Mauna Kea Resort Villa-Lovely


Rates: $1193 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4
Bed types: KKQ (sleeps 8)
Reviews: 5.00 (from 99 reviews)
Beautifully situated above the Pacific Ocean and Mauna Kea and Hapuna Prince Resorts, at the base of the Kohala Mountains is the setting for your dream vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. This new 3-bedroom, 3.25-bathroom Villa at the Wai’ula’ula Complex is waiting to welcome you with the Spirit of Aloha. Once you enter the gated community and park your car at the Villa, you will enter a world of elegance and tranquility and this unit has more privacy than most. STVR Registration number STRV-19-347852

Upon entering your vacation paradise, you will notice the large glass sliding doors, these doors will disappear into the wall and invite the outdoor and indoor living spaces to become one. There are separate spots on the lanai to enjoy your morning coffee, grab some sun in comfortable chaise lounges by your private pool/spa, or sit in the main lanai area on comfortable love seat and chairs to watch the ever-revolving beauty in the nature that surrounds you. The panoramic ocean view is directly to the West of the lanai, cloud-shrouded Hualalai Volcano to the South, Kawaihae harbor and a glimpse of Maui to the North, and the lovely city of Waimea and the green hills of the Kohala Mountains to the East. The view is guaranteed to change constantly!

The lanai also contains your private salt-water plunge pool and spa. This is an ideal spot to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises as well as take a quick dip to cool off or a relaxing soak after a day in the sun!

Two master suites on separate ends of the home grant the ultimate in privacy, including walk-through outdoor showers, yet, the communal rooms will bring your family & friends together. The two suites each contain a California king-sized bed and large, dual vanity sink bathrooms.

The third guest room boasts two queen sized beds and all bedrooms have their own walk-in closets and private bathrooms. There is also a powder room for your use.

Each bedroom has its own smart TV and Sonos sound system for your viewing & listening pleasure. There is also a large flat-screen smart TV in the living room with the Sonos sound bar as well.

The great room contains a wet bar and a large kitchen island with bar stool seating and a formal dining room area and a more informal dining setting on the lanai.

The gourmet kitchen is well- stocked and ready for your dining pleasure or a quick meal on the run as you head out the door for an adventure. The appliances are Wolf and Sub-Zero and include a wine refrigerator and an outdoor refrigerator to maximize your enjoyment, no matter what part of the house you are in! Every imaginable accessory and gadget has been included.

The lanai also boasts a Wolf six-burner grill, including rotisserie, There is a fresh fish market in the Kawaihae harbor area, an approximate 10 minute drive, so you can grill the best locally caught fish in this luxurious setting.

There are three air conditioning zones to allow personalized comfort. Wi-Fi is available throughout the home, of course.

Wai'ula'ula is a secure, gated community located within the Mauna Kea Resort property. You can also take advantage of the amenity center and use their large, salt water infinity-edged pool and hot tub, separate kid pool, cooking center, indoor kitchen, reading, game and television areas, and finally a fitness center and changing rooms.

The VIP Amenity Package is available to our guests for a flat rate of $165.00 per day for the Villa. This package will grant access to both the pools and beaches at the Mauna Kea and Westin Hapuna Beach Resorts. This options also includes 36 holes of championship golf and a tennis center at a discounted rate, workout facilities, and two of the top-rated white sand beaches on the Kohala Coast, including chaise lounge chairs, umbrella and towel service and preferred parking. Guests may also visit both beaches without paying the VIP Package rate, but, will do so without the perks as outlined above.

The departure housecleaning fee of $455.00 plus tax will be added to your total VRBO rent.

Concierge services are available, please ask for details.

Please note, the state of Hawaii charges a transient occupancy tax rate of 17.962% and this tax is paid by the renter.
Registration Number: GE-211-126-2720-01, TA-211-126-2720-01

Mauna Kea Resort Villa-Lovely Reviews



Scott B.
March 2024
Fabulous home - perfect set up. Love the size of bedrooms and bathrooms/closets. The kitchen island is huge and well appointed with all the necessities. Would love to visit again!



