The Shoreline Trail at Mauna Lani Resort offers spectacular inland and ocean views. // © 2014 Diane Merlino
Feature image (above): One- and two-bedroom oceanfront condominium villas are available at Mauni Lani Point on Hawaii Island. // © 2014 Diane Merlino
The drive into Mauna Lani Resort is a near-magical experience as black lava fields stretch away from impeccably landscaped roadways in a rolling poem of sinuous, rocky forms.
A compelling, almost surreal sense of place pervades the resort, which is located on the Kohala Coast on the northwest side of Hawaii Island. Built out in a lava field between Queen Kaahumanu Highway and the Pacific Ocean, the Mauna Lani Resort complex encompasses hotels and residential condominiums; restaurants and lounges; historic trails, preserves and ponds; swimming pools; a shopping center; a spa; and a variety of activity options including golf, tennis, racquetball and hiking trails.
Two luxury condominium clusters inside the resort — the oceanside Mauna Lani Point and The Islands at Mauna Lani — offer a great option for clients looking for value, a lot of space and access to all the amenities the resort complex offers. Both are managed by Classic Resorts.
Mauna Lani Point
Mauna Lani Point has the exclusive feel of an upscale, gated community. There are 116 units in the oceanfront condominium cluster, including 60 units in the rental pool. Each of the rental units is fully furnished by its owner, to his or her own design taste, and must meet a specific set of standards to remain in the rental pool.
One- and two-bedroom units in the two-floor sections range from 1,100 to 1,700 square feet. Each unit has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, living and dining room areas, televisions and DVD players, a washer and dryer, central air conditioning and a covered, private lanai.
Visitors renting a unit here have full access to Mauna Lani Resort’s facilities, including preferred golf rates at the two on-site 18-hole courses. Daily maid, concierge and shuttle service are also included in the rental rates.
Prices at Mauna Lani Point range from $235 per night for a one-bedroom unit with a fairway view to $790 for a two-bedroom ocean view over a signature hole on the golf course.
The Islands at Mauna Lani
The Islands at Mauna Lani includes 46 units, including 13 fully furnished units in the rental program. Here, two- and three-bedroom condominiums range from 2,100 to 2,500 square feet. Views are of the fairways, water features and tropical gardens.
Guests at The Islands at Mauna Lani have access to all of the same facilities and services as those staying at Mauna Lani Point. Rates range from $350 per night for a two-bedroom unit to $670 per night for three bedrooms.
According to Dan Scholz, general manager of Mauna Lani Point and The Islands at Mauna Lani, units at the Islands attract more bookings by extended family groups and groups of friends, whereas the Point attracts more couples.
While there is a three-night minimum on bookings, Scholz said the average for both complexes is seven nights, and some guests book stays for up to two months at a time.
The big draw for both complexes is value for space — many units are four times the size of hotel rooms in the area — and access to all the amenities of home as well as all of the services and facilities of Mauna Lani Resort. There are no additional resort fees. While the resort’s facilities, including a kids’ club, are ample to keep guests busy, Kona is a 40-minute drive from the resort and Wailea is about 30 minutes away by car.
The shoreline trail at Mauna Lani Resort winds along the edge of the resort, presenting stunning views under the sky’s changing canopy of the ocean on one side and lava formations, golf courses and lush foliage on the other. There is a short spin-off trail here, right below Mauna Lani Point. It’s marked with discreet signs that describe how Hawaiian fishermen built their homes on the rocky lava, created the tools for their livelihood and lived their daily lives in a different time. This short walk captures the wonder of the unique sense of place that is characteristic of Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii Island.