Which Hawaii hotels are personal favorites for us? We begin with Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel where we have stayed so many times in the past including this spring. With rates from $199 for ocean view and a beachfront location, this is a definite winner.
Before we go further, Beat of Hawaii booked a room directly on the hotel website and did not receive any discounts other than published ones. We share this hotel because we love staying here and think you will too.
Hapuna Beach Pairs Perfectly with the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
It starts with our favorite beach on the Big Island. Even before there was a hotel here, this was where we came to play. The State of Hawaii also rents 4-person A-frame Shelters at Hapuna Beach from $30 a night with a cold shower included. But this is your Hawaii vacation and we suggest you upgrade to Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel with our suggestions below.
Special Rates at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel – A current bargain priced at $199 a night for partial ocean view. Some rates include 4th night free and breakfast.
Our favorite location is the more expensive Oceanfront Wing so we can hear the sound of the surf. For a splurge, consider a 1,200 square foot suite for up to 4 guests. No matter where your room is located, it will have an ocean view and full resort amenities. Plus, you can walk out to one of the best beaches in Hawaii. From the moment we arrive and get our complimentary cold towels and juice at check-in, a sense of calm flows over us. It happens every time.
Favorite Things to Do at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel – Simply Relax.
They make it easy with huge rooms, great location and nice touches like complimentary beach umbrellas and reclining lounge chairs on the beach. Their oceanfront pool is gigantic but get your towels before 6pm. We arrived late and found the kiosk closed. If the surf is flat, pick up your free snorkel gear and head to Turtle Point. For a “wish-I-could-see-inside” moment, walk by the Hapuna Villa which is a standalone 8,000 square foot suite. The best thing for us is being close enough to walk out to Hapuna Beach.
Includes Facilities at the More Expensive and Legendary Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
Both hotels are owned by the same company and are a 20 minute walk from each other. To find the path, walk to the end of the hotel and to the gate of a private residential area. If you are standing at the gate, look to your right and you will see the path. After you pass this gate, the trail is easily marked to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
As a guest of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel you can also use the facilities of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel including the gym and pool. They give you signing privileges at both hotels.
Our Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Tips – If the surf is up at Hapuna, call the beach kiosk at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Their beach is more sheltered. Pick up your beach towels before the pool kiosk closes. The hotel gym is at the golf course and a 5 minute walk. Equipment is incredible for a hotel and includes free weights and machines. The gym was usually empty except for hotel employees working out. Turn down service is no more, so bring a chocolate for your pillow. Cut your food cost and shop for breakfast, salad items and snacks on your way here (We stopped at Foodland at nearby Shops at Mauna Lani). You can make good use of the in-room refrigerator. As an option to using the air-conditioning, leave the screens open on both sides of the room to feel the trade winds and hear the sound of the ocean.
What we missed having – A guest laundry would be useful especially for families. You’ll need to bring detergent and use the sink to wash items. There are no microwaves. You do get a hot water heater.
Beat of Hawaii Review of Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
An incredible view, large rooms with updated interiors and close access to Hapuna Beach. We have stayed here so many times that I’ve lost track. What we did notice this time is the exterior needs a refresh and the grounds were nice but not as immaculate as before.
What we didn’t use- Spa, Restaurants and Golf.
Resort Fee is $31.25 daily. In know, resort fees are yuck and this is something new since our last stay. You’ll get some discount coupons at check-in that help. The fee includes parking and Internet plus two bottles of water daily, one hour daily of snorkel equipment for two and one bucket of range balls. Gym is free and fitness classes can be up to $20 more. There are complimentary resort activities like ukulele lessons, manta talks and Hawaiian cultural events.
We found great food options in the nearby town of Kawaihae. But that’s another story….