February 2024
Our family enjoyed this luxurious property behind Mauna Kea and Hāpuna resorts. We loved the well-stocked large kitchen, the ample space (3 bedrooms with ensuites) and the outdoor showers. The kids (4 and 6) loved the heated pool and hot tub. The location is quiet and peaceful and we loved having supper while watching the sunset in the spacious lanai. We would love to return. Thank you for a wonderful stay!


Elizabeth T.
January 2024
We really enjoyed our stay at Michelle's place. It was very clean and well appointed. We really enjoyed spending time on the lanai and using the private pool and hot tub. Michelle and her property manager were very responsive if we had any minor issues come up. The villa was well stocked. We would definitely stay here again!


Meredith
January 2024
Beautiful property. Fabulous beaches. Great escape. The villa is terrific. Lovely furniture, clean, well-maintained, well stocked with plates, glasses, pots/pans etc. for cooking. We have stayed in several WUU villas over the years and this one is particularly nice (and because of that we are returning guests of Michelle's). Michelle is excellent to communicate with before booking and even with questions after booking. She sends you all the info you need in advance and makes arrival smooth and easy. And her on-site manager, Eric, is also terrific and was super quick to respond to the handful of questions we had while at the house. The beaches at Mauna Kea are fantastic, tennis and golf terrific too. We will be back for sure! Thank you Michelle (and Eric) for a great vacation!!


Diane D.
December 2023
We loved the house, it had everything we needed, beautifully organized and dialed up. Michelle was very thoughtful and responsive. We would love to come back.


Jeanie R.
August 2023
We're sorry to have to leave this review - we looked forward to this vacation for months and the property looks so beautiful online; the host was incredibly responsive and the stay seemed like it would be perfect. Unfortunately there was a severe insect infestation at the house. The night we arrived, after putting children to sleep, I was walking in the kitchen and received a severe bite on my foot. I had no idea what bit me at the time; there was excessive bleeding, pain and swelling and multiple small puncture marks. Since we didn't know where the bite came from we headed to the emergency room where they were able to treat me and let me know the bite was probably from a scorpion or centipede. Meanwhile at the home my husband and children had found innumerable other insects on the walls, ceilings and floor. We immediately contacted the homeowner and she promised to treat the property the next day. We didn't have many options so rented a hotel room for the kids and we stayed that night. Long story short, after two exterminator treatments we continued to find insects and the final straw came the next day when we found a large worm crawling on my son's pajamas. That was enough and I let the homeowner know that we did not feel safe staying; she let me know checkout was 11am. This home was not safe or comfortable. Do yourself a favor and rent directly through Mauna Kea resort, they would have refunded our money or found a nice place for us to stay. Lesson learned.


Frank D.
August 2023
This was by far the best VRBO rental we’ve ever had. The property is well maintained and fully stocked with everything you need. Loved the view, pool, hot tub and outdoor showers! Would definitely stay again and highly recommend this property. Michelle the owner was very nice and easy to work with and very responsive. Such a great property!


d d.
July 2023
Beautiful property! Great location! We had a wonderful time and can’t wait to return. The house was stocked with everything we needed. We just added the food and fun! Michelle & Eric were great and very helpful…. Aloha spirit all around.



July 2023
Perfect for our 3 generations of family stay. GREAT COMMUNICATION FROM HOST!!! loved having the kitchen stocked with so many cooking supplies, condiments and snacks. The views are beautiful and the two master suites were a huge plus. We will definitely be back!


Andrew C.
April 2023
We love this house and went back for a second time. The house, neighborhood, and host are all superb.


Jared S.
April 2023
Absolutely wonderful, spacious residence for a Big Island vacation for 2 families of 4. Easy access to Mauna Kea Beach and all the facilities. Fantastic service and communication with the hosts. Amazing grill and outdoor dining area + pool/hot tub. So nice to have space and not have to eat every meal at the hotel. Can't wait to come back


Julie P.
March 2023
Highly recommend this spot, it’s beautiful, well-run and has everything you need. Definitely purchase resort access - best of both worlds!


