close is the beach?
The closest beach to The Islands is at the Mauna Lani Bay
Hotel, 2/3rds of a mile away. The closest beach to The Fairways
is at The Fairmont Orchid Hotel, ½ mile away. There
is also a beautiful black sand beach at the resort accessible
to the public, a 5 minute drive from either condo.
Guests at both condos have access to the privately gated beach
club a 5 minute drive away. Beach towels are provided at the
club as well as beach chairs. You can rent snorkel gear there.
There is an open air restaurant (great grilled fish sandwiches,
hamburgers, salads, and fruit and Pina Colada smoothies!)
Can you use the facilities at the Mauna Lani hotels?
All the public areas (beaches, stores, restaurants) are open
to the public. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel also has a kids’
club open to the public. However, the hotel pools are for
hotel guests only. Each condo complex has its own large pool
and hot tub. The Mauna Lani Spa and Racquet Club adjacent
to The Islands is open to the public.
How far are the pool and hottub?
At both The Islands and The Fairways, the swimming pools
and hottub are a short walk from the condo, about 100 yards.
How far is the airport?
From the Kona airport, the Mauna Lani resort is about 20
miles north – a 25 minute drive. From the Hilo airport,
the resort is about a 75-90 minute drive to the west.
Are the units equipped with
linen, housewares, utensils, cookware BBQ, and laundry machines?
Yes all units are fully equipped.
Do the units have High Speed Internet?
Yes, all units have either wired and/or wireless high speed
Do you get a discount on golf on the Mauna Lani
Yes. Resort guests are entitled to the discounted resort
rate. Depending on the season it is about 30-35% off the
normal green fees. You can also purchase on line (http://www.golfkona.com/golfpass.htm)
a “Fins and Fairways” card which entitles you
to discounts at various other courses on the Big Island.
Is there a resort shuttle?
For guests at The Islands, Classic Resorts offers a resort
Where can you play tennis?
You can rent tennis courts by the hour at the Mauna Lani
Racquet Club, adjacent to the Islands. The Club also has
a full fitness center and rents bicycles. The Mauna Lani
Spa is located on the same premises.
Is the spa nearby?
The Mauna Lani spa is adjacent to The Islands and ½
mile from the Fairways.
Is their a children day camp nearby?
There is a children’s camp both at
the Seagull School at Mauna Lani that works with the Mauna
Lani Bay Hotel’s guests. The Fairmont Orchid offers
a children’s program called Keiki Aloha Program. Both
services require advance reservation and based on space
availability. There is also a nanny service called Malahini
Keiki Care which provides certified child care providers.
Where can you snorkel?
The most accessible snorkeling is at the gated Mauna Lani
beach club. There is a decent variety of colorful tropical
fish, and turtles are often spotted. One of the best snorkeling
spots on the entire island is at the Place of Refuge national
park about 90 minutes to the south (past Kailua).
What restaurants do you recommend?
At the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel we recommend fur brunch, the
Terrace Café (ask for the Belgian Waffle with strawberries
and whipped cream). For a beautiful sunset dinner, try the
Canoe House (steamed fresh fish highly recommended). At
the Fairmont Orchid, Brown’s Beach House is a favorite
for dinner. At The Shops at Mauna Lani (centrally located
between both condos), Tommy Bahama’s is a lot fun.
A more family oriented restaurant is the Café Pesto
in Kawaihae (10 minutes north). At the King’s Shops
at Waikoloa Beach Resort (10 minutes to the south), we recommend
Roy’s and Merriman’s Market Café. There
is also a food court at the King’s Shops
Where can you shop for groceries?
Currently, the closest supermarket is in Waikoloa Village
(not to be confused with Waikoloa Beach Resort) about 5
miles up the hill. There is a minimart General Store at
the Waikoloa Kings Shop. New markets are coming into The
Shops at Mauna Lani and the new Queen Shops at Waikoloa
Beach Resort. There is a small convenience store next to
the Mauna Lani spa as well.
Where can you shop?
There are shops in the hotels as well as The Shops at Mauna
Lani. Additional shops are found at the Waikoloa King Shops
about 10 minutes south of Mauna Lani. The main shopping
area is in town, Kailua-Kona, 25 miles to the south. The
local K-Mart, Walmart and Costco feature a lot of local
goods (foods, candies, art, music, etc.). The tourist/souvenir
area is on Alii Drive in Kona-Kailua.
What guidebooks do you recommend for the Big Island?
One of the best guidebooks to the Big Island listing activities,
restaurants, beaches, etc. is “Hawaii The Big Island
Revealed,” by Andrew Doughty (Wizard Publications