Whether you’re starting to consider destinations for your summer vacation, or you want to go someplace warmer and more tropical now – Hawaii’s big island has the answer. The Mauna Lani Resort was the only US property to be named one of the world’s top eco-friendly and luxurious beach destinations in Condé Nast Traveler, January 2008. While the eco-friendly aspect may be what draws you, the beauty will take your breath away!
The Mauna Lani Resort features all the comforts of home with the gorgeous amenities that remind you you’re not at home! When you arrive, you’ll have the traditional Hawaiian lei greeting and a fresh tropical beverage. You can enjoy coffee or tea in the atrium and twice daily maid service. A shuttle will take you throughout the resort if you wish, and you can enjoy ukulele and lei making classes. A few of the in-room amenities include:
- Internet and WiFi Access
- Coffee Maker/Coffee and Tea
- Newspaper Delivered to Room
- Overnight Shoe Shine Service
When you stay at the Mauna Lani, there’s never a dull moment. If you need to work off a little energy, check out the Mauna Lani fitness club or spend some time in the lap pool. Fitness classes, tennis or jogging may help you unwind as well. How about exploring the resort at your own leisure with bicycles provided by the Mauna Lani? There are educational and wildlife tours, snorkeling activities, and much more.
One of the most discussed eco-friendly features of the Mauna Lani is the solar energy innovations. It has earned the resort the distinction of generating the most solar electric power of any luxury resort in the world! They also have a great ‘green sea turtle program,’ where they raise juvenile turtles in their ponds until they’re large enough to go to sea, and then they’re released into the ocean.
Mauna Lani has even received a Green Golf Award from Golf Magazine for their golf course watering system. With an innovative, eco-friendly pump that pumps more than 3 million gallons of brackish water a day to the 38-hole golf course, the Mauna Lani conserves fresh water. Even the Mauna Lani Spa is a luxurious, eco-friendly haven that will soon relax all the tension right out of you! The spa includes a one-of-a-kind lava watsu pool that uses a photovoltaic system [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photovoltaics] and includes underwater light and acoustic effects.
Eco-friendly, luxurious and gorgeous – these are all words that describe the Mauna Lani, and whether you’re waiting for summer or planning an eco-vacation soon – put this resort on your list of must-visit eco-destinations!
By Samantha Cummings