Stu B.
February 2023
This house and booking were managed really well. This is the nicest VRBO we've ever stayed in. It's a beautiful home with two master bedrooms. Very well-stocked. We cooked most every meal and were able to find everything we needed in the kitchen. On some days, the weather was perfect and we opened up the sliding doors to the view of the ocean and the volcano. At night we gazed at the stars from the hot tub. We had a great time and loved this house. This was a really special time for our family. If I had to name some drawbacks, they would have nothing to do with the house itself. It would be that you truly cannot get anywhere without a car from this location and Ubers are not easily available this far north.


Boyd S.
January 2023
Everything was perfect, property manager very responsive and easy to work with. The house is beautiful and new. We've stayed in about 30 VRBOs over the years, this is the best one we've stayed in.


Wil H.
December 2022
Property is lovely, comfortable and quiet. Hosts were very helpful!


lena k.
October 2022
This rental home was perfect for our family of 6: grandparents, parents, 2 kids. The home feels very luxurious with a view of the ocean, private dipping pool with hot tub, 2 master suites. Loved the outdoor showers attached to the 2 master bathrooms. The amenities were wonderful: the local Rec center had a great workout space + infinity pool with hot tub and the resort access to both Hapuna and Mauna Kea hotels was great. The daily resort fee allowed us easy parking at the hotels. I highly recommend this vrbo!


Hazel R.
September 2022
This condo is gorgeous! Great location, beautiful views and has the best equipped kitchen of any VRBO we have ever stayed at! Thank you for sharing your piece of Hawaii Heaven!


Anna L.
August 2022
Beautiful home in a great location. Check in was super easy and the place was perfect for our family. Great amenities. Fully stocked with everything you could possibly need. The property manager and owner were very responsive. Our family had a very enjoyable and memorable vacation. We will definitely stay again!


Kristen M.
July 2022
We just got back from the most amazing week on the Big Island! This house was just perfect in every way! Gorgeous view and setting in a great location. The house was immaculate and extremely well organized. We enjoyed staying in and cooking some meals at the house, and the kitchen had everything you could need! To reiterate what previous reviewers have said, Michelle and Shelley were wonderful, and extremely attentive and helpful with any needs that come up prior to or during your stay. We enjoyed the beautiful pool every day and it was so nice to have at the house. We purchased the Mauna Kea resort pass and it was so worth it. The beach there is one of the prettiest I have ever seen! My husband and son loved playing golf at both properties, but the Mauna Kea golf course is remarkable. Our stay on the Big Island was magical and we feel so fortunate to have been able to rent this beautiful home! We hope to come back soon!


Tom M.
July 2022
We had a wonderful family vacation to the Big Island and this home was perfect for our family. It is spacious, super well stocked and in a great location near the Mauna Kea Resort properties. The home is beautiful with a fantastic lanai and a great kitchen and grill for preparing meals. Look forward to making a return visit!


Kristen H.
July 2022
“Wow!!” Is the first word that came to our minds when we walked into this vacation home. It is better than the pictures you see here. The view is incredible! We didn’t want to leave the lanai with the beautiful pool and hot tub area. The home is completely stocked with everything you need for a stress-free vacation. We loved how organized everything is! Michelle and Shelley go above and beyond before, during and after your stay to make sure you have everything you need. They are a joy to work with. We have stayed in vacation homes all across the US and this is by far the nicest, cleanest and most organized. Don’t hesitate for a second and rent this beautiful home. You won’t regret it!


susan a.
May 2022
The 5 stars reviews were correct, everything went smoothly, thanks to their great communication. Our family had a great time at the resorts. Thanks for the recommendation of “babies and beaches”, everything we needed for the little ones was set up when we got there. Can’t say enough about Michelle and Shelly. Great family house, will rent again.


lynne a.
April 2022
I've stayed at around 10 different luxury Hawaii places over this years. This villa was amazing. Everything was immaculate (including inside the drawers, washer and dryer), everything was labeled, everything was fully stocked including kitchen cooking accessories and condiments. They have thought of everything you could need. The pool and hot tub were an amazing amenity. It was fun that both master and jr master bedrooms had outdoor showers which we enjoyed so much. The beds, furnishings were excellent and so comfortable. The garage was stocked with boogie boards, toys and everything we could need for fun beach outings. We didn't want to leave. Michelle and Shelley (prop manager) so responsive to all requests. We loved the privacy of the unit, how well built and so quiet inside and in the community. It felt so peaceful there. Lots of fun golfing at a big discount from Michelle's platinum membership was a great perk. We can't wait to go back and appreciate the memorable stay and all the thought that went into the villa and amenities.


