Guess the Resort: Modern Luxury, Tropical Flavors

Guess the Tropical Resort

This Luxury Resort Reopened in 2020 after a multi-million dollar renovation, and offers rooms, suites, and private bungalows on prime oceanfront property that spans over 30 acres.

After a long day of traveling, we were thrilled to have been upgraded to a spacious suite, with a comfortable king size bed in the bedroom, sitting area, and a sofa bed for our son in the living room.

Guess the Resort: Modern Luxury
Guess the Resort: Modern Luxury
Guess the Resort: Suite Sofa Bed

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Dinner included a fantastic smoked pork dish that was dramatically uncovered tableside.

Smoked Pork Dinner

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In the morning, we could finally appreciate the gorgeous ocean view from the balconies; the suite has a balcony off the living room, and another balcony off of the bedroom.

View from Suite Balcony

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On our way to breakfast we passed the large main swimming pool, which later on in the day was very popular with the many families at the resort:

Main Swimming Pool

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Fortunately for couples seeking kid-free relaxation, there's also a very tranquil adults only pool (must be 21 or older to access).

Adult Pool

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The restaurant is open air, with a modern tropical motif:

Restaurant

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I enjoyed one of the more unique pancake dishes I've ever tasted: Japanese purple sweet potato pancakes with coconut, beautifully adorned with edible flowers, strawberries and pineapple:

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Coconut

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There's a full array of paddle sports, including kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Just offshore, I snorkeled along the reef and saw parrotfish, butterflyfish, bluestripe snapper, yellow tang, and a pufferfish.

Beach and Canoes

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My son enjoyed a tennis clinic with only two other players plus the coach, which meant plenty of good, sweaty exercise. There's also 45 holes of golf, for avid golfers.

After our water sports and tennis, everyone was ready for a treat of homemade mango passionfruit sorbet–simply heavenly.

Mango Passionfruit Sorbet

Can you guess the name and location of this newly renovated tropical resort?

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Der Fliegende Amerikaner
Der Fliegende Amerikaner
1 month ago

Hilary, I’m very curious to see how you rate the Mauna Lani with other hotels in Hawaii. We booked a week long stay this coming June. FS Hualalai was out of our budget. The Mauna Lani seems like a more affordable luxury option worthy of consideration. We took advantage of the double Virtuoso offer: fourth night free and guaranteed upgrade at time of booking (the latter is no longer publicly offered). I’ve never had Ube, but those pancakes look amazing.

Looking forward to reading your full review.

Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson
1 month ago

Mauna-Lani: Big Island, HA?

Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson
1 month ago

We stayed at the Maina Lani three times before the renovation. Twice we were upgraded to an upper floor ocean front room. Staff was amazing. Unfortunately, after the renovation we feel as though we have been priced-out. I believe they are now going after a market share of Hualalai patrons. We’ve stayed there too, but only once due to the higher cost.