For a limited time, Mauna Lani is offering two special offers for visitors. Stay four nights and enjoy a complimentary fifth night, or book two rooms and receive 50 percent savings on the second room. Contact Indagare to redeem. (Note: These two offers may not be combined.)Travelers (regardless of vaccination) to the Hawaiian islands must show proof of a negative test conducted by one of a dozen approved facilities within 72 hours prior to the final leg of the trip. Travelers (regardless of vaccination) to the Hawaiian islands must show proof of a negative test conducted by one of a dozen approved facilities within 72 hours prior to the final leg of the trip. Contact Indagare to help you plan a future trip to Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection. In Mauna Lani’s lobby, the Hale ‘I‘ike (“house of knowledge”) is a museum-like cultural center with Hawaiian art and artifacts. While checking it out, you’ll likely run into Danny Akaka, the hotel’s “knowledge keeper,” better known as Uncle Danny. An indigenous islander, he shares the history and traditions of the region both during casual, one-on-one conversations and his own dedicated story times. Expect tales of Hawaiian royalty, ancient fishing and stargazing techniques, as well as his personal tales of exploring the island. He can also explain “piko,” the infinite circle that reflects Hawaii’s eternal spirit, anchored by its five great mountains.
Mauna Lani is the type of resort that’s suited for travelers of any age, but its unparalleled access to some of the Big Island’s most spectacular sights—lava tubes, ancient fish ponds and petroglyphs—plus calm waters for safe beach time, makes it a particularly engaging spot for families with children. For more structured activities, the popular Holoholo Kids Crew club runs programs such as cooking classes, lei-making and moonlight storytelling.
Sign in to be able to book the best rates and amenities available only to Indagare members. If you do not see the special Indagare plus rates, contact our Bookings Team. When you’re not golfing, doing ocean laps or working out in the 5,000 square-foot fitness center, a visit to the Auberge Spa at Mauna Lani brings much-needed relaxation and restoration. Expert technicians use tropical ingredients from nearby farms for the treatments, from a hibiscus and papaya body exfoliation to a massage using Hawaiian ti leaves. And for some wellness that you can take home with you, Goop opened its first boutique in Hawaii here last November, selling GP-approved resort wear, athleisure looks and clean beauty products. Hawaii is an adventure lover’s paradise, and Mauna Lani doesn’t hold back, with ample opportunity for activities on land and on the water with its Kainalu Sports programming. Professional athletes, including Hawaii surf pro Bullet Obra, run the center, which offers biking, performance training, surfing, outrigger canoe expeditions, underwater rock running (!), scuba diving and snorkeling. Further afield, volcano tours beckon as well.Mauna Lani occupies a coveted swath of beachfront of the island’s sparsely populated northwest coast, where lava plains descend gradually into the sea. And while the area is mostly undeveloped today, its history goes back for centuries. The resort’s seven ponds, which hug the shoreline, are actually fish ponds, built by ancient Hawaiian islanders to raise fish for local nobility. And hikes from the property take guests to nature preserves with thousands of 13th-century petroglyphs carved into lava.
On the Kohala coast of the Island of Hawaii, Mauna Lani has been a beloved resort since it opened in 1983. In 2018, it closed its doors to undergo a massive, $200 million renovation, reopening as Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection in January 2020. Within months, however, the pandemic forced it to close once more. Mauna Lani reopened—again—in November, and has quickly reestablished itself as one of the islands’ premier resorts. Here’s what Hawaii-bound travelers have to look forward to at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection.
Golfers have access to two 18-hole golf courses, both designed by Homer Flint, Raymond Cain and Robin Nelson. The South Course’s challenging oceanfront greens sprawl over a 16th-century lava flow, while the North Course’s rolling terrain twists through mesquite forests with quintessential Hawaii views.Guests in each of Mauna Lani’s 333 rooms and suites have soothing, creamy color palettes with hardwood accents and pops of corals and teals. The focal point, as it should be, is on the views: each room comes with a lanai balcony with mountain or ocean views. Rooms to book: For extra quiet, Serenity Rooms overlook the adults-only pool. Or, if you’re traveling with others, consider the five 4,000-square-foot, two-bedroom Private Residences. These each come with a private swimming pool, hot tub and spa, plus dedicated butler service.