Martin S.
April 2022
This property is super clean and super organized. Great location with all kitchenware and amenities supplied. We always enjoy staying and will stay again.


Chad G.
April 2022
Our family of four really enjoyed staying at Michelle’s home. It’s the perfect spot to relax after hitting the beach, hiking or simply exploring the Island. The property is quiet, beautifully landscaped, has a great ocean view and a large lenai - perfect for having a Kona Big Wave or two. As others have noted, Michelle and her local property manager, Shelley and husband Dennis, quickly responded with any questions we had. Additionally, the property, which has a large kitchen with each drawer labeled, was very clean and well stocked with paper products/laundry detergent. There are four body boards and a cooler for day trips in the garage. Finally, we highly recommend paying the resort feegiving you access to the Mauna Kea and Hapuna resorts. Well worth the cost. We would definitely stay at Michelle’s home the next time we return to the Big Island.


Nanci R.
March 2022
Our family of five had a wonderful time at this spacious, luxurious, well appointed and well maintained home above Hapuna and Mauna Kea. It was very private and had a lovely view of the ocean. Michelle was wonderful to work with and very responsive. We enjoyed cooking on the high end appliances, relaxing in the pool and enjoying the extra package that granted access to all the hotel amenities. But if we hadn’t purchased that, the home provided beach chairs, coolers and umbrella. We did have a lot of fun using boogie boards at the beach.! Thanks Michelle for a delightful week! We will return.


Heather M.
March 2022
We had two families on our vacation—mine and my friends’ family—and this house was perfect. There was enough space for four adults and three children. The home was well stocked with toiletries, towels, kitchen supplies, games, etc., and the pool was just perfect. The kids swam everyday, while we lounged and took in the ocean view. The owner and the property manager were very communicative, accommodating, and friendly. We added the resort package to go to the Hapuna and Mauna Kea, which I highly recommend. We had lunch on the beach everyday. This house was just amazing. You will not be disappointed!


Mary K.
March 2022
Amazing home with everything you need. Loved it!!!!



February 2022
This place is everything and more. Such a comfortable, lovely home. Big kitchen for cooking, beds are heaven, 2 outdoor showers, access to 2 beaches... it's just awesome. Shelley and Michelle were awesome to work with, too. 5 stars!!


Lynn M.
February 2022
Thrilled with the property, location and amenities. House has everything you need for your vacation on the Big Island. Great to have your own pool and hot tub. Nightly sunset views are spectacular. Highly recommend obtaining access to the resort facilities at Mauna Kea and Hapuna. 100% recommend this property to anyone.


La Verne H.
January 2022
The pictures are so accurate and the location is great! Warm, clean property with easy access to resorts and local sites! Great on-site amenties, including top-grade kitchen. Fantastic views, especially at sunset. Can't wait to book again!


Melanie S.
January 2022
Our family of 6 adults had a tremendous time at Michelle's villa in Wai'ula'ula. It is wonderfully laid out for 3 couples with great space both inside and out. The lanai is huge and significantly expands on the interior spaces. Plus, the hot tub and small pool were welcomed places to gather after a day of activities. The villa is very well equipped, particularly in the kitchen -- which is unusually well stocked and equipped for most any cook. The provided supplies (paper goods, etc.) were plentiful and easily accessible. Items for the beach (boogie boards, some games, etc.) were a great addition to our time in the surf and sand. The house, including the garage, was spotless and well organized. The villa's location is extremely conveniently located for those who want the added space for friends or family gatherings and also want proximity to and the services of 2 great resorts (when 1 would be more than sufficient!). Lastly, Michelle and the on-island property manager were tremendous resources before and during our stay. They were both accessible and prompt to respond to inquiries. I would heartily recommend Michelle's place for those who want to take advantage of the many services offered at a resort while having more space to accommodate more people and more "at-home-like" gatherings and activities. You won't be disappointed!


