Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Auberge Resorts Collection
What it is
A storied Kona-Kohala coast legend made new by Auberge, with five locavore restaurants, an indigenous-inspired spa and a famed 36-hole golf course.
What it isn't
Uncharted. Everyone from Elvis to Justin Bieber stayed here—and loved it.
What we think
When you hear the words “Hawaiian paradise,” you’re likely picturing something that looks just like Mauna Lani. From this palm-dotted promised land on the untrammeled beaches of the Kohala Coast, Hawaiian bucket list activities abound: as a guest here, you can learn to scuba dive amid some 600 species of tropical fish in the coral reefs just off the shore; paddle outrigger canoes with a pro; take a catamaran at sunset to little-known snorkel sites; and even weave baskets from coconut fronds. Guest rooms are equally authentic to Hawaii, with textural interiors (hardwoods and sandy-hued tactile fabrics abound) and furnished lanai balconies that are the perfect perch for taking in the salty air with a flute of bubbly in-hand. Did we mention even starter rooms start at 640 square feet? Maybe that’s why they call this The Big Island.
You're here because
If you come between December and April, you’re almost guaranteed to spot some 40-ton Humpback Whales circling in the Marine Mammal Sanctuary beyond the shore.
Cocktails always taste better al fresco, but arguably best at Ha Bar, straddling the pool, verdant green lawns and the frothy Pacific. After your Melon signature cocktail (Grey Goose, Koloa Coconut, Melon and Pineapple Infusion) you feel as footloose as the sandpipers you spotted along the sand this morning—and instantly order another.
Restaurants & Bars
CanoeHouse - Oceanfront dining with island fresh Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Bay Terrace - Open air garden setting for breakfast and specialty dinners
Ocean Bar & Grill - Casual poolside dining with tropical libations and grill specials
Shiono's Japanese Cuisine - At the Golf Clubhouse
Ocean Bar & Grill - Casual poolside bar featuring tropical libations, lunch and dinner
CanoeHouse Bar - Overlooking the Pacific this upscale bar features cocktails, martinis and local favorites
Mountain Thunder - Located indoors overlooking the Honu ponds, serving nightly cocktails
Historic tours of petroglyphs
Educational fish and turtle feeding tours
On the white sand beaches of Hawaii’s Kona-Kohala Coast, just a 40 minute drive from the airport. A 10-minute walk from the resort: Kalahuipua’a Historic Park, where you can explore ancient lava fields and fish ponds stocked with awa (Hawaiian milkfish).