Kohala Coast, Hawaii
Reopened in 2020 after a $200 million renovation, this Hawaiian mainstay offers a wilder, less developed alternative to the islands of Maui and Oahu. The lush green valleys, pristine beaches and molten landscapes draw in-the-know travelers to this approachable yet luxurious property that has been around for more than 30 years. The recent $200 million makeover presents new rooms, three pools, a spa and fitness center, a kids club and a cultural center all along a stunning oceanfront setting.
With 334 rooms in 14 different categories, this resort offers a range of solutions for traveler’s needs. All rooms feature a modern tropical look with hardwood and natural fabrics; expect twisted rope, muted greens, whites and tans. The true VIP experience comes in one of five 4,000 square-foot bungalows that offer two master suites, a living area, pool, spa, private entrance and a butler’s kitchen (butler included).
Guests will never lack things to do at Mauna Lani. Whether it’s snorkeling, surfing lessons, outrigger canoe excursions, deep-sea fishing or scuba diving – the onsite activities crew can assist with all manner of activities. There are also two 18-hole golf courses; the South Course was built on an ancient lava flow and the North Course features rolling fairways through tropical forest. This classic Hawaiian hotel has shed some of the tired tropical tropes in exchange for more breezy, casual luxury. An earnest “aloha” from staff reminds guests where they are.
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HILO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PHTO)