Jimmy H.
December 2021
We arrived at this lovely house on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The drive from the airport was easy and we picked up groceries on the way. The house was ready for us when we arrived including a perfect sunset. The house is very clean and well maintained. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need. Lots of space with three suites for all of our guests - there were 5 of us. The pool and spa on the lanai are a great place to hang out in the morning with your coffee or during the day or in the evening for the sunset. It is also a wonderful house to come home to after being out all day! Overall, we loved the house! Hawaii is already great but the house was an added bonus that made for a perfect stay.


Sunny J.
September 2021
Michelle was super helpful and patient with our questions (and concerns due to covid). The local property manager, Shelly, was really nice and very responsive. Hands down the nicest property my family has ever stayed at. Lots of space to relax and unwind, and all the necessary gear and gadgets to make great meals at home. The amenities package for the resorts offered convenient access to 2 of the nicest beaches on the island, plus great pools, towel service, umbrellas, chairs. Overall a terrific experience. Only downside was having to leave at the end.


Andrew C.
August 2021
Beautiful home and amenities in paradise, in a lovely neighborhood with easy access to two hotel properties within 5 minutes. Could not have been better. My family had a blast.


Ken V.
August 2021
Home perfectly met the needs for our family of 5. It was exactly as described and pictured. Outdoor space was incredible with lots of seating, pool, and hot tub. We enjoyed the ocean views during the day and stars at night. Location is great and, for $75/day, you get guest privileges at the two beachfront hotels. We snorkeled and paddle boarded at the Mauna Kea beach one day and golfed at the Hapauna course - great course and ocean views from many holes made for a great round. Michelle was the perfect host, always communicating the steps we needed to take to prepare for the trip. If we make it back to the Big Island, we will definitely try to stay here again.


Robert N.
August 2017
We had a wonderful time at this property! It was modern, clean and beautiful. The pool area is gorgeous and it's also nice to have access to the beach resorts. No complaints- we would definitely come back again!



August 2017
Couldn't wait to return to our villa on the hill. Views amazing from sunset to sunrise. Enjoyed cooking in the full size kitchen and packing was made easy with washer-dryer. For a quick dip in the pool just a few steps from the living room to lanai. Absolute serenity in the quiet hills. Acces to Mauna Kea and Hapuna beaches included was an added bonus. Voted best beaches in the world. Drive around to greener side Hilo was absolutely breathtaking. I would rate this 10 stars if it were possible. A+ Mahalo


Gary C.
July 2017
This property was every bit as nice as the pictures and more. The owner was incredibly responsive, as was her staff. Our group spent 9 days there, and loved every moment. Comfy beds, beautiful views, kitchen well stocked with cookware, flatware and grill ware, and close to the prettiest beaches and resorts on the island. One of many trips to the big island, but by far the nicest place I've stayed yet (including suites at the resorts). I'd highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing, beautiful place to decompress.


gary l.
July 2017
Aloha! We had a great week on Big Island. Went with my family and some extended family. Total of 8 of us and accomodated well. The master bedrooms are exceptionally large and spacious. The kitchen and living space was large enough to accommodate us all easily. The kitchen was stocked well. We had stopped off at Foodland before arriving to the unit and realized much of what we purchased was already at the house, such as sugar for coffee, oil for cooking, salt & pepper, etc. Appliances were more than ample including a mixer for shakes and even rice cooker. The 6 burner Wolf range made cooking a joy along with the Subzero fridge/freezer. The Bosch dishwasher also helped. We love cooking and found the kitchen to be fully stocked with all the utensils, cookware, serving ware to be more than sufficient. They even have a pineapple corer! The zero-threshold sliding doors that can be fully opened can extend the living space to the outside seamlessly. There are also screens that can be extended if needs be to keep bugs out but we found this not to be an issue. The air-conditioning works well and best of all, QUIETLY. Wi-fi is fast and reliable throughout. Sonos also works seamslessly providing music as needed. The pool and hot-tub were surprisingly a big hit with my kids, where my younger one learned to snorkel, then graduating to the larger pool at the amenity center. The showers in master bedrooms have an outside rain showerhead that I highly recommend for an invigorating experience. The lanai is well shaded with ceiling fans for even the warmest days. The decor is well appointed, the appliances high-end, the finish work on the unit is well done and one can tell much thought has been put into this unit to ensure everything needed is available. Washer and dryer has large capacity and like the appliances, very new and top quality. Yes, there may be other units available on the same property but I doubt any would be as well furnished. You can tell the owner takes pride in this unit, treating this more as a home to guests versus a rental. We have stayed at the highly ranked Maui Beach Villas, but this property is larger. Compared to the Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort, this unit is more spacious throughout. Only slight downside is this unit is not beachfront but I knew that going into it and felt it is a good trade-off since we are at the resort/beach most of the time already. The property is well managed and responsive. Well located,highly recommend!


