The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Mahalo! Poshbrood stayed at the award winning Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows in a beautiful and spacious two-bedroom villa. The villa easily allowed us to to spread out and relax in comfort while our girls had their own space. We had our own private lanai patio where we always ate breakfast and a front lawn to run with the kids. Also, the villa was a short walk away from the amazing resort amenities, beach, restaurants, spa, pool, gardens, shops and tennis.
The resort has a fabulous kids' program for guests or "Keiki" ages 5 to 12. Let your Keiki play together, while you enjoy an adult dinner or golf. Camp Mauna Lani is a fun way to meet new friends and learn a little about the Big Island, Hawaii's unique culture and nature at the same time. The program incorporates Hawaiian arts and crafts, hula dancing, games and some eco-exploration. Half-day and full-day programs with lunch available.
We have younger children and through the concierge arranged for babysitting services and the sitters were great. Very caring, sweet, attentive and hard working. On a few occasions while we were on the beach, we spotted pods of whales in addition to dolphins. It was amazing!
We used the full kitchen at our villa (we went to a local store about 20 minutes away to stock the fridge) to prepare many meals. That was very helpful for our young family and also helped us keep costs down. One evening we had a poolside barbecue at the villa's recreation center. The children splashed in the pool, adults enjoyed sunset cocktails and we all sat at the picnic tables for dinner.
We are East coast residents so although the trip to the Big Island was loooong, our weeklong stay at Mauna Kea was heavenly and we can't wait to go back! The two-bedroom villas start at $885 a night to $1500 a night depending on season.