts
While winter 2020-2021 may feel a little different than your typical season, there’s no denying the culinary appeal of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s four-pronged dining approach, starting with Manta. Manta’s interior is sleek yet welcoming, while its outdoor space couldn’t be more appealing. The plate presentation pairs perfectly with the wine list, live jazz, and fresh-caught fish.
Seaside Hau Tree serves as the property’s beachfront hub for thirsty patrons looking for $1 million views and beachgoers alike. Hau Tree proudly serves the “Fredrico” cocktail, the resort’s signature libation. Copper Bar, thanks in large part to its live hula and sweeping ocean views, is often regarded as one of the island’s best bars. And, lastly, it goes without saying that the weekly luau remains one of the resort’s main attractions. The Mauna Kea team can also arrange private dining or in-room services.
To learn more about a wintertime escape to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, please visit our website, where you can quickly check availability. Or, simply call us directly at 1-808-882-7222.