Dennis R.
June 2017
The villa was perfect for our family and very nice. Great accommodations, all top of the line. The lanai was a perfect spot to relax after a day at the beach. Was very nice to have a pool and jacuzzi to dip into at night. Getting the VIP package was great too, it gave us access to Hapuna Prince and Mauna Kea resorts which was wonderful. The Sonos sound system was very nice, very relaxing especially while cooking in the beautiful kitchen/dining area. The onsite managers were accommodating and it was a pleasure working with the owner, Michelle. We will definitely be coming back! Dennis R.


Steve P.
June 2017
We loved our week at the house. The house is new so everything works perfectly, there are all the kitchen accessories you'd need, the beds, sheets, towels are all resort quality, and the indoor/outdoor living area was delightful. The hot tub worked great with amazing views of the pacific and sunsets, the pool is snall - just for cooling off. We needed to be on the north end of the island for a triathlon race so the location is ideal. If you have to go back and forth to Kailua/Kona, the drive is lkng. Overall, we had a great time and highly recommend the property.


Nikki M.
May 2017
Our stay at Michelle's home was one of the most relaxing times we have had on the Island. Usually we travel to the Big Island once a year and have always stayed at the Mauna Kea Fairways on the West side of the highway. We have always enjoyed being in walking distance to the hotel and the beautiful views of the golf course and ocean. We didn't realize it could get any better until we stayed in this beautiful villa. Not only was everything practically brand new, the views were amazing, the beds were extremely comfortable, and the pool was just beautiful. The disappearing doors added the feeling of continuously being part of beautiful Hawaii while listening to native music on the built in Sonos system. The house is so private too! The distance to the hotel ended up being no problem. It's a quick shot down the hill to the hotel in a car and takes only a few minutes. Overall, the trip was more than we hoped for. We will be returning with our family again. Thank you Michelle!


Julie B.
May 2017
Dear Michelle Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us! We had an amazing time enjoying the beautiful property as well as exploring the glorious Big Island. It was wonderful to return to the property each day and have so much space to chill out, cook, enjoy evening cocktails and watch the sun set then retreat to the most amazing comfortable beds for the evening. Every thing in the property was of top quality and all sparkling new! Love to return one day. Thanks!


Bryan W.
April 2017
Everything in this villa is brand new and top of the line! It is immaculate and we highly recommended it! The villa has a wonderful open layout and beautiful kitchen with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. The beds are comfortable and it is tastefully decorated in Hawaiian decor. The Sonos sound system is great and we enjoyed listening to Hawaiian music and watching the sunset over the ocean. Michelle was very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. Fantastic Vacation!


Jane E.
March 2017
My husband and I were blessed to spend this vacation with our daughter and her family. We had such a wonderful experience. This home was so great and welcoming for mixed generation gathering. Everyone could find their own "Happy Place", as well as ample room for all to be together. My grandson especially enjoyed a new game...... Checkers! Thank you Michelle for sharing your beautiful home with us. Oh, did I forget to mention the awesome sunsets? Wow! We will be back!

Note: Vacancy calendar is approximate. Visit the owner/manager's reservation site to verify your dates.

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