Mauna Lani’s five restaurants make the most of their tropical location, in both their design (they’re open to the balmy, breezy elements) and cooking (showcasing ultra-fresh and locally sourced ingredients). Mornings usually begin slowly, with Kona coffee and breakfast on the lush outdoor terrace at HāLani near the Great Lawn. If you prefer grab-and-go, The Market serves tasty treats (including lunch options, if you want to take food with you on an excursion). By the pool, Hā Bar and Grill serves light daytime fare like organic salads and ceviches. Come sunset, guests can grab a cocktail at Surf Shack (which also has a food truck serving Kona yellowtail tacos) before dinner at CanoeHouse, overlooking the beach. Here, nightly tasting menus—named the “MY Menu” after its husband-and-wife creators, chef Matt and general manager Yuka Raso—highlight Hawaii’s unique seafood and island produce.
Additionally, you’ll have pastries, chips, and pre-packaged food (cold sandwiches, salads). Market is usually open a bit after the parks close, between 10PM and Midnight.
We don’t want to belabor this point, but Stormalong Bay (above) is one of the biggest reasons to stay at Yacht Club (or Beach Club), and it makes the hotel particularly good for planning a Disney World no parks day. If you’re not a pool person, then obviously this shouldn’t impact your decision, but it is a major highlight of the hotel.
On the bathroom and amenities end, it was nice to see mouthwash and lotion provided, and the shampoo and conditioner were bottled for personal use (values and moderates use large dispensers). The vanity area was actually a little smaller than expected, maybe even about the same size as at the moderate resorts.
Our last two visits just have not gone well. The noise issues detailed in this post are a big part of the problem. I’ve also felt the crowds are a bit heavier than other deluxe resorts. All three nights of this recent stay I found Ale & Compass Lounge at full capacity when I walked by.
It’s one of the cooler features in a Disney resort, but it also sort of begs you to notice the comparatively small size of the space. BoardWalk, Beach Club, and Yacht Club all have smaller lobbies that are easily contrasted with the grandiose, open lobbies of Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Animal Kingdom Lodge.If you’re staying club level, they’ll place a call upstairs and escort you up to the Regatta Club Lounge, Yacht Club’s Club Level lounge (which we’ve reviewed separately here). Alternatively, you can just head straight to the club yourself.
It’s most known for its legendary “Kitchen Sink” dessert—an ice cream sundae designed to serve four—but it also serves burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of alcoholic ice cream floats. In the past, it didn’t take reservations but now does, mostly because it has very limited seating. Here, again, is Disney Food Blog.
(Begin rant.) Okay. So, yes, we booked a “Standard View,” and that’s on us. But let’s be real, no one should ever get this view for $946 per night. This is a view of steam escaping from the hotel’s laundry room. It’s no fun to look at, and if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it just renders the balcony unusable.
Who has access to the Mauna Lani Beach Club?
Access: Mauna Lani Resort guests receive an Access Card to park at the Beach Club parking lot. Non-resort guests may park in the shoreline access parking lot located behind the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club. It’s a 15 minute walk along a scenic trail to the Beach Club. Cached
Let’s circle back to my own feelings once we cover some objective points. Families with younger kids or who will be focusing on Magic Kingdom aren’t getting much out of this location. It may make sense to pay more for a monorail resort or less for a place like Gran Destino Tower or Port Orleans French Quarter, since you’ll be taking the bus to Magic Kingdom either way.
What do you call a beautiful Hawaiian girl?
The word wahine came into English in the late 18th century from Maori, the language of a Polynesian people native to New Zealand; it was originally used for a Maori woman, especially a wife. The word is also used for a woman in Hawaiian and Tahitian, though spelled “vahine” in the latter.
Yacht Club consists of a single hotel building and a second building for the convention center. Most guests don’t need to know anything about the convention center, but we’ll note it does have a business center. The feature item in the lobby is a beautiful, large globe.
What does Mauna Lani mean in Hawaiian?
mountain reaching heaven Mauna Lani, meaning “mountain reaching heaven” in Hawaiian, is deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions that inspire every facet of the guest experience.
As we emphasize repeatedly, all of Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, and the Swan & Dolphin are within walking distance. One loop around the Boardwalk, which takes you past all those hotels, is 0.8 miles.
For $946 per night, it shouldn’t be incumbent on a guest to bring these things up. These issues simply shouldn’t happen. Again, a screaming guest in a neighboring room is something Disney can’t control without me bringing it to their attention. But shoddy views, rooms adjacent to laundry facilities, and dogs booked near toddlers—these are all things a competent hotel charging $946 per night should account for in advance.
Second, guests don’t ordinarily have time to address these issues during Disney vacations. Unlike typical resort stays, where guests plan to spend several days at the resort, Disney stays are mostly about the parks. If you’re leaving at 7AM and returning at 8PM, you don’t have much time to waste dealing with these issues. This brings us to the main reason I don’t complain about these issues…
From Yacht Club you can easily walk to all the restaurants of Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Swan & Dolphin hotels, and Epcot. That’s a really awesome feature. So keep that in mind while we quickly discuss the thing I hate most about Disney’s deluxe resorts…
And, as always, to Animal Kingdom (15 min), Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs you’ll rely on bus. We’ve been satisfied with bus transportation at Walt Disney World. For whatever reason, it seems somewhat improved from 5-10 years ago when it was a constant source of ire.
Does the beach Club have a balcony?
Each villa has a private balcony (or porch, depending what floor you are on). Beach Club is a fantastic resort! Helpful? Yes, all rooms in the Beach Club Villas have balconies.
Just starting out? Check out our Walt Disney World planning guide! If you’re still picking dates, we’ve got everything you need to know about Disney World crowd calendars. For picking your hotel, check out our Walt Disney World hotels guide.This site is in no way affiliated with The Walt Disney Company or its subsidiaries. The opinions expressed here are those of the author. We are not financial or legal experts or advisors, and the contents of this site should not be considered as or a substitute for financial advice. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless, the rooms and theming are distinct, and we cover the restaurants separately (even though you could easily walk to the other hotel’s restaurants if you wanted). Here’s the official map shared by the resorts: Keep in mind that if you’re flexible, you can always hop on a bus for BoardWalk or Beach Club and walk back to Yacht Club from there. This won’t always save you time, but particularly in the middle of the day (when bus transport is at its worst), if you see a bus to Beach Club or BoardWalk, hop on it.So, how to wrap up this…experience…of a review? For me, it comes with “take my review with a grain of salt.” Disney manages Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Boardwalk. If I fault management for the issues of my stay at Yacht Club, it’s hard to instead recommend Beach Club or Boardwalk. (In fact, I’ve had more bizarre noise issues—not kids screaming etc.—at Disney resorts than all the other resorts I’ve stayed at in my life.)
I have a huge gripe about the lack of quality quick service at Disney’s deluxe hotels. I’m very drawn to the food court setup at the value and moderate resorts. At Yacht Club, you’ve got two quick service options.
Ale & Compass is the newer restaurant at Yacht Club, having opened in November 2017. It’s the resort’s casual table service restaurant, adjacent to the lobby, and requiring a single table service credit. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are recommended. Here’s a review from Disney Food Blog. Disney has pushed people toward online check-in the last few years. We checked in online and had a room assignment just before we got to the hotel, so we were able to head straight to our room. I had some Magic Band issues, but was able to use my phone to unlock the door until I visited the club concierge to recode my band (the front desk can also do this). If you’ve read our Beach Club review, you’ll notice several sections of this review are similar or identical to that review. Because the resorts are connected and share a pool, there is a lot of overlap in the two experience.When it comes time to book we’ll help you find discount Disney World tickets. Decide whether you need a dining plan in our Complete Guide to Disney World Dining Plans! And don’t forget to book those Disney World Advance Dining Reservations!
In this post, we’ll review Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, a deluxe resort at Disney World situated in the Boardwalk area between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from pricing to transportation to special perks. Read on to learn all about Yacht Club at Disney World!
If you’re bringing your car to Disney World (or renting one), parking is once again free. Guests of Disney hotels also have free parking at the theme parks.Crew’s Cup Lounge is the bar attached to the Yachtsman Steakhouse It’s actually easy to miss if you’re not eating at Yachtsman, as the sole hall-facing door is a bit hidden. Crew’s Cup really captures the former aesthetic of Yacht Club.
The feature pool at Yacht Club is Stormalong Bay, the pool shared with Beach Club and widely regarded by experts as the best pool on Disney property. Stormalong Bay features a lazy river, a sand-bottom zone, and a water slide.
Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill is the pool bar (and grill) at Yacht Club and Beach Club. It has an okay lunch menu, which includes burgers, a buffalo chicken wrap, and a vegetarian quinoa wrap. Hanna’s closes earlier than Market, usually around 8PM to 9PM.
If your room isn’t ready via online check-in, you might be able to get bumped up the list by visiting the desk. Usually we’ll arrive at a resort and eat lunch, swinging by the desk before or after lunch if there’s no line. If we can get a room, great, otherwise we drop off our bags with bells services and go to a park.
Staying at Yacht Club, you get the perks of any Disney stay. You’ll have access to free transportation to and from the parks and Disney Springs. You’ll also have access to Early Theme Park Entry and the ability to book your individual Lightning Lanes at 7AM (as opposed to when the parks open). Yacht Club is a deluxe hotel, so guests have access to Extended Evening Hours, granting these guests extra time in select parks on select nights.
To reach Magic Kingdom, you’ll have to rely on bus transport (15 – 20 min). Keep in mind that although you can walk to Epcot, you use a different entrance than the main entrance, so it isn’t practical to walk to Epcot and take the monorail to Magic Kingdom.
For the most part, we stopped using the boats years ago (we walk), but we occasionally ride them just to keep tabs on them. Generally, they’re more reliable than buses because they run on constant loops, but nothing is ever as reliable as the walking path.
For 2023, standard Yacht Club rooms range from $537 to $986 per night. Between standard offers and maybe discounted prices at Expedia or Priceline, there may be times when rates get down to $450. Club Level rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club range from $796 to $1378 per night. That’s a premium of $259 to $392 per night over a standard room.Don’t forget to master your Disney World Genie+ and Lightning Lane strategy a few months in advance. We’ll keep you out of long lines so you can maximize the magical time in the parks! We’ve got park-specific guides as well: Magic Kingdom Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, Epcot Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, Animal Kingdom Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, and Hollywood Studios Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.
When did the Mauna Lani hotel open?
1983 On the Kohala coast of the Island of Hawaii, Mauna Lani has been a beloved resort since it opened in 1983.
Ale & Compass Lounge is the lobby bar at Yacht Club, neighboring the Ale & Compass restaurant. It’s in keeping with the modern aesthetic of the Yacht Club rooms—with dark wood and deep blues. Ale & Compass Lounge is a fantastic spot for a cocktail, but it can get crowded due to its proximity to the lobby.For our most recent visit, we booked a Club Level Standard View room through our choice travel advisor, Lauren Quirk of Travel With Character LLC. We paid $946.13 per night, which was rack rate. There were unfortunately no Annual Passholder offer rates available. That’s usually our preferred way to book Club Level stays.
Besides the two parks, you can also walk to all those other hotels and any other spots along the Boardwalk, which has restaurants like Flying Fish and Big River Grille, as well as a pretty good bar in AbracadaBar.
Theoretically you could walk to that station and then take the 20-minute trip to Hollywood Studios. It’s a bit awkward to go so “out of the way”, but it could be your fastest option, depending on your walking speed.
Yacht Club was the first of the deluxe resorts to receive this type of refurbishment—hardwood, sleek but themed at every opportunity, better use of space. While I’m overall a huge fan of these changes, I will say that more recent updates, particularly at Polynesian, Contemporary, and Animal Kingdom Lodge impress me even more. (Note: pictures come from multiple stays just because, e.g., lighting on some item was better one day than another)
There were plenty of outlets and a nice desk, which is a necessity for us. The furniture is all brilliantly designed, creating a very cohesive aesthetic. The curtains contain star patterns, and absolutely brilliant touch. A Keurig coffee maker is standard in the Yacht Club rooms.The Market at Ale & Compass is actually the Yacht Club’s store in addition to offering a very limited selection of quick service food. While we were there, they offered your choice of four hot sandwiches and a soup of the day for lunch and dinner. There are a variety of room configurations at Yacht Club, but this room has two queen beds. Please note that since this is a Club Level room it may have a slightly different configuration than other rooms. In particular, items such as individual toiletries may not be available outside Club Level. If you’ve settled on this location, the choice comes down to Yacht Club vs. Beach Club vs. Boardwalk. That link covers that debate in more depth (Sidenote: Marriott operated Swan & Dolphin are also in this area, and are worth considering, but we’re pushing them aside for a moment as they aren’t Disney-operated hotels.) The short of it, though, is that Yacht Club has the newest rooms, Beach Club at least has Stormalong Bay, and BoardWalk certainly has a whimsical charm.Yacht Club has one of the best locations on property. Along with Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, and the Swan & Dolphin, this is one of the few hotels you can actually walk to two parks—Epcot and Hollywood Studios—from.Yacht Club and Beach Club, while they are separate resorts, are connected and share a pool area (this isn’t a downside in our experience, more below). For this review, we’re going to talk exclusively about Yacht Club’s offerings.
Finally, the Epcot Skyliner station is a short walk away, past Beach Club. This would allow you pretty quick visits to Caribbean Beach, Riviera Resort, Pop Century, and Art of Animation if you had cause to visit those places.Realistically, you’ll always prefer to walk to and from Epcot, at it would take you just as long to walk to the boat dock as to walk to Epcot. Hollywood Studios is a bit of a different story.
Can you walk from beach Club to Yacht Club inside?
From Yacht Club you can easily walk to all the restaurants of Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Swan & Dolphin hotels, and Epcot.
But even weirdlier enough, we had another noise issue this stay—DOGS. Yacht Club is a “dog friendly” resort. This is good particularly for accessibility reasons. But what isn’t good is placing barking dogs in proximity to sleeping toddlers. Since Disney knows the ages of hotel guests, this is something they should account for. Fortunately, Zoe has grown up in relatively noisy environments, so the dogs didn’t pose a huge barrier to sleep (white noise machine helps, too). Weirdly enough, this isn’t even our first issue with sound at Yacht Club. Last visit, someone was having an absolutely explosive breakup over the phone well after midnight. That’s not something Disney can account for, so I’ve never held it against them. One notable thing about Yacht Club is the convention center. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but when large conventions, or those with raucous participants, are around, the resort is not a great experience. Everything will be louder and more crowded, and you’ll find it harder to get tables at the restaurants.Don’t be overwhelmed by Disney World planning! Take a second to check out our most important content and you’ll not only be an expert, but you’ll save big $$$ along the way.
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The Yacht Club is a deluxe level hotel at Walt Disney World in the Epcot Resorts Area. Deluxe resorts are Disney’s best hotels. If you’re considering Yacht Club, you may want to read some of our other posts. We have a ranking of the best Disney World deluxe resorts. We also have a guide to all the hotels of Walt Disney World.If you’re looking for bars, you have more options just outside the hotel. The Boardwalk is perfect for a bar crawl, and gems like AbracadaBar and the dueling piano bar, Jellyrolls, are a good reason to step outside your resort if you’re looking for a drink. Objectively, I have to stand by my position that Yacht Club should be the best option at the Boardwalk. Best pool. Best rooms. That’s that. But subjectively, I won’t be rushing back here. Maybe I’m just salty, but I can’t get over the small headaches my recent visits have come with. Instead, I’m greatly looking forward to bringing Zoe to Beach Club and Boardwalk in the near future. Yacht Club has three table service restaurants. We’ll provide brief overviews of them and link to reviews we trust. Our limited experiences with them (and our limited food knowledge generally) don’t qualify us to really speak to their quality.
What does Mauna mean in English?
A Hawaiian word for mountain, used in the following Hawaiian volcano names: Mauna Loa, on Hawai’i.
It makes sense to take the boat to Hollywood Studios and walk back, particularly if you’re at the park when it closes. The line for the boat gets quite long when the park closes, though we’ve often seen it long during the day as well:There are several ways to get between the airport and Walt Disney World. We used Mears Connect this trip, which will likely be the last time we use it. Our hotel was originally set to be the sixth stop. After an hour on the bus, we exited at the fifth stop—BoardWalk Inn—to get pizza and coffee there before walking to Yacht Club. It’s worth noting that Yacht Club’s stellar location was a convenience to us even before we got to the hotel.
The farthest rooms on the first floor are a three-minute walk from the lobby at our relatively quick pace. That’s not huge, but it is sort of a bummer that they’re in the direction away from Epcot. You will be three minutes closer to Hollywood Studios, though.I’m really torn on Yacht Club. Really, really torn. If I never actually stayed at the resort, it would easily be one of my favorites at Walt Disney World. I’ve been a fan of the rooms since they debuted. I love the location with walking access to two parks and the beautiful Boardwalk. I’m even willing to overlook the mediocre quick service options because access to the Boardwalk and two parks more than makes up for it.Know what to ride with our guides to: Magic Kingdom rides, Hollywood Studios rides, Epcot rides, and Animal Kingdom rides! Plus learn about the water parks with our guide to Blizzard Beach and our guide to Typhoon Lagoon! And for some some fun prep, check out our Ranking of Every Ride at Walt Disney World.I should admit here that I’m also perpetually unsatisfied with the club lounge here (separate review). Since that’s part of the reason for the high price we pay, it’s only fair to say maybe I’d evaluate these issues differently at, say $600 per night than I do at $950 per night. Then again, isn’t $600 per night really enough to complain about whatever bothers you?
While the Boardwalk doesn’t compare to Disney Springs, the variety of bars and restaurants at your fingertips, plus the proximity to Epcot, make Yacht Club especially worth consideration for adults visiting Disney World, which is no doubt why the area is home to two of Disney’s conference centers.
We’d booked a standard view, which to be honest should be renamed something like “Bad View.” Here’s a look at the view from the balcony before I go on to talk about some…related…aspects of this most recent stay…
(Begin rant.) I’ll never understand why deluxe resorts don’t offer better quick service options. If you come back to your hotel after a regular Epcot or Hollywood Studios close, you’ll have no dinner options besides expensive table service (if you can get a table), expensive room service ($3 delivery and 18% service included) or very limited, unimpressive options at Market.Keep in mind that when visiting Epcot, you’ll be using a different entrance than other guests. the World Showcase entrance is between the U.K. and France pavilions. We briefly discuss this in our Epcot Rope Drop Strategy.
To be fair, Emily didn’t notice this sound the first night. The second night, she didn’t mind. But to me is sounded like having a car parked outside blasting bass all night. It wasn’t loud, but it was there. And by its nature, it was very hard to block out with white noise or headphones.
Yes—guests at deluxe resorts tend to be willing to spend a bit more. But that doesn’t meant they’re going to want a table service meal after being at the parks all day, or that they’ll want to deal with the delays and hassle of in-room dining. To me, nothing beats being able to come back at 11PM from an exhausting day, walk right up to a counter, and order a burger or pizza at a reasonable price. (End rant.)
Yacht Club is, as its name suggests, nautically themed. It doesn’t really hit you over the head as hard as it could (i.e. it isn’t as visually loud as the value resorts), sticking to the deluxe hotels trend of using understated features and simple displays more than kitsch to convey the theme.If this were the only issue with the room location, I could let it go (even though, as a professional, I shouldn’t, because $946 a night!). But the laundry room also emitted vibrations throughout the night that really messed with my head.
One might rightly wonder “well did you bring these issues up to anyone?” And the answer is a resounding “NO,” for several reasons. First, we’re personally low maintenance, despite what this review (in my professional capacity) sounds like. I’m not going to waste my time and the time of hotel staff to maybe get a room change (if one is available) as long as my kid can sleep. (And if I’m going to get a note in my file, I’d much rather it be because someone actually took the time to read this review.)
If you like the convenience of this location for getting to Epcot and Hollywood Studios but you don’t like the price, consider Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Art of Animation. These three resorts are less expensive than Yacht Club but have Skyliner access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.But all I can do is share my experience and reasoning. You very well may feel you either (1) wouldn’t be bothered by these issues or (2) would be wholly comfortable requesting a room change if anything like this happened to you. (End rant.)
We always recommend you also consider using Uber at Walt Disney World when you’re in a hurry. There’s also Minnie Vans, the more expensive but “Disney official” option.
The wood is something like oak / walnut—dark but lighter than Ale & Compass Lounge. It’s maybe better for wines than Ale & Compass due to sharing a selection with Yachtsman.
Who owns the Mauna Lani hotel?
The development and ownership team is DiamondHead Land, a joint venture between San Francisco based ProspectHill Group and Hawaii-based hotel executive Pat Fitzgerald, in partnership with a major institutional investor. With plans already underway, the re-launch and re-opening of Mauna Lani is planned for late 2019.
As we’ll mention repeatedly in this review, Yacht Club’s biggest perk is its location, which leaves you within walking distance of Epcot (7 minutes), several resorts, the Boardwalk, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (20 minutes or 12 by boat). It also has the newest rooms of the Boardwalk resorts (as of this 2023 update).We previously mentioned The Market at Ale & Compass in the context of its limited quick service options, but it’s also the store at Yacht Club. As with all Disney’s hotel stores, it offers basic travel essentials as well as a limited selection of hotel-branded items. More recently, the hotel line has been sadly limited. As it’s a deluxe resort, you’ll also find some higher end options, like items from Vineyard Vines. It has two of my favorite bars—Ale & Compass Lounge and Crew’s Cup. And it has a fantastic pool, Stormalong Bay. It seems like to find anything wrong with Yacht Club you have to, well, stay there. Local food, harvested and prepared by skilled hands within 50 miles of your plate, is the nourishment for body and soul you will discover at Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club.
Equipment rentals are available from several on-site vendors. The Beach Club also has restrooms, outdoor showers, drinking water, and resort amenities make this beach a hidden gem on the Kohala Coast.Like a delicious little secret, tucked away in a private ocean cove along the appetizing sands of Mauna Lani Resort is a Big Island restaurant called Napua, waiting for you to discover the foods of Hawai‘i Island, shared with the kind of aloha that comes from those who know.
Please note: We are a Vacation Home Property Management Company. We have no special relationships or affiliations with the Beach Club Equipment Rental Vendors or Napua Restaurant. If you are not a guest renting from us, please contact each respective business directly.
The Mauna Lani Beach Club is one of the best kept secrets on the Big Island. The beach is realtively small but it is a protected by a cove providing spectacular coral gardens and formations and tons of fish. Our beach is probably the best and easiest snorkeling on the island. In addition, the cove is a perfect place for stand-up-paddle-boarding for both beginners and experienced boraders. The beach offers lounge and private cabana seating available to residents and guests of Mauna Lani.
Named after Chef Keoni’s mother, Napua brings family traditions to your table, with some of her culinary secrets, and all of her love for genuinely good food. It is Hawaiian food, yes, and European too, as well as Asian and Pacific Rim—with the delicious diversity of fusion in cuisine that we call “local.”Learn which Destination by Hyatt locations are participating in World of Hyatt®, a loyalty program that rewards you at over 1,000 hotels and resorts around the globe.
Open for lunch and dinner, this oceanfront dining option features a delicious menu of locally-sourced meals. From burgers, sandwiches, and salads, to freshly caught fish and delicately prepared steaks, Napua at Mauna Lani Beach Club will surely please. The bar also serves beers from local Hawaii breweries and has an impressive wine list. Walk up for lunch or dinner after a day lounging on the beach below or plan a sunset happy hour with memorable ocean views. Reservations are recommended. Call (808) 885-5910.
All guests staying with Destination Residences Kona-Kohala will receive complimentary Mauna Lani Beach Club Access Cards upon check in. These cards will allow for quick and convenient parking at the member-only Mauna Lani Beach Club parking lot, a short walk to the beach cove.“Amazing beach with fantastic snorkeling. It compared very well with some of our paid snorkeling adventures on the island. The bar being right on the beach made cooling off and having a drink super easy.” – Google Review
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The Mauna Lani Beach Club is a picturesque soft white sand cove on the Koloa Coast. A labyrinth of coral reef combined with traditionally gentle waves make this cove an ideal spot on the Big Island for snorkeling. Additional features such as dining and drinks at the oceanfront Napua Restaurant, convenient beach gear rental (including snorkels and paddle boards), and shower access, make the Mauna Lani Beach Club the perfect option for a relaxing beach day.Also located at this beautiful sandy cove is the Mauna Lani Sea Adventures activity desk where you can rent snorkel equipment, check-out stand up paddle boards for the family, and even book a sailing adventure out at sea. Feel free to speak with the Mauna Lani Sea Adventures associates in advance by calling (808) 885-7883.
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We did have a balcony. Our room was really dated and not worth the price we paid. Bathroom in need of a serious upgrade. Hole in bathroom tile, very old furniture. No shelf in the bathroom for toothbrush, toiletries. Had to use the kitchen area. When checking in, another woman was at the front desk complaining about her room. That was my mistake since I didn’t complain until after I returned home and told our travel agent. No credit of any sort. Common areas very nice.
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Some have 1 balcony and some have 2, and some have 3. We always get 2 bedroom villas. We have always had 3 balconies, until our trip last week. We had a Villa that had 2 queens in the 2nd bedroom rather than 1 queen and a pull out. That room just had Windows, and there were tiny balconies off the master bedroom and living room.I believe they all did, but we were on the first floor which was nice , because we could go in and out through our patio door as long as someone was there to lock it behind us. It saved us a few minutes walk when we were going to EPCOT or the Boardwalk.
How old is the Mauna Lani Resort?
The hotel was completed and dedicated in 1983. All owners within the resort through the Mauna Lani Resort Association now own the land surrounding, including the fish ponds, and maintains them for many, future generations to enjoy!!
Ours did but I would disagree with the Beach Club is a fantastic resort. It has some pluses to it but the one bedroom design is horrible, it is dated and there are plenty of other resorts that are much better
How far is Mauna Lani from kona?
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection is a luxury resort on the Big Island of Hawaii which is approximately 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport. It’s a 25-minute leisurely drive to the resort.
They all have some “type” of balcony, some are larger than others. It depends on the location of the room in the building. The villas are a bit winding and have some weird corners that don’t allow a full balcony. You can always request a large balcony, but keep in mind it’s only a request and there are a limited number of them“Auberge Resorts Collection shares our vision for providing a style of luxury and service that resonates with guests on a personal level,” said Pat Fitzgerald, partner, DiamondHead Land. “Auberge’s experience capturing the unique lifestyle of each destination and setting in a captivating way is what we sought for the transformation of Mauna Lani. We are thrilled to collaborate with Auberge to create a truly inspiring Hawaiian resort.”
Auberge will introduce its signature Auberge Adventures program, which will take full advantage of the resort’s 32 acres and the Island’s natural playground. Whether together or independently, ‘ohana (families) will enjoy active programs, from a kids club for keiki, to stand-up paddle boarding, outrigger canoe adventuring and after-hours bonfires. Auberge’s acclaimed culinary expertise and the Island of Hawaii’s abundance of organic farms will inspire rich and varied dining experiences, from starlit dinners overlooking the ocean, to fun-filled family meals on the beach. The signature waterfront CanoeHouse restaurant, an unrivalled setting for watching the sun slip beyond the horizon, will serve artfully prepared local dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and premium wines. The existing Bay Terrace Restaurant will be transformed and reimagined as a new three-meal restaurant with a lively bar to enjoy daily sunsets. As part of the hotel redesign, the total number of hotel rooms will be reduced, and dramatic oceanfront and ocean-view suites offering panoramic coastal views will be added. The ultra-luxury Mauna Lani Bungalows, with their private pools, butler service and private resort-within-a-resort setting, will be enhanced to provide the ultimate insider getaway.Home to the original IRONMAN Triathlon, the Island of Hawaii offers a fitness culture that’s second to none. Mauna Lani will cater to active guests with a 5,000-square-foot fitness facility that includes an expansive fitness garden, personal trainers and classes tailored to all levels. Complementing the rich menu of fitness programs indoors and out will be a signature Auberge Spa with its commitment to lokahi – harmony and balance – as interpreted by the Hawaiian tradition of healing arts. Plans are well underway for a hotel renovation in excess of $100 million, which will completely reenvision the guest experience, bring to life the legacy, character and spirit of the Kohala Coast and celebrate the natural and active lifestyle of the Island of Hawaii. Set on 32 oceanfront acres marked by sacred royal fishing ponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens and bordered by pristine white-sand beaches, Mauna Lani offers the island’s premier location for relaxation, adventure and immersion in the authentic culture and traditions of Hawaii. A great respect for the ancient concept of aloha āina – love of the land – and a deep connection to land, sea and Hawaiian heritage will inform every aspect of the resort’s physical and experiential transformation.Award-winning interior design firm Meyer Davis is orchestrating a dramatic redesign of the public areas and guest rooms. World-renowned land planning and architecture firm Hart Howerton will lead the complete re-imagining of Mauna Lani’s iconic architecture and oversee the extensive renovation and refurbishment of the resort’s storied gardens and grounds, respecting and preserving the ancient and sacred royal fishing ponds, native plants and the many archeologically important features of the coastal site.MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (May 23, 2018) – Auberge Resorts Collection will welcome Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, the famed resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, to its portfolio of award-winning luxury resorts, residences and clubs. Under the direction of a world-class development team, Mauna Lani will undergo an extensive redesign and revitalization and will be reborn as Mauna Lani,Auberge Resorts Collection, the premier resort destination in Hawaii. The development and ownership team is DiamondHead Land, a joint venture between San Francisco based ProspectHill Group and Hawaii-based hotel executive Pat Fitzgerald, in partnership with a major institutional investor. With plans already underway, the re-launch and re-opening of Mauna Lani is planned for late 2019. Anchoring the extensive and lush landscape of the resort will be brand-new adult and family pools and a variety of gathering places for playing, relaxing and indulging in the warm embrace of Hawaii’s magical year-round sunshine. A brand-new infinity-edge Adult Pool and Lounge is being built with private cabanas and scenic views of the royal ponds and the Pacific, and a completely redesigned Family Pool will be active with daily programs centered around sun-soaked fun.“Among the many distinctive qualities of Mauna Lani are its exceptionally beautiful natural setting and iconic place in the history of Hawaii,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are excited to elevate the great heritage of Mauna Lani with the Auberge sense of intimacy, world-class service, local adventures and a fresh contemporary aesthetic that will allow guests to experience the best that Hawaii has to offer.”
Conditions: The white sand beach is largely protected from the rough water conditions year round. Mauna Lani Beach Club is great for families with children. Access: Mauna Lani Resort guests receive an Access Card to park at the Beach Club parking lot. Non-resort guests may park in the shoreline access parking lot located behind the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club. It’s a 15 minute walk along a scenic trail to the Beach Club. Enjoy access to beach chairs, NaPua’s Restaurant, and ocean gear rentals. Mauna Kea Beach ranks right up at the top of great beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is very close to its sister beach of Hapuna and shares many of the same attributes.One of the first signs you will see when you arrive at the Wawaloli Beach Park just north of the town of Kailua-Kona is a sign that says “Low Flying Aircraft, No Kite